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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – April 16, 2020

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – April 16, 2020

Covid-19 and the Home

By Jodie Montgomery

In our Women’s Ministry online groups, I’ve had a number of women mention that being quarantined has actually been an incredible time of connecting with their family on a new level. Some are mentioning that they love not racing out the door to school, from home to another activity, and to run errands they’ve discovered now were never that necessary. Some have learned to have quiet time and family devotions. Some are having long talks that were long overdue. Some have held family reunions and game nights through video conferencing. Some families are greatly blessed by the change of pace. The hope is that good changes in the home will be maintained after the quarantine. 

Some homes are struggling in quarantine. Some family members are escalating anxiety instead of being a comfort to one another in anxious times. Some are struggling with the chaos, the homeschooling demands, the feeding frenzy, and juggling work or lack of work.  Some others feel too isolated. In our online groups, there is this weird dichotomy of the exhausted from a continually full house and the over isolated. Some think they’d like to trade lives. How do we lighten up and be content with so many social restrictions and concerns?

I’m blessed by the many who want to minister in these circumstances and at a minimum have made prayer for our world a priority. I’m blessed by so many thankful believers in all circumstances. But I’m really writing this blog to address another someone.

Some are experiencing domestic violence in quarantine. The New York Times in “A New Covid-19 Crisis: Domestic Abuse Rises Worldwide” by Taub provides a number of horrific statistics about the rise of domestic violence in quarantine. This isn’t a surprise. Some confined animals shouldn’t have companions in their cages. 

I hope we can be a church, a living Body, that cares well for the abused and supports the reformation of the abuser. I’ve heard too many stories of where we have dumped shame on the abused, even voiced a “reason” they might be abused. I’ve heard too many stories of the abuser being ignored instead of confronted in truth with love. The Lord Jesus Christ is merciful and will avenge the abused at His return. So know these resources: The National Domestic Abuse Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE; Focus on the Family 1-800-A-FAMILY to talk with a licensed counselor and get a referral for counseling in the area, and our church number 813-264-1515 to talk to the Pastor on call. Know 911.

Domestic violence is a crime. Crimes require investigation. The victim should be protected and not the subject of random conversation. Confidentiality matters. Abusers are adept at making their victims feel like they are the problem. Focus on the Family also has “A Quiz to Know if You are in an Abusive Relationship”. There are many online resources, but the support of another is often critical for the restored health of the oppressed. If you want additional training on helping the abused, Idlewild has partnered with Ministry Grid, an online training source, and there are training sessions on “Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused” that you may access. Contact any of your pastors or ministry directors for access to the training.

Luke 4:17-18 And the book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. And He opened the book and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”