The Methodist Justice Ministry (MJM) protects women and children from domestic violence, neglect, and abuse — and in the process, transforms their lives.
One former client came to the Ministry after her ex-husband became gradually violent. “It got to the point where my other two kids were even scared to come see me,” she recalled. After MJM obtained a protective order and divorce, her life has been completely different. Her children want to come see her and be with her. They aren’t scared anymore, and neither is she. After receiving help, this woman was given the opportunity to go back to school, become part of a church, and see her friends and family on an everyday basis. “I have a life,” she added. “I can be my own person, and it’s a great feeling.”
Another woman described her once loving husband as a shark who would attack her and not have any emotion or thought about what he was doing. “It came to the point where he was a totally different person,” she remembered. “I didn’t even know who he was anymore.” This woman turned to MJM for help, and now her house is full of people at all times. She has a lot of support from her family and friends. They come in laughing and smiling rather than lingering by the door in case they need to make a quick getaway. “Now they are sitting comfortable,” she said with a smile. “We can laugh and eat, and it’s back to what it should be in the household.”
These are only two stories of the 377 women whose lives have been changed by the work of our Methodist Justice Ministry since it was founded in 2006.
For more information about MJM, or to help support its efforts through donations, visit methodistjusticeministry.org.