From Jo Morton,
I went on a prayer walk for women April 1st. I decided to focus mainly on two different locations for my prayer walk.
The first location was DVIS (Domestic Violence Intervention Services). DVIS’s mission is to rebuild lives affected by domestic violence and sexual assault through advocacy, shelter, counseling and education. I prayed:
- That women of domestic violence would have the courage to ask for help.
- That they would let go of fear, pride, worldly possessions and anything else stopping them from reaching out for help.
- That they would feel the presence of God, and know that they are not alone.
- That God would speak through the counselors.
- That God would give the workers at DVIS strength and wisdom to continue their work.
As soon as I finished praying at DVIS, I went to Women in Recovery downtown. Women in Recovery (WIR) is an intensive outpatient alternative for eligible women facing long prison sentences for non-violent, drug-related offenses. Operated in partnership with the George Kaiser Family Foundation, WIR works closely with the criminal justice system and various community partners to ensure program participants receive supervision, substance abuse and mental health treatment, education, workforce readiness training and family reunification services. I prayed:
- That God would strengthen individuals and families
- That God would break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration
- That God would empower women involved in the criminal justice system to become productive, tax-paying citizens
- That God would speak through those working with these women.
- That God would give the workers at Women in Recover strength and wisdom to continue their work.