She knew that God was calling her to be a missionary. His seeming commitment to Christ and a future as a missionary "touched" her and they were married. But he can no longer harm Lisa.
We see our oppressors (as the Bible calls them) winning the battle. But that is only in the short-term. The LORD is my refuge.
One of the surest ways to kill an organization is to be driven by image. One of the surest ways to identify a toxic leader is to find one driven by image.
Emily joined the African mission work because it "sounded good. It was the way we should be helping." But all that glitters is not gold...
It has been two years since the Williams left Peace Community Church. You either confront the abuse, or you enable and embolden it. Silence only serves the abuser. Sin grows in the dark.
When your pastor says, "If you don't trust me, you don't trust God," run.
Despite the crazy dad, Dave Marks' thoughts are helpful for understanding the toxic work environment...or really, any conflict.
Marsha sought help from church leaders for 22 years. They didn't think that was long enough to live with an abusive husband. The church's theology of divorce is hurtful and unbiblical.
Daniel lost his job, but as he noted, "The real abuse was not in being fired unjustly [which he was], but in [Pastor Jim] having to control the narrative in every situation...the manipulation, gas lighting, and his constant need to fight."
Ethan said there were red flags he should have seen, and to this day, several years later, lives with a certain guilt that he failed in his calling.