On Saturday, April 21, forty-three girls in the foster care and juvenile justice systems gathered in the Upper Room for a day of inspiration, joy, and hope. Set Free community group’s first BRAVE conference included worship led by several members of the SAFMC worship team, and speakers such as Angelita Gunn, Executive Director of the local AWARE shelter for women, who are recovering from abusive relationships and Spring Arbor University alumnus, Deja Williams, who spent years in foster care.
Williams spoke about the damaging effects of her own family’s words of negativity that she experienced early in her life. Even now, completing her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, Williams said she struggles to overcome those early experiences and feels like the words continue to speak inside her head; but she also has found ways of finding hope and contentment in her worth. She encouraged the young women in the room to tell themselves every day that they are worthy and capable, and to know that what others say about them is not what defines them. The entire room was filled with the sounds of the girls repeating with Williams, “I am enough.”
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Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church is a Biblical community, in which people from all walks of life join together to worship our amazing God, grow in knowledge and relationship with Jesus Christ, connect with one another to find acceptance and friendship in the Body of believers, and then scatter to serve the world and our community in order to build God’s Kingdom here on earth.…