Day 12 Gift Idea: Advocacy for Victims of Abuse

CHICAGO, IL (December 12, 2018) – Throughout the Advent season, Covenant Newswire is highlighting daily gift selections from the CovenantCares giving guide. Through the free annual catalog, Covenanters can partner with brothers and sisters around the globe to give gift donations that will help serve communities and advance God’s work in many areas.

Today we are highlighting Advocacy for Victims of Abuse (AVA). The church can play a vital role in helping to change attitudes around sexual harassment by acknowledging the stories of people who have been victims and also publicly addressing the issue of all types of verbal, sexual, and physical abuse.

The rise of the #MeToo movement has demonstrated the importance of ministries such as AVA, which provides resources as well as contextualized training for regional coordinators and local advocates. An AVA component is now being developed at CHET, the Covenant’s Hispanic Training Center, to spread the ministry to Hispanic pastors. There are AVA-trained leaders in Colombia, Ecuador, Argentina, Chile, and Mexico.

Your gift will help make it possible to expand the number of AVA trainings. This and other missional gift-giving options are available now through CovenantCares Gifts for Mission. Please join us in advancing the mission.

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Stan Friedman is the news and online editor for the Covenant Companion and is grateful for the opportunity to serve in a job that combines his newspaper and pastoral ministry experience. He has been to 15 Bruce Springsteen concerts in four cities and listened to “Thunder Road” an average of at least once a day for 41 years.

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