CALVARY AUSTIN: REACHING OUT TO VICTIMS OF ABUSE
On Saturday, May 26, Calvary Austin will host ‘Chains Be Broken.’ This event will be unlike anything Calvary Austin has ever tackled before. It may even be a first for the greater Austin area! The goal of Chains Be Broken is to bring hope to the hurting, the main emphasis being on victims of abuse. The man behind the mission is Calvary Austin’s pastor, Terry Michaels. It was at ‘vision night’ in early January when Terry first encouraged his congregation to pray this simple prayer: “Enlarge our hearts.” Since then, members have focused their attention on the sick, the poor and the heavy burdened.
Along with praying for enlarged hearts, Terry asked each individual to consider how past experiences may have uniquely equipped them to reach a specific person or group. For Terry, it was victims of abuse. As a youth, Terry was molested over the course of two years. The trauma of the experience fueled a life of rage and recklessness. It wasn’t until Terry was in his twenties that he was set free from his painful past. Today, Terry wants others to find the same victory he found.
Shortly after sharing his idea for Chains Be Broken, an elderly gentleman approached Terry admitting, “I’m seventy-six years old. I was molested as a child and I still can’t get over it.” It is precious people with stories like these that Calvary Austin desires to help. “No one should have to carry this kind of pain to the grave,” Terry insists. But many do. Most do. Sadly, they allow past hurts to rule their future. The people of Calvary Austin are determined to do something about this.
Author/speaker Victor Marx is also scheduled to share at Chains be Broken. Victor is founder/president of ‘All Things Possible’ a ministry dedicated to reaching incarcerated youth who come from broken or abusive homes. Victor endured a childhood marked with physical and sexual abuse, multiple stepfathers, 14 schools and 17 different houses. Victor’s stepfathers were troubled with serious issues of their own; one was a pimp and drug dealer, and another was convicted for killing a man. With chaos as his constant companion, Victor began doing drugs in the sixth grade to escape his pain.
Joining the Marine Corps gave structure to Victor’s life, but did nothing to heal the wounds of his past. Despite psychiatric treatment, he still was not able to get relief from the debilitating flashbacks or the tormenting nightmares that plagued him.
Through what Victor calls a miracle he has become not just a high-functioning survivor, but a “thriver” in life! His story shows how a person can get true freedom from negative behaviors caused by bad circumstances. Learn more about Victor Marx at www.atpministries.org
Along with Victor Marx, Mercedes Miller will share her story of tragedy to triumph. Mercedes served time in prison and was also a victim of abuse. Today she is a pastor’s wife at Calvary Chapel in Grapevine, Texas.
Chains Be Broken is a free one-night event. All are welcome. Doors open May 26 at 5:30pm. Start time is 6:00pm. Calvary Austin is located at 1601 W. Pecan Street, Pflugerville TX 78660. For more information call: 512-719-4667. www.calvaryaustin.com
Sunday Morning at 9:30 & 11:30am
Wednesday Evening at 7:00
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Calvary Chapel of Austin Church
1601 Pecan St., Pflugerville, TX 78660