Reaching. Healing. Renewing.
Who doesn’t want more of these verbs in their life?
That’s the heart and hope behind Ministry of Reconciliation and I can certainly attest to its life-giving characteristics.
Ministry of Reconciliation (MOR) was birthed out of Friendship Church and has since turned into a stand alone ministry just down the road from where it first began.
I don’t think anyone would doubt that last year was hard. Not just globally, but personally on many levels for many people as well. As if COVID and all of its facets weren’t enough, I was fighting my way through the thick of my own bondage.
Enter in MOR. I’ve been going once a week since the beginning of the year and I have already found so much freedom.
I firmly believe MOR is an asset to anyone because we all have stories marked with some level of pain, hurt, and brokenness. MOR is a safe place to heal in these areas and more. Everyone who walks through their doors is offered free ministry on a donation based offering and is assigned two prayer ministers to partner with them through their unique journey.
For some it’s longer that others. It really depends on your story and just how deep you want to go. My husband made it through in record speed in less than 8 weeks flat. He now has the tools to continue to do the ongoing work on his own. On the other hand, I’ve been going for 5 months and I don’t see an end in sight.
What I love most about MOR is that it’s one-hundred percent spirit-led. Each session is sandwiched between prayer to ensure God is the one doing the brunt of the work.
Psalm 86:11 is the heart and soul behind MOR. “Teach me Your way, O LORD; and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart, and I will fear (revere) Your name.“
The point is to look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, and allow His truth to lead us into God’s best. Each approach used in MOR is littered with scripture and rooted in biblical truth. Together my prayer partners and I have worked through generational ties, unforgiveness, strongholds, roots of bitterness, and that’s just the beginning. Of course many of these areas are a lifelong pursuit, but that’s why it’s so important to receive the tools to continue to tap into these things.
For example, when we first tackled unforgiveness I was instructed to make a list of all those who came to mind. After working through my list I quickly realized that even though I had forgiven certain people I continued to be hurt by them. These people are considered serial offenders and I must continue to cultivate a heart of forgiveness towards them. Sometimes when this task feels especially tricky I will pull out my MOR folder and go through the scriptures on forgiveness and read through the forgiveness prayer as well.
I believe MOR acts like a bridge between the things that try to trip us up and hold us back and God’s beautiful plan for redemption. Some weeks are harder than others to show up, but I always walk away feeling lighter and like the veil between God and I has been lifted. I’ve seen beauty come from ashes and I’m so thankful that God has provided a place to help push me along the path of freedom in Christ.
If you or someone you know is in need of a spiritual helping hand then I highly recommend Ministry of Reconciliation. You can explore more of their vision and mission on their website below.