Centerfield Coffee Shop’s Ministry of the Month for July is BeLoved Atlanta!
In the Gospel of John, there are countless accounts of Jesus loving, uplifting, and empowering women in a day and age that seemed to discredit them. Jesus showed mercy to the woman who had been caught in adultery (John 8:1-11), He spoke life into the woman at the well who was living in sin (John 4:1-42), and a woman was the first person who had the opportunity to tell others that Jesus had risen from the dead (John 20:1-18). Jesus saw value where others saw none at all and He saw opportunity for redemption where others saw a dead end.
Jesus is still in the business of restoring, healing, and loving women and He is doing so through organizations like BeLoved Atlanta. BeLoved is a two-year residential home and program for women who have survived prostitution, trafficking, and addiction in the Atlanta area. Their program is focused on freedom being found only through Jesus and allows the women within their program to gain counseling, therapeutic groups, access to GED programs, assistance with job placement, and more.
BeLoved’s vision to bring freedom and restoration to the women of Atlanta who have been marginalized, disenfranchised, and made powerless is one that is necessary and urgent in our state capitol. As BeLoved’s website explains, Atlanta is the number one city in the U.S. with the highest sex economy income of $290 million per year. Not only that, but 87% of the women in prostitution said that they wanted to escape, but had no other means of survival. With the average age that a girl enters prostitution being between 11-14 years old, this is not an issue of illegal activity, but one of sin and hurt and a cry for help that only a Savior can heal and only His children can respond to.
We are so excited to partner with BeLoved ATL for the month of July as our ministry of the month and can’t wait to cheer them on from Royston as they minister to women that Jesus sees as loved, honored, and worthy of being rescued. Come in to Centerfield and grab a cup of joe that will bless Beloved ATL! For more information about this organization and for ways you can volunteer or donate to them directly, go to http://www.belovedatlanta.org.
“We often look at women in prostitution as criminals, but we believe that each woman deserves to be respected by her community. She is gifted, strong, and trustworthy; she is a survivor.”
— Amelia Quinn, Founder of BeLoved