Set Free Ministries Offers Hope, Healing as Pain Fills US Streets

Protesters hold signs while standing in a pool outside city hall, as they rally against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd in Houston, Texas, U.S. June 2, 2020. REUTERS/Callaghan O’Hare

Protests continue throughout the US as communities of color demand reform. A new poll finds nearly all Americans favor at least some level of change to the nation’s criminal justice system. Meanwhile, protestors tear down many statues they deem to be racist.

Dean Vander Mey of Set Free Ministries says anger, hurt, and injustice abound.

“If ever the world needed hope, it’s now. We’re living in some pretty tough days.”

Injustice inflicts pain, and the resulting anger may be justified. However, Vander Mey says, holding on to pain and anger doesn’t lead to healing or hope; only Christ can offer those.

“Jesus is the healer of a broken heart… Let’s turn back toward Him and ask Him to forgive us of what we hold. Here’s what most people hold: a lot of sin done to them; they just hold it and they get angry,” Vander Mey says.

“Jesus is saying, ‘I paid for all of it. Give me your heavy loads. I come for the weary to give them rest’.”

The path to healing

Ten years ago, Vander Mey walked into a local restaurant and met a man heavily burdened. He wore his pain and sorrow for the world to see. “[He] had slit his arms with a razor 30 times and the wounds were still oozing,” Vander Mey recalls. “The Lord spoke to me and said, ‘Help this man,’ and so I did.”

Reaching out with compassion, Vander Mey invited the man into a conversation. “I went up to him after he left the restaurant… And I said, ‘I see that you cut yourself, and I know you’re hurting. Can I help you?” The man accepted and began a journey toward healing, Vander Mey says, but it wasn’t easy.

“He had determined that his life was worthless. He was filled with hurt, pain, and anger, and there was no more hope.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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