1st of 2 posts My friend, Eva, told me about an outreach on a Hopi reservation near Flagstaff, Arizona in 2012. It was there where she and her team shared the storyrope™ process at the community center with mostly older women.
On her team was a West African woman - cutting materials as another worked on her rope. Tomorrow continuing with more story & pictures: HOPI WOMEN SHARE THEIR STORIES
In October 2013, Holly, fromTRUE Stories Ministries, helped lead a college sorority group in Northeastern Oklahoma in a two day retreat considering identity and purpose in their lives through the tool of storyrope™. The girls left that weekend with a perspective of truth versus lies in the events of their lives thus far and they purposed to go forward, facing challenges and joys in their lives with a perspective of seeking Truth in the story. The girls were pleasantly surprised at how their relationships with each other deepened, with better understanding and love, from that storyrope™ weekend. Holly holding her own storyrope™ as she taught the process.
In the Spring of 2013, 20 women gathered for three days in a lovely, rural Oklahoma, no-cell-service retreat center to consider His Story in their lives using storyrope™. Since then, at least eight of those women have used storyrope™ in small groups in their respective states of TN, WA, TX, and OK. photo of Terri teaching Storyrope™
From Marcia's blog: A vital part of the work I do, along with team members, is praying through women's stories as they share the art they have made. The art often reveals dark, traumatic or shameful parts of one's story. Wrong choices, words, actions are confessed. There are people to forgive, through prayer, as one's story is shared. Abusers are brought to Jesus and the work He has done on the cross. Jesus has died for each of our sins, and for every sin committed against us. Justice has been done. Payment for wrongs have been made on the cross. One friend recently stopped me in the middle of the parking lot. She made her storyrope™ a couple of weeks earlier. She was so excited to tell me - "I get it now - bringing things to Jesus - and now I CAN FEEL HIS LOVE!" We hugged, and I just stood there and thanked God for His kindness, mercy and grace. read Marcia's full post
In October, 2014, TRUE Stories Ministries partnered with a church in Tulsa, Oklahoma to consider "His Story – Your Story" with a group of 83 women at a storyrope™ day retreat. The large group subdivided into smaller groups to look for Jesus in their stories. They spent time considering how their individual stories of joy and pain that God had transformed, might be used as His platform to reach into their respective communities.
At the conclusion of the day, all 83 ropes were hung together on God’s Storyrope™ for a visual perspective of how we need each other, as we together reflect His Great Story today.
This post is from Tammie in the Seattle, Washington area, pictured below.
In November 2014 I trained a team of volunteers on Storyropes™. This team is a group of volunteers working with a human trafficking non profit. They host retreats at the local Juvenile Detention Centers here in the Seattle Area.
It's been incredible to hear the stories and see the healing taking place - by these kids telling their stories. It's not written but it's a form of art using scraps of material and ribbon.Story is so important. It's where the healing starts! Thanks Dan Allender andThe Allender Centerfor the work you do. The Allender Centerwebsite is an excellent resource for those working with people through personal storytelling.