When Love Hurts, © 2007 by RBC Ministries. All rights reserved. Used by permission of RBC Ministries, 3000 Kraft SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512.
Clips from Sex Slaves are used by permission of Ric Esther Bienstock, Writer and Director. The first clip is a scene from Toronto, Ontario and the second involves a discussion between two sisters, one of whom has been victimized by human traffickers.
“The Oldest Oppression” is sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus & Mary, Justice and Peace and St. Mary’s Academy, Wpg, MB, Canada. “Worlds Apart . . . She said, he said” is based on the research of the “Creating Peaceful Learning Environments” team of the Muriel McQueen Ferguson Family Violence Research Centre in Fredericton, NB, Canada.
>>When Abuse is Worse Than Divorce
This is the first of a four part television series produced by Day of Discovery called “When Love Hurts.” The entire program is approximately 27 minutes long and is divided into sections of about 3 to 5 minutes each. This first program details the story of Julie whose husband tried to kill her and her father, a pastor, after the couple had separated. Her story is an illustration of how marriage vows are broken and divorce is justified.
Suggestions for use: sermon illustration, bible study, marriage preparation, marriage enrichment
>>When the Bible is Used to Abuse
This is the second of a four part television series produced by Day of Discovery called “When Love Hurts.” The entire program is approximately 27 minutes long and is divided into sections of about 3 to 5 minutes each. This second program includes Annie’s story of abuse by a husband who used scripture to justify his abusive actions. Interpretations of the biblical notions of submission and headship are unpacked.
Suggestions for use: sermon illustration, bible study, marriage preparation, counseling preparation
>>When Apologies are Dangerous
This is the third of a four part television series produced by Day of Discovery called “When Love Hurts.” The entire program is approximately 27 minutes long and is divided into sections of about 3 to 5 minutes each. This third program involves the story of Karen and Bruce, a clergy couple. In the aftermath of abuse, they learn what accountability and forgiveness really mean.
Suggestions for use: sermon illustration, seminary training, counseling preparation
>>When the Church is Needed Most
This is the fourth and final part of a four part television series produced by Day of Discovery called “When Love Hurts.” The entire program is approximately 27 minutes long and is divided into sections of about 3 to 5 minutes each. This fourth program highlights the example of a coordinated community response to domestic abuse that involves local churches in the city of Phoenix. Peggy, a city counselor and survivor of abuse by a youth minister, has been instrumental in helping to bring churches to the table.
Suggestions for use: sermon illustration, seminary training for youth ministry, building bridges with community agencies and churches
>>Christians as Family Advocates
This is a promotional video for Christians as Family Advocates, a Christian batterer intervention and counseling agency located in Eugene, OR, one of the RAVE location sites. It illustrates the approach used by a Christian agency in dealing with those who come for help with situations of abuse within the family and it includes testimonials of clients.
Suggestions for use: community advocates may wish to view how intervention takes place within a Christian agency - really a resource useful for building bridges.
These are two clips from a documentary on the problem of international sex trafficking produced by Rick Bienstock of Canada. The first clip is about Eva, a woman from Eastern Europe who thought she was coming to Toronto to become a housekeeper. Once she arrives she finds out that the English contract she signed was for work as an exotic dancer.
The second clip features a conversation between two women from a village in the Ukraine. The older sister, Oksana, was sold into the sex trade when she thought she was going to Turkey for work. Despite knowing this, her younger sister feels she needs to leave her child and go abroad in order to earn money for her desperately poor family.
Suggestions for use: education session on human trafficking, social justice ministry, mission societies
>>The Oldest Oppression
This video on human trafficking was produced by students of St. Mary’s Academy in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Through the juxtaposition of passages from scripture and actual stories of women caught in the sex trade, these high school students paint a dramatic picture of a serious social problem. The conclusion includes suggestions for action.
Suggestions for use: youth ministry, sermon illustration, social justice ministry, mission societies, bible study
>>Worlds Apart Coming Together
This video clip is based on stories of teens collected in Atlantic Canada by the Creating Peaceful Learning Environments research team at the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Center for Family Violence Research. The six minute clip illustrates the complicated messages teenagers deal with about what it means to be women and men and to be in relationships.
Suggestions for use: youth ministry, seminary training, middle school religious education, sermon illustration
>>Deal With It – Rod Casey
This is a video of a sermon on restoring relationships given by Rod Casey, Senior Associate Pastor of Woodcrest Chapel in Columbia, Missouri. The sermon answers the question, how can we mend broken relationships when people are willing to change? Casey outlines the concepts of forgiveness, reconciliation and restoration as well as the specific ingredients of restoration which include: naming the reality honestly, calling people to account, doing the actions that prove that change is taking place, nurturing the relationship, and having patience with the process.
Suggestions for use: marriage preparation, seminary training, sermon preparation