Whispers of Love, Hope, & Joy
"The tongue that heals is a tree of life..." Proverbs 15:4a
Whispers of Love, Hope, & Joy wants to spread our message of hope and compassion. We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community, and that collective action can greatly impact the world. Through advocacy and outreach activities, our team wants to empower women and children who have become survivors of domestic violence.
Mission Statement: As Christ's ambassadors, we exist to support survivors as they create new meaning for a wonderful life going forward.
Vision Statement: We aspire to restore human dignity to survivors of intimate partner violence by offering hope, compassion, and healding so that life stustaining skills are
Whispers of Love, Hope, & Joy at a Glance
It seems that we have our lives figured out, and for twenty-five plus years I did while practicing as a registered nurse. God then unsettled me, leading me to step away from the career I love and begin taking first steps down the path towards vocational ministry. I received my theological formation at Western Theological Seminary; graduated and ordained in 2014. I served as Director of Outreach & Service followed by Congregational Care Pastor in two separate congregations, respectively in NW Iowa before God led me to begin serving women & children survivors of domestic violence.
In June, 2018 Whispers of Love, Hope & Joy became awarded non profit status. We are passionate about forming unique partnerships with businesses, faith communities and any private individuals.
Interested? Curious? Please reach out using the contact information below.
Making A Difference
We visited Seattle, Washington to educate ourselves on transitional housing. Our big audacious vision is to provide affordable housing that promotes a healing environment that equips & empowers survivors to live independent flourishing lives free of violence.
The winterizing vehicles event day provides an opportunity for women and children to begin to build relationships together as they enjoy refreshments & fellowship while their vehicle is checked over in preparation for winter. This is a unique event where a men's bible study group carefully tends to each woman's vehicle and the basics of car maintenance is shared with the cars owner. A small gift is shared with each family when they're ready to leave.
Each survivor is given a care bundle at our first visit. This bundle provides many necessities that may have been left behind because of the need to leave their home immediately. If you would like to help supply products for these care bundles, please reach out using the contact information listed below.
America's Farmers Grow Communities 2019 Award
Capital Democrat Article - September 26,2019
When local farmer Deb Rensink signed up for America’s Farmers Grow Communities, she didn’t know she thought she was signing up for a group that reflected her values. That made it all the more stunning when she received a call this winter telling her she had won a $2,500 donation to the nonprofit of her choice.
Sponsored by the Bayer Fund, the program provides farmers the opportunity to support and give back to nonprofit organizations they care about in their local communities. When Rensink heard she had won the money, she immediately asked if it could be directed to the non-profit she is affiliated with, Whispers of Love, Hope and Joy. The Bayer Foundation was happy to comply, and the group was awarded the money this summer. The money has been earmarked for winterizing vehicles of survivors of Intimate Partner Violence, ensuring their safety on the winter roadways.
“A few years ago, I was approached by Brian Rozeboom, who is in an area Men’s Bible Study, about doing maintenance on vehicles for women who need help,” explained Rensink. “The timing was wrong. But last year I was struggling with how to help the abused women I work with, and remembered their offer. I reached out to them, and they agreed to help with the project.”
Last year was the first time Whispers of LHJ, Atlas and the men’s Bible study group put on the event. Twenty-two vehicles were serviced at Rensink’s farm, while the women were given a tutorial by Bob Bruxvoort on how to take care of their vehicles. Vice President Ashley Schuiteman was on hand for the event. “We wanted the women to feel empowered when they left us, and know that they would be safe in their vehicles,” she said. “It was very humbling to see some of the cars. We realized how blessed we are to have men in our lives who aren’t abusive and make sure our vehicles are in good shape.”
Rensink is thankful to the men who helped. “The men’s Bible study has a passion for serving, and they provided us with the mechanical expertise to put on the event. We had three stations going, and there would be 3-4 men working on each vehicle. They were very thorough. I even remember watching Brad Vermeer wash every single window of every vehicle with such care! It was a wonderful experience.”
During the event, one of the vehicles was discovered to have some pretty serious axle issues. “The men wouldn’t let her leave until it was fixed,” smiled Rensink. “They went to other shops and got parts and advice and fixed it so that it was safe to drive.”
October 12 is the day designated for the event this year. The group is looking forward to servicing twenty-four vehicles. Thanks to donations of oil from Co-op Gas and Oil, and oil filters donated by Arnold Motor Supply, the money from the grant will be used to provide winter survival kits to the survivors of abuse. “It’s great to see the way survivors have connected and how people are engaging with each other through this event and others,” Rensink said. “We can’t do life in isolation. When women leave a bad situation, they often lose their support network and need to find a new community. Even though what they go through is so horrific, they need to know God knows their heart, and all of the pain will pass. With God’s help, we can help them build a better life.”
Since 2010 the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program has given more than $3 million to over 8,000 nonprofit groups across rural America. Their goal is a better life. The company realizes that farmers are invested in their communities and know when and where the needs are. The program allows farmers to direct donations to the organizations they are passionate about and make a positive impact in their communities. To learn more about the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, visit www.America’sFarmers.com. To learn more about Whispers of Love, Hope and Joy, visit whispersoflhj.com.
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see”
Contact Whispers of Love, Hope, & Joy
PO Box 242, Sioux Center, IA 51250