Over the years of starting and leading siHi, Ericka recognized the need to help provide hope and healing for those who have experienced sexual trauma, so she developed RESTORE.
RESTORE was birthed out of my personal journey of healing after sexual trauma and trafficking. My journey of restoration gave me hope and a new understanding of my worth in Christ. My transformation also rebuilt the dark areas of my past and put a desire in my heart to share this hope with others. Our former lives do not define us. The lies spoken over us that we have believed can be erased and replaced. Jesus came for YOU. He came to redeem and transform our lives and replace our lies with His truths of who we are in Him. -Ericka
Restore starts each class with exercise, followed by a curriculum and discussion taking us on a restoration journey. On a few occasions we will read a personal story of hope after trauma. We will end with prayer and our declaration of faith!
“Ericka as a survivor gives me comfort in knowing there is more for my life”
“Restore has helped me with my daughter”
“My heart is healing”
“This makes me push myself to try and exercise on my own"
“I am praying more”
"The testimonies (stories) in the curriculum give me hope for the future”
“Restore helps me open up”
"The workout is fun, relaxing and relieves anxiety”
To receive the unconditional love of Jesus and allow His love to re-create who you are through a journey of physical, spiritual and emotional healing.
I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. Psalm 16:8
We explore and discuss our feelings about being alone and the fact that God never left us in the midst of our trauma.
But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3
In the midst of our trauma, fear can deeply grip our hearts. This week we explore and discuss our fears, the definition of true peace, and who it comes from.
But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. Psalm 13:5
Trust is not easy when you have gone through sexual trauma! This week we unpack the lies we have believed about trust, and how trusting in God first, will lead us to begin to trust others.
To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory. Isaiah 61:3
Shame about our past can rob us of our future. During this week we discuss and realize that God knows all of our pain, shame and suffering. We prayerfully ask him to give us hope, heal us and to use our pain for good in the future.
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? Romans 8:35 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Romans 8:37
Amidst our trauma we have probably felt labeled or branded. We will explore what it looks like to receive God’s unconditional love and acceptance. Coming to a place of understanding that we are only “Marked by his love”.
He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! Psalm 103:5
This week we discuss how God can renew our body, mind and heart
So now there is no condemnation [No punishment] for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Romans 8:1-2 [Emphasis added]
We have been held captive to what others have done or said to us. This week we look at Christ’s sacrifice for us and that we no longer have to stay “stuck” in a place of darkness. Christ died to set us free! We offer the opportunity to accept Jesus (if that decision has not been made yet), and we begin the dream process together. Our homework this week includes learning about the Armor of God in Ephesians 6
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
This is a fun week! We discuss what we have learned so far in our journey and we dream for the future together. We look at the talents God has given us and believe that He will use them in the future!
This week we share our take-aways and share what God has done in our hearts through this journey! Each participant will also affirm each other and we will talk about next steps. A special reward ceremony completes our time together!
Source: Beacon for Victims
An estimated 40.3 million people are in slavery worldwide
Women and girls account for 99% of all victims of forced exploitation
1 in 4 victims are children under the age of 18
Many times these homes don’t have funds to put towards this program. If you would like to help get the Restore curriculum to more ladies in need, please consider donating here.