Sarah grew up in a broken home. Her mother died when she was young, and her father was abusive and addicted to alcohol. Eventually, her father lost their home and rejected her as his daughter.
Sarah explained what happened next, “I was kidnapped and exploited by human traffickers. After all the abuse I had taken from my father and losing my mom, I was so jaded and filled with rage that I didn’t even believe in anything. Even after I finally escaped, all I saw was darkness.”
Sarah attempted suicide, continued to face dangerous circumstances, and eventually went to jail. “It was there that I opened up a Bible,” Sarah said. “As I read through the stories, I was transformed and redeemed by God’s Word. In an 8-by-10 cell, I felt more free and alive than I ever felt in my life. I finally had hope. His Word gave me passion and softened my heart again.”
Sarah (photo) began sharing what she was reading with other inmates. When she learned about her.BIBLE, she was further comforted and inspired. Now, she uses her.BIBLE in morning devotions and as she falls asleep, and it helps her to mentor other women who have escaped trafficking.
In 2017, Jenny, a Cru staff member, began recruiting women to help bring a dream of hers to life, and gradually, books of the Bible were recorded and added to an audible Bible called her.BIBLE. Today, her.BIBLE is available as a phone app that features ethnically diverse women’s voices, bringing God’s Word to life in the New Living Translation. When women have been hurt by men, fathers, or a father figure, it may be hard for them to envision a good, good heavenly Father. To hear the Word of God spoken in a woman’s voice can make the Bible more appealing and compelling. To learn more, go to the her.BIBLE website.
Sarah shares, “her.BIBLE is a beautiful tool. Us women are meant to come together and lift each other up. We are meant to complete each other, not compare and compete with each other. In this world that can teach us to always ‘one-up’ each other due to comparison and social media, it is so refreshing to hear God’s Word from sisters.”
Robin and I are thankful for your partnership and pray that “Christ (will) dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:17-19)
Yours in Christ,
Steve & Robin