The Lazarus Project

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I am not ashamed of how God led me to the Lazarus Project and how, by the Grace of God, it was there just when I needed it sooooo desperately.

I had been enduring domestic violence for so long, it had become a norm . . . wrong.  It came to a head when my abuser literally kicked me out of our home when I was leaving to go to church one evening.  I spent one more night to pack my things (after he left the house to go to work at 4:00 a.m.).  I was led to a safe place for a short period of time.   I had already determined in my heart that I would not take the advice of the secular world, but I didn't know how to reach a Christian organization to help me.  In the meantime, I continued to attend my cell group meetings.  The cell group was growing and expanding when Mary decided to join us for fellowship and Bible study.  As it turned out, Mary was an SJSU student working with Social Services.  I was adamant about not considering the secular outlook and help for the issues of my life, and it was Mary who suggested that I call The Lazarus Project, which is the only Christian organization in Santa Clara County who is willing to work with victims of domestic violence from a Christian prospective.  I am still in awe of how God always knows who to send at the right time, and at the right place.

I could go on and on with details of how things came together but it would become a novena.  What I will say is that without the numerous times that my advocate called me and prayed with me, encouraged me, checked up on me, counseled and "stood by  me" on the litigation I would need to go through, it is very likely I would have given up and gone back home to continue enduring more of the same.

Today, I know that my abuser has not changed an iota in his value system, his behavior, his mistreatment of women.  I Praise God that He has brought me out and He had brought me through and He is still with me.  God is a wonderful husband and provider!  I love Him so.

Truly, without the support of The Lazarus Project at the time, it is quite likely I would have capitulated and would still be living two different lives: the one that people could see at work and church and extended family . . . and the one that kept me bound with shame and fear.  God is so awesome. His love for His own will make a way where there seems to be no way . . . and He sent His faithful servant, Christine, into my life and I now walk in a path where He leads me day by day.

— Irene Sandoval

What the Lazarus Project Means To Me

It means help.  It means healing.  It means support.  It means freedom.  It means wisdom.  It means clarity.  It means a chance for happiness again.  It means a new start God's way!

— Teresa Higginson

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