August 15, 2018, I shared for the first time here about my newly published book, Bring Me A Vision: A Story of Redeeming Hope. I shared the power of the story within it detailing Becky Moreland’s journey from brokenness to wholeness, abuse to healing, and ultimately to a vision from the Lord.
That vision led Becky to establish RAHAB Ministries in Akron, Ohio, in 2002. This outreach focused on reaching beyond the brokenness and hopelessness experienced by women who have been trafficked and abused, leading them to the wholeness and healing Becky knew firsthand.
In 2017, the Lord gave me a vision for the book so that others could know the power of God’s love and redemption. I also sensed clearly from Him that profits from the sale of the book were to be donated to RAHAB Ministries.
When I shared this vision with Becky and asked her to pray about it, she agreed to trust me with telling the story.
Our relationship has evolved a great deal over the more than 20 years we have known each other. But the experience of working on this book, writing, and publishing it, brought a depth to our friendship that I am not sure either of us could fully describe. Perhaps it was due in part to reviewing the story and seeing God’s hand at work over and over again in countless ways.
At a recent lunch with Becky, we talked about these months since the book’s release and today I want to let you eavesdrop on responses to some of the questions I asked Becky.
How has the release of Bring Me A Vision impacted you?
“To be honest I wasn’t sure what to expect, except that I felt the need to ‘lay low’ for a while. I can say now that the response has been so positive that I have no qualms about having my story out there. I feel far removed from the girl/woman in that story. That (I believe) was God’s gift to me.”
What has most surprised you about the response to the book?
“The biggest surprise was that so many women felt safe enough to be able to share their story. Women that have suffered in silence for many, many years were able to find words to put to their pain. I’m heartbroken about the women (many of them older than myself) that have never healed from their pasts.”
Now that you have retired as Executive Director of Rahab, what do you sense the Lord has been speaking to you?
“That’s a good question. Mostly, wait. I know He has a purpose for me. I am neither anxious nor concerned about what that might be. I am at peace with sitting with Him for longer periods of time on a daily basis. I am enjoying the relaxed times I can spend with my children and grandchildren. The Lord will clearly show me what is next and I am confident I will know what that is.”
The book really looks at relationship from a variety of contexts (some healthy and some not) and one of the central relationships is one with me (Pam). You risked trusting the Lord in and through me all over again when I said I felt the Lord was leading me to write your story. What does your relationship with her look like since the book was written and in these months since?
“When Pam mentioned writing a book about my story I had already come to trust her completely. What I did not anticipate was how that experience would shape our already close relationship. We have gone from counselor to mentor to close friends over more than 20 years. I love that we get together weekly and never run out of things to talk about. Our conversations are deep and motivating. I treasure our times together and am still growing spiritually because of Pam’s love for me.”
Some of you may be wondering how sales for the book have gone. We have prayed and believed from the outset that the Lord would take this book wherever He chose. Since it was self-published, it would not benefit from the exposure and advertisement a major publisher can bring.
We were greatly blessed to have a number of amazing writers and bloggers review the book on their own websites. We cannot thank you enough! Lori, Debbie, Michele, Linda, Lisa, Susan, Deb, and David − you are dear to our hearts.
Additionally, several persons have specifically championed our vision for the book and promoted it above and beyond what we could have imagined. One of these women (Barb) purchased 100 books before the book was even in our hands from the printer. Another (Angel) whose life was changed by Becky’s love and care, has been sharing about the book everywhere she is asked to speak and share her own story.
As of now we want to share with you that we have sold 559 books (71 since December 6, 2018). We have each also donated some books occasionally when the Lord nudged us to. (What stories we could tell about where we have done this without any idea of why the Lord was leading!)
The sale of these books to date has allowed $2,000 to be donated to RAHAB. It is our hope that amount will grow as we see the ministry growing and expanding including the opening of a new Minor Safe House.
Various organizations and ministries may seek to help this population of women and teen girls, but RAHAB is unique in providing the variety of programs and services as well as two residences − a Safe House for adult women and the new Minor Safe House for teenage girls.
At the beginning of 2019 we felt led to expand the exposure of the book and we wanted you to know that you can still buy the book from the Resource page on my website (Pam Ecrement – Resources), but it is also available from Amazon in paperback. Additionally, it can be purchased as an eBook from three different sites. Here are the links:
My final questions to Becky: With the broader opportunity of the book’s message available now with the eBooks and on Amazon, what are your hopes for how God uses these avenues?
“I would say my first response would be that He would use the books in order that other women still stuck in their pain might find hope and healing. Secondly, I want to continue supporting RAHAB financially with the proceeds from the book. RAHAB has doubled in size in a very short time and needs contributions to allow the staff to do the work they have been called to do.”
If this story has impacted you, we hope you will share this information with someone else or gift someone with a copy of the book. The needs are many.
One thing Becky and I are sure of − we are standing on tiptoes eagerly looking for what the Lord will do next as He reaches out with grace, mercy, hope, and love.