I am very excited to introduce you to our longest serving volunteer, the wonderful Emma. Emma has served Restore with such love and dedication for many years and is a very valuable part of the volunteer team.
"Hi Everyone. I'm Emma, one of the Restore volunteers. I can't actually remember how long I've been volunteering with Restore, but I think it could be about 7 years. As I work full time, my role with Restore has mainly been part of the Thursday evening outreach team, and Lexie and Lianne have already given you an idea of what's involved.
When people hear about the volunteering I do, one of their first questions is usually around how successful we are at helping women to exit prostitution. If we purely looked at the proportion of women who've exited as a result of Restore over the time I've been volunteering, the percentage would probably be lower than you'd expect. This is mainly because the cycle of drug addictions is immensely powerful. However, if you asked how many women we've shown love, kindness, care, support, practical help, etc. to since I've been with Restore the number would be over 100. Given these women's lives are full of people who want to abuse and take from them, giving food, drink, a listening ear and an encouraging word is a ray of light in what is a very dark evening. And if one of those women were my Mother, Daughter or Sister I would desperately want someone to show them this love and care.
So, I urge you to pray for Restore, that God will continue to use us to share his love with these women and, by his grace, use Restore to reveal himself to them.
Thank you for all your support!