This short text is dedicated to all the women who are going through forms of violence. In my experience, Christian circles view this type of suffering as something of pagan life and something that takes place outside the Church.
Published on YouTube on January 10th, 2020, the story of Penielle and Congolese gospel singer Mike Kalambay attracted many comments from vloggers and commentators over the last few days. Sadly, observations made by people who are in different parts of the world and who attend different churches agree on one thing: conjugal violence is a reality in the church of God.
The intention of this post is not to take sides, nor to identify truth from false in all the accounts that are now circulating on social media. Instead, the purpose of this post is to speak to our followers and all the women who visit our platform. We condemn all forms of violence against women.
We condemn all physical violence, verbal and financial abuses perpetrated against women. Whether you are married or single, it is not okay, it is not normal, and it is not acceptable to be subjected to any forms of violence.
Perhaps you think it is your fault or you wonder if you deserved it? NO! you do not deserve humiliating treatment nor should you inflict any form of abuses against others. When two or more people are in conflict, each party involved undoubtedly has some level of responsibility. Our intention is not to fuel disputes among couples, but to clearly state that no disagreement justifies violence.
If you are in an abusive relationship, please get in touch with us, we want to confidentially listen to you, pray with you, and support you!
On behalf of Femmes d’Esperance
Dr Joséphine Ma