We help break the cycle of abuse and restore victims
and survivors to their full potential in Christ
Shine a Light was founded in early 2013 by Jessica Moser, who felt God calling her to support victims and survivors of domestic violence after her own experience with an abusive relationship. Jessica is passionate about 'showing up' and sharing the love of Jesus with those who have also experienced abuse.
Shine a Light stands in the gap by providing domestic violence education to church and community leaders, as well as support for victims, survivors, families and helpers.
In September of 2013, Shine a Light hosted a community education seminar at a local church in Charlotte, NC. Its purpose was to bring awareness to pastors, church volunteers, Christian counselors, and others partners in the community. Immediately following the seminar, a small group was formed at another local church to help provide support to women and teens impacted by abuse.
The ministry expanded in early 2014, as Shine a Light launched a new chapter in St. Petersburg, FL. The St. Petersburg chapter has thrived under the guidance of wonderful volunteers, and with the support of partner churches who have provided financial provision and other invaluable resources, including referring victims and survivors to our program for help.
"Jesus rescued me from my marriage."
That's something most Christians wouldn't say. But I say it and it’s true.
On September 6th, 2008, when I was standing in front of my closest friends and family sharing my wedding vows, I could have never imagined that on that same date, five years later, I would be preparing to share the story of how my marriage ended because of abuse.
The date of my wedding is no longer significant. The new date that resides in my heart is September 7th, 2013 — the day Jesus asked me to tell my story. You can learn more about my personal story in the testimony and video below.
My life verse is Genesis 50:20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” I also work for a financial institution, providing domestic violence support for employees who are impacted by abuse.
Abuse is injustice in our own families, it's injustice in our communities, and it's injustice in our own congregations!
Jesus wants victims to know that He cares more about the hearts and souls of the women being abused, more about their safety, more about their lives, than He cares about the institution of marriage.