Thursday, August 13, 2020

The History and Ongoing Development of Alive Again Ministries
 
Alive Again Ministries is a 501(c)3 nonprofit trauma ministry that helps men and women after traumatic events such as: abortion, sexual abuse and behavioral addictions that are a result from traumatic events.
 
Founded in August 2004, originally the ministry name was Sisters In Christ.  Its aim was to help women everywhere, heal from the wounds and after effects of abortion.  It is a tremendous goal!

Sherry Rittenour founded Sisters in Christ, based on a desire to reach her goal and the knowledge that it was God's will.  She had the experience of her own healing through Jesus Christ.  Additionally she had 7 years experience at a local crises pregnancy center.  Her work at the center enabled her to help many post-abortive women experience healing and freedom in Christ, also.

The heartbeat of this ministry is the bible study,  The Journey to Life.  From the beginning it was written hot off the printer, and chapter by chapter, it was placed in the hands of women whom God had sent to take the journey.  It was awesome!

Sherry continued to move the ministry forward with the support of a dedicated Board of Directors and more importantly God's help.  In May of 2007, the ministry expanded to include Sexual Abuse help as part of its services.

Sherry began an in-depth study about the after effects of sexual abuse.  At first only women received help, but then came the men.  Sisters In Christ was now helping men!  It became evident the ministry name had to change.  So in 2009, Sisters In Christ became Alive Again Ministries.

Due to the extensive help we give in journey after journey for Sexual Abuse, Alive Again Ministries has begun to reach people suffering from other traumatic events such as divorce, the death of a significant person, abandonment, rape, military deployment and many other situations.  People suffer greatly when caught in the aftermath of such wounds and pain.

However in the case of these traumatic events and situations, we must first deal with the bondage of addictive behaviors, PTSD that result.  Addictive behavior, PTSD manifests itself in different ways.  For example, some people may show signs of hypochondriac type behavior, some may show signs of hoarding, and others self cutting. [Please refer to and read the list of addictive behavior, PTSD symptoms found as a sub-menu option under the menu tab of The Journey to Life.]
 
The bible study, The Journey to Life continues to be the heartbeat of Alive Again Ministries and its leader, Sherry, continues to lead people out of darkness and into the Light of Jesus Christ.  With God's help and many supporters, Alive Again Ministries is now 15 years strong and thriving!