More Than a Mission
This message isn’t a typical message you might receive from a nonprofit or ministry. I could have typed out something trendy or followed marketing guidelines for this time of year, but something kept me from sending the messages I might have sent. I’m not doing Break of Dawn because I need an ego boost or need something to do with my time. If I’m really honest, I didn’t even ask for this ministry. God downloaded it to me during a dark time in 2011 and gave us a decade of experiences before we launched, per His leading, ten years later to the month. Break of Dawn is His idea and we’re simply His vessels to carry out whatever He wills. The following message, then, is the one He gave for me to send as the last message of the year.

Part One
Thank you to each and every one of you for your support of Break of Dawn this past year! I can’t thank you enough because, well, this mission is personal. I, too, am someone who has been affected by sexual trauma and sexual violence and I don’t know what I would have done without the loving support of family and friends during the brunt of my healing journey. You see, that’s how I’m different from the many who come to or get referred to Break of Dawn. Many don’t have a healthy support system to help them in their time of need. Think about having vehicle problems – something that happens to all of us – and not having a trusted dad, brother, husband, or anyone safe or reliable to call. NO ONE. Please, let that reality for the many we’re serving sink in for a moment. It brings me to tears as I type… Thankfully, most of you can’t relate on this level, but that’s the reality of many we’ve been helping and will help in the future. While each one of the teen girls and women are strong warriors, there is a giant gap for many of them because they don’t have anyone to cover their vulnerabilities and, sadly, that leaves them prey for others to take advantage of them for their own profit, gain, or pleasure. Break of Dawn, however, becomes their support system when they need it the most. Your prayers, encouragement and support, orders and participation during the two fundraisers we held this past year, donations, reading these newsletters, text messages, calls, emails, and more, have kept us pushing ahead so we can make a huge impact in their lives in this world and hopefully in the next. THANK YOU for supporting Break of Dawn and the Isaiah 58 mission! Go to NEWSLETTER for a recap of 2022 (missing the early December newsletter so check your inbox from earlier this month or ask me to resend it to you) and for prayer points of where you can support this mission in 2023 and beyond.  

Part Two
But, quite frankly, it’s more than a mission – it’s a ministry God implanted for our family to carry out that impacts people. The starting point is to minister to teen girls and women who have experienced sexual trauma and sexual violence, but God told us very early on to “just be The Church, and I’ll do the rest!” Being The Church is ministering to and meeting the needs of people in our communities and circles of influence regardless of their past trauma status and being conduits of the hope, healing, and freedom that comes through Christ. For weeks, I’ve been contemplating and praying about what the last message of 2022 should be to this group and I can’t seem to shake this question: 
 I wonder if maybe even you and your family are yearning for full (real and authentic) hope, healing, and freedom and are possibly silently struggling?

That was our story for many years but, especially this year, the Lord revealed Himself to us in a fresh way. You see, even though on the outside we may have looked like a typical Christian family, my family’s story includes abuse, rape, dysfunction, toxicity, addiction, marital problems, overwork, strongholds, unforgiveness, anxiety, worry, poverty due to others’ control over us, injustice, and more. We know what it feels like to struggle with a deep wound inflicted by someone else. We know the roller coaster ride of fighting an addiction or how horrible it can be when your circumstances are completely out of your control and you feel smothered in hopelessness, completely oppressed, because nothing you do can change what’s happening to you. But wait – Christians shouldn’t struggle with those things! Right. From experience and, with all due respect, with some of the ones I’ve met (and I’m including my past self), there’s a stark difference between what should be and what is. We live in a fallen world, but I’m not talking about the in-this-world-there-will-be-troubles kinds of struggles. I’m talking about the sometimes uncontrollable thoughts, emotions, and actions that only you and God know about or that are blaringly obvious to others around you. Certainly, there’s protection in Jesus’ blood but there can be holes coming from the spectrum of ancestral sins and patterns to current, willing sins; from culture and its paganism; and other entry points where the enemy has been given a legal right into your life. Statistics alone tell me that many of you or your family members have also experienced sexual trauma and sexual violence but you’ve never told anyone, or you have taken an action step towards healing but are left wondering why you can’t fully heal. You’re silently struggling with the wounds inflicted from molestation, incest, rape, Satanic Ritual Abuse, or possibly even sexual exploitation. Or, maybe it’s other abuses of various kinds – physical, emotional, verbal, or spiritual. Then there are those of you who can’t seem to gain victory over an addiction, a habit, or a thought pattern. Strongholds or patterns based upon lies and deception that, even with Jesus, you can’t shake no matter how hard you try. If you’re honest, day after day, you hurt yourself and the others around you. What about the health problems that are repeatedly trying to take your life or the financial struggles that continually knock your family down just when you think you’re about to get ahead? You’re being tormented by the enemy – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy…”  and he’s wreaking havoc on your familybut you’reyearning for the abundant life Christ promises to bring – “I have come that [you] may have life and have it to the full!” John 10:10  Jesus is coming for a FREE and victorious Bride, not one that’s chained, beaten up, abused, and prostituted.

 Two thousand plus years ago He came to seek and to save the lost and to set the captives free! And the same power {the Holy Spirit} that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you and me and He is still in the business of gifting miracles that bring full freedom!

So, how do you get from the point of torment to being fully free, living the abundant life Jesus came to bring? First and foremost, if you haven’t given your life to Christ, start there. For us, the only reason we were able to survive and throw aside the chains is because of JESUS and the freedom He offers! He’s the focus of everything we do and the contrast to what the enemy wants to do in all of our lives. Let me ask you again: are you and your family yearning for full hope, healing, and freedom through Christ? Or have you settled for a fake persona with silent suffering for years? Don’t suffer alone another day! And certainly don’t let pride, denial, or naivety prevent you from reaching out or manifest their lies that you’ve got it all together since, “it’s only those other people who can’t crucify their flesh, aren’t praying hard enough, aren’t reading their Bible enough or making enough declarations, or they come from an at-risk family.” Those of you in this category are in the most at-risk state of all. We all have chains at some point whether we admit it or not. There’s freedom for the honest and humble.

Our family has been shaken free of the bondages of years’ past and we’re singing with the pslamist, “O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory. Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to You among the nations.” Psalm 108:1-3  It is our hearts’ cry to see other people experience the full freedom as we have. Whether it’s in the confines of Break of Dawn or simply as a friend, family member, acquaintance, or brother or sister-in-Christ, please, reach out. We’re not trained counselors but have The Counselor living in us and we’d love to listen and pray with you. Don’t let another year end and start a new one with the same chains. Letting Jesus, your Deliverer (Psalm 18:2), remove your chains – whatever they may be – will allow you to walk out the victorious calling He ordained for you before time began. Because of Jesus, may you and yours experience a fully free and abundant life regardless of your circumstances or the state of the world. May He touch you in such a way that supernaturally transforms you yet this year and well into the New Year! Your break of dawn is just on the horizon…
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Shining His Light, 

Jennifer Dueholm
Co-Founder/Executive Director
Break of Dawn
“Then your light will break forth like the dawn and your healing will quickly appear!” Isaiah 58:8