Hide, Hurt, Heal Program Begins February 10 | Religious News
What started as a way to use past experiences, both professionally and personally, has grown into an important program for women in Fountain Hills and Minnesota.
JoAnne Crosby, president and director of Hiding Hurting and Healing Ministries, Inc., a Minnesota 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, divides her time between Fountain Hills and the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
The Christian series begins Feb. 10 at Desert Creek Fellowship, 15024 N. Ivory Drive. Classes will be held on Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. until March 31. According to the website, “this is a program for women who have been victims of abuse, betrayal, traumatic experiences or painful relationships.”
Crosby has worked in anger management, chemical addiction, and other areas of counseling. She also shared that she had a personal experience of abuse.
Her husband is a recovering alcoholic. His daughter was married to what Crosby called “a very violent man.”
“These are things that have helped me help others,” she said.
Crosby has been married to her husband of 62 years.
“God has allowed us to work through many issues together, and we are happily married,” she wrote in her bio.
When she started the HHH program in 1999, she said it was immediately popular.
“Abuse doesn’t just mean violence,” she said. “It includes control issues, degrading behavior, living with constant stress. Alcohol or drugs often play a role.
When she started the program, she said churches were unaware of the extent to which abuse was truly a family issue.
“As Christians, we are commanded to love each other as Jesus loves us,” she said. “These women are suffering. I knew I wanted to work with them.
She said her first classes had women driving up to 80 miles to attend.
Crosby explained that women who are in abusive relationships need to educate themselves about violence.
“These are painful issues,” she said. “By understanding violence, women will learn that the violence is not their fault, that they don’t have to make excuses for someone else’s behavior. And they can see and understand what the abusive relationship is doing to them.
She said that during the healing process she emphasized how much God loves women. She provides tools for healing from abuse, emphasizing forgiveness but not making excuses for bad behavior.
“We need boundaries,” Crosby said. “There are divine boundaries, and we help women understand how important those boundaries are.”
Crosby said attendees split into small groups to share their stories.
“It’s similar to AA, in that it’s confidential and safe,” she noted.
Some former participants come to classes to share their progress, to show others how far they have come.
“So many have come a huge, long way,” Crosby said. “And these testimonials are so helpful. We are grateful for their continued participation.
The series helps women work through painful issues and resolve issues of abuse, rejection, and difficult relationships. It is taught in a confidential, non-judgmental and compassionate environment and is open to women who wish to grow in God or help others to do so.
There is no charge to attend classes, and registration is not required. The material will be distributed and payment for it is optional. The cost is minimal.
Crosby works with Cynthia Applegate and Rita Havel in the Fountain Hills studios. Other volunteers also help.