Over the August Bank Holiday I was at the Greenbelt Festival, a wonderful weekend of faith and justice, friendship, and fellowship. I’ve been going, on and off, for the last 30 years and it feels like a little bit of heaven on earth.
It’s also a place to meet remarkable, inspirational people and, this year, I recorded interviews with four of them, so Premier listeners could meet them too. You get your first chance this Sunday.
Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest from Nashville who, 17 years ago, opened the first Magdelene House: a safe haven for women who had been through cycles of abuse, drug addiction, prostitution and sex trafficking. Safe havens where they could find healing and hope. As part of that process they blend fragrant oils to sell as a social enterprise, and in doing so, pass that healing onto others.
It’s a remarkable story of hope and love, from a remarkable woman, who fought her own demons, and found her own healing after abuse as a child, and through it all has been equipped in the most wonderful way, with the insight to understand other broken lives.
I hope you enjoy meeting her as much as I did.