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who was involved in ministry for 25 years.
Retirement opened the opportunity
for her to step into her love of writing
that began with creating her website, A New Lens, in 2015.When the Lord put this book on her heart,
it challenged her to step out to risk a vision of her own to write a book.
This book is one that is very personal for Pam as she shares this powerful testimony
of a woman she has known and loved for more than 20 years.
Her love of the Lord, time with her husband, two married children,
and six grandchildren are central. When she is not with them or writing,
she loves photography, reading, traveling, music, and movies.
Congratulations to Pam on the recent release of her first book Bring Me A Vision,
a story of redeeming hope shining light on the love of an extraordinary God
In Pam’s own words …
Bring Me A Vision is the true story of a woman whose life was broken in childhood,
shattered by repeated abuse and emotional neglect,
marked by loneliness and disappointment, and scarred by shame and darkness.
It tells what happens when one woman becomes a vessel of grace and mercy
that opens the door of salvation to this crumpled woman,
and ultimately extends light and love to her children.
But the Lord also has a vision for this redeemed woman that leads her to found a ministry
that reaches out to help hundreds women and teens who are victims of sexual trafficking.
So LifeLetter Cafe is excited to share this recent interview with Pam
to learn more about the story behind Bring Me A Vision.
Enjoy her answers below in the latest 7 Questions Sunday!
“7 Questions Sunday”
Pam Ecrement: I came to know Becky when I was working as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in a Christian private practice. She came to the office where I worked seeking guidance to deal with her children in 1997 and had planned to see someone else in the practice, but since he was not seeing anyone new she saw me.
I met with her for three years. I was blessed with the opportunity to lead her to the Lord and then mentor and disciple her after we finished her clinical work, I was impacted by the evidence of God’s pursuing love to this woman whose life had been so broken.
When my challenge to her about ministry led to a vision for Rahab Ministries, it was clear God’s vision for her life was so much more than she could have imagined.
By 2015 Becky and I had become friends with a bond knit together by the Lord. I sensed Him nudging me to suggest to Becky that I write her story to show its evidence of redeeming hope through the Lord’s grace, mercy, and the power of transformative relationship. It was a big ask on my part, but as I shared what became the Introduction to the book the Lord confirmed to her what I sensed from Him.
As an adult I still needed to discover (with the help of others) the error in my thinking and believing. Through that process I was able to put aside the lies in my head and appropriate God’s grace and know that it was an ongoing gift.
The joy of that truth grew my faith in the possibility for each person I met whether in my classroom as a special education teacher, my office as a clinical counselor, on my church staff, or anywhere I went. Nothing was too difficult for the Lord.
After 25+ years in clinical practice, I believe we each have had places of brokenness in our lives. That is one of the reasons we needed a Savior. And as I look at his life on the earth, I see someone who took time to listen and know the person who was right in front of Him. If we are called to be like Him (and we are), then we must appropriate enough of His love for us that we can be free to listen to someone else’s brokenness without making it about us or even pausing in our days to know someone right beside us shows evidence of hurt, fear, sorrow, confusion, or pain.
When Jesus came to earth, He brought hope. When He returned to heaven, He left those of us who believe in Him to pass it on.
Nothing is more humbling and rewarding
than putting the hand of someone like Becky
into the hand of Jesus..
– Pam Ecrement
I also hope the book will encourage anyone who is struggling, to consider seeking help from a well-trained Christian counselor who believes in the possible for each person.
Readers should expect the book might read more like a novel. Each page is written to encourage the reader to discover what happens next. The early chapters expose the darkness, abuse, emotional neglect, and disappointment that created the brokenness, but that results in God shining more brightly as He redeems Becky and then the redemption story begins to multiply.
Healing is a process, but you will find Jesus with you at each step. He died for you and He isn’t going to leave you. Becky and I prayed over every copy of Bring Me A Vision that God would touch, bring healing and hope to each person whose hands touch the book.
In my experience when we have had just enough courage to face our pain and brokenness, we discover He has pursued us to the darkest of places even though we may not have seen or heard Him. When that reality dawns on us and He leads us into the light and healing, we then become channels of that love for those He brings across our path. When our brokenness is healed, we can listen with love to the stories of others and share the hope and light we received.
Luke tells us those who have been forgiven much, love much. If we look in either the Old Testament or the New Testament, we will discover that God chooses the ordinary, least likely, often messed up persons to reveal his glory. He chooses those overlooked by others including those in religious positions or governmental positions. God sees what others miss and He loves us best. He doesn’t love us best after we get cleaned up, but when we are at our worst.
Pam with Becky Moreland
What comes next as a writer? I am excited to see what the Lord has in mind about that. This week I was reviewing my journal from 2013 and discovered an entry from October 2013 that came not long after I sensed the Lord leading me to retire. As I was seeking the Lord’s direction, I was noting my love of writing from long ago that I had put aside. I wrote what I sensed from Him that morning: “The book is within you. It is you who have not believed. The vision has not been about one thing only, but has been about courage and belief to use what I have placed in you and not bury that gift.”
I had always wanted to write a book and was blessed to write features and articles for a local newspaper for three years when our children were small, but then my life moved in several other directions including teaching, ministry, graduate school, clinical counseling, and church staff along with raising a family. There was no time to write. But then when I had tiptoed into the possibility of writing about 15 years ago with someone whom I understood had experience and expertise in this area, she basically told me that it was a pipe dream and I had no skills or gifting in that area. I left that lunch with her and spent the years afterward trying to bury this passion inside me. I believed her words. They had power.
It felt like a big leap, a big risk, to start a website blog in 2015 after attending a Writers’ Boot Camp. Retirement now gave me the time to pursue this, but those words spoken to me so long ago still haunted each word I wrote. When I sensed the Lord nudging me to write this book about God’s move in Becky’s life, I had forgotten what He had clearly spoken to my heart in 2013.
My desire is to write life-giving words and be available to Him in whatever way He wants to move…including with writing. Life with Him is an adventure and I can’t wait to see where He leads me. Perhaps there is another book He wants me to write. I will wait on Him.