Dec 17 2022
Sheri Briggs From an abusive home, and raised in a cult Two of her children are in heaven
My name is Sheri Briggs. I am a wife and mother of six children; his, mine, and ours. Two of my children are in heaven. One died prematurely at birth and my son Nathan died seven years ago in a free diving accident in Mexico. He was 26 years old.
I just finished my first book, which comes out November 8, 2022. It is called, " Relentless Pursuit; God's Gentle Guidance Amdist The Storm" This story paints a compelling picture of God's redemptive power. He took what was evil in my life, including a cult upbringing, being born into a alcoholic home, a brutal car accident and the loss of my son, and showed me that He is the perfect parent of His children, and gives a deep experience of His love in the midst of suffering.
I started a non- profit organization in 2005, called Bridge of Hope San Diego. The vision for Bridge of Hope, came from my experience as a single mother with my son Nathan. God took care of me and my son, and provided all we needed, as I stepped out and trusted Him. This is why we do what we do at Bridge; we give these practical items, love and community, in hopes that people will see the love of God and His hand and care for their situation and ultimately put their trust in Him.
Our mission is to strengthen families in transition. Transition can mean many things; families leaving homelessness, domestic violence, recovery, refugees, immigrants, families facing a crisis, disabled etc. We are located in one of the largest refugee resettlement areas in the country. In the span of 6.5 miles, there is over 100 dialects spoken. These refugees are incredibly resilient people who have suffered greatly in their homelands, and daily deal with war trauma, poverty, and being forced to leave their country and loved ones to start over again in a new land.
My hope is to inspire others and the next generation, to step out in faith where God calls them, and to trust God for the resources as He leads them to love and care for others. We have followed the example of George Mueller, the Father of Orphans, and chosen not to fundraise, but to trust God, that where He guides, He provides. Our organization has grown over the last 17 years, and is providing food for about 1500 families per month, approximately 500 families visit our clothing closet each month, as well as 40 families receive furniture and all household items each month. We work with over 70 agencies throughout San Diego County. We also have art, science, and tutoring programs for the local children in our community. We are located in the inner city of San Diego, and are a landing pad; a safe place for families from all over the world. We have hundreds of volunteers throughout the year, and continue to grow and meet the needs of those who are in need.
I also am a grief and trauma coach for those who have lost a loved one. I work mostly with mothers who have lost children. I meet with clients live or via zoom each week, and have grief groups as well. My hope is to have a retreat centre for families who are grieving and suffering with trauma and PTSD. I would love to be able to provide the opportunity, for those who are not able to afford it, to get out of the city and spend time in nature and quiet, which is.the kind of help I received, after the loss of my son.