About Maureen Hager

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Maureen Hager is a survivor. Her passion lies in empowering women to receive healing from their brokenness through the love of Christ. Once a wounded victim in a biker gang war, her painful journey led her into a place of restoration. Her testimony of deliverance and hope has impacted women of all ages.

Her book, Love’s Bullet, is based on her journey through emotional, spiritual and physical trauma. A misguided search for love and acceptance led her into a world of drugs and life in a motorcycle gang. Caught up in a violent gang war, she became a victim of two gunshot wounds when a rival gang opened fire with M16 rifles. Within those few seconds, the crippling bullets forever changed her life. In her determination to start a new life, she encountered the hope and healing of God’s transforming love.

She is an advocate for anti-human trafficking. Maureen has helped lead self-esteem building workshops for at-risk teens and mentor girls who have been victims. She continues to raise awareness about domestic sex trafficking.

Maureen and her husband Tom live in Western North Carolina. They have two grown daughters and two spirited grandchildren.

My Story

A New Creation

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”  — 2 Corinthians 5:17

butterfly w websiteI pray that the words of my testimony will point others to the glorious hope we have in Jesus. I thank the Lord because, in Him, I am a New Creation! A painful journey through emotional, spiritual and physical trauma led me to an encounter with God’s transforming love.

My parents divorced when I was a young teenager. My mother left us in search of a better life. Consequently, my father had the task of caring for three children. He was not prepared for this responsibility and being the oldest child some of the burdens of care rested on me.

pill bottleThe emptiness I felt in my heart was overwhelming. I longed to be part of a family. I sought escape from the pain I felt by partying with my friends. It was during this period in my life that I was introduced to the drugs that would hold me captive for many years.

In spite of all that I tried to fill the void in my heart, I could not find satisfaction or love. When I met Viggo, a member of a motorcycle gang, I thought that I had found the family I longed for. The gang offered me a promise of excitement, drugs and a sense of belonging. I was told we were all brothers and sisters, but instead, I found myself to be someone‘s property. Viggo gave the orders, and I did as I was told.

I witnessed many injustices against others and a great conflict welled up inside of me. I longed for a better life, but I had no idea how I was going to escape the control the gang imposed on my life.

In October of 1977, I left NYC and traveled to San Antonio, Texas with Viggo. Upon arriving in the city, I found myself in the midst of a gang war. Six nights later, I would become a victim of that war.  m16

In a few short minutes, the police and paramedics arrived at the house. I was rushed into an ambulance alone with a nervous paramedic telling me I would be alright. Inside the hospital emergency room, I was surrounded by a team of doctors and nurses inserting tubes and taking x-rays. A police team stood nearby asking me questions about the shooting.

Four hours later, I was wheeled into the intensive care unit. My leg was in traction; my arm was in a plaster cast. In a few days, I would need another surgery to repair my leg. My doctor gave me the news that the bone in my forearm had been shattered beyond repair, and I would not be able to straighten it again.

At this point in my life, I was sure God was punishing me. But in fact, it was Satan who tried to destroy me that night. I knew my life would never be the same, and I could not imagine what my life could become. I am so grateful that God had a better purpose and plan for my life!

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

I spent the next six months in the hospital completely bedridden. At first, the doctor was not sure he could save my leg. Finally, when the bones did not fuse together, he wrapped me in a body cast. For two months I was covered in plaster from my chest down to my leg.

Eventually, I did require a bone graft where a piece of bone from my hip was used to fuse the bones in my leg together. A metal rod in my leg would add strength during the healing process. This surgery left my leg two inches shorter and with a limited range of motion in my knee.

I found myself completely alone in a strange city. Viggo had left me in the hospital totally dependent upon the nursing staff. I never saw him again. I was consumed with shame, anger, and fear. During my hospital stay, all my material possessions were stolen.

bible2In the morning several nurses would visit me and read from the book of Psalms. I thought the Scriptures were beautiful, but I did not realize that God was using them to soften my heart.

In desperation, I called my father and asked him if he would drive me to a hospital close to home. Lying in the back of a station wagon, we started the long journey home to New Jersey. Eventually, I returned to the very place I was so anxious to flee. I was determined to start a new life, and I knew that meant severing all ties with the gang.

My injuries required the following year in intensive rehabilitation therapy. Today, I have a limited range of motion in my arm and leg. The doctor’s report turned out not to be true; I can straighten my arm. Gradually, I learned to live with my disabilities. In fact, my doctors declared me a miracle!

During my time in rehab, a friend of mine had become a Christian. She invited me to attend a baptismal service at her church. It was because of the transformation I saw in her, that I agreed to go. It was then that I heard the testimonies of others who had been set free from drugs and alcohol. It was the first time in my life that I had ever heard the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was the first time that I had experienced real hope!

gods love never failsAll of my efforts to start a new life had failed miserably. I went home that night and asked Jesus if He would be my Lord and Savior. Faithful to His Word, I was set free from the drugs and the lifestyle I had been living. He put a new desire in my heart to know Him.

“I waited patiently for the Lord, And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth – Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:1-3

I’m so glad that Jesus meets us where we are. He didn’t ask me to change before I came to Him. All he wanted was for me to trust Him with my life. He sent a very special sister to mentor me through the Bible. In time, the Lord healed the bitterness and the anger that I felt in my heart for so long. He revealed His love, His mercy, and His grace to me. Sin had its consequences, but I praise the Lord for his deliverance and restoration for me.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

Today, I have the family that I longed for. The Lord blessed me with a godly husband and two precious daughters. Accepting Jesus as my Savior has transformed my life! Not only do I have eternal life with Him, but I have His love, His joy, and His peace to walk in victory each day. I am enjoying His provision as He prepares the path before me.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purposes.” Romans 8:28

*All Scripture references taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.

Mission and Vision

Mission

Out of the Brokenness is about empowering women to receive hope and healing from their brokenness through the restoration of God’s transforming love. “He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

Vision

Maureen is called to share hope and healing from emotional, spiritual, and physical trauma. Her message of deliverance is a testimony of a life changed by the Lord’s love, mercy, and grace. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” Revelation 12:11a

Purpose

To make prayer essential in all decisions, plans and direction of the ministry. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

To fight injustice towards women and girls who are victims of sex trafficking and to those women held captive by gangs. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1

To partner with other ministries to reach the lost by providing spiritual encouragement, mentorship, and shared resources. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:10

*All Scripture references taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.

 

Statement of Faith

The Bible

The Bible is the infallible Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is the complete revelation of God’s will for the salvation of men and women, and the final authority for all Christian faith and life.

2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:19-21, Matthew 5:17-18  

The Trinity

There is one God, existing eternally in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

John 10:30, John 14:26, Philippians 2:5-7

The Father

God is Love and He loves all people. He actively and mercifully intervenes in the affairs of mankind. He hears and answers prayer for all who come to Him through Jesus Christ.

1 John 4:16, John 3:16, John 4:23-24

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins. He rose bodily from the dead. He ascended into heaven. He is now our High Priest and Advocate at the right hand of the Father.

Romans 4:25, Hebrews 7:23-25, John 1:12-13

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is fully God. The primary ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify Jesus by convicting sinners of their need for Christ. He gives new birth to believing sinners. He indwells, sanctifies, leads, teaches, and empowers believers for godly living and service. All of the spiritual gifts listed in the Bible continue to be distributed by the Spirit today.

Galatians 5:22-25, Romans 12:6-8, John 3:3-8

Humanity

Man is created in the image of God, but separated from God by sin. Without Jesus we cannot have a relationship with God. Those who repent of sin and place their trust in Jesus Christ are spiritually born again to new life by the Holy Spirit.

Genesis 1:27, Acts 2:38-39, 1 Timothy 2:5

Salvation

Salvation is a free gift from God and is received by those who put their faith in Jesus Christ. It is not a result of what we do, but it is only available through God’s unearned favor. The shed blood of Jesus and His resurrection provide the only grounds for forgiveness of sins for all who believe. Only those who receive Jesus Christ are born of the Spirit, become children of God, and are given eternal life.

Ephesians 2:4-9, Romans 10:9-10, Titus 3:5-7

The Church

The Church is composed of all people who through saving faith in Jesus Christ are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the head.

Ephesians 2:19-22, Ephesians 4:1-5, Matthew 18:19-20

Christ’s Return

Jesus will return and take all those who have accepted Him as Savior to be with Him for eternity. This is our future hope.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18, Hebrews 9:28, John 14:1-4

Resurrection

Believers have assurance of the bodily resurrection from the dead and everlasting joy with the Lord. Unbelievers face judgment and everlasting separation from God.

2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10, Revelation 20:12-15

Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God has come in the ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. It continues to come in the ministry of the Holy Spirit through the Church. It will be consummated in the glorious, visible and triumphant appearing of Christ when He returns to the earth as King. After Christ returns; He will bring about the ultimate defeat of Satan, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment, and the eternal blessing of the righteous. At that time, the Kingdom of God will be completely fulfilled in the new heavens and the new earth.

1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, Revelation 19:11-16, Revelation 21:1-5

*All Scripture references taken from the New King James Version of the Bible.

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