LIBERATION IS HERE RESOURCES
liberation is not just near, it is here.
Liberation Is Here is the story of Nikole Lim’s journey as an idealistic freelance filmmaker. Her career allowed her to step in and out of the lives of people who had experienced oppression around the world. But when confronted with the prevalence of sexual violence in Kenyan and Zambian communities, she commits to advocating alongside the courageous survivors whose lives have intersected with her own.
These women’s powerful stories inspire her to embark on a new vocation, partnering with survivors of sexual violence to launch Freely in Hope—a nonprofit organization that equips survivors of sexual violence to lead through their rewritten stories.
But as Lim embarks on the journey towards liberation with the survivors she serves, her perspective is radically altered. Exhausted and deathly ill, she witnesses how these young women become her healers—the once oppressed become her liberators.
Illustrated with dramatic full-color photography from Lim’s own camera, Liberation Is Here transports us to forgotten corners of the world. From the slums of Nairobi, hospitals of Lusaka, killing fields of Kigali, and the back alleys of Barcelona, Lim weaves together stories presenting a narrative of God’s grace and healing amid fear and trauma. Her journey proves that liberation is not just near, but it is here—in the eyes of the broken, the hearts of the oppressed, and the untold stories of our global community.
Video Course Curriculum
This is a 10 series video course produced with Seminary Now. This course features conversations filled with intimate learning lessons around advocacy efforts for faith-based leaders. The series is taught by Nikole Lim and features conversations with Jean Nangwala, Freely in Hope alumni. This course will equip you to advocate alongside survivors, expand your perspective by learning from the wisdom of survivors, and challenge you to fight against systems of oppression and establish new systems of liberation within your community
This discussion guide is meant for personal study or for facilitating conversation with a book club. Engage with themes in the book regarding cultural heritage, leadership development, and survivor-allyship.
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Liberation is Here features original photographs by Nikole Lim and is accompanied by poems.