Broken Mended and Restored
Broken Mended and Restored (BMAR) was founded in 2008 by Rev. Dr. Lisa Enders Tunstall. The nonprofit, based in Los Angeles, California, was created with the goal of bringing hope and wholeness to individuals impacted by emotional, spiritual and physical abuse while also educating the wider church on these issues.
BMAR, like all NBA incubate partners, is a Disciple-related health and social service organization that has entered into partnership with NBA through a Memorandum of Understanding. Aligned with the mission of NBA, BMAR is an organization that equips churches with the knowledge and resources necessary to provide emotionally healthy environments for the emotionally traumatized and relationship abuse victims. They do this because they believe the disease of relationship abuse and emotional trauma is a family affair that doesn’t just affect the nuclear family, but the entire faith community.
“Partnering with the NBA Incubate Initiative will equip BMAR with the tools to maximize the impact of our organization by strengthening our infrastructure,” says BMAR Founder and President Lisa Enders Tunstall. “We need help in fortifying our infrastructure to support greater growth. Through this partnership, we hope to learn more best practices for faith-based non-profit organizations that will help us grow, sustain and further our impact. We know through a partnership with the NBA, we will further acquire the knowledge and expertise needed in order to enlarge our capacity and impact.”
For more than a decade, the organization has held conferences for clergy and other leaders in the church in an effort shed light of the type of abuse that can happen behind closed doors. Dr. Tunstall has made it her mission to break the stigma that says talking about abuse in faith communities isn’t necessary. About 95 percent of the communities BMAR works with has experienced or been impacted by relationship abuse, spiritual abuse, or sexual assault. BMAR’s goals is to see that number decline over time.