Painted Orange

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It’s more than a title… it’s a movement.

So, as many you know, I am writing a book. What many of you don’t know is the title, and I want to take some time to explain the title and the vision to you all.

At the end of spending a year and a half hearing the stories of women around the world, I felt that God wanted me to write a book of their stories, titling it “Her Story Changed Mine.” Most of the women I had met had endured severe oppression, assault, and abuse. I had read about it in books, but hearing their stories first hand and witnessing oppression had a way of changing me. These women and their stories nestled their way into my heart and found a home there.

I couldn’t look the other way anymore. I had to do something.

These women had taken me from a place of ignorance to understanding, from understanding to caring, from caring to trying to do something, and from to trying to do something to changing my career path.

And now I write their stories full-time, but for years I have been writing their stories with what felt like little results. A lot of days I wrote and it felt like it would go out into the world only to disappear in the news of politics and cat videos, not making a difference.

I’ve questioned what impact writing these stories has had more times than I can count. Constantly asking myself if I am making a difference? Does what I write even matter?

And then, once every couple of months or so, I get an email like the one below and am reminded that it does matter. It matters very much.

Dear Ms. Tschanz,

I recently stumbled across your post “My Friend was Murdered” on wrecked.org.  I know it is over a year old now, but your call to action in there really struck a chord with me.

I am a 19-year-old college student in western New York.  I plan to pursue a career in full-time ministry.  I have recently become very aware of the sex trafficking industry and have been reading as many articles as I can relating to it to become more educated.  The more I read, the more I want to do something to help, not just sit back and take in the information.  A friend and I started up a Facebook page to raise awareness and are trying to get more attention to it right now (we have shared most of your trafficking stories on wrecked.org on the page).  But I still feel the Lord is calling me to do more.

Your statement about written encouragement intrigued me.  I am blind and therefore could not do anything handwritten for people.  I also am well aware your referenced trip “in May” is well past.  Yet I would still love to help in that regard if possible.  I love to write and feel I could make a difference there, even in some small way.

Is there any way I can be of use to you, either by writing or otherwise? If not, do you know of another person or organization I might be able to volunteer for? This is something I would love to take part in during my months off of school this summer.

Thank you so much for all that you have done to bring awareness to this issue.  Praise God for voices like yours sharing the real truth with the world.

God Bless.

People ARE  impacted by stories and do decide to make a real difference to bring an end to the oppression that so many women endure.

Friends, it makes a difference, all of it.

If you are fighting for good in the world however large or small, I promise you, it makes a difference.

And that’s why I want to open up this space to all of you: I want this to be a place where WE collectively are a voice fighting for the good in this world.

I’m rebranding the blog; changing it from paintedorange.org to herstorychangedmine.com. I’ve bought the URL and if you type it in it still navigates to this page, but it is going to take sixty days for the full name to be changed. I’ve also updated the about page.

If there’s one thing I’ve realized is this: If we are ever going to end the sex trade, it needs to be a movement.

We need people like you, yes you, reading this, to believe they can make a difference. I don’t care about your age, religion, ethnicity, sex, or any other possible factor you can think of: your words and the way you live your life matter.

YOU can make a difference. 

And girls and women around the world need you to.

If you don’t believe me now, I hope that when my book is finished you can see that: how God to a young, naive, flawed girl and showed her other people’s pain, so that she would care and try to make a difference. She made mistakes along the way, but ultimately she made a difference, and she did.

That may be your story too and if it is, I want you to share it here. And if not, this space can take you there, join the community and you will find out how!

I believe in you, I believe that you can change the world. So please, get out there and change it.

“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” -Jane Goodall

 

About Meghan Tschanz

I believe in love, empowerment. and adventure. The kind of love that believes in the face of adversity, the empowerment that allows people to step into their destiny, and the kind of adventure that leaves your heart pounding in your chest. I write because I want to remind us all that there is so much more to life.

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  1. Christina Barnes

    thanks for the encouragement 🙂 love you!!

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