Painted Orange

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Why it’s Better to Give than Receive

Have you ever heard the phrase it is better to give than receive? Yeah, I remember hearing that all the time as a kid, especially around Christmas time. Giving was the message in all those wonderful, sappy Christmas movies and the phrase echoed by the adults around me. My mom would hand me a wrapped […]

From Slave to Liberator: Sonya’s Story – Part 4

This is part of a series about Sonya, a Filipina woman who went from slave to liberator. Make sure to read parts one, two, and three first.   The colorful pillow Sonya* held in her lap was now soaked in the tears she had shed as she shared her story. The tissues in her hands […]

From Slave to Liberator: Sonya’s Story – Part 3

This is part of a series about Sonya, a Filipina woman who went from slave to liberator. Make sure to read part one and part two first. Sonya quieted as I held her, exhausted from crying, she took a deep breath that gave her the resolve to go on. In the hot room she continued to tell […]

From Slave to Liberator: Sonya’s Story – Part 2

This is part of a series about Sonya*, a Filipina woman who went from slave to liberator. Read part one of her story here. In the hot, humid room a fan made a feeble attempt to cool us down. All of us had sweat pouring from our brow as we sat on floor mattresses. As […]

How Your Letters Changed Lives.

My life has been soaked in stories lately, they cover me from head to toe, written on my skin and my heart. Almost as if when you can look at me you can see them, see the Lord’s goodness, and his great love. But for those of you who cannot see me, whom I cannot […]

Your “Like” Isn’t Helping

your like isn't helping

I try to keep as well-read as possible. When I was in school for Journalism I had a class and they would regularly quiz us on world events. This was important because as future journalists we had to remain informed. How are we supposed to stay relevant if we don’t have any idea what is […]

My Friend Was Murdered.

  Yesterday, I learned that my friend was murdered. I don’t mean to say it so matter of factly. It is just that the most horrible thing that could have happened to her did, and I don’t really know what to do about it. My day was a confusion of shock and normalcy. After I […]

Trust the Story.

trust the story

The other day all our staff got an email, alerting us all that some of our long term missionaries  in the Middle East were in a life and death situation. As a staff, we dropped everything that we were doing to pray. Huddled in the foyer of our building we began pray passionately for their […]

What to do When Your Friend Wrecks Your Car.

  When your friend wrecks your car. Two days ago I let a very dear friend of mine borrow my car because hers was broken. I gave her the keys without a second thought and told her to have fun.  An hour later I got a phone call that no one expects to get when […]

How Women Freed From the Sex Trade Are Bringing Freedom to Others

  In the beginning of June 2014 my Kingdom Journeys team and I stepped off of a plane into the hot, humid Filipino air and driven to Angeles City; a city known for its estimated 15,700 women and children stuck in the illegal sex trade. When we went to the bars, I didn’t get my […]