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Two Ministries, One Vision: Stop Human Trafficking

For many, this weekend was a chance to celebrate freedom with loved ones.  We celebrated living in a country created on the principles of life, liberty, and justice for all established the day our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Yet freedom is not a reality for many. As we celebrate our nation’s freedom, we […]

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 […]

From Slave to Liberator: Sonya’s Story – Part 1

I first met Sonya* at the 2014 Girl’s Getaway. She was among a blur of faces that week, girls and women who had been offered a week of rest and relaxation in Puerto Galera far from the blaring music and flashing lights where they spent most of their nights in the bars, dancing for potential customers. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Six Reasons Christians Should Talk About Women’s Day

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. It’s a day to globally celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. I’m assuming that many in America have not heard of this day. I hadn’t either until a group of women from a church I was working with in Uganda went to […]

How Your Apathy Changes the World.

Apathy. An enemy that relentlessly plagues us all. It tells us to settle and that we can do no great things. It tells us that we can’t make a difference. Apathy tells us there is nothing that we can do about the pain that burdens this planet. It says there is nothing you can do about […]

Sex Trafficking in the United States

A lot of  people think that sex trafficking only happens abroad, in poor areas or in areas of moral degradation. But the truth is sex trafficking happens here, in the United States, every single day. (It happens abroad too, here is the story of one of the girls who changed my life in India) I know […]