Meghan Tschanz

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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 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Reasons You Should Take a Stand Against 50 Shades of Grey

I remember the first time I heard about the book 50 Shades of Grey. I was on the World Race eating avocados and cucumbers for breakfast in Moshi, Tanzania when one of my squadmates confided to reading it. The way she said it was like she was confessing to some terrible secret that I must tell no […]

I Have A Dream- A Tribute to MLK on his birthday.

  Note: I wrote this last year, but decided to repost it in honor of MLK. Eighty-five years ago today, a child was born that would forever change the way America saw equality. Martin Luther King Jr. was born into a culture where the color one’s skin held more weight than the merit of one’s […]

The Story Isn’t Over.

  Six months ago I was living in Thailand near the top floor of a cafe that stretched seven stories. I was there for two months and my job was simple: love on people, especially those who worked in the thriving bar scene. Every morning I woke up and prayed I would be found useful there, […]

To the boy on Bangla- A letter to men who purchase sex.

There’s this road in Phuket, Thailand called Bangla home to over 400 bars. It feels like Las Vegas on steroids with dancing girls on every bar. If you were observant you could see trafficked eastern European women in glass cages, drugged and wearing masks, high above the bars. They were for those men willing to […]