Sunday, September 20, 2015

I'm in a season of life where I'm at loss for words. It is a time where my answer to many things is, "I don't know." So I have struggled for weeks - actually months - for why I said "Yes" to an invitation. My "Yes" was one with a gigantic question mark as I had a feeling I was getting myself into something much greater than myself and yet I felt compelled to see what God had in store. When we say "Yes" to God we do so out of faith - a trust that He knows more and wants better for us and for the world than we do. This new friend - who I actually have never met in person - but whom I will share one gigantic leap of faith with this coming year - better put into words what I simply cannot. Please read all the way through and consider joining me with your support and prayers and friendship

Being Brave For One Million Thumbprints

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Using Your Purchasing Power for Good this Holy Week

Please take time to click on my friend, Carrie Kuba's link I've attached below. I think she is spot on with her suggestions on where to redirect your spending this Holy Week.  Less is More.  It matters where you put your money.  There is no insignificant spending.  Each time we spend it impacts more than ourselves.  Let's use our purchasing power for good.

Click Here for Carrie Kuba's blog highlighting great ways to rethink and redirect spending this Easter

Thursday, February 27, 2014

END IT: Begin Today 2-27-14

Today is a perfect day to commit yourself to putting an end to modern-day slavery.  Begin today.  And begin by marking your hand with a red X.  Marking your hand with a red X won't end slavery alone, but it raise the level of public awareness and it will mark you - literally marking you as someone who wants to see the abolition of modern-day slavery once and for all.  Check out the END IT Movement-  here and join with thousands of others who have a desire to live in a world where no man, woman, or child is forced to work under violence or threat of violence.

Let me remind you - I don't edit - I rarely even watch my posts back and so please offer me grace.  Also, I took the liberty to do a personal plug for my and Shayne's book.  I just had to - it is a perfect day to pick yourself up a copy. Okay with that….

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Attend A Conference

Here is my quick appeal to take the time to attend a conference on human trafficking.  See who is already working in your local area to abolish slavery and ask how you can help.  Flash, a good logo, charismatic speaker is not always an indicator to who is the most effective and not all anti-trafficking organizations know what to do with the average activist.  Many organizations are good at sharing what they do and how they need your prayer and money - which is true and good - but many also have a difficult time showing you how you can tangibly help them in the fight for freedom for all.  I want to share a local Southern California conference hosted by a women I greatly admire, Sandra Morgan, and the Global Center for Women and Justice out of Vanguard University.

Here is the link to the Ensure Justice Conference:  Ensure Justice

Hey - and don't forget go with a friend.  It is always more fun and more likely you will actually do something with the information you gather, if you go with a friend.  And finally - let me know if you attend a conference, if you liked the one you attended, and what you learned.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Super Bowl and Sex Trafficking

Sex Trafficking increases during large sporting events such as Super Bowl AND it occurs 365 days of the year.  Here are my thoughts and a couple links to recent articles.  

Florida mother brings 15 year old daughter to NYC to prostitute her for Super Bowl.

FBI recovers 16 kids and arrests 45 traffickers at Super Bowl

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Nail Salons

Another question I have received a few times is, "How do I know if the woman who is doing my nails is being forced to work there?" On pages 100-103 in my book, Refuse To Do Nothing: Finding Your Power To Abolish Modern-Day Slavery my co-author, Shayne Moore, and I have lists of signs that someone might be trafficked.  Also there are great resources at Polaris Project for you to better learn about how to know if someone is being forced to work in a variety of fields.  

For this blog, I've included the way I usually answer the nail salon question. Keep in mind all situations and people are unique.  

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My Disclaimer

Okay.  Here is my disclaimer.  I am not an expert.  I don't represent a particular organization.  I am simply passing on suggestions for the everyday person to do in order to remain engaged in the fight against human trafficking. Please let me know if I suggest something that you think is a bad idea or is wrong or is harmful in anyway.  My intentions are good - but you all know that good intentions do not always translate into good actions or outcomes.  So….here is my video disclaimer….