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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

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“A private faith that does not act in the face of oppression is no faith at all.”
-William Wilberforce

 


According to this article, Tshering Lama is on a mission to eradicate child trafficking in his home country of Nepal, a place where 10,000-20,000 children, mostly girls, were trafficked over the open border with India, and to African and Middle East countries, after the April 2015 earthquake.

“The traffickers trick parents by telling them that they will give their children a better life, an education and jobs,” said Tshering. “Because of the earthquake damage they tell the parents there is nothing left for their children. Because we can’t keep the youngsters in schools after they were destroyed by the earthquake, the trafficking problem is increasing.”

The article (which you should read), highlights the new film SOLD (by Executive Director Emma Thompson), about a girl trafficked from her village in Nepal to a brothel in India and risks everything for freedom.

Grab some kleenexes and watch the trailer below.

 


We cannot sit idly by while this happens around the world (including in the United states). Church, arise. Where are the abolitionists of our time? The William Wilberforces? The Hannah Mores? The John Newtons? 

Jesus said that God the Father sent Him to earth “to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Okay, so has He not left us, His kids, on this earth to finish the mission? We are His representatives. Let us follow Him in obedience. We don’t have to pray about helping put an end to modern slavery or abortion—He’s clearly given His will on such things. The time for action is here.


“There have been always, in all times and countries, a counteracting energy which has opposed itself to the crimes and miseries of mankind. But it seems to have been reserved for Christianity to increase this energy, and to give it the widest possible domain… to cut off many of the causes of wretchedness, and to heal it wherever it was found.” -Thomas Clarkson, British Abolitionist of Slavery

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