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October in All Its Glory

I woke up on Saturday with the shocking realization that it was already halfway through October. As a teacher and parent, September is a vast wasteland of trying to reconnect with my many roles as a working mother. Between the half dozen back to school events scattered throughout the month of September, packing lunches, wearing… Read more »

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Encourager: Trade of Hope in Haiti

I’m pretty sure I could write enough about my sudden trip to Haiti to fill up the entire Encourager and it still would not do the experience justice. And yet, I can encompass the experience with one word: Beautiful. My application essay began, “I have seen enough poverty to last a lifetime, and I’m not… Read more »

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God’s Provision Through Essential Oils

God created plants and the essential oils within them. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.’ And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation:… Read more »

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What is Female Cutting or FGM?

In America, we are neck deep in political campaigning. Men and women are debating the best approach to a variety of issues. There is so much discussion because the issues are complicated and often deeply entrenched in American culture and history. Millions of armchair politicians weigh in on the issues with an “all you have… Read more »

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Children and HIV

When HIV and AIDS first came into the public eye in the 1980’s, it was a disease that carried a great deal of fear and stigma. In the United Sates, the disease, attributed primarily to promiscuous gay sex and intravenous drug use, was even considered a punishment for immoral behavior and possibly even the wrath… Read more »

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Time To Change The Way The Game Is Played

In this day and age, there is much discussion about changing the way the “game” is played – specifically when it comes to intense contact sports. The long term seriousness of repeated concussion injuries is at the forefront of the chatter. And now, a cinematic display of how this controversial topic’s journey has been accepted… Read more »

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Linking Childhood Sexual Abuse to Sex Trafficking

Most people reading this article already know about and maybe even advocate for victims of sex trafficking. But many readers do not know about its correlation to childhood sexual abuse. Indeed, no other factor increases a girl or boy’s vulnerability to trafficking more than the memory of such abuse. [1] According to a report by the… Read more »

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We’re Just Getting Started

“We’re just getting started” is how an official at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) recently characterized our collaborative effort to combat human trafficking and care for survivors. End Slavery Tennessee cared for 75 survivors in 2015, almost double the previous year. Our state’s laws have progressed from mediocre to top-of-the-nation in a few short years…. Read more »

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The Ethical Shopping Guide

Yesterday the season of Advent began. For many of us, the day passed with little, if any, recognition.  Maybe a prayer was said or a candle lit. We are busy and we don’t have time to stop. Our to-do list never ends. We still have all the cleaning, the cooking, and the shopping in order… Read more »

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Global Hunger

Matthew 25:35 states: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Why can’t we all be like that? Why does there have to be suffering in this world, especially when it comes to hunger? According to the website… Read more »