The Taste of Hope After the Long Journey

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  Quietly and with only the barest of necessities, a family leaves the only home they have known. They are fearful of being apprehended by authorities, so they travel at night. Moving from safe house to safe house, organized by a system of compassionate local heroes, these people sleep during the day in preparation for… Read more »

Forced From Home

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It was a chilly day 3 months ago. I had a warm coat, but the wind occasionally kicked up, making me wish I had one more layer on. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but I was ushered into a fenced off area and told, “You have 30 seconds to decide what you’re taking…. Read more »

Do We Have to Understand Before We Intercede?

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  I must admit that there is a great deal that I do not understand about the civil war in Syria. I don’t understand what grievances the Syrian people had that led to this war, or for that matter what exactly set off the entire Arab Spring. I don’t understand why the US supports the… Read more »

The Purpose Filled Wedding

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Recently, I went to a fabulous wedding, truly one of the best ones ever. Like all Christ-centered weddings, it was filled with praise and worship, scripture, and the deep symbolism that facilitates the embedding of Truth into our hearts. I cried. I always do. It was beautiful and joyous, and a reminder of the love… Read more »

October in All Its Glory

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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 »

Where We Go From Here

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Seeking justice without worship leaves us attending to the second greatest commandment by bypassing the first. This pathway risks the unveiling of a new kind of legalism in our hearts. This new legalism is expressed in a ruthless pursuit of justice that stems from a heart that has not itself been examined for its own… Read more »

A Mile Wide: A book review (or sort of)

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Thirty years ago, I gave my life to Jesus. I was just 13 years old. Growing up in a Christian home, I had attended church and Sunday school, VBS, and sang in the choir. I had believed in Jesus my entire life, and I had faithfully done all that Christians were suppose to do. Then,… Read more »

Inclusion in the Church Age

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The entire story of the Bible, for all nations and all people, heads toward an invitation to inclusion, not exclusion. – Sara Gaston Barton Separation         We don’t know how long it took for paradise to be ruined, but it happened with a single incident.  Between “It was very good” and “The Lord God banished… Read more »

Restoring Hearts Ministries of Trenton

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Restoring Hearts Ministries  of Trenton is in the business of bringing hope to the hopeless by shining the light of Jesus Christ into the darkness through evangelism and relationship-building. As Christians we have been called to love, which Restoring Hearts does through service to the least of these.  As servants of Christ we go where… Read more »

Face Forward

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“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”  Luke 22:31 – 32 The heavy sound of old rusty metal scraped along the ground as the gate opened. The high tone of intersecting… Read more »

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  • OQ Coffee: Great Coffee That’s Making the World Better

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    Last school year, my class took a trip to Old Queens Coffee Shop, or OQ for short. A field trip to a coffee shop is not exactly the typical high school trip, but who’s complaining. It was a lot of fun to sit around tables in this Highland Park, NJ coffee shop and discuss with… Read more »

  • Thistle Farms

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    As I walked in the doors of Thistle Stop Café in Nashville, TN, I immediately felt the calm. I don’t know if I can fully describe it – it FELT peaceful…like a bit of an oasis. I was introduced to the work and ministry of Thistle Farms by a friend who lives in the Nashville… Read more »

  • Trades of Hope

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    Being a mom to two small girls changes things. It’s changed things for me. These girls are wise little sponges of imitation, and they are soaking me up. With these tiny shadows tailing me I can’t help but think long and hard about the kind of woman I am – about what kind of little… Read more »

  • Hosting a Noonday Collection Trunk Show

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    Hosting a Noonday Collection trunk show is one great way to make a twofold difference! As Christians, we are called to seek justice by helping the poor, the oppressed and the orphans. Through Noonday Collection, we can do all three when we buy and promote their beautiful products. Noonday Collection started with an adoption journey. Jessica Honegger sold… Read more »

  • FAIR TRADE FOR THE WIN

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      Up until several years ago, I hadn’t really thought too much about where the products I purchased were coming from.  With the availability of cheap, trendy clothing (hello, Forever21) and handy online shopping, I had fallen into a state of “ignorance-is-bliss” when it came to spending my money.  And to be honest, for a… Read more »

  • Rebuilding Lives

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    Restore NYC’s mission is to end sex trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign national survivors. Many know us from our work in our ground-breaking safehome, where women can heal and receive care for up to a year. But we serve more women through our partnerships with The Human Trafficking… Read more »

  • Freedom Ladder

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    The thing is I’m 13 and I’ve never done a blog before so here it goes. I always loved to create art and write, but I never was serious in my work until I realized that this could be my future. So then I started getting serious writing short stories, full-fledged pieces of art, and… Read more »

  • Addressing Forced Prostitution of Local Youth- the Efforts of Love True

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    Many of us, when we think of sex trafficking, picture Thailand or Moldova, not New Jersey. The truth is that the sex trade is big business here in the United States and most victims are not trafficked in from abroad. They are Americans, often as young as twelve years old, forced or coerced into prostitution by pimps that roam even the quietest of… Read more »

  • Red Light, Green Light

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    Vivian was sixteen when she ran away from home. She was born into a family where domestic and community chaos was a daily occurrence. Physical and sexual abuse, drugs and alcohol and violence of the seemingly survival kind was a way of life that surrounded her day and night. Her direct exposure to and experience… Read more »

  • Dear Captive: A Letter From a Rescuer

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      This post from The Exodus Road  is being reprinted with permission. The Exodus Road is committed to fight for the freedom of every person on the planet. Their work has rescued hundreds of people from slavery. They are working to empower the rescue of victims, while equipping the nationals to continue the fight and encouraging collaboration… Read more »