Human Trafficking

Jesus suffered and died. Theologically this is our foundation. His suffering and death are the means to our salvation.  Jesus is our redeemer. This word is used a great deal. In Hebrew, the word for redeemer, gō’ēl, is a kinsman protector, a family member who is powerful and works to protect the family. (5) Think of Jesus as a brother, who […]
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In these uncertain times, we realize that many of you may be suffering. The COVID-19 virus has disrupted the normalcy of our lives and our world. If you are not suffering directly, you may be burdened by the suffering of your neighbors, friends, community members, and others around the world. Sadly, the vulnerable are even more vulnerable under the pressures […]
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It is precisely when we see and experience poverty — whether far away, close by, or in our hearts — that we need to become the Church; that is, hold hands as brothers and sisters, confess our own brokenness and need, forgive one another, heal one another’s wounds, and gather around the table of Jesus for the breaking of the […]
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Scripture is described as a “living word”. Though it was written many years ago, it still speaks to our contemporary situation. This story from II Kings 4:1-7 is a case in point. The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the […]
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Lament is a “passionate expression of grief or sorrow.” It is the language of suffering. Lament is honesty before God and between each other. There is suffering. There is death. We name these realities in lamenting while also looking beyond our present troubles to our hope in God. Laments are expressions of pain usually coupled with requests to the Lord […]
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Today we begin a new series for the season of Lent. Each week we will be publishing a devotional that ties into Lenten reflections while demonstrating that there are holistic connections between spiritual disciplines and social action. Neither of these are ends in themselves. They fit together as part of a lifestyle of holiness. The seasons of Lent and Advent […]
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Lent, a time in the church calendar of reflection and preparation, begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26th. Throughout the season of Lent, we will be offering weekly reflections on lament, prayer, fasting, hope, and freedom to help us prepare for the celebration of Easter. You can expect to receive an email every Wednesday morning starting on Ash Wednesday.
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Does domestic violence intersect with human trafficking? Absolutely.   According to the 2009 Department of State Trafficking in Person Report, almost 70% of adult female survivors of human trafficking experienced domestic violence before they were trafficked. People who are experiencing intimate partner violence may decide to escape the abuse by leaving their home and community – but their choice for survival […]
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Haiti knows brokenness.   There are few jobs. There is not enough food as it is, but the anticipated population explosion within the next 20 years will worsen this problem. It is often considered the world’s poorest country with about three-quarters of its population living on less than $2 USD per day.   Deforestation has eliminated 98% of Haiti’s forests, magnifying the effects of natural […]
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A guest post written by Ginger Coakley, CEO of Eden’s Glory. “Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, […]
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