Saturday, May 26, 2012

One Thousand Gifts Continued

In January and March, I posted lists of little things I am thankful for as Ann Voskamp did in her best selling book, "One Thousand Gifts."

Mrs. Masalin's list:
A double yolk
Popcorn popping on stove top
Heavy branches of snowy evergreens
Smell of rain on hot tar street

More from me:
29. Porch-grown tomato
30. Old men with British accents
31. Narrow cobblestone lanes
32. Watermelon seeds
33. Raining while sunny
34. Stolen sip of crisp Riesling
35. Manhattan in spring
36. Boston in fall
37. White monuments pink in sunset
38. Dandelions growing stubborn in schoolyard
39. Flying low over downtown at night
40. Pride and Prejudice
41. Gruene Hall

"Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers"

Day 8 of the 40 Day Prayer Guide for Orphan Care "Today, pray for the Lord to raise up workers for the harvest from your church and community.  Ask Him to call Christians to go to the 'fields of the fatherless' to experience the joy of caring for orphans as we were commanded in Isaiah 1:16-17."

"Give up your wicked ways.
Learn to do good. 
Seek justice.
Help the oppressed.
Defend the orphan.
Fight for the rights of widows."

Matthew 9:37 says, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask, therefore, for the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into the harvest field."  I think of a field of strawberries all beautiful, sweet, fragile, hidden and needing to be picked carefully so as not to bruise them.  These children need to see faith, hope and love and we need to let the Lord use us to show it to them.   

Song by Tim Hughes: "We must go live to feed the hungry
Stand beside the broken. We must go. 
Stepping forward keep us from just singing
Move us into action.  We must go. 
Fill us up and send us out!"

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Little Fall of Rain

Rain drops falling few, fat and loud. 
Circles growing on the puddles.
Afternoon sun shining yellow. 
May-green leaves like stained glass wet glow. 
Their shadows on wood floor dance. 
White walls yellow from floor's sun's reflection. 
All bright.  All shimmering. 
Tranquil.  Beautiful.

Monday, May 21, 2012

May 19th Screening of Nefarious

Exodus Cry, a division of the International House of Prayer, presented the film, Nefarious: Merchant of Souls as a part of their Incurable Fanatics Tour in North Brunswick, New Jersey on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.. The Point Community Church combined with The Reformed Church of North Brunswick hosted the public event, which focused on educating fifty viewers about the global issue of sex trafficking, informing them about anti-trafficking efforts in the state of New Jersey and teaching them ways to join the movement.In addition to the film, guest speakers, Patricia Devine Harms (Chair of the Junior Leagues f New Jersey State Public Affairs Committee) and Amy Vincent (Chair of the Human Trafficking Advocacy and Awareness Committee) spoke about their work toward stricter anti-trafficking legislation in New Jersey and Heather Hunt (Assistant Director of Love True) introduced about Love True’s restoration efforts for victims rescued locally.

click to view on Love True blog:

From Left to Right: Heather Hunt (Assistant Director of Love True), Caroline Moore (Team Leader of Incurable Fanatics Tour), Amy Vincent (Chair of Human Trafficking Advocacy and Awareness Committee) and Patricia Devine Harms (Chair of Junior Leagues of New Jersey State Public Affairs Committee)

A coalition of churches and community members in Central New Jersey are joining together to see sex slavery eradicated in their area and victims restored. Methods may include: supporting anti-trafficking legislation, reporting cases of human trafficking, partnering with anti-trafficking organizations financially, running for Team Love True, raising awareness about the issue, writing letters to encourage recovering victims and challenging sexual culture. Activists also seek to prevent trafficking by protecting the vulnerable by volunteering with programs like Court Apppointed Special Advocates, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of New Jersey, opening their homes to foster children and orphans and urging men to not support the sex industry.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Hosting Incurable Fanatics Tour

If you are reading from New Jersey, come to this weekend's screening of Nefarious: Merchant of Souls in North Brunswick.  Learn more about the film at

6 P.M. Saturday, May 19th
The Reformed Church of North Brunswick
17 Laurel Place (by Babbage Park)
View the trailer here:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

If you'd rather listen than read,

then click on this sermon series from Mana Church in NC.  The sermons on slavery and sex trafficking are very informative.  If you are short on time, you can do what I did and pull it up on your phone to listen while you drive.,

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Mugshots of Prostituted Women

I first saw this poster in the documentary, Sex and Money: A National Search for Human Worth.  In the film, New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney uses these series of mugshots to explain why she believes prostitution should not be legalized in the United States.  Look at the transformation of each girl from her first arrest to her eighth. 

"The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that over 100,000 children are currently involved in prostitution in the United States... Nationwide statistics indicate that 85 percent of [adults] involved in prostitution were sexually abused as children... The abuse they suffered as children makes them exceedingly vulnerable to predatory pimps, who feed on the abuse victim’s sense of guilt and worthlessness in order to coerce and manipulate her," writes researcher, Laura Coulter.  To read the rest of Coulter's brief article click here: