Month: June 2014

Land of the Free, Home to the Slave

When someone brings up the topic of sex trafficking, what images come to your mind?  Crowded streets in a foreign country where girls dance in windows?  A western man with an arm slung around a young Thai girl in a dark street many miles from home?  Eastern European women in short skirts and high heels offering their bodies to tourists in Amsterdam? It is easy for our minds to roam the world, imagining the problem darkening the streets of unfamiliar nations far from home.  We say a prayer or write a check, hoping the impact reaches the other side...

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BeLoved

Have you ever felt hopeless? Have you ever believed you were insignificant? Have you ever strayed so far from the path of your dreams that you feared you were too far to turn around? This is a reality– today, right now– for millions of people all over the world. The choices they have made or others have made for them have taken them down a path of pain that has robbed them of hope and self-worth. That is why we at CODE Ministries have launched the new BeLoved Campaign. Our goal is to raise financial support through merchandise sales...

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Visit from an “Old Friend”

He’s like a friend I feel I’ve known forever, who I can’t cut out of my life just because he’s been around for so long.  Sure, he doesn’t treat me well.  Over time, he tears me down and abuses me.  But sometimes he convinces me he’s a really good friend, and I have known him for so long it is more overwhelming to say “goodbye” than to just let him hang around and deal with the pain he is bound to bring. My “old friend’s” name?  Depression. Here’s how we met.  It was in August of 2009, and I...

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I Am So Selfish. A Confession.

Joseph and I ran into eachother again. Joseph is an African-American, tall, lanky, and very energetic for his fifties. I helped him with food a few months ago outside of church. This time he was peddling for change in Westport, a district known for bars and nightlife. As we talked, walked and discussed music, local businesses, personal history, I realzed how genuine Joseph is. With tears in his eyes he told me of church people who loved him well and really took care of him. He told me about a man who let Joseph stay at his house for...

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Ragamuffin

Let me set the stage for you. It is just past 11:30 PM on Saturday, May 31, 2014. I am laying in bed and the silence is just sinking into the room as I finish a movie when I realize the room is not silent. It is rain season here in Chiang Mai, Thailand and I can hear the constant pitter patter of rain outside my window. I can see the lightning crashing down all around my condo and can feel the booms of thunder as they resonate through my chest, and I think to myself, ‘This couldn’t be...

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