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Two People You’ll Probably Never Meet

When Florentina was born, she was a strong and healthy baby, a perfect little girl. But her mother’s only income came from begging, and she needed money. She took steel wires and tied her daughter’s fingers tight so they would not grow, crippling her in order to make her a better beggar. But after years of heroin addiction, abuse, rape, and life on the streets, she found a second chance at life when Victory Outreach opened its doors to her and her newborn son. Two years into living free and clean, and she fell back into drugs. Now, she’s back on the streets, addicted to heroin and haunted by her past, with little hope for the future. When I met her, all she wanted was to show us the people who had helped her and introduce us to her little boy. Despite her sad state, she is still a proud mama.

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Nefarious I: Merchant of Souls

Tonight at Liberty Center, a couple Romanian anti-trafficking groups joined together to rent the theater and show the documentary Nefarious I: Merchant of Souls.  I found out about it just this afternoon and had a bunch of things to do–I had a bunch of posters to put up and am in the middle of packing for my move tomorrow–but this is one movie I knew I had to see.  (When I first heard about it two or three years ago, I knew I had to see it.  But by the time it finally came near me, I had moved to Romania.)

My initial response was feeling overwhelmed, disgusted, hopeful, angry, helpless, hurt, guilty… all at the same time.  It was a wild ride of emotions for sure as the documentary went all across the globe talking with all sorts of people, from former victims and traffickers to government officials and “johns.”  The stories were heart-wrenching.

Humans are created as royalty, children of the greatest King, but look at what we do to each other….

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6th-Grade Nazis and the Gypsy Holocaust

I was subbing for the 6th-grade US History class today and came across a pamphlet called “Sinti and Roma” put out by the United states Holocaust Museum.  Since Romania is home to the second-largest population of Roma (aka “Gypsies”) in the world, I decided to take a quick read through it.  (In case you weren’t aware, the Sinti are the particular Gypsy tribe living in western Europe and Roma are those living in the eastern parts of the continent.)  With how much we talk about how the Holocaust affected the Jews, I was really shocked to read about the impact on the Gypsies as well.

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I almost cried in class today.

In US history class today, I showed a video called “The Children’s March” by Teaching Tolerance.  Tears formed in my eyes as I watched video footage of thousands of kids (some as young as four years old) rising up to protest inequality in Birmingham, AL.  I was struck by God’s heart for justice and by the courage and power of those who stand up for what is right and true.

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Before Kony 2012

“We haven’t been called to make our communities better.  We’ve been called to transform them.”  -George Otis, Jr.

You might remember George Otis, Jr., as the guy with the funny sweater and big glasses from the “Transformations” videos.  If you’re like me, you figured there wasn’t much to him.

Boy, was I in for a surprise when I head him speak last night at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City.  This guy’s got some power when he preaches!  If you missed his powerful message about transforming communities, keep an eye on the archives at IHOP (http://www.ihop.org/weekendservices/archives/).

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