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From Modern Day Slave to Liberator- Part 3

July 21, 2015 | 114 Views

From Modern Day Slave to Liberator- Part 3

This is part of a series about Sonya, a Filipina woman who went from slave to liberator. Make sure to read part one and part two first. Sonya quieted as I held her, exhausted from crying, she took a deep breath that gave her the resolve to go on. In the hot room she continued to tell...

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From Modern Day Slave to Liberator- Part 2

July 14, 2015 | 135 Views

From Modern Day Slave to Liberator- Part 2

This is part of a series about Sonya*, a Filipina woman who went from slave to liberator. Read part one of her story here. In the hot, humid room a fan made a feeble attempt to cool us down. All of us had sweat pouring from our brow as we sat on floor mattresses. As...

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From Modern Day Slave to Liberator- Part 1

  I first met Sonya* at the 2014 Girl’s Getaway. She was among a blur of faces that week, girls and women who had been offered a week of rest and relaxation in Puerto Galera far from the blaring music and flashing lights where they spent most of their nights in the bars, dancing for...

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Why You Should Stop Watching Porn

June 25, 2015 | 464 Views

Why You Should Stop Watching Porn

  “Everything in this town is expensive except for the girls.” Kanda* didn’t even blink as she said this. She just looked at me and smiled, but I saw past her smile as she glanced over at her friend who was leaving with an elderly white man. Most women here would never dare to say...

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What You Need to Know About Change

May 27, 2015 | 730 Views

What You Need to Know About Change

So, I have this crazy idea. It’s the idea that change is possible. Most of you would agree with that, but I wonder how many of us would act in a way that demonstrates it. Too often I hear, “Oh, that’s just how he is…” or “You know them, they’ll never change..” and I hate...

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Why Mother’s Day Matters.

May 10, 2015 | 338 Views

Why Mother’s Day Matters.

I’ve met some of the most incredible women, but out of all them mothers stand out as the most beautiful to me, not because of the way they look, but because of the way they live. I believe mothers deserve our thanks, especially because most of the millions of things mothers do out of love...

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My Friend Was Murdered

April 30, 2015 | 720 Views

My Friend Was Murdered

The other day, I learned that my friend was murdered. I don’t mean to say it so matter of factly. It is just that the most horrible thing that could have happened to her did, and I don’t really know what to do about it. The day was a confusion of shock and normalcy. After I...

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When Tragedy Strikes

April 28, 2015 | 393 Views

When Tragedy Strikes

My heart is breaking today. I was near tears earlier after reading a message from a friend I made in Nepal, begging me to send money to her so her family could eat. They have just lost their house completely after the earthquake. Her parents both have broken bones and they cannot afford food. I...

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Open Apology on Behalf of Christians

April 23, 2015 | 856 Views

Open Apology on Behalf of Christians

This is just what it sounds like, an open apology letter to all of you who have been hurt by Christians or the Church. I know this is just a letter, but I hope it makes some impact for you. Dear Reader, I was talking with a close friend yesterday who explained to me a conversation...

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Confessions of a Netflix Addict

April 21, 2015 | 801 Views

Confessions of a Netflix Addict

Hi, my name is Kirsten and I am a Netflix Addict. I am notoriously lazy when left to my own devices. I have been known to classify my bed as an idol. My deepest human desire is to stay in bed and do nothing all day. So this Saturday when I looked outside and saw...

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