Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Human Trafficking Victim’s Advocate Dies in Car Crash

It's a sad day in the fight for the lives of victims of human trafficking as we mourn the loss of Sandra Bass-Palmer, founder and director of Home of Hope-Texas.

Home of Hope-Texas is a refuge home which is being constructed for girls rescued from human sex slave trafficking in the United States when law enforcement officials break up the trafficking rings. The girls receive medical care, legal help and counseling to heal from their ordeal. If possible, they also receive help to return to their families.

Sandra was to be the Saturday evening speaker at Glad Tidings Assembly of God in Middletown, PA for their women's Spring Celebration. Home of Hope Texas is the Assembly of God women's special fundraising project this year. The pastor's wife, Gloria Budzowski, from the Middletown church had just picked Ms. Bass-Palmer up at the Harrisburg airport on Friday afternoon and was heading back to the church when their van was struck from behind by a truck and forced into a tree. Both women were killed.

Please remember to pray for the families of the accident victims as well as the Middletown church family and those involved with the operation of the Home of Hope.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Heartaches For Humanity

I’ve never considered myself an “activist.” Yet of late the issue of human trafficking has weighed heavily on my heart. So much so that I have to “do something” about it.

Several years ago, I watched a video clip about young girls being lured from their poverty stricken rural homes by promises of good jobs in a far city. Upon arrival they were taken to the brothel owners, imprisoned and beaten into submission until they lost the will to fight. They became victims of the sex slave industry.

That brief video clip has haunted me ever since. So much so that I began to pray about what I could do to help. Of course, God had a plan – as He always does. He gave me the idea for a second Bible novel , this time about Rahab, protraying her as a victim of human trafficking. God aslo spoke to my heart, directing me to dedicate the profits from this novel to missions organizations which work with victims of human trafficking.

It’s been a long journey to the completion of this book. – one that has forced me to face many of my own writing demons, especially fear. But God is good! The book is completed and in the final stages of preparation for publication. That which has burned inside is becoming a reality.

I pray that your heart will also be stirred to prayer, and ultimately to action for the Kingdom of God. Your burden may not be the same as mine. Seeing people come to Jesus may be your passion. Perhaps the hurts of those around you will spur you to action. The important thing is that you listen to the heart of God and respond with whatever tools and talents He has given you!

Be sure to check out the video link in the post below featuring Lisa Bevere discussing the scope and devastation of human trafficking in the lives of its victims. Your heart will be moved.

Heartaches for Humanity

This video clip from Life Today features James and Betty Robinson with guest Lisa Bevere discussing the devastation of human trafficking and sexual slavery in the lives of its victims.
May your heart be moved to action as you view it!

LifeToday Video

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