Stealing From Construction Sites

About 20 years ago, I was standing around after church and talking to a couple of older ladies.  The conversation went kind of like this:

Older Lady Number 1:  I watched a news special last night about people stealing from construction sites.

Older Lady Number 2:  That’s horrible.

Me:  My great aunt does that.

Older Lady Number 1:  What, the news?

Me:  No, steals from construction sites.

Me:  She was arrested a few weeks ago for stealing a toilet, so she could remodel her bathroom.  She’s already on parole, but because of her age, they probably will not send her to prison.

Old Lady Number 1 and Number 2, just stare at me with a blank look in their eyes and are completely speechless.

That was the end of our conversation.

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American Lease by K.D. McAdams

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The main character, Dylan Cold, accidentally finds himself in the middle of an international crime ring.  Theses criminals are determined to find a historical document, known as the American Lease, which could drastically alter the future of America.

The writer did an excellent job portraying the emotions of the characters.  The story is well written and easy to follow.  It is filled with suspense and a joy to read.  I highly recommend this book.

International Justice Mission

Last weekend, I attended the If Gathering 2016 conference.

One of the speakers was from the International Justice Mission (IJM).  She talked about the horrific abuse she suffered at the hands of her husband.  Since she lived in India, she had no recourse and was trapped.

Eventually, she was able to escape the abusive relationship.  Now she works with IJM.  The organization rescues people that have been enslaved and are being used for sex trafficking.

What she said had a huge impact on me.  I thought about the horrible things that happened to me as a child.  I am grateful that I am not a victim anymore.

Unfortunately, there are children being abused today.  How can I help those children?  What can I do to make a difference?  I don’t know the answer to these questions, but I do know it’s time for me to stop ignoring the problem.