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.


The Brook

I started going to The Brook in early November.  The church is actively involved in helping those in our community and reaching out to those in third world contries.

The members help people get food, they help build houses, and help people in anyway they can.

The members are also pleasant and seem generally concerned about those they come in contact with.

Since I started attending the church, I have learned a lot about the Bible.  I am also learning to be a better person and a better example to those around me.

I am glad I found this church and for the positive impact it is having on my life.



A Stranger’s Memorial Service

A few weeks ago, I went to a memorial service for a man who I didn’t know.  I went, because my mom knew him and didn’t want to go alone.

I had no expectations and thought I would be bored.  However, I was impacted by the service.  I listened to the people talking about this man’s character.  The message was the same from each person.  They said he had a “heart of gold” and he made a huge impact on their lives.  They spoke with great emotion and sincerity.

I felt a desire to change my life, so I could have such an impact on the world around me.  I wish I had known this man and I wish I could talk to him now.  He must have been a wonderful person.