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A Faith that Leads You Through the Storm

 

Written By: Sister Ping

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In 2004 I happened upon a snippet of an article which spoke of ekthesis, the word for infant exposure in Greek antiquity. I was dumbfounded to learn that girls were still being left in the elements to die, just because they were female. Today we use the term gendercide.

 

Having learned of the modern practice, my rage looked for a place to turn. The release came through my writing craft. What if I could create a fictional story illustrating a society practicing gendercide? What if that story could raise awareness and sympathy, and ultimately action against the atrocity? About that time, my youngest daughter came home from her college cultural anthropology class and shared that there have...

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Today's post is a guest blog post by Heather Miller.*

 

 

I am 21 years old, and the first 14 years of my life were spent in a prison -- a prison of sexual abuse by my birth mother, father, older brother and several other family members.  Every day I feared for my life. Once, some cousins did report the situation to protective services, but I was too afraid to talk. My family's abuse, brainwashing, and threats left me voiceless. I had nobody to speak for me. I was desperate for a real...

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IMAGE: All Girls Allowed

 

When the bus arrived at our destination, I could hardly believe I was there. We stepped out and were asked to be as quiet as possible; not to speak, but to follow our guide. Creeping up the stairs slowly and quietly, we held our shoes in our hands. We'd been told China doesn't like large gatherings of people in homes. In fact, they are quite suspicious of it, so we had to be careful not to draw any attention to ourselves. To do this, once off the bus, we went upstairs in groups of three or four people, 10 to 15 minutes apart.

 

Everyone waited at the door of the apartment we were visiting while each member of our team...

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IMAGE: Jubug J.

 

The world is full of suffering, and a charity exists for almost every cause. But sometimes, a moment comes when a particular cause captures your attention and you can’t escape it. The word “charity” collapses beneath your absolute heartache to reach out and help anyway you can. 

 

Helen Keller expressed this sentiment so beautifully when she said:

 

“I am only one, but still I am one.

I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;

And because I cannot do everything,

I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” 

 

My heart embodied Helen Keller’s words the...

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Guest Post by Jaime Farkas

 

The events in China due to the One-Child policy are heart-breaking and at times it is easy to get discouraged and lose hope.  But when we stop to consider the heart and mission of God we can press forward.  Hebrews 12:1 says: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us."

 

One of the “witnesses” to encourage us can be found in the life of...

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By Jaime Farkas

 

Our family has been reading through the book of Matthew for this Lent season. The other day, we came across Matthew 18:8-9. I could see the verses coming and I decided to "plow through" knowing that I had a 7 & 9-year-old listening. A part of me was hoping that they weren't really paying attention and we could read through it without conversation. In retrospect, I'm glad they were actually listening and I'm also thankful for the orchestration of the Holy Spirit and His timing in all of it.

 

Here is Matthew 18:8-9:

If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble...