i got home this afternoon, bagged as a ruffled potato chip, surprisingly tired after the kauai red eye. though tired, i was refreshed by a visit with a friend in calgary (go deni go!) and a overnight in strathmore with my friends hugh and faith. they graciously endured my frequent yawns that pock-marked our otherwise intelligent and meaningful conversation.
it’s become an unintentional tradition to present the 30 Days of Prayer for the Voiceless booklets in a church upon arrival back home in Canada.
the presentation was at the hope centre covenant church in strathmore. it’s a sweet body of believers i was thankful to connect with, who happen to meet in a beautifully designed church with lots of room for activity, and plenty of natural light. (does anyone else out there feel like contemporary churches are designed like retail stores: cement, cement, and more cement?)
i felt especially privileged this morning to share, to introduce people to the reality of human trafficking, reminded that the journey to eradicating it is a journey of truth, of compassion, and most of all, one that can only be accomplished in love. kirsten, the pastor who led the service invited people into the difficult conversation by reminding us that God is good. a reality i am sure most, if not all that we do, depends on.
He is good. and i truly believe that his enduring love will last forever.
one highlight of the trip to kauai was that i got my hands on a few copies of the new photogenx publication – sex + money: a global search for human worth (which i’ll discuss in more detail in the coming days when i get my shipment). paul childers few sent over from the big island. they’re hot off the press and look fantastic. i’m happy to be able to start spreading the word about them.
as we speak, people are on the ground in australia, the eastern united states, and in scandanavia promoting the books. my friend tim is one such person on tour sharing about the realities of HT in the world and promoting his fine work (as a contributor). you can follow his journey on this blog.
it’s encouraging to connect with people who share the vision to see the end of the modern day slave trade. they are everywhere, and new names are being added to that visionary number every day. at the service, evan, another pastor serving in strathmore introduced me to be the change, a book written by a 15 year old abolitionist, who among other reasons, was inspired by william wilberforce, that staggering historical figure we can all learn from. it’s now on the reading list (and in my possession, due to the kindness of said generous pastor).
what a great and powerful cloud of witnesses we belong to. what a thrill it will be to celebrate the fall of this horrific giant.