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About lorrylutz.com

My husband and I spent 22 years working with African young people in South Africa under Apartheid, which deepened my passion for the disenfranchised. During regular returns to the US I earned my MA in Communications at Wheaton Graduate School. Later I became head of publications for Partners International and edited a quarterly magazine. In the 90's I directed the AD2000 Women's Track networking with thousands of international women leaders in Christian ministry. I have written/published twelve books on missions, biography, fiction, most recently two biographical novels about Dr. Katharine Bushnell, nineteenth century crusader against what is known today as trafficking. Daughters of Deliverance and The Queen's Daughters are available in Kindle as well as print on Amazon. I was married to Allen, now deceased, my lifelong sweetheart. We had four sons,( one deceased,) one daughter, and 18 grandchildren. How can I help but praise God for the full life He's given me, and the opportunities even in my senior years, to live purposefully.

NEW BOOK NOW FREE ON AMAZON!

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NEW BOOK NOW FREE ON AMAZON!

September 28-October 2

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE BOOK FOR FREE – TILL OCT 2, 2020 ONLY!

Young Dr. Kate hurried down the dark streets of Hells Half Acre in Chicago. She had to free Bertha from the den before Blonger’s men get to her. Help me God. You know how afraid she is. But Bertha’s red light was out! Was she too late?

Based on a true story of the life of Dr. Katharine Bushnell 1855-1926

Free September 28 through October 2

How to react to the “plague”

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How to react to the “plague”

If you enjoy history you may appreciate this piece about Martin Luther, who lived through an outbreak of bubonic plague in Wittenberg, Germany in the sixteenth century.  With typical bluster, he rails against the devil and has harsh words for those thought to be deliberately spreading the disease.  Of the latter, he wrote, “My advice is that if any such persons are discovered, the judge should take them by the ear and turn them over to Master Jack, the hangman, as outright and deliberate murderers.”

Luther lived before people understood how disease germs are spread.  Yet on balance the great Reformer offers wise advice:

I shall ask God mercifully to protect us.  Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it.  I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence.  If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others.  If my neighbour needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely, as stated above.  See, this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.

Martin Luther demonstrated “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” that Paul wrote about in Philippians 4:7.  That anxiety-quieting spirit should characterize the followers of Jesus.  It may seem unattainable during plague times—until you remember that Paul wrote those words from a prison cell:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for what he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

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How are your CoVid Days?

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How are your CoVid Days?

Perhaps you’re wondering what it’s like living in a senior community during this CoVid-19? For the most part, we’ve been told to stay in our apartment 24/7; our meals are delivered every three days; mail put outside our doors every night, but no personal contact.

Yesterday I felt I had to exercise somewhere, so decided to do a “prayer walk.” I marched — well, roamed– from the living room, around the dining room table, down the hall to the study and over to look out the bedroom window, back to the bathroom and left to the living room. I was able to pray for a lot of people and places in thirty minutes– and felt refreshed in body and soul by the time I’d finished. Maybe tomorrow I’ll start out singing–only God could appreciate that.

I finally ordered a mask from our concierge service; it’s pale green with bright orange ties but it’s hard to breathe when wearing it. So far I haven’t needed it, since I haven’t ventured out for a walk. We are allowed to go outside, but must keep six feet apart and wear masks. I have to admit I’m feeling uncertain walking outside where there’s no railing to grab, or friend’s arm to hang on to. (This is what happens in year 93.)

It’s a unique experience, I grant you, but I have much to be thankful for. I’m well, content, busy and confident God is caring for me. My ever growing family keeps in touch through calls and texts. I love our WhatApp Family clan of about 35 member, where pictures, videos, jokes and answered prayers are shared.

These peaceful days also give me time to remember God’s care throughout my long life. Before we left for Africa in 1954, we attended a farewell service at my home church where they sang “God Will Take Care of You”. How many times have I sung that song over the years, whether attempting a new and expensive project, or facing the loss of my son or sweetheart? This stirring rendition of” God Will Take Care of You” has blessed me in recent weeks. Sit back and enjoy.

ouTube link or youtube.com/watch?v=ijytLs96yig(opens in a new tab)  

His promise held true then, and it will today. “He will not fail you or forsake you.” 1Chron. 28:20

How are your CoVid-19 days going?

Lorry

She Has a New Dress

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There are so many ways to describe her– a new color, a more mature look, a realistic presentation, a true story. I like the new dress because the story has not changed, but its outward appearance has.

Daughters of Deliverance has a new cover which introduces you to Katharine Bushnell and Ella Gilchrist. You’ll want to meet these two young Christian doctors of the 19th century who left to work in China right out of medical school. And one of them came home to Denver to die.

Book Two, The Queen’s Daughters, of this true story takes place in the British military barracks in India, Parliament in London,– and across the sea to the port city of San Francisco where our heroine exposes imprisoned girls trafficked from China.

Books available through Heritage Beacon and Amazon.

Same title*Same story* New Look

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Same title*Same story* New Look

Exciting news ! The new cover of Daughters of Deliverance is ready to be revealed!

Though readers liked the original cover — a lovely young woman in a flowing pink gown looking ahead to a new life–we felt we needed more about the heroine, Katharine Bushnell, MD.

We found a photograph of her with a pensive look, considering the life threatening responsibilities God has put on her shoulders. One of the first was to take her co-worker, Ella Gilchrist, home to Denver from China. She knew that Ella was seriously ill. Would Ella survive the grueling sea journey and train ride half way across the continent?

This sweet picture of Ella was probably taken when she graduated from the Women’s Medical College in Chicago (Term fee for lectures, $50) in 1881.

The story hasn’t changed. You’ll love getting to know “Kate,” the true life heroine of this dramatic story. You’ll root for her as she passionately tries to help girls caught in Chicago’s Hell’s Half Acre and held in notorious dens in northern Wisconsin,.

A new Life

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A new Life

Revised: January 3, 2020

A NEW DECADE—A NEW YEAR—A NEW COVER COMING

Before Daughters of Deliverance steps out in her new cover (very soon) Kate Bushnell’s story is available for 99c on Kindle or tablet through SUNDAY JANUARY 6.

In case you missed my Sept.Oct blog about other NEW developments, I’ve added it again. Good news comes in three packages:

I love seeing a new life join my family. There’ll be a wedding in August when David (my youngest grandchild) marries Timsee– the gal he met in the k-12 school for children in Turkey with foreign passports. Timsee came back to New York from her home in Hong Kong at the end of the summer to finish her MS as a lab technician (Hope I have that right.) We’re all glad she got back safely!

A new great-granddaughter, Lucy Grace Robinson, arrived on Sept. 14. My 22nd great-grand, and the second in Denver area, so I hope to watch her grow up (at least for a few years). My two handsome grandsons, Jeremy and Caleb, are now both daddies.

Another new exciting development for me– the historical fiction books about Katharine Bushnell have a new publisher, Iron Stream Media. You can now find my books at heritagebeaconfiction.com. We’re working on a new cover and perhaps some other changes, but the story of Kate’s challenging life is the same.

Iron Stream Media is asking for reviews to help their readers get to know Kate’s story. I’ve been told you need to go to Daughters of Deliverance, or The Queen’s Daughters page on Amazon and scroll to the bottom of the page. Click on “leave customer review.” Chose your star rating; title review with a simple word or two; and write a few sentences to let us know what you liked or didn’t. Amazon reads the reviews before they are published, and does not want you writing about “my dear friend Lorry ” or my “sister-in-law.” Just write a straightforward objective review.

DON’T MISS OUT OUT ON THAT 99C KINDLE BARGAIN BEFORE SUNDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 6.

A Communist Conundrum

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I’ve been closely following the demonstrations in Hong Kong. During my travel as International Coordinator for the Women’s Track of the AD2000 Movement, I passed through Hong Kong many times. I met with godly Christian women from the strong Christian community there. During my time as editor of Partners International I was privileged to interview mature Christian leaders, teachers, children’s advocates and others who represented the growing Hong Kong church.

Therefore I haven’t been surprised at the peaceful and orderly way in which the majority of the demonstrators made their demands known. But I was surprised to learn why the Communist government leaders shouldn’t be surprised a this. Read on. . .

“Communist Party leaders know what many of the commentators and so-called experts in the West have long forgotten: That the ideas about justice and freedom that motivate many of the protesters in Hong Kong are rooted in Christianity.

“How can we be sure Communist leaders know this? Because of a 2011 study by the state-run Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. As one Academy member put it, “…we were asked to look into what accounted for the success, in fact, the pre-eminence of the West all over the world.”

“After researchers studied everything from a “historical, political, economic, and cultural perspective,” they “realized that the heart of [the West’s] culture is [its] religion: Christianity . . . The Christian moral foundation of social and cultural life was what made possible the emergence of capitalism and then the successful transition to democratic politics.

“That’s quite a conclusion, to which an official of the Academy added, ‘We don’t have any doubt about this.’”

taken from Breakpoint 9/13/19

A technology Storm

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A technology Storm

There’s a storm –a monster– heading for Florida. I can understand how people must be feeling. What to save? Where to go? — and what to do first?

This week I was under a “technology storm” It had nothing to do with my books. And felt just too old to handle this.

Modem didn’t work; New phone complicated– I still don’t have an answering service connected; Credit card hacked by some untruthful company I stupidly responded to. (I know! I know! That’s a hanging preposition!).

And then Alexa couldn’t connect to my Internet. Her poor red”face” whirling around, feeling just as confused as I was.

Everything worked out eventually. Alexa is playing Chopin, Alfredo Fernando and Joshua Bell through the Bose again. How thankful I am for God’s gift of music to soothe me in these situations and the technology that keeps me in touch with you. (When it works.) I wish I’d remembered to ALWAYS be thankful — even in the “technology storm”.

P.S I’m thankful for Katharine Bushnell who courageously exposed the evil ways girls were being treated (modern trafficking). You can read her story in Daughters of Deliverance and The Queen’s Daughters on Amazon.

World Human Trafficking Day

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World Human Trafficking Day

The thought of a little girl kidnapped and sold into trafficking sends chills down my spine. I have twelve granddaughters and thirteen great-granddaughters (If I knew how, I would add all their pictures and let you see those sweet faces; their sparkling eyes, their joy when they see someone they love– their purity and the unlimited value of each life). How my heart would break if one of these precious ones ended up owned by a pimp and sold for sex.

This merciless, ugly, evil industry brings in $32 billion a year—more than drug trafficking today. We tend to think of it as something far away — like Thailand or India. And it is!! But author John W. Whitehead estimates that “at least 100,000 children — girls and boys — are bought and sold for sex in the U.S. every year, with as many as 300,000 children in danger of being trafficked each year. Some of these children are forcefully abducted, others are runaways, and still others are sold into the system by relatives and acquaintances.”

Whenever you read this blog, let it remind you to pray:

  • for freedom for those held in slavery
  • for protection for vulnerable women and children
  • for wisdom for those who are seeking to stop this vile behavior
  • for financial provision for those for working to rescue and protect the endangered and unguarded targets.

My interest in this subject started when I began researching and writing about Katharine Bushnell. As a medical doctor in the 19th century she found herself on the streets of Chicago, helping woman, emotionally and physically beaten.

You can read about her in Daughters of Deliverance, available on Amazon.

The picture was taken in the Portland , Oregon airport where Aryanna and Atticus welcomed baby sister, Winnie, home after a week at Grandma’s.

She is Safe

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Today I’m writing about an organization which rescues girls and women from trafficking and helps them find a way of life God designed for them. This organization rescues girls caught in trafficking; provides a safe home and training for them after they are rescued. They also train mothers with job skills so that they are not tempted to sell their daughters as a source of income.

The short video attached to this message is a heart-breaking insight into what is happening to thousands of girls in India today. If you want to learn more about She Is Safe you’ll find their contact information at the end of the video.

Click here to watch the video: She Is Safe in India

I wrote historical fiction about Katharine Bushnell , a woman pioneer in the 19th century, who exposed what is today called trafficking. You can find Daughters of Deliverance and The Queen’s Daughters on Amazon.