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Something happened since I left the country…

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This blog has been put off for three weeks — for good reason.  I’ve been in Turkey to spend time with my children and grandchildren.  Now I am in Nairobi, Kenya helping some old  friends write the story of their ministry in Africa. It’s the most unusual writing experience I’ve ever had.

My friend Faye has spent more than two years going through boxes and boxes of letters, papers, pictures, journals.  Out of this great source of memorabilia, going back to 1948 when she and her husband, Don, were engaged, she’s pulled out five hundred pages of key material.   These are mostly single-spaced, legal size pages– and thankfully mainly in chronological order and bound into a book that weighs at least four pounds.

I am working with a team of two Kenyan women, less than half my my age who  are very sharp.  Both of their husbands teach at the Christian University where I’m staying.  It’s a kind of tag team.  Rosie pulls all the pertinent, interesting features from the  resource book and forms then into a chapter.  I receive the chapter and add additional information, re-organize if necessary to keep the story flowing, edit and make comments of things to research and verify, After Rosie and I go through to fine tune a second time, the chapter goes on to Katie who has her MA in communications.  She reads through the material again, and stops to deal with the comments and edits as necessary.

Our hope is that in the next month we’ll be able to pass our draft to Don and Faye — hopefully they’ll recognize and verify that this is their life.

We are a good thirty miles from Nairobi, on roads that are lined  with massive ten-wheelers rolling along like a Colorado coal train– when is the end ever coming? But we sit out on the patio after dinner and watch the sunset and unique cloud formations in the west.  I have yet to see a sunset because this is the rainy season, and it is usually raining over in Nairobi — seldom here.  We watch the day disappear  at 6:30 pm every night here on the equator; the flickering lights of the city start to turn on,; the planes turn to land over at Jomo Kenyata Airport, and the streaks of gold and rose peek through the clouds for one last moment.  All is quiet — even the birds have stopped singing.And it’s grown chilly.

I’m not lonesome for home  but find the peace restoring. I have a deep sense of confidence that God has given me this opportunity at almost ninety years old, to serve Him in a unique way.  I believe Don and Faye’s story of their lives and the university that grew out of their service will bless those who read it. I’m thankful for the privilege, and honestly wonder why I should be so blessed.

Oh yes, something also happened to Daughters of Deliverance since I left hone.  Today it ranked thirty-two out of 100 best selling religious fiction books on Kindle.  It probably helps that more and more people are writing reviews — fifty-two to date.  If you haven’t read Daughters of Deliverance, or read it and haven’t written a review, there’ still time. You will admire Katharine Bushnell, the woman this historical fiction is based on.  The sequel The Queen’s Daughters, is due out Sept 1.

 

End Gendercide Now

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I’m sure Dr. Katharine Bushnell(1855-1946) would have been involved in this campaign. As she worked, first in China where women’s feet were mangled so they could never walk easily again, to her heartbreaking exposures of trafficking both at home and abroad — she saw it all as breaking the design and will of God, that men and women were created equal. Female gendercide just takes these evils another step further.
A message from the campaign
End Gendercide Now!

Take a stand against gendercide
October 11 is the second UN International Day of the Girl Child. This day is meant to promote girls’ rights and highlight gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys.
To coincide with this important day, we are releasing It’s a Girl on even more platforms worldwide: Google Play, X-Box, Vudu (and it’s still available on iTunes!)
The DVD, which includes a printed 22-page Discussion + Action Guide and hours of Special Features, is also available now though Amazon as well as the official movie website.

Take Action on the International Day of the Girl Child
On this day to focus on the fundamental human rights of the girl child, we are drawing attention to the It’s a Girl Action Campaign.
Gendercide may well be the most serious human rights violation and form of discrimination against girls and women happening on earth today. Please use today to highlight gendercide and its impact on the girl child by sharing this action campaign video.

Watch the It’s a Girl Action Campaign Video
As many as 200 million girls are missing because of gendercide. Now is the time to stand up for girls and women everywhere!
Thank you for your pledge! Please share with friends to pledge to Take a Stand Against Gendercide and to promote girls’ rights on the International Day of the Girl Child:

Trafficking in India

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Book Two of the Katharine Bushnell series takes place in India. Kate and her friend Bess are asked to secretly visit and expose the sequestering of young girls in the British cantonments for the soldiers’  pleasure.

Now 125 years later young Indian girls are still being bought, stolen, kidnapped– kept prisoner– for the sexual pleasures of men who care nothing about their lives or the purpose for which God created them.

I read this on Mission Network News yesterday:

Rody Rodeheaver of IN  Network USA says India contains a large percentage of the 27 million men, women and children trapped in modern-day slavery around the world.  It has more than 1.2 million child prostitutes and hundreds of children are trafficked from Nepal to Mumbai each week.

Last year, around 250 kids were recued along the Nepal-India border.  That’s where a home supported by IN Network is saving little girls from being trafficked.

Prasanna and Arpana Khaling began Sano Diyo (Little Lighhouse) in 2002. They had just graduatd from Bible College and were seeking God’s will for their lives.

They could’ve done any number of things, but their lives were intersected by two little girls who ended up on their doorstep,” says Rodeheaver. “And they saw, in these two little girls, the opportunity to make a difference.”

What started with two girls has grown to 35.  They’ve been saved from an unspeakable future and are now getting warm meals, the Gospel and a life-changing education.