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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.

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The Queen’s Daughters Free on Kindle through April 5, 2019
The Queen’s Daughters
Inspired by a dream, Dr. Kate Bushnell writes to Josephine Butler, famous crusader who frees women from sex slavery in Victorian England. Kate tells Mrs. Butler she is planning to travel to Great Britain. Though she she doesn’t have a cent for the journey from America, miraculously she arrives months later in London.

Once there, Kate and her friend Bess are invited to tea with Mrs. Butler. “When I read of your experiences rescuing girls in the lumber camps in Wisconsin,” Mrs. Butler says, “I thought you might be able to help us in India. We need proof for Parliament that the military entices or buys girls for the brothels on the bases.”

Kate glances at Bess. She sees a streak of fear in her eyes.

Mrs. Butler goes on, “I warn you, you would have to enter as secretly as possible. General Roberts, the commander-in-chief, would make sure you’d never enter another base again.” She pats Kate’s hand as if to soften her words. “I’m afraid this will be one of the hardest assignments you’ve undertaken…”


The Queen’s Daughters  is based on the life of Katharine Bushnell
(1855-1946), whose investigations and reports were filled with details and proof  that exposed sex slavery and sex trafficking in America, India,
China and the Far East.

Wherever Kate traveled she found time to study the Bible in Greek,
Hebrew and even Latin (she knew five languages). She was convinced
that the Bible teaches not only purity, but equality between men and
women, and that the injustices she had seen everywhere  were not God’sdesign. Her book, God’s Word to Women, published in 1922, is still con-
sidered a classic on the biblical role of women.

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Do free books bring in new readers?

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I’m told that they do, but I have no statistics to prove it.

But free Kindle books did give you an opportunity to read Daughters of Deliverance last week; and The Queen’s Daughter, is free through February 19.

Trafficking, sexual slavery, and slave labor are big business today. One research estimates “sales” of $32 Billion. Praise God for the dozens of Christian organizations focused on education, skills training, freeing girls and women, and rehabilitating them today.

But in 1888, when Katharine Bushnell visited the brothels in the forests of northern Wisconsin, she risked her life and reputation. Decent women didn’t publicly speak of sex slavery and prostitution. After all, “those women were innately sinful.”

When Kate gave the report of her research before the Wisconsin legislature she was called a liar and accused of being unchaste (Daughters of Deliverance). Several years later she and her friend Bess carried on their brave investigation of the British military barracks in northern India (The Queen’s Daughters) , knowing they would be expelled if Lord Frederick Roberts, Commander-in-chief of the forces in India, discovered them.

Based closely on historical people and facts, these books introduce readers to Dr. Katharine Bushnell. They challenge women, young and old, to follow her example of dependence upon God for guidance and provision.*

*not food–money to pay for investigations and ship-travel around the world.

The important things.

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Great reminder for all of us. A second thought, the background sometimes made the words difficult to read — but I figured them out’

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 “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the  Lord  be  praised”  Job 1 :21b

It was a beautiful winter morning. Cecil was sitting in the kitchen with his first coffee of the day, and staring out of the window. He loved mornings like this. The lawn was sparsely covered with a layer of frost, so thin the green of the grass was also poking through. The cold pale light from the early morning sun revealed itself from the hills on the distant horizon, casting an accusing glare through the mesh of winters denuded trees.

“The best time”, thought Cecil to himself as he picked up a note resting next to the phone. A list of hymns for the service this morning. Cecil was on the rota to play this Sunday. He liked the early mornings. He could drive to Crosham early and have a quick practice of the hymns before the service started.

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Why do I still go to church?

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Why do I still go to church?

I’ve been going to church for ninety years. Of course I don’t remember much of those early years, but I remember the store-front German Baptist church in my early childhood. It was there at age nine I accepted Christ as my Savior and was baptized.

And I ‘ve been attending church every since — in Milwaukee, Wis; Cicero, Illinois; Johannesburg, South Africa; San Jose California; Colorado Springs and now Highlands Ranch, Colorado;

I’ve been aware that many, especially millenials , don’t find it necessary or desirable to attend church. So I wondered, why at 91 do I still go to church?

Here’s what I scribbled down this afternoon:

This is how I feel about the church: I love to worship even though I can’t sing anymore; I love to praise the Lord alongside my friends and neighbors; I need to identify publicly with the Body of Christ—I want to be known as His follower; I am still learning new things from His Word and from others who have learned to walk closely with Jesus; I want to be prepared for the persecution which is growing even in our own country; I need to be strengthened  in my faith as I see others who are facing sorrow and testings remain strong.  I love the Church with all its warts because  “the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ who fills all things everywhere with himself.” Ephesians 1:23

How do you feel about the church?

 Almost forgot. Daughters of Deliverance is free on Amazon through 

February 19th.