My long hiatus is over. I haven’t written you since May 19 from Kenya. It was a God-given opportunity to live there with old friends while I wrote the story of the founding of Daystar University. Every day was a God-given experience– whether watching the monkeys trying to get into our garden, whooshing a ‘Shongololo’ out of my bathroom, or finding a twist of words that energized the story more. I worked with a team of gracious people, and we were able to finish the draft of Daystar Rising by the time I had to leave. But that’s for another time.
Today I want to focus on my new book. Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolina’s will launch my twelfth book, The Queen’s Daughters, on September 1, 2017. I wanted to introduce you to the beautiful cover. What comes to your mind when you see this lovely face? What do you think she’s pondering? I ‘ll be very interested in your thoughts.
And even more grateful if you would read The Queen’s Dauighters and write a review on Amazon.
Read on! there is a connection between Daughters of Deliverance and Squanto’s story!
Reading Breakpoint this morning, I the learned the story of Squanto– a five year old Indian boy who was kidnapped by Spanish traders who had landed five years before the pilgrims. Squanto was fortunate enough to be sold to a well-meaning monk in Spain who taught him about the Christian God. Later Squanto made his way to England. There he worked in a stable for a kind Englishman who taught him English and looked for passage to the new world for Squanto. Ten years after he was captured, his benefactor found a way to send him home.
Sadly Squanto found his whole Wampanbog village had been decimated by an epidemic. A year later the Pilgrims arrived and settled on the very land where his village had stood. Squanto greeted them in English and became a friend to the Pilgrims.In the diary of Pilgrim Governor William Bradford, Squanto “became a special instrument sent of God for [our] good . . . He showed [us] how to plant [our] corn, where to take fish and to procure other commodities . . . and was also [our] pilot to bring [us] to unknown places for [our] profit, and never left [us] till he died.” Squanto died asking prayer that he would go to the Englishman’s God in heaven.
There are many people like Squanto whose lives of sacrifice and compassion for those who in need are lost to history. I was taught that Indians and Pilgrims praised God together for the harvest; today’s history books probably debunk that. But Squanto’s life is kept alive, written in the diary of Governor Bradford.
One of the reasons I researched and wrote about the life of Katharine Bushnell was to bring her life and work alive. Squanto helped to keep the early Pilgrims alive that first year they struggled against the elements in their new homeland. Katharine’s compassion and persistence against the sin of sexual slavery kept women and girls alive in the 19th century. Her story, told in my historical novel, Daughters of Deliverance comes out next Thursday, December 1, on Amazon or through me. lorrylutz.com
Thanks for Squanto’s story written in Breakpoint Commentary, originally by Chuck Coleson. John Stonestreet and Eric Metaxis currently write the daily commentary.
In his New York Times column recently Nicholas Kristoff tells about Saba, a young woman who was shot in the head by her father. Why? Because she had disobeyed him by falling in love and marrying without her father’s permission. It is estimated that over 1000 honor killings take place in Pakistan every year, but very few perpetrators are brought to justice. Courageously, Saba attempted to have her father arrested, but . . . .
You’ll meet Saba herself in A Girl in the River, nominated for the Oscars’ short documentary award. Kistoff says whether or not it wins the nomination, it is worth viewing. This travesty against young women must stop. (I confess I didn’t watch the Oscars)
Pakistan is far away and probably doesn’t seem like an issue in this country. But I just read Hiding in the Light by Rifqa Bary who faced the threat of death because she dared to . . . become a Christian. She was able to keep her faith secret for several years, but when her father found out, he threatened to send her to Sri Lanka to marry an old Muslim man, and the local mosque stood by him . In fact, they are still threatening to sue the American family who protected sixteen-year-old Rifqa when she ran away from home.
Whether it’s honor killing, trafficking, limiting education to boys first or killing new born girls—the treatment of women and girls in many countries calls us to compassion and action. I’ve spent over five years writing a biographical fiction about Katharine Bushnell, MD, a Christian activist who investigated and exposed the sex trade in the US and India at the end of the nineteenth century. Lighthouse Publishing tells me the book will be released by December 1, 2016.
In 1891 famous British abolitionist, Josephine Butler, co-opted two Americans– Dr. Katharine Bushnell and Mrs. Elizabeth Andrew– to secretly enter British cantonments in India to find proof that the military were illegally enticing and “examining” Indian girls in Locke Hospitals for the pleasure of British soldiers. Two women standing up to the entire British Raj!
(Watch for more information about Kate’s fictionalized story under “My Books.”)
Times have changed– many are banding together against this plague. But sadly the numbers of slaves continues to grow. Hopefully our government will recognize the seriousness of modern-day trafficking and take action recommended below:
On June 25, 2013 members of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, including National Association of Evangeliclas President Leith Anderson, wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Senate and House leadership encouraging support for legislation that would upgrade the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons.
The letter closed saying “We respectfully urge you to take any action in your authority to elevate the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons to a State Department Bureau.”
Twenty-four current leaders of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships signed the letter representing a broad spectrum of faith-based initiatives.
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.
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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: