Engedi Refuge MInistries held a recognition ceremony yesterday. It was an awesome celebration!
Residents were recognized with long-stemmed roses and the audience applauded their participation and/or completion of program phases. A slide show highlighted activities of the past several months. The "house mother" of the safe house spoke of the courage she saw in each of the residents and her love for each of the ladies was evident.
And then a resident spoke. She talked about how Engedi helps the ladies in many ways -- from learning practical life skills to navigating aspects of the social services system. She touched our hearts as she explained how Engedi shows the unconditional love of Jesus to each resident -- each day, every day. Encouraging them. Lifting them up. Going through the ups and downs with them. Helping the ladies to see what REAL love looks like. Pointing the way past surviving to thriving. The resident explained that, "You light our lamps and show us how to shine."
And as tears flowed and hugs were shared, all of us in attendance knew that this is just the beginning of shining ever brighter.
Hope4Justice is honored to partner with Engedi Refuge Ministries. May God continue to work through Engedi to pour out His love and redeem broken lives.
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THANK YOU JENNIFER
Many thanks to Jennifer, a new Hope4Justice volunteer. She's been finding informative and interesting information to post on the Hope4Justice facebook page. On 7/6/18 she posted vital information from the CNN Freedom Project titled, "7 Ways to Spot that Someone is Being Trafficked." If you didn't see it on Facebook, you can click here to access it.
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ON THE READING LIST
Girl Soldier: A Story of Hope for Uganda’s Children by Faith J.H. McDonnell and Grace Akallo
A look into the life of a girl abducted by the LRA. Now pushed out of Uganda into South Sudan, the DRC, and the CAR, this brutal army of rebels has been raiding villages, kidnapping children and turning them into soldiers or wives of commanders for more than twenty years. This unforgettable book–with historical background and insights from Faith McDonnell, one of the clearest voices in the church today calling for freedom and justice–will inspire readers around the world to take notice, pray, and work to end this tragedy. (Information from Mirror Ministries website.)