Friday, February 08, 2019

Contracted as a Maid: She Found Herself Enslaved

Photograph: Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images

She thought she was helping to lift her family out of poverty by traveling to another country as a contracted domestic worker. When she arrived, she found herself enslaved....

Women train and contract as domestic workers, only to arrive in the Middle East to find their passports immediately confiscated by “employers,” they are not fed enough, their movements are restricted, and they are often beaten, raped, and used as sex slaves.”

The image above is of Migrant domestic workers demonstrating in Beirut to protest against abuse, and ask for protection under the law.
Once in their host countries, these migrants are immediately required to surrender their passports to their employers. Thus, even before the worker steps foot in her host country, the systems of exploitation are already in place. Lacking documentation and in a foreign country, migrant domestic workers find themselves under the charge of their female employer — Romina Halabi
In Dubai and elsewhere, the suicide rate among contracted domestic workers is high. One African woman nearly escaped but her attempt was intercepted and foiled just outside the doors of her embassy. No one interfered, while the heart-wrenching scene was captured on video. Her employers chased her down, grabbed her, and forcefully shoved her [kicking and screaming] headfirst into their vehicle. She committed suicide almost immediately after that.
When another woman [from the Philippines] finally escaped her tormentors, it took her over two years to retrieve her passport, legally get out of her domestic worker contract, and get back home to her family.
Saudi Arabia is the largest recipient of migrant domestic labor, with the UAE close behind with over seventy-five percent of its population classified as migrant workers. Today, domestic workers primarily emigrate from Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines, choosing to leave their families and migrate for a number of economic and social reasons — Romina Halabi
Many companies that recruit domestic workers from the Philippines, Africa, and other countries, are merely fronts for human trafficking. Others know their recruiting efforts for domestic workers, often result in indentured servitude.
For many women, it is slavery, pure and simple.
Thank God for secret networks dedicated to saving abused and enslaved domestic workers in the Middle East. January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Let’s add our voices to an international outcry to save women who, in good faith, leave their families believing they are contracting legitimate jobs that will give them all better lives.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Blessing is not in Perfection

    David wrote about how to be blessed through obedience to the Law of the Lord, and then grievously violated that same Law. Yet he was still called a man after God's own heart.
   How could that be?
   One lesson to take from the life of David, is that he was human like the rest of us. And at times, his flesh won out against his spirit in some of the worst ways imaginable. But whenever YAHWEH ELOHIYM [the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob] was able to get his full attention, David was quick to confess his sins [the wrongness of his actions] and turn [repent] from them.
   We read first-hand testimonies of this in his songs, many of which were inspired and preserved by God in the Holy Scriptures.
   Sometimes, David failed to recognize his sin without some nudging from from God's people. Sometimes, he needed to be confronted before he would repent, but when he was confronted, his heart would break from the knowledge of  his own wickedness. 
   When that happened, God always forgave him and welcomed him back into his arms. 
  Although David lived under the law and participated in Temple worship, he understood that religious ceremony did not impress God, unless it was coupled with genuine faith. He wrote that a broken and contrite heart was what counted with God--not sacrifice and ceremony. It was for this, that God called David a man after his own heart.
   David was an in-person example [for both bad and good] to his son, Solomon, who later wrote of his own experiences with sin. Solomon credited his father’s example in his own return to the Lord when he wrote, “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” 
   Along with most everyone else, Solomon was aware of his father's sins, which often became public knowledge. He was also witness to his father’s willingness to turn from those sins when confronted with them, and that too, became public knowledge through David's own actions when he would publicly proclaim, “I was wrong!”
   Solomon witnessed the consequences of his father’s sins. He was also witness to the great blessings and deliverance of God when David would bring his thoughts, his heart, and his life back into line with God’s ways and God’s Word. 
   Following the influence of his father, to the bad, Solomon found his own life mired-down in the muck of sin. He then demonstrated the powerful influence of his father’s example of public confession and repentance, when he wrote “He who hides his sin shall not prosper….” 
   David's life was not an example of perfection. Many of the facts of his life were not recorded because they were meant to be emulated--but rather, to be avoided. But his life [with all the ups and downs] is an awesome  example of  what happens when a believer welcomes the correction of a loving God--even the humiliating circumstance of  public correction, if that is what it takes. 
   David embraced correction and was grateful for it. We read about that, when he  wrote,"Blessed is the man whom you chasten O LORD and teach him out of your law That you may give him rest from the days of adversity..."

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall

Woo Hoo! Look what I'm reading!!
I am racing into the finale and MaryLu is not disappointing me. My FULL review is coming....So, Click the link. The book is available for pre-order (both print and ebook are same price! ...For now).

 Seriously,  I am one of MaryLu Tyndall's BIGGEST fans. She's edgy gals. She's edgy....

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Amazing story of wayward child and praying mother

This is a true story that should comfort the hearts of all praying parents.

In 2003 I owned a Weight Control Center. It was a licensed dealership. The Corporate Office made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Because of the location, they wanted my dealership for a corporate training center. So I struck a deal, sold it to them, and became a trainer for them.

My former center would continue to be a functioning weight control center, so they interviewed applicants to manage it and thought to promote my current manager, I'll call her, Karen, to a corporate position. They wanted my recommendation before doing so.

It would have been a nice promotion both in status and money for Karen. It would have launched a career for her.

She was a talented young woman, in her late twenties. She was a professing Christian who had confided to me that she did not live the life, but we had a comfortable and amiable working relationship. I considered her a friend and trusted her implicitly.

During the transition from licensed dealership to corporate training center, I was going through the files, making sure everything was in order for the new manager, and It became painfully clear that Karen had been taking advantage of the trust I had placed in her.

She had been managing my center during a period of violent [dv] abuse in my life. I was being stalked and had been largely in hiding for several months. I relied heavily on her to manage every aspect of the Center for me during my absences. Though I made random appearances at the office (usually several times weekly) to check the books, Karen handled everything else.

The books were in good shape, and new business was coming in regularly (she was very good at selling the programs and counseling clients). But It turned out, she had been using most her time at my center running her own independent travel agent business and had woefully neglected our client records (and anything else that I might not easily notice or that did not require her immediate attention.)

That was my life lesson in placing too much trust in managers. We are now coming to the part that should comfort the hearts of believing parents.

Corporate was awaiting my advisement as to whether Karen should be promoted or not, and I had been putting off giving my answer. I was aghast at what I had learned about her job performance and had reached a decision to recommend that Corporate terminate her employment rather than promote her, when the Spirit of the Lord interrupted my plans by emphatically commanding me to, "LEAVE HER ALONE! SHE HAS A RIGHTEOUS MOTHER."

Selfish as I am, my first thoughts were for my own children, and I responded as a parent to the God's command to, "LEAVE HER ALONE!" My immediate response was, "Lord, my children have a righteous mother too!"

I already knew the Bible promise that the righteous are blessed AND THEIR SEED (their children). But that day, the Spirit of the Lord took that understanding to a whole new level---He spoke directly to my heart and told me that He had Karen in his sights and was dealing with her in a special way, BECAUSE OF HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HER MOTHER.

I know there are limits to our understanding of how God works and the various trials we go through in our lives often cry out for answers that we may never get, this side of Heaven. But, for good reason, our hope is always in HIM.

Parents do not stop being parents when our children are grown. We still fret and worry over them, just as we did when they were small. Sometimes even more so, because, now, they are no longer under our wing. We never stop praying for for the safety and well-being of our children.

I personally find great comfort in my experience with Karen and the knowledge that God had a wayward child's back, BECAUSE OF HER MOTHER'S FAITH. I pray God will comfort and strengthen all of our hearts as we, in faith, stand in the gap for our children.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Our Workshop Changed the Course of her Life!

  All I can say is, Wow! (even if I was one of the presenters, along with author Diane Yates) at our "Writing Your Story/Road to to Publication," workshop).

It was both thrilling and humbling to hear an attendee say, "This workshop has given me new vision and changed the course of my life!"

Folks, it just doesn't get any better than that. 


Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Precious in the sight of the Lord...: Chuck Missler 1934-2018

   Another of history's great intellects and soul-winners has gone from us. Few will disagree (whether they agreed with his theology or not) that among Bible scholars, Chuck Missler was a giant. 
   Do I agree with all of his conclusions? Of course not. But who among us agrees 100% with anyone else among us? I never doubted for a moment that he was my Christian brother, laboring in God's vineyard. 
   I enjoyed the challenges he issued on many topics, always saying, "Don't take my word for it. Study it for yourself, and come to your own conclusion." I loved his "out-of-the-box" thinking, and I had no trouble standing with him on how awesome our Savior and His WORD is.   
   Yes, I strongly disagreed with his complementarian position on male leadership. I still do. But I have never been one to throw out the baby with the bath water, and I just as heartily agreed with him on his constant urging for Christians to end biblical illiteracy by reading and studying their Bibles for themselves
    Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. My life and faith has been greatly enriched by his life and many of his teachings and challenges. I believe that we are the poorer for the loss of Chuck Missler. And my heart is greatly saddened that he is gone. 

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Why Do I Believe in God?

What is the hope that is in Me? Why do I believe the gospel, the good news that Jesus is real and that he lived, died, and rose from the dead? Why do I have hope that I too will be raised from the dead, and that Jesus will come again to this earth and bring peace to it?

   Why do I believe, aside from the fact that he revealed himself to me with such awesome clarity, that I cannot deny him, aside from the fact that I have received countless answers to prayers for myself and others, aside from the fact that I have received healing after healing and amazing provision, according to his good promises, and even miracles at his mighty hand? I have experienced all these things. I can attest that they are true. 
   But aside from my own [and from my perspective amazing] personal experiences, what objective proof do I have that God is real?
   After God revealed himself to me in a big way, he began confirming my personal experiences with him. He did this through his Word, which I began reading [every day] since 1981. The Bible is where I learned about my Creator, where he invited me to put him to the test, and taught me how to do that.   
   Through his Holy Spirit, through his written Word, and through people, and circumstances, and even trials in my life, my Father in Heaven held on to me as I began taking baby-steps in faith, as I learned how to walk, and finally to run. He patiently taught me and raised me up in faith, to the point, that in a time of acute danger and physical injury, I could hold on to his faithfulness and experience a breathtaking miracle.
      My God and his written Word, have withstood thirty-six years of testing in my life, thirty-six years of reading, questioning, researching, and studying. I can attest to the astounding power of the living Word of God to bring passion and purpose into my life. 
   Historians, archeologists, geologists, biologist, physicists, astrophysicists, astronomers, and more, attest, also, to the accuracy of the Holy Bible. To date, no historical or scientific discovery has discounted the Bible, but rather affirms it.   
  Historically, there is more evidence for the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ than for any other ancient person or event. 
   The biblical prophets are batting a thousand. Bible prophecy is one of God's great signs that he is real. He has yet to be proven wrong. Things God revealed through his ancient prophets for their day were fulfilled with amazing accuracy. Some of his prophets spoke of things to come in the far distant future. The accuracy, to date, of God's prophets is good reason to believe that he is real and that his Bible is true. 
   For his children, for those who choose to belong to him, that is very good news.
   He promises eternal life. He promises help and hope for the present. He promises to come again to raise the dead, to change and catch up the living, and to finally bring peace to the earth. He promises a spectacular future for all who love him.  
   That is my blessed hope.   
   Do I write this from a position of privilege and absence of adversity, where life has always been easy for me? No. I have experienced much adversity--devastating adversity. But God has always been faithful. People have hurt and disappointed me, but God has never let me down.
   Yes, I believe in God. 
   I love him. I walk with him. I talk with him...And he is always with me.