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LungLeavin’ Day {Heather’s cancer survival journey}

02.09.14

O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me — Psalm 30:2

The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

 

 hi everyone, this is a blog post that i have been meaning to do for a while now, and i am so glad i finally get to put this in  writing, and send it your way for some great encouragement.

a few week’s ago Heather’s husband (Cameron), sent me an email. in his email he shared Heather’s cancer survival journey, and described how blessed they are to have Heather with them today.

see, like so many of our loved ones, eight years ago Heather was diagnosed with mesothelioma. mesothelioma for those who don’t know, is a rare form of cancer that kills most people within 2 years of diagnosis.

when Heather found out that she had cancer, she had just given birth to their beautiful daughter Lily, and she was given only 15 months to live.

after a life saving surgery that included the removal of Heather’s left lung, LungLeavin’ Day was born. This will be the 8th year that Heather, and her family get to celebrate her survival.

the purpose of LungLeavin’ Day is to encourage others to face their fears! Praise God! every year, Heather, her family and friends gather around a fire pit in their backyard, write their biggest fears on a plate, and smash them into the fire. they also celebrate for those who are no longer with them, for those who continue to fight, for those who are currently going through a tough time in their life, but most importantly, Heather, her family and friends, celebrate LIFE!

to all my friends who are battling cancer, those with family or friends battling cancer, or any illness, my prayer is that, Heather’s story,will spark a fire in you, to NEVER give up. to continue to HOPE for yourself, and for those around you battling cancer, or any illness. and above all to know that God is with you, and for you.

be blessed!!

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would you do me a favor. would you kindly share this blog post with your family, friends and those around you. my hope is that as we pass this along, we will continue to light a fire of hope in each and every person that listens to, and hears Heather’s story, and that through this story, a hope like no other will be re-birthed again, and again.

to read more of heather’s story, check this space out

a special thanks to Cameron, for daring so greatly to reach out, and share Heather’s story, which in so many many ways, is also his story and Lily’s as well. i am truly grateful for you. i have no doubt that God purposed to bring encouragement to others, through Heather’s story. may God continue to work through you, through Heather & Lily, to be a blessing to so many others.

until next time, have yourself a very hope filled week

love: Christine

Prayer Space

in our prayer space this week, we continue to pray for all the organizations, and individuals who are passionate for justice, and continue to tirelessly work to combat such injustices like: human trafficking, modern day slavery, violence against the poor and many other injustices in our world today.

we pray against any work of the enemy, and that God who has been in the scene long before we got there, will continue to work through us, to bring victory and freedom to all those in need.

we also pray for all who are battling cancer, whose friends or family members are battling cancer, or any illness. we pray that God will continue to renew their faith, and that they will NEVER  give up.

we have a community of many, who believe in the right to justice for all, check us out in our Facebook page – A Dream 4 Justice

SQUASH IT!……#locusteffect

02.01.14

while many in the U.S prepare for Superbowl, we the excited warriors fighting against human trafficking & modern day slavery, are building up momentum for the launch of the oh so enlightening & life changing bookThe Locust Effect

time has its way of just cruising by, it feels like just yesterday, the IJM staff sent me my invitation to get involved with this work of -The Locust Effect. and am sure like the hundred or so other launch team members, we are all at awe of how God has worked through each and everyone of us, to shed some light in this area of human rights, that’s so often forgotten.

so needless to say, this coming week, is very very exciting for us. i personally, can’t wait for The Locust Effect to hit bookstores all over the U.S, and around the world. to start this conversation of violence that plagues, the poor and makes them vulnerable to injustices like – human trafficking & modern day slavery. so am here on my sofa, dreaming of walking into Barnes & Noble, and finding someone in deep reading, as he/she gets lost in the journey of a child trapped in slavery, as Gary Haugen (author), does a very good job, in bringing the reader into the very lives of these victims we so fight for.

i also dream of walking into a church, and finding that this very fight we so fight for, is the very fight they too fight for, all inspired by the book – The Locust Effect. i also dream of hearing testimonies. big testimonies like a mother trapped in slavery, and because one person dared to read – The Locust Effect, this one mother is now free from slavery, because these true, earth shattering stories, told in this precious book, never did leave this person’s heart. it became a passion, and a longing, that then resulted to action, which then freed this mother once trapped in slavery.

When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. — Proverbs 21:15

if you want to take a journey to India, Africa, in search of these true stories, then you need not to search any longer, the book – The Locust Effect, will dare to take you into the very lives of these victims. and as you turn each page, you might ask yourself like i did when i first learned of these kinds of violence, where on earth have I been? but don’t you worry my friend, because like me, once God opens your eyes, you will find that He also has a way of working through you, to redeem the past, and help these precious children of His, who are so in need of our help.

it’s funny that such injustices so often are right in front of us. we never need to travel so far, to find them. in the very communities we call home, there we find injustice. look not far away. dare to look around you, and there you will find that not too far away from you, is someone in need of your help.

5 STUNNING FACTS ABOUT VIOLENCE

1. 29.8 MILLION people are held in slavery today. — Global Slavery Index

From brick kilns to abusive brothels, millions of children, women and men face daily violence with no hope for freedom. In fact, there are more people enslaved today than there were during the entire trans-Atlantic slave trade.

2. 5 MILLION people are victimized by forced evictions every year, and millions more are run off by more powerful neighbors. — UN HABITAT

They have no savings accounts or safety nets—and they’re left homeless, hungry and exposed.

3. 85% of police in India haven’t been trained in criminal investigations. — Human Rights Watch

that means cases are mishandled, and many victims of violence are never heard.

4. 1 IN 5 women around the world is a victim of rape or attempted rape. — UN

While women and girls everywhere are vulnerable to violence, it is the poorest who are the most likely to face sexual assault.

5. 10 MILLION people will enter pre-trial detention every year—held in prison or jail without any proceedings to determine their guilt or innocence. — Open Society Foundations

In the developing world, men and women can rot in jail for years with no evidence against them.

Buy The Book, But Not Yet – Launch Week Offer

Here’s the bottom line: Buy your copy of The Locust Effect during the week of February 3rd and, for every copy sold, a generous friend of International Justice Mission (IJM)will give $20 to IJM to help fight violence against the poor.*

All author royalties from sales of The Locust Effect go to IJM to help fight violence against the poor. This means that neither author makes a profit from the number of books sold. Buying a book IS a way of taking action to help the poor around the world.

until next week: have yourself a wonderful blessed week, and dare to fight injustice by buying The Locust Effect

Love: Christine

Prayer Space

in this week’s prayer space, we are praying for all the victims of human trafficking & modern day slavery.

we are also praying for more warriors to emerge and help us fight this fight.

we are praying for those bold justice workers, who daily face grave danger, as they work on freeing these victims.

we are also daring to pray against all the evildoers around the world, who daily capture these poor victims, lie to them and trap them in trafficking situations & slavery. we pray that their works will cease. frustration and blindness will overcome them, and that the Lord’s army will place road blocks everywhere they go, to stop this work they do.

the locust effect {here is how to get your FREE copy}

01.25.14

there are few things in this world that get me so mad. so mad that i am so thankful to have Christ in me, because there is no telling what one can do with such madness that clouds my mind, when i read and hear of the millions of innocent children, women & men sold into slavery, trafficked and forced into such an unspeakable life.

the first time i really heard about what is currently going on right in our midst, i cried helplessly. i couldn’t believe that for so very long, i had managed to go through life, without any clue of such sufferings. i hated myself for spending so many hours, crying over what really didn’t matter, compared to what really matters.

human trafficking & slavery my friends, is more alive now than ever before.

the thing is, there is no doubt this fight is one gigantic fight.However, we need to always remember that, God has been on the scene long before we got here. if we look at it from that lens, we will see that the burden though huge, has been and will continue to be carried by the Lord. We are simply vessels that He works through, to bring hope and freedom to these very precious children of His.

for the past few weeks, i have been immersed in reading the soon to be released book – The Locust Effect Gary Haugen (author), has managed to do what few authors do best, and that is capture the heart of these innocent people, and bring their pain and suffering to the very depths of our hearts. this is truly one of those books, that you must read, and have displayed in your home library.

if you like many of us, ever thought this fight against human trafficking and slavery, is a fight for a select group of people, am here to tell you that you, like so many of us, are wrong. this is everyone’s fight. a fight for what is humanly right. a fight we must all join. remember, though these victims, are most often from poor & vulnerable environments, this is no discriminator of persons, it could very well knock on your door. let’s be part of the solution.

i dare you – don’t wait any longer

join this movement. this fight for life. this fight for what is right.

to get you started, i am giving away a FREE copy of the book – The Locust Effect.

here is how to win:

If you are not part of the Facebook page – A Dream 4 Justice, simply click  here and hit LIKE to join the team

and i suppose, here is where I say – WELCOME to A DREAM 4 JUSTICE

next

select any post(s) on the A Dream 4 Justice page, and help spread the news, by sharing it on your Facebook page, and encourage others to join us too.

once that has been completed

send me a Facebook message, saying something like – Joined A Dream 4 Justice & shared a post.

that will enter you into the drawing

for those who are already members of the Facebook page – A Dream 4 Justice , simply share a post from the page, on your Facebook page, encourage others to join us, and send me a Facebook message saying something like – shared a post, and that will enter you in the drawing.

You can do this all week long, the winner will be announced on the Facebook (A Dream 4 Justice), during the book launch week of February 3

if i haven’t said it – THANK YOU for joining this fight. Your support and help is much appreciated. May God bless you abundantly. For what you have done, God has surely seen & will reward.

until next time:

Have a blessed Week!!

Love: Christine

Praying Space

in our praying space this week,

a few bloggers will be traveling to  Uganda with Compassion International this week. please pray for safe travels, and that they will help influence many in joining Compassion as a child sponsor

opening self to divine interruptions

01.12.14

old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. an old day passes, a new day arrives. the important thing is to make it meaningful; a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.”

dalai lama

i had planned on waking up early, & driving up to L.A  to see her. i know myself, when weekends come my way, my feet start to drag, & so i went to bed very aware of this, yet still determined to overcome my dragging feet, & make it to L.A  in time to have enough of the day to spend with a precious cousin, whom i had never met before.

a few days ago she confirmed her arrival. i had my weekend all planned out, but something inside of me said – cancel. cancel and dare instead to spend this precious moment, with a precious person. early Saturday morning, after wrestling my decision to cancel all plans, i made up my mind to do it anyway.

welcoming divine interruptions, means being flexible enough to go with the flow of the divine #motherswithadream4christ

my uncle (cousin’s dad), passed away a few years back. i remember when he passed thinking to myself, oh how i wish i had met him. i was never able to meet up with my him, though i heard all sorts of brave stories about him. some which made sense, & others which did not. he lived a life many feared to ever mention. a very warrior like life. set in his ways, he had a dream. a dream that led him to ran & hunt. you could say, he was a man with an endless kind of possibility dream. determined to overcome whatever came his way, to dare instead to meet this dream he so cherished. he was also very well connected to the powers around him. and i think with power surrounding him, he was positive his missions would be accomplished. eventually he passed away, having accomplished i believe some of his dreams, however i do believe, his most cherish dream was never accomplished. many things have been said of him, one thing is for sure he was a warrior at heart.

now you can see why, i had to meetup with my cousin Susan (in the picture with black & white pants). not only does she carry a piece of my now deceased uncle, but she also brings with her a connection with an uncle, i thought i would never have. more than that, she brings with her hope. hope because, there was a time many believed she and her sisters, had all passed away. having lost both parents at such a young age, tucked in a foreign country, Susan and her sisters were forced to defend & fend for themselves. defend themselves against their dad’s enemies, & defend themselves from life in general. unfortunately, this blog post can not truly do justice to their story, however, i do write this, simply to give us all hope. hope that no matter what you are going through. no matter the valley, our God is always present.

there are moments in life that are way too precious for words. moments when we need to find it in us, to open up self to divine interruptions. and see it as a good thing & go with the flow when that happens, and believe that our God always has plans for good & not evil (Jeremiah 29:11). when we allow ourselves to walk instead in the will & plan of God, we find that divinely interrupted moments, have precious meaning. to walk in the presence of God, means allowing Him to take center stage of our daily life, and there we find that sometimes, our plans are not His plans, yet He always does have good plans for us, way better than we could ever dream or imagine.

divinely interrupted moments, have precious meaning #motherswithadream4christ

when your day seems to be going out of the order you had planned, remember to stop & dare instead to yield to the presence of God #motherswithadream4christ

the practice of opening self to divine interruptions, means starting off your day with the Lord at heart. committing your every move to Him, and asking Him to lead you to the places He desires. We all have plans for our days, for our lives, can we dare instead to allow Him to interrupt our plans, for a greater good? think about it, & dare it to be the way in which you live your life.

as Dalai Lama said, “like the days. an old day passes, a new day arrives.” my Saturday came & passed, but the memories of the day will forever be engraved in my heart.

until next time, have yourself an open heart. open enough for divine interruptions.

Love: Christine

Today’s prayer space

Human Trafficking Awareness Day/Month

To get involved in the fight against Human Trafficking, visit the following organizations:

International Justice Mission

The A21 Campaign

Counsel to Secure Justice

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