He Will Renew Our Strength

Originally posted on Beautiful Savior, Beautiful Women:

I intended to solely guest blog for my wife Carey today and write about the amazing man of God we are losing from our church, Beautiful Savior in La Vista, NE.  Our senior pastor, Keith Grimm, has accepted a call to serve at Family of Christ Lutheran Church in Ham Lake, MN.  But after reading Dina’s blog yesterday on this site (if you haven’t read it yet, you better!), I don’t know if I can quite top the feelings she expressed so eloquently about Pastor Keith.

To be honest with you, when I heard the news in person on Saturday, I felt numb.  Thoughts of “No!” and “this can’t be happening” raced through my head.  As President of our church congregation, my brain began to go into maximum overload trying to think of what’s next.

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Originally posted on Beautiful Savior, Beautiful Women:

There are 27 million slaves in the world today.  Yes, you heard that right.  Slaves.  Even today.  27 MILLION Men, Women and Children.  Some organizations estimate this number even higher at 36 million.  Even though slavery is illegal in every single country, it still exists.  In 167 countries.

Slavery comes in many forms.  Bonded labor is the most common, with victims often born into slavery, forced to repay a loan and resulting in a life of being completely controlled by others.  Forced labor is a situation in which one is forced to work or provide service to one another against their will.  Threat of punishment with little or no pay is the norm.  Human trafficking and sexual exploitation – where one is taken away from their home, family or community – strips individuals of their identity.  Most are vulnerable females.  Many are promised employment or a better life.  They are…

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