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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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I Will Carry You

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I recently heard a song that has touched my heart in a way I never expected it to.  Titled “Footprints in the Sand”, the song was released in 2007 by Leona Lewis.  I had never heard of it until my son’s show choir performed it this past fall.

I love the following lyrics:

“You walked with me
Footprints in the sand
And helped me understand
Where I’m going

You walked with me
When I was all alone
With so much unknown
Along the way

Then I heard you say

I promise you
I’m always there
When your heart is filled with sorrow and despair
I’ll carry you
When you need a friend
You’ll find my footprints in the sand”

When I first heard my son’s show choir perform this song as their ballad, I happened to be sitting next to a dear friend who loves show choir just as much…

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