Mission: Cambodia 2013

Friday, July 5, 2013

Dear Family and Friends,


I want to share a challenging ministry opportunity God has given me. On October 6, 2013, I will be departing on a mission trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia for 11 days with a group from Rescue Her. We will be going to minister to the young girls in the She Home who have been rescued out of human trafficking, and to assist the missionaries and workers to share the Gospel and show the love of Jesus Christ.

My trip is actually two fold. I will also be visiting A Greater Hope Orphanage located in the remote and rural Takeo Province which is located approximately 90 minutes from Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh. My purpose there will be to visit the young girl I sponsor. Her name is Rashana, and she’s 16 years old. Were it not for such a place as A Greater Hope Orphanage, she would be at risk for human trafficking along with all the other children who call this place their home.

Human trafficking has many facets, and two of the most important are prevention and rescue. This trip encompasses both. I am considering this trip as not only an outreach to impact the children (some as young as 4) for Christ but also an opportunity for me to grow in the area and work God has called me to. I am looking forward to the challenges that taking a step of faith will bring and also the rewards in spiritual growth. But it is the opportunity to serve others for our Lord Jesus Christ that really excites me and offers me the greatest joy.


Our areas of ministry will be: showing and teaching about God’s love, doing arts and crafts with the children, telling Bible stories with props, devotions, praise and worship, playing volleyball with the children, discipleship with parents of rescued children, food and water distribution in Toul Tom Pong dump. Other opportunities include learning about the trafficked girl’s vocational program.

I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and minister and I ask you to join me in this ministry opportunity. My greatest need is your prayer support but if the Lord leads you to assist with this mission trip, I would ask that you forward any donation in the form of check or money order payable to Maria Vertes or into the account that has been set up specifically for this mission. The trip is being funded entirely through donations.

I have attached a breakdown of the costs involved along with the banking information.

I thank you in advance for your prayers and your financial support. May God bless you richly!


In His Service,

Maria




COST DETAILS


$1000.00: This money includes my stay, translators, transportation in Cambodia, ministry give away items (such as rice for home visits), use of cell phone while in country, Rescue Her team t-shirt, SHE Rescue shirt, traditional Cambodian genie pants, bag, and Rescue Her wristbands. A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is due when my application is approved (it has been approved). The remaining $500.00 is due by September 1, 2013.

$1600.00 Average cost of airfare from most major US cities (if traveling with team)

*RescueHer.org has given us the option to purchase our own airline tickets if we are not set on traveling with them out of Texas. I have found some cheaper airfare flying out of either LAX or SFO, and this is what I would prefer.


PayPal:     mariavertes@gmail.com

OR

Chase Bank
Account# 2967026328

If you would like information on the organization I am traveling with, please visit their website at www.rescueher.org


When Was The Last Time You Attended a Carnival?

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

When was the last time you attended a carnival? Was it when you were a child? Or maybe recently somewhere with a child of your own? I guess it all depends on your age group. Or maybe you're just not a carnival type of person right? Well, I do remember my last carnival, and it was some time ago, and when I say sometime, I mean like 20 plus years. But I remember it fondly. The smell of popcorn, cotton candy, and hot dogs; colorful flashing lights from all the rides and games, adults and children alike having the time of their lives. Safely.

But like I said before, that was over 20 years ago. The carnivals of today are much different, and some not just teeter on the fence of darkness, but have fallen into the pit! You must be thinking that I'm exaggerating right? How can I label a carnival for kids the pit of darkness?! Let me introduce you to the world of "EDC" which is the acronym for Electric Daisy Carnival.

The "EDC" is promoted by Insomniac Events, whose founder/owner is Pascual Rotella. Of all Insomniac’s marquee brands—SoCal institutions like Nocturnal Wonderland, Audiotistic and Bassrush—the Electric Daisy Carnival has undoubtedly become their biggest and most infamous. The numbers are staggering. 2010’s controversy-laden EDC at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum—whose biggest headline was the highly publicized, Ecstasy-related death of 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez—took in 180,000 attendees over a two-day period. Both 2011 and 2012 three-day installment, relocated to Las Vegas due to added complications.
The mainstreaming of the Dance Music Festival (née “rave”) has ushered electronica back through the halls of obscurity yet again, and brought out a heaping helping of classic rave hysteria to go along with it. 

But that's not all it brought with it!! It also brought drugs in many forms such as Ecstacy and Mollies which is a combination of several different drugs combined into one capsule, and of course the abundance of alcohol.. It also brought kids starving for love, affection and acceptance who believe they can find this at the annual "EDC"; this is referred to as "PLUR" which is another acronym for "Peace, Love, Unity, Respect". In 2012, a 22 year old young woman jumped from her Circus Circus hotel room window in Las Vegas, NV after being put into a cab by her friends and sent back to her hotel room because she was "too high" and they didn't want to take care of her anymore. 

The ticket cost is $250.00+ each depending on where you buy it, for the 3 day event. This year there are over 250,000 attendees expected in Las Vegas, NV, you do the math; It is quite a lucrative business for Mr. Rotella. And that doesn't include the other major cities and countries on the tour list such as Chicago, Orlando, Puerto Rico, England, and New York to name a few.

The promoter, "Insomniac" aka Pascual Rotella, does a bang up job protecting the event from legal liabilities with the countless guidelines and prohibitions listed on the website. However, this promoter and event is a fraud on many levels. EDC has a reputation and is well known for the various illegal activities that it promotes to children and young adults, including illegal substances in various forms, consumption of alcohol by minors, lewd and sexually explicit behaviors (which would land anyone in jail when performed in public) not to mention serious safety risks to themselves and others. 



But the most serious fraud at these events is the pseudo love it offers to hurting and lonely kids. The main draw for the kids who attend this event, is the way they feel while under the influence which is the motto "Ravers" adhere to called PLUR. Peace. Love. Unity. Respect. They remain in a drug induced state for most if not all of the time during the carnival. You know what else is really sad? The show still goes on. After the overdose in Los Angeles, the age requirement was changed to 18. Before then, there was no age restriction, and children as young as 9 were attending these events. Parents would drop off their kids with a wave and "have a great time honey" attitude.

The EDC breeds all kinds of bad aside from the things I have already mentioned, it is also a playground for human trafficking. Yes, you heard that right! This is why I call it pit of darkness. How much darker can it get? 

Recently I was given the opportunity to come along side a Christian organization called PLUR Life Ministries. The following information is taken directly out of their training manual which they give to people who become a part of their outreach: 

PLUR Life Ministries is all about reaching out to young people in the RAVE subculture.

Ravers collect bracelets that they call kandi.

We tell ravers about God's true and lasting PLUR by attending the raves and showing them God's love by giving them kandi bracelets we have made that have our website on them that will introduce them to Jesus.

Our website is: www.plurway.com

PLUR Life Missionaries speak, move, and breath out of God's love during an outreach. With His love, we love the kids, the promoters, the security, and even the guy with the megaphone shouting messages about hell. We desire to be "Jesus with skin on" as we fulfill the Great Commission (Matt 28:19). Missionaries share God's love by saying things such as: You are special and valuable! You are valuable because....Protect someone tonight! We are moms, we will help you. We will stay with you until you are safe. You are safe now. Don't let people tell you..........Do you see those stars? Well the God that created them created you. You are His daughter and He has a plan for you.


There are many ways to get involved, just check out the awesome videos on their website! These kids need real love.....the kind of love that doesn't ware off the following morning or by the end of the weekend. The kind of love only Jesus Christ can offer and give freely. Are you a mom? If your child was ever in trouble or danger, wouldn't you give anything to have someone help if you weren't there to do it yourself?

"How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns! (Isaiah 52:7)

God bless,

Maria



Anna's Story Part 2

Sunday, March 24, 2013


Anna and the rest of the girls have been on the bus for hours now, growing weary by their emotional state of mind and the lack of food or drink, Anna is in a daze thinking about the family she left behind in Russia. Darkness hovers over her as she thinks about what lies ahead. She can hear the faint whimpers of some of the other girls on the bus with her, but there was no sound coming from Anna other than the beat of her own heart pounding against her chest. The driver remains silent and ignores every attempt by the girls to get answers.

As the sun begins to set, the bus finally comes to a stop in Vientiane, Laos. There, Anna and the other girls are handed over to yet another man. Anna didn’t know at the time, but this would be her final destination and her doorway to a hellish life. The life of a human trafficking victim, and the man she was handed over to was her new owner, her pimp.

The girls were placed in one room with sleeping mats on the floor, a small stand with a TV on it, and no toilet just a bucket for private business. Various men came in and out of the room inspecting the girls, and to set up one porn movie after another to play on the small television set which the girls were forced to watch around the clock. They were also forced to look through the peephole in the wall to watch the “sex for sale” business already forced onto the young girls already trapped in this brothel. This was Anna’s new home: a brothel for underage girls.

Anna was being trained how to please a man because in a few short weeks, she would be the one in the next room performing while the new girls watched. As the weeks passed, Anna started becoming agitated and very angry at the thought of her captivity. She doesn’t have her passport, any money, nor does she speak the local language, so escaping was almost scarier to her in a foreign country than her current situation. She also remembered the condition of one of the other girls after she was beaten severely for attempting to escape the week before, so Anna fought the urge to do the same.

Her only escape was in thought. Anna spent the time she wasn’t working thinking about her family back in Russia. This was her only time of solace. After continuous demands to be set free and receiving no response to her petitions, Anna shut off her emotions and became what her owner wanted her to be. All hope for help and rescue eluded her, and she began to loathe her white skin which only served to increase the desire of others for her work.

Stay tuned for Anna’s Story part 3………

www.theexodusroad.com

Blessings always,

He's Using You: Dating a Married Man

Friday, March 1, 2013

This topic is not my usual platform for blogging. However, I am disturbed by the nonchalant attitude and moral standards or lack thereof, that I seem to continuously observe....especially in the recent years of women who date or are in some way emotionally involved with married men.  

What is going on? Where is the sisterhood and common respect and courtesy for one another? Christian or not, dating or being involved on any level with a married man is a big NO NO! I am Christian, so for me the most important thing is what God's Word has to say about this subject. And He makes himself perfectly clear....as always. 

Adultery is the complete corruption of God’s good creation of marriage. Through the sin of adultery, Satan tempts us to seek sexual fulfillment in avenues other than the one God has ordained—within the bounds of monogamous, heterosexual marriage. Adultery rips at the fabric of society because it tears apart marriages and families which are the building blocks of society. God’s law in general, and the 7th commandment in particular, is held up as the standard for Christian behavior. 

Some readers might think that this is a blast or some kind of rant, but I assure you it's not. I have been reflecting back to my own pain when I found out that my ex-husband was being unfaithful, and that the woman he was cheating with knew he was married, and even worse,  she knew me personally. So I guess this topic does fit into my normal platform: hurting women. I haven't always been a "Christian", and even then, I knew that being involved with a married man was wrong. I'm pretty sure there's a woman code out there for not dating another woman's husband, or dating a friend's ex, etc. Why and how did some women get to a point in their life where they think this is okay? I wanted to examine this not just from God's Word (even though that is what I live by) but from the perspective of the "world". It's a delusion for any woman to think that the married man she's dating will leave his family for her. Statistics show that a scenario like that is highly unlikely to happen. Don't kid yourselves ladies. He's using you, and there are many reasons why he will if you allow yourself to go there. I want to mention a few of those reasons  so fasten your seat belt for this ride. Take a minute to listen to the video below, and then keep on reading!




a.k.a He'll NEVER stay that into you
There are no positive reasons for dating a married man. Even the good reasons don't stand the test of time and turn out to be bad ideas in good ideas' clothing.

He won't commit to a future with you. A man who is in a very unhappy or unsatisfying marriage can feel swept away by how wonderful you make him feel. He may even blurt out, "I've never felt this way before and I can see spending the rest of my life with you." This may sound like a commitment to a future with you. It's not. Don't confuse his loving the way you make him feel with his loving you and making a commitment to you.

Cheating on his wife tells you how he deals with any situation he doesn't like. You are evidence of his avoiding dealing with unpleasant situations head on. This means that he's likely to resort to some devious behavior with you if the two of you encounter relationship problems. Which you will because nothing good ever comes out of adultery.

Hiding is exhausting. Having to keep your relationship a secret can attack your self-esteem and cause you to miss out on one of the wonderful aspects of a relationship. Walking together freely and radiantly through the world can fill you with the glow of being with someone who is proud to be with you.

Can you love someone who is so disrespectful of his wife? The existence of your relationship with a married man tells you how little he respects his wife by lying to her instead of being a man and telling her he wants out. Don't you think he will do the same to you?

Lose his respect and it's over. Even though he's the one who pursued you. Even though he's the one that made it difficult to say "No." And even though he tells you how wonderful you are. At some level, he's going to have trouble respecting you for settling for such a flawed relationship.

You're not a home wrecker, just an accomplice. Like it or not, you are a willing participant in a man violating his vows and betraying the trust of his wife -- not to mention grossly disappointing his children and making it difficult for them to see him as a role model. Oh yes, you're an accomplice to a home wrecker.

You're kidding yourself. BIG TIME. Despite his reassuring you how much you mean to him, his not ending his relationship with his wife in an above-board and respectful way -- and not beginning a legitimate relationship with you -- are actions that speak louder than words.

Time is too precious to waste. Ever notice how quickly the years go as you get older? Because it's convenient and comfortable, a relationship with a married man can go on for a long time -- and before you know it, eat up the precious time you might have had in a healthy relationship with a chance of flourishing. When people who have been involved with married men finally move on, they often regret having wasted the time in a dead-end affair.

Don't the women who go down this road feel they can do better? Why are women perpetuating each other's pain? Don't we have enough already?

Okay, so let me get back to the most important part of my message ......God says it's wrong. That in and of itself should be enough to steer clear of this bomb that blows family's into shattered pieces. 


1 Corinthians 6:18 (ESV)
 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.

Matthew 5:27–30 (ESV)
 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. 


As women, we need to love and support each other, not tear each other apart with betrayal, and above all, we need to honor God with our lives.

Blessings always,

Maria

(info:Mark Goulston)

Anna's Story - Part 1

Thursday, February 28, 2013

This is the story of a modern day slave, sold and trafficked at the tender age of fifteen. Meet Anna, a beautiful Russian teenager from St. Petersburg whose hopeful journey to help support her impoverished family turned into a road to hell, where dreams are shattered, bones are broken, virginities are stolen, and hope for escape becomes non-existent. She is so lovely and naive at the same time, she thought she had seen the worst in the world already due to her family's struggle with poverty and pain.  Anna's mother is a prostitute, and has been for as long as Anna can remember. With three younger siblings and no father around, they have always struggled. Anna dropped out of school at the age of thirteen to take a job at the local bake shop to help make ends-meet and put food on the table for her mom and siblings.
 
One day while walking to work, Anna glanced over to a store window and noticed a sign that was advertising a free trip to America to work as a nanny earning $1000.00 USD a month. She immediately became excited at the thought of being able to earn that kind of money, and how well her family would be able to live off that in Russia. Hopeful and nervous at the same time, Anna decided to walk into the store to inquire about the position. She approached the store counter where she was greeted by a friendly woman with a warm smile. Anna felt relieved and proceeded to inquire about the ad posted in the window. The woman introduced herself as Irina and was very happy and anxious to answer all of Anna's questions, which really wasn't much since Anna was extremely naive and only managed to tune in to the fact that she would be making more than enough money to take care of her family if she was lucky enough to secure the position. After just a few minutes of conversation Irina tells Anna that the job is hers if she wants it. Anna thought to herself "do I want it?" Of course I want it! She could hardly believe how easy that was and how lucky she was.....Irina must have taken a special liking to her!
 
She got all the specifics from Irina and was a little surprised to learn that she would be leaving to America in just two days. Her mind was racing with excitement and couldn't wait to get home to tell her mom the good news. Their days of struggle and poverty were finally coming to an end.
 
She returned to the store two days later as instructed by Irina with one tiny bag packed of the few meager belongings she had, and after a very emotional goodbye episode with her mom and siblings. Upon her arrival, she was met by a Russian man who told her that he was arranging her flight to the US and needed to collect her passport. After handing over her passport, the man ushered her toward a bus which he said would transport her to the airport. Still a little nervous but yet excited, Anna boarded the bus and was greeted by four other teenagers already seated. The Russian man then boarded the bus, took the driver's seat and headed off to what was supposed to be the airport.
 
Anna realized something was wrong after the bus had been on the road for hours, they were barely given any food or drink, and their questions were not being answered. The real fear kicked in when they crossed the border into China, and the bus came to a stop. The Russian man got off the bus and was approached by a Chinese man who was handed the passports of all the girls on the bus in exchange for cash which Anna witnessed from her window seat.
 
The Russian man disappeared and the Chinese man boarded the bus, took the driver's seat and drove off with Anna and the other girls.
 
Stayed tuned for part 2 of Anna's story........
 
 
Blessings always,
 
Maria
 
 

A Love That Binds

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


According to the world, we are defined and categorized by our finite superficialities. Caged and contained by the likeness we share according to race, culture and social status, we tolerate rather than celebrate our individuality. For within our individuality lies the qualities, experiences and gifted offerings that transcend the ties that bind and suffocate humanity. Timeless and universal, our capacity to love is the greatest, most powerful entity we possess, for it is capable of breaking every bind and freeing every tie. It was with love that our Heavenly Father breathed His likeness into us, blessing us with the gift of life, with each day being a new present. And it was by way of love that we received the offering of Christ, who restored intimacy in our relationship with God after sin separated us from His grace.
And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands; for my sake, and the Gospel's, but he shall receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come, eternal life." (Mark 10:29-30)
In the book of Ruth, it is the faithfulness of love that intertwines Naomi as mother in-law and Ruth as daughter in-law, when Ruth is widowed after ten years of marriage to Mahlon. Breaking tradition by following her heart, which is tenderly held by Naomi, Ruth refuses to return to her Moabite family in Judah after Mahlon’s death. Urged by Naomi to embrace the opportunity to love again and remarry by returning to Judah, Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!”-Ruth 1:16-17 NLT
Beauty for Ashes
Content in her singularity, Ruth’s allegiance to Naomi planted seeds of purpose, promise and protection in God’s blueprinted plan for their lives. Freed by the selflessness of servitude, Ruth received nothing by way of petition or complaint, but rather by her laborious love for Naomi as she received daily provision collecting remnant grains. Footing a path fortified by faith, Ruth was unwittingly positioned for the redemptive love and cherished protection of her Kinsman Redeemer, as she toiled in fields owned by a valorous man named Boaz, meaning, “In him is strength”. Endured by a woman who humbly sought provision without egoistic expectations, Ruth captured Boaz’s eye and heart, compelling him to uncloak her past, for her present now intertwined with his. Learning of the struggle she endured as a widow and the selfless love she bestowed upon Naomi, Boaz’s heart was tendered for a foreign woman in need of sovereignty. Approaching Ruth, Boaz said “Listen, my daughter. Stay right here with us when you gather grain; don’t go to any other fields. Stay right behind the young women working in my field. See which part of the field they are harvesting, and then follow them. I have warned the young men not to treat you roughly. And when you are thirsty, help yourself to the water they have drawn from the well.” -Ruth 2:8-9 NLT

Redemptive Love
Blessed with an understanding of the preciousness of reciprocity, Naomi felt compelled to assist Ruth in securing Boaz as her kinsman. Honoring cultural tradition, Naomi instructed Ruth to lie at Boaz’s feet and share his cover one night after he prepared for bed on the threshing room floor. For lying at his feet symbolized the bind between servant and master and signified Ruth’s desire to receive Boaz as her family redeemer. Moved by a sense of urgency to redeem Ruth, Boaz abided cultural tradition but acted boldly, approaching her closest relative, who declined the opportunity to marry Ruth. Freed by the relative’s decision, Boaz was not deterred by the discard of another man. Seeking Ruth as his wife, Boaz became her kinsman redeemer, one who is related by birth not catastrophe. Then Boaz said to the elders and to the crowd standing around “You are witnesses that today I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelech, Kilion, and Mahlon. And with the land I have acquired Ruth, the Moabite widow of Mahlon, to be my wife. This way she can have a son to carry on the name of her dead husband and to inherit the family property here in his hometown. You are all witnesses today.”-Ruth 4:9-10 NLT

Jesus, Your Kinsman Redeemer
In marrying Ruth, Boaz acted as her kinsman redeemer, replacing impoverishment with unimaginable wealth by way of relation. Upon receiving salvation by way of Jesus Christ, we receive Him as our groom, the greatest Kinsman Redeemer, creating eternal, spiritual relation. Our Heavenly Father has watched over us as we toiled in the fields of life and He seeks to end our suffering by binding us in love to the One who will forever reign victorious over sin. As joint heirs, we share in all that He possesses. Sweet is the taste of our surrender as we submit unto, for it is with love that He positions us unto our knees. In surrender, a woman bequeaths all that she is so that she may become one with another. He alone counts the beats of our broken hearts and longs to enthrall us in the whirlwind of eternal romance.
If He loves us so dearly, what could possibly separate us from Him? If we are crafted by the Most Amazing Creator to receive completion by way of Jesus Christ, if our Redeemer lives and longs to receive us by way of salvation, why are we without Him? We must understand the authority of our faith, for it commands our senses to receive and believe the unseen. We cannot gaze upon our Heavenly Father and we cannot lie in the physical embrace of our Kinsman Redeemer, but oh beloved, we must know that we are tirelessly sought after and wooed by the awesome Trinity of Father, Spirit and Son. In the midst of our hearts there is a vicious war being waged between spirit and soul. When enamored by the physical world, our souls commanders our existence and woefully worships sin. When enamored by the spiritual world, our spirits are commanded by Christ. It is by way of spirit that we receive the cleansing of salvation, as it washes away our imperfections and inequities, for God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”-John 3:16-17 NLT

As Ruth’s kinsman redeemer, Boaz offered waters from a well to quench her thirst. As our Kinsman Redeemer, Jesus Christ offers us an internal quenching for the spirit, so “those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. “It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life” (John 4:14-15). Upon receiving Christ, all our provisions are met, there is no need to primp, preen or prepare for our journey as new creations. Omniscient and merciful, He is fully aware of our flaws, loves us in spite of them and offers Christ as a covering. With no relative closer in relation than Christ, he seeks to woo and court us into completion, for as His brides, we bear fruit in His name. No man, woman or child in existence closer in relation to us than Christ, for we are of God and Christ is His Son. Without sin, blameless and holy, Jesus Christ was sent by God to not just die as the penalty for our sins, but to rise victoriously, so that we too may rise, resurrected in the spirit and freed from the confines of our flesh. In kneeling at Boaz’s feet, Ruth’s yielding unto her Kinsman Redeemer greatly impacted not only her life, but created a genealogical lifeline of unimaginable royalty which included King David…and ultimately Jesus Christ.
According to the world, we fall on bended knees as a sign of defeat; according to God, it is on bended knee that we submit unto Him, for in submission we receive salvation; in salvation we receive restoration; in restoration we receive redemption; in redemption we receive authority; in authority we receive victory. Beloved, know that He longs to heal the pains of our broken hearts and fragmented souls. This is our moment to reach out to Him, for His heart is tendered by the beckoning our desperate cries. With bowed heads, bended knees and repentant hearts we submit the following prayer:



Dear Heavenly Father,
We are in need of a Savior, a Kinsman Redeemer, for our hearts need cleansing, our spirits need salvation and our souls need healing. We do believe that Jesus died for us so that we may live anew; we ask that You forgive our sins and forever free us from the pains, loss and shame of yesterday. May we learn to rest in the love that binds us to You, in Jesus Name we humbly pray, Amen.

Audaciously Anew
By sharing in the prayer above, He has breathed life anew into our hearts, minds and spirits. Beloved beauties, during our most difficult times in life, we must understand that we serve a merciful God, who knows all that we have endured. It is His grace that has guided our steps when we felt abandoned and unloved. It is His love that led us to this redefining moment of salvation as we receive Jesus as our Kinsman Redeemer. Our Redeemer longs to share an intimate relationship with us, for He has counted the strands of hair upon our heads and wants to ensure our protection. Why we may ask would such a mighty and awesome God want a personal relationship us? Is He aware of my many sins? Yes Beloved Beauties, He knows us and accepts us unconditionally, at this very moment, because He is love. In loving us unconditionally, God understood our imperfections in contrast to His holiness and created a pathway through Jesus Christ so that we may enter in an eternal relationship with Him, for “there are none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10).

Our Savior died upon the cross, His bloodshed as payment for our sins. His perfection justified our imperfections and destroyed the yokes that burden and bind for “even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God has passed over the sins that were previously committed” (Romans 3:22-25). We are no longer identified by or associated with our pasts; we must not turn back or dare glance over our shoulders. Hindsight brings regret, but spiritual insight brings clarity. Never again will we walk alone; never again will we be disjointed, forgotten limbs. We are invaluable and precious in the body of Christ. We are now descendants of royalty, may we fulfill our unique purposes, and may the love of God forever bind us.



The Exodus Road

Sunday, February 24, 2013


Hello Peeps!

I want to take a few minutes and share some wonderful news with you. God has opened another door for me to share the things that I am most passionate about! For those of you who know me personally or read my blogs, already know that human/sex trafficking and every and all things concerning hurting women are at the forefront of my heart and mind. I would like to introduce you to The Exodus Road and ask that you take a few minutes and read about what they do, how they do it, and why they do it......it's pretty amazing! Also, I will be blogging for them on a regular basis, and giving you an intimate view of real undercover investigative work, rescue missions, victim recovery and after-care. Stay tuned for my first story coming your way in just a few days: "Anna's Story".

The Exodus Road exists to empower the rescue of victims of sexual slavery. Operating primarily in Southeast Asia, they believe that a major component of fighting human trafficking and child slavery lies in working with local law enforcement to find situations of trafficking and to then assist in the rescue of victims and the prosecution of criminals. By decreasing the profitability of the trafficking industry for the criminal, they will eventually slow the mechanisms that make the exploitation of women and children so lucrative.

The Exodus Road is not a single investigative organization, but rather it is a network of surveillance teams and individuals, committed to fight trafficking, one legal court case at a time. Currently, they are working with 15 operatives, representing seven different investigative organizations. Collectively, their team’s past experience has played a role in the rescue of over 600 victims and the prosecution of nearly 350 legal cases. Most are current or former police or military men. 

The Exodus Road Stats:
  • 15 undercover, trained investigators
  • 11 supported organizations
  • Field Director in SE Asia
  • Their team brings with them 622 victim rescues and 349 legal prosecutions in their collective careers
  • Updated prosecution and rescue stats available on the home page:
www.theexodusroad.com

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"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has appointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound." (Isaiah 61:1)



It is a privilege to have this opportunity to work along side The Exodus Road, and I am humbled that God would once again give me the desires of my heart. The things you will read in the near future will sadden you, anger you, shock you, but what I'm praying for is that it will MOVE you! 




Move you enough to get involved and make a difference. 




Next up:     Anna's Story.....stay tuned




God bless,




Maria