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Intersections

Stephanie Raquel  —  October 3, 2013 — 2 Comments
Learn how you can help.  www.thea21campaign.org

Learn how you can help. www.thea21campaign.org

Oh, how I love it when life intersects.

First, a powerful movie shown at my church called Trade of Innocents. Then, the chance to meet Shayne Moore and learn about her new book, “Refuse to Do Nothing.” Next, a “Justice” bible study last spring. Then another powerful documentary, Nefarious.

This was followed by a sobering FullFill webinar last month with Shayne Moore again and her co-author, Kimberly McOwen Yim, on the subject of ordinary people fighting human trafficking.

And now this week … A Gideon bible study with Priscilla Schirer mentioning the A21 Campaign, all while Lysa TerKeurst & Proverbs 31 Ministries are in the middle of a month-long prayer blitz about this very issue!

Which brings me to today, and the chance to pray for the men, women and children ensnared in this awful way of life.

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Lamentations 3 from The Message. (c) 2013 Stephanie Raquel

Lamentations 3 from The Message. (c) 2013 Stephanie Raquel

This past week, my Proverbs 31 Online Bible Study had the chance to bless an organization called Dove’s Nest in Charlotte, N.C. in our study, “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God” by Lysa TerKeurst.  We’ve shared prayers, encouraging scripture cards, and financial contributions.  At last count, we were up to approximately $20,000 donated!  WOW!  That’s a whole lotta sayin’ YES!

We also had the opportunity to write a letter to someone who’s staying at Dove’s Next, part of the Charlotte Rescue Mission.  Here’s mine…

Oh Dear One,

You might be reading this wondering what on earth has brought you to this place.  And although I don’t know all the details, I do know that GOD does.  He knows the hairs on your head, the troubles in your heart, the battles you have faced, and the tears you have cried.  Continue Reading…

I wanted to post last week while I was out of town, but thought the better of it and decided to focus on my sweet family and the chance to pop by the Proverbs 31 Ministries office and greet Melissa Taylor and Lisa Allen!

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Steph Raquel, Melissa Taylor and Lisa Allen

I thought of writing about saying #YestoGod when I:

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I could have blown that on sunscreens at Target, I thought.  Or a casual dinner out, on a night I just didn’t feel like cooking.

1075138_10151743689151119_1981336467_nA meager $38 a month …

Four sunscreens. 

Or, maybe … one life … forever changed.  In Guatemala, through Compassion International.

Last week, I had the chance to visit several Child Development Centers, meet some young college leaders, and see the amazing work that Compassion International is doing to reach some 44,000 children in the most malnourished country in Central America and the Caribbean — Guatemala.

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