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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…

Cancer ReportTechnically, it was always a possibility.

But a probability? Nah. Not one case of cancer anywhere in my family tree. So there it was highly unlikely that I would hear the big “C” word after my surgery. Right?

Wrong. Cancer of the thyroid, I learned. Thankfully, a very treatable stage 1. But it truly was cancer, nonetheless.

Wow. Talk about life interrupted.

And yet in the midst of it, I wondered … what does this even mean? Do I have cancer? DID I have cancer? If so, am I a “cancer survivor” when I never even knew I had it, and now it was removed?

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Several years ago, I was asked to participate as a mentor to young moms in my church.

I thought the ministry leader, JoAnne, was nuts.  Me??  A mentor?  But my kids are still in the home!  What do I know?

But JoAnne was persistent, and encouraged me to acknowledge what are actually several myths when it comes to being a mentor, which include: Continue Reading…