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A Desperate Rescue by Ron Hunnicutt

It is very diabolical. She said  that her very own husband sold her into prostitution. What kind of man sells his  own wife to a pimp? Now she stands in a window in Amsterdam. Four hundred  windows display women segregated by nationality for wayward, predatory and  obdurate men to purchase for sex. The man who would become her husband was  traveling through Singapore, her home. She was smitten. Her family was  delighted. The day that every little girl dreams about finally occurred. Her  knight had arrived.

But before the honeymoon even  started the knockdown blow of betrayal kicked hard. They arrived in Amsterdam,  her identification and passport was seized, and she was delivered to the pimp.  Unable to speak Dutch, she was embarrassed to tell her family and afraid to go  to the police. So evil set in – every night.

I would know nothing about  “Annie” except that her unfortunate story is told by Naomi  Zacharias of Wellspring International, a division of Ravi Zacharias  Ministries. Wellspring researches and supports ministries that help  rescue women out of these desperately wicked conditions.

Amsterdam flashes world-class  fun, lights, music, glamour and excitement. They don’t advertise in bright  lights that the women, made in the image of God, are being used in the worst  way. They do not flash in neon lights that some strains of gonorrhea are  resistant to antibiotics. They also do not inform unsuspecting wives back home  of infidelity to prevent further spread of disease.

Annie was eventually able to get  a passport and return to Singapore. But once her family learned of her slip into  the abyss they disowned her. They rejected her. What word do we use when evil  strikes hard and then brutally strikes again?

She said that she returned to  Amsterdam because that’s all she knows. Even if she found redemption in a church  her identity in the congregation would be “ex-prostitute” so she shuns that  option. If she returns home the red taint of “prostitute” scorches her. So she  stands in the window with obsequious resignation but deep down she hates the men  who take advantage of her.

The germane issue is this: good  men can do something. Those of us who are struggling day in and day out to be  numbered among good men can support Wellspring. Wellspring helps organizations  that rescue these women out of these horrific situations. And like one good man said if we do for one what we wish we could do  for many then we have done something great for both the one and our own  soul.

Naomi Zacharias also spoke of  another woman who wished to jettison prostitution and acquire the skills of a  chef. With Wellspring’s benevolence she now delights the palates of patrons at a  four star hotel. So the grand idea is to support Wellspring and then find out  who you helped later in heaven. That works for me.

Anyone who listens and observes Ravi  Zacharias will quickly conclude that he is a faithful ambassador for  the things that are important to God. For those who seek the truth with a  modicum of intellectual honesty Dr. Zacharias is an invaluable resource. Engage  with due diligence and research. Prove to yourself that Wellspring is one of the  best nonprofits on the planet. And remember that most of us in America are rich  beyond imagination compared to most in the world. We can give when we really  want to.

Presume that when you support  Wellspring you are rescuing your very own daughter or sister because in God’s  economy that is precisely the case.

Want to help and make the most  impact in situations like this? What if one hundred percent (100%) of your  donation went directly to those in need? Wellspring International is  an arm of Ravi Zacharais  International Ministries. Ravi is a well-known International speaker and  defender of the Christian Faith. Administered by Ravi’s daughter Naomi Zacharais , Wellspring  covers their own expenses, investigates all requests for funds thoroughly, often  going to the location. They do the research so you can be confident that your  money goes where you want it to. One Hundred Percent (100%) of  your money goes to help women  and children in crisis.

Ron  Hunnicutt is a guest writer from Faithwriters.
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She Speaks Gems

Last weekend I attended the annual She Speaks Conference put on by Proverbs 31 Ministries in Concord, North Carolina. This conference is for Christian women who are called to write, speak, and / or lead for Christ. I learned so much that my brain is on information overload, but I am confident that God will help me sort it all and give me direction for the plan he has for me.

Sunday I had lunch with a wonderful lady from Virginia (www.confessionsofaformerbeautyqueen.com). We discussed what we had learned, how blessed we were, and how God brought us to She Speaks. She asked me what my next step would be once I got home. I told her, “Get on my knees.” If I am not Spirit-led, then it is all in vain.

Here are a few gems from She Speaks 2012:

*Pray more than you prepare. – Karen Ehman

*Lead from your brokenness. -Karen Ehman

*Live in the hear (yes I mean h-e-a-r) and now. – Renee Swope

*Don’t seek position, position yourself to seek. – Renee Swope

*God is more interested in your full obedience than your total understanding. – Renee Swope

*Is your calling to get a message out or to get a book published? – Glynnis Whitwer

*100% of your fears about writing will probably be realized. – Glynnis Whitwer

*Prayer + Passion = Purpose – Robin Phillips

*God calls you to speak because of you who you are, not in spite of you. – Liz Curtis Higgs

*Eat the fish, but leave the bones. – Lysa TerKeurst

*Instead of putting God first, family second, ministry third, put God in the center then build everything else around him. – Lysa TerKeurst

*To enjoy God’s favor, we must often endure Satan’s fury. – Whitney Capps

*Your story is not the message. The message is God’s Holy Word. – Whitney Capps

*Jesus didn’t use his divinity to protect him from his humanity. – Whitney Capps

I hope that one of these gems touches your heart today. Take it and share it with someone else.

God’s Word Speaks

“Jack left,” wept Alison. “He wants a divorce. What am I going to do?”

“I don’t know, but I know someone who does,” said Kate slipping a Pocket Testament into Alison’s hands. “This book has answers.”

Late at night, Alison opened the book. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  She continued on. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. “Life,” she thought. “Mine’s going nowhere.” Into the night she read, weeping as the words of Jesus pierced her heart. “Such love,” she thought as her knees hit the carpet. “Jesus,” she wept. “Please forgive me. My life and marriage is in shambles. I give it all to you.”

Two weeks later, Alison and Jack sat across from each other working out the finer points of their divorce. “Something’s different about you,” said Jack. “I can’t put my finger on it. You seem so, joyful. Have you met someone?”

“Yes I have” she smiled.  She reached into her purse, pulling out a slightly worn Pocket Testament. “Here,” she said, “You can read about him.” Jack looked at her quizzically, slipping the book into his brief case.

Saturday, while Sawyer ran around the playground, Jack began to read. “In the beginning was the word…” He read more after tucking Sawyer into bed and again after dropping him off at Alison’s on Sunday. Monday night, he lay on the sofa thinking about his life. “God, help me know if you’re real. Alison has changed. I want what she has.” A peace like none he’d ever felt filled his soul.

A year later, Alison and Jack renewed their vows. Morgan pulled Jack aside. “Wow man! I never thought I’d see this! How did you win her back?”

“You really want to know?” asked Jack.

“Yeah, I really want to know.”

“Here,” said Jack. “Read this.” He slipped a well-worn Pocket Testament into Morgan’s hand.

A couple of days later, Morgan suffered from another hangover. “Man, I feel like I’ve been hit by a Mac truck.” The book that Jack gave him sat on the coffee table. He picked it up. “In the beginning was the word…” It took a few days, but Morgan read the entire book, pondering its message. He knelt by the couch, “Jesus,” he prayed. “I’m not big on words, but I need something.”

A few weeks later, Morgan ran into an old friend. “Yo dude! Where you been? The guys at The Hound have been asking about you.”

Morgan answered. “Let’s just say I have better things to do.”

“Like what?”

“Here, read this,” said Morgan handing his friend a Pocket Testament held together by duct tape.

“This will tell you all you need to know.”

One Pocket Testament, three redemptions, and counting.

If you’d like to know more about evangelism, visit the Pocket Testament League. This ministry equips Christians with free evangelism training, daily devotions, and the distribution of the printed Gospel.

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