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God, How Long Will You Let the Wicked Get Away With Murder?

Psalm 94:3

On studying Psalm 94:3 I wrote this poem.

Psalm 94:3

How long?
How long, Lord?

The plea of those without hope
I am sure they are crying out to You, Lord
I can hear their cries of anguish

Rescue them, Lord

Keep the police informed
Help the officials and those working to stop trafficking and slavery
Find and charge the perpetrators

Change the hearts of those who do this evil
Just like Paul was blinded by the light of Jesus.
Do the same to these men, women, whoever

Blind them and make them see the Light
Make them hear Your Words

Make them STOP

Open all eyes to know when something is not right
Help us to help stop this
Open hearts to give, every little bit helps
Open hearts to join all groups that work
To bring justice to the downtrodden

Free the captives
Open doors to new lives of freedom
Help restore lives

My anguish is real
My heart is sore
My head hurts

Why oh Lord?
How long must this go on?
Why do people hurt others?

Why must they have this power?

Help the officials find them
Help them rescue the abused
Use your Power oh Lord

Burst their balloons!
Make them deflate

Restore lives

©Janis Cox 2019

Join me in fighting against human trafficking.

Dressember

Dressember is one way to advocate against human trafficking. Your pennies can help. In the US donate here. In Canada donate here.

I am wearing a dress and a button every day in December to talk to people and raise funds for advocacy about human trafficking.

Here are a few pictures of my first few days.

I know – nothing matches.

But it sure causes conversation and that’s what I am trying to do. And it’s cool here.

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This was the wildest!!

Can you help?

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Special Sale – Help Fight Against Human Trafficking

Do you want to help stop human trafficking and get a children’s book too – with a special sale?

Special sale from now until the end of the year 2019

Where can you get a children's book for $8.00 Canadian (about $6.01 US)? I pay the shipping.

All money except my shipping costs goes to Dressember Canada.

For a number of years, the thought of one person controlling, abusing and hurting another has bothered me. When I first heard of human trafficking, I thought only of those in third world countries. Wrong, it’s happening here in Canada too and in the US.

We need to spread the word and get more people noticing what is happening so we can stop this abuse.

Last year I drew yellow pictures with scriptures for the month of November to help IJMCanada.

When Will This Abuse Stop Lord?

I am joining with Dressember – IJM – International Justice Mission Canada this year.

“IJM partners with local authorities in 19 program offices in 11 countries to combat slavery, violence against women and children, and other forms of abuse against people who are poor.”

The Kingdom of Thrim is available for $8.00 with no shipping costs. While supplies last. To the continental US and Canadian addresses only.

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All the monies collected minus the shipping will be donated to my Dressember Team for International Justice Mission to help break the chains of abuse in human trafficking.

Break the Chains of Abuse  – Dressember Team 2019 – Canadian

Buy The Kingdom of Thrim here with this Button.

The Kingdom of Thrim – only $8.00 Canadian. Although the button says PayPal you will be able to use all types of credit cards.



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If you are an American I have a US team as well.

Break the Chains of Abuse – Dressember Team 2019 – US

Also, I have a Facebook page called Help Break the Chains of Abuse. Join me

How Did God Lead Marianne to Social Justice?

A Powerful Story of God’s Persistence and a Woman’s Obedience

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Marianne Jones, author, blogger, scriptwriter.

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” ~ Malala Yousafzai

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Marianne didn’t let anything stop her from speaking out. Here is her story.

I knew from the time I was ten I wanted to be a writer. I was an insatiable reader and loved to memorize poetry and write my own. When I was 14, I saw an ad for a national writing competition from a now-defunct magazine called Miss Chatelaine. I decided to enter, as a test, to see if I had what it took. I was shocked when I actually won. It seemed like confirmation, but it also scared me, and because of my perfectionism and fear of failure, I didn’t do a lot of writing for a long time.

In my twenties, married, with two children, I decided to try seriously to write, and took a Christian correspondence course in writing. I thought that I’d give writing one year, and if I hadn’t sold anything in that year, I’d give myself permission to quit. That year I sold an article to Woman’s Touch magazine (also defunct now, but I don’t think it had anything to do with my article) for $15.

I felt that God had given me my answer.

Still, it was not smooth sailing after that. I had years of tears, discouragement, rejection letters. But God wouldn’t let me go. Every time I was on the verge of quitting, I’d sell another piece. And I began writing for local newspapers, which taught me how to do interviews and brought in a small salary.

I first heard about IJM (International Justice Mission) at church.

Right away I was hooked.

So often we look at things like human trafficking and think, “That’s awful, but what can I do about it?” Here was a Christian organization that was doing a great deal about it!

The idea of writing a play about their work kept gnawing at me.

I had written a play about the work of the Salvation Army in Thunder Bay, and it had done well. I ordered Gary Haugen’s book, “Terrify No More,” to get a sense of how they carry out their rescue operations, and used it as a model for a play that I wrote and directed at church. We had a fabulous cast and team, and raised $22,000 from that evening!

I have been involved to a smaller extent with other things my husband Reg  has spearheaded. He formed a committee at church to sponsor two Syrian refugee families and help settle them in Thunder Bay. Both families are doing very well, and have become good friends. They are eternally grateful to the committee and to our church. Reg has also formed a “Walking Together” group at church to explore ways in which we can partner with First Nations people and promote healing, and reconciliation. This has been an exciting venture in our city, with the Walking Together group growing and gaining traction and influence in the city and some northern communities.

God has led all the way.

When I was a young Christian, churches seemed to be mainly concerned about evangelism among people that were similar to themselves.

Social justice was not considered to be the church’s work.

That never felt right to me or Reg. Throughout the Bible, God talks about injustice and oppression. Jesus spoke of breaking chains and preaching good news to the poor. This is an exciting time, when we are seeing God lead in showing His love to refugees, slaves, and people trapped in poverty and addiction. His love is not just toward those of us who live in a comfortable middle-class bubble.

I am thrilled at what God  is doing!

Several years ago I heard Linda Stewardson share her story at church. We were riveted as she told of being stabbed as a child by her stepfather, put into a garbage bag, and left to die.

As she continued, I thought, “This is a book. I have to write her story!”

I approached her later about it, and she was willing to work with me on a manuscript. Later, I entered it in a publishing contest run by Word Alive Press with Women’s Journey of Faith, and it won! Linda has spoken to women in prison, girls in crisis, College classes for child and youth workers, and everywhere she is invited. People are always enthralled by her story of how God enabled her to overcome her past and thrive. She has appeared on 100 Huntley Street three times, and the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction awarded her the Courage to Come Back award.

Marianne

A powerful story of the impact one story can have

While Linda and I were signing copies at the launch of The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die at Women’s Journey of Faith in Saskatoon, a young woman stood near. She hung back. When there was a free moment, she came closer, hesitated, and then said, “Thank you for writing this.” Her eyes filled with tears, and she appeared to be struggling.

“Does this story resonate with you?” I asked. She nodded, and managed to share that she, like Linda, had experienced severe abuse in her life. Linda and I both embraced her and tried to convey our sympathy. I asked her if she was getting support, and she said yes. She also said that often people didn’t want to hear about it.

I told her that there is power in sharing one’s story.

The Girl Who wouldn’t Die

Watch it by clicking the link above.

Someone else came with a book for signing, and I turned to them, as Linda continued to speak with the young woman. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any contact information from her to continue the conversation, but she has stayed in our hearts and prayers since.


Linda said to me, “That’s the whole reason for this book. That’s why we did this.”
I couldn’t agree more.

Marianne

Linda and Marianne at book signing.

People are often uncomfortable at topics like sexual abuse and human trafficking.

They would rather change the subject and move on to something more pleasant. But I don’t see that as an option. How can we turn our backs on our sisters (and brothers) who, through no fault of their own, are  treated as objects for abuse? I can handle the unpleasantness of the topic. I’ve heard women share their stories with me.

Their stories don’t depress me. Rather, they motivate me to do something about it.

Like everyone else, I have limited time, money and energy. But like the boy who gave his bread and fish to Jesus to be shared, I can give my small offerings of time and talent, trusting that God will multiply them.

The Kindle version of The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die can be found here.
For a print copy, email her

Marianne is a team member for Chain Breakers at IJMCanada. Please consider donating to this worthy cause.

Chain Breakers.

 

INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION is a global organization that protects the poor from violence throughout the developing world. IJM partners with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems. International Justice Mission Canada shares in this mission.

 

How Can We Stop Human Trafficking?

Why in the World is human trafficking going on?

My heart is broken. Every time I hear about someone who has been captured and put into slavery or someone abused I get upset. Human trafficking has got to stop. What can we do?

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A few years ago I felt compelled to advocate against human trafficking. At that time I helped Ratanak. The next year I helped a small organization working for Dunamis.

But this year God put it on my heart to join International Justice Mission (IJMCanada).

What can you do to help fight against human trafficking and abuse?

  1. I made a team called Chain Breakers
  2. My Artists and Writers Group in Facebook is study scriptures for this month. You can download 30-Verses-to-Pray-Against-DMST or join us on our group.
  3. Yellow shows the light we can shine on the darkness.  The campaign is called Bold in the Cold #liveboldinthecold. But since I am now in Arizona I changed mine to Be Bold – Wear Yellow. Join me.

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4. I have challenged myself to work on 30 sketches, pictures and paintings for this month – in yellow. This is Day one – yesterday.

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5. I have a Facebook Page called Help Break the Chains of Abuse.

6. And finally you are the first to know – I am going to give ALL the MONEY collected this month for sales of Tadeo Turtle and The Kingdom of Thrim to International Justice Mission. Please go to Amazon and order your copy  of my books.

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