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This allegory, portrayed as God might describe it, is based on an actual account a victim of human trafficking shared with us. This dear sister explained how she had suffered the hideous abuse of modern day sexual slavery for many years. Until one afternoon, during unspeakable suffering and hopelessness, she experienced the comforting presence of God. This encounter would change her life forever.

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WE NEED APOSTLES who can embody the Beatitudes, check judgment at the door, see with a Jesus lens and show genuine affection and love to the least of these. Through the Power of the Holy Spirit we can conquer suffering, abuse, neglect, trauma, hopelessness, worthlessness, and loneliness and in doing so lift the oppression of all types of poverty!

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September 1, 2017, News, Newsletter Features, Post a comment

As a nation, we have now spent more than $22 trillion to combat poverty. Best estimates of the number of people in poverty today include at least 10 million more people in poverty, then 1964. We’ve gone from about 36 million people in poverty in 1964 to more than 46 million people in poverty today. Poverty among Americans between ages 18–64 has fallen only marginally since 1966, from 10.5% then to 10.1% today.

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Many years ago, I walked into our Dayroom for men. About 30 homeless men were seated, having conversations as they waited for job interviews, counseling appointments and various services. As I was walking through the room, Terrence, a homeless man of approximately 30 years old asked me:

“Barry, what do you hope we learn while we are here?”

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Before Tom got sick, he and Jennifer had been my personal friends for several years. He was a successful production supervisor at his work and she was a mother at home nurturing and equipping their three daughters and two sons for a successful life ahead of them. They were a good family, living in a modest home, and both serving at their small church. Tom loved serving as the youth Sunday School teacher and Jennifer was the coordinator of the children’s programs. They would regularly bring their family and youth group to the Mission to serve meals to the hungry.

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