A snapshot into what her future held...

A snapshot into what her future held...
Zhukovka, Russia

Thursday, October 11, 2012


I get just two days each week with my 7th and 8th grade students (Mondays and Fridays), as the class I teach, is an elective. I'm told by several parents that their kids choose to put more time in for projects, in my class, than their other classes combined. Maybe that's a compliment- that the students like the class which happens to be, video production. This year, I decided to take a new approach in teaching. Instead of just learning about how to produce videos, we are stepping outside of the box. We are seeking to make a difference for the Kingdom by letting God guide us in our content and creativity. Project One: The students were challenged to come up with a peer topic or cause and make a whole campaign around it! They had to think strategically about their audience. We look to the current election and all that has gone into those campaigns! As for my students, they chose the following campaign topics: Child Abuse, Teen Suicide, and Human Trafficking. Whoa- right?! Some pretty deep topics. As a whole, our entire class has learned a lot about these topics... especially human trafficking. We have looked to resources such as Joyce Meyer Ministries and the A21 campaign. On October 18, we will be wearing keys, just as the A21 website tells us to do... we will attempt to: wear the key, share the key, raise the key, and be the key... to ending human trafficking. Another way we have chosen to help is by writing letters to the rescued victims of human trafficking. We understand that some of these gals carry the letters in their purses and get them out daily, for encouragement. That's one small thing we can do, that God can bless in a BIG way.
27 million victims is unfathomable... this big business MUST COME TO AN END.
The girls are taken from all over the world. The majority of victims come from Eastern Europe.
The fall of communism, extreme poverty, and not knowing God and His HOPE and His LOVE are major reasons girls in Eastern Europe fall victim to this industry.
We, however, are blessed. We are educated. We know and have a relationship with a living God. So... as a class, we prayed. We prayed for what God would have us to do. We prayed which countries God would lead us to write to (U.S., UK, Australia, Ukraine, Greece, or Bulgaria- addresses all on the A21 website)... and He gave us an answer... each student received an answer to which country God would direct their letter, for a former victim.
Proverbs 24:20 For the evil man has no future; the lamp of the wicked will be put out.
Ephesians 6:12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. We will do our part to: wear they key... share the key... raise the key... BE THE KEY.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Unreached People

I really started becoming aware of gypsies, while in Russia. We would see them traveling by horses, pulling carts.
Where we were, there was a good chance, they were surviving by cutting wood and selling it. For some reason, my heart cries out for these unreached people.
Many of the problems that surround this group stem from many years of isolation and discrimation.
Gypsies came to Europe in the 14th century from India - they were the lowest cast there.
They live mostly in Eastern Europe today. Western European Gypsies were killed in gas chambers, together with Jews.
Although different and I believe, misunderstood ... these people are simply... people. Unreached.
Today, my prayers are for God's children, the gypsies...
And the missionaries who are reaching these... unreached.
Galations 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Bryansk Home

Bryansk Home
My two favorite colors together seem to be common in Bryansk homes.