What did you want to be when you grew up?

  Sam at 3 years old. What did you want to be when you grew up? A superhero? A sports star? A musical sensation? Most children dream of world changing professions or positions that allow them to continuously do their favorite things, whether it's playing a sport or some musical aspiration. As children, we dream big and don't think anything is impossible. Then life happens. We grow up, get tainted by the pessimistic attitudes of others, and begin to feel pressure to make a certain amount of money to make ends meet or keep up with the Jones' as [...]

Why you need to meet their need…

What are your needs? As I sit in Starbucks this morning looking at the line of people filing in and out of the front door, I think many of them would say they need coffee. When I was growing up we all knew we needed for our mama to have her coffee in the morning before seeing us or it was bad for everyone. I'm fortunate in that I can take it or leave it. I really view it more as a treat than a need, but others would say I'm crazy. What are your actual needs? The things that [...]

Children should be found in schools, not brothels!

It's about that time again. You know the time.... when traffic in the city feels like it's doubled because you have to encounter Big Yellow everywhere you go. Who is Big Yellow? Big Yellow is the school bus and he seems to be everywhere and always, somehow, in front of you slowing down your frantic race to your next destination. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it's back to school time. For me, a North Carolinian, it seems way to early to be sending children to school. In North Carolina the summer months are June, July and August. They even passed a [...]

Job Opening!

How did you spend your day yesterday? I had the opportunity to camp out at one of my favorite coffee shops in the city and work for a while. The scenery was beautiful, there was a gentle hum of conversations and computer clicks in the background, and the coffee was tasty, even if it looked a little strange in the presentation. I think the barista had a sense of humor and wanted to know if I'd say anything. The artwork reminded me a bit of Alf. After getting a couple of hours of work under my belt, I had the [...]

We All Need Through People

The mountain roads of Kentucky. Do you never find yourself stuck on a word? Where you look up it's meaning and chew on it a while? From time to time, I'll have a word stick in my mind that I can't seem to shake. When that happens, I've come to realize I'm in the classroom again. I'm the student and there's something I am supposed to learn through the process. Recently, the word that's been tumbling in my mind is through.  If you look it up online, you'll find: preposition & adverb  1. moving in one side and out [...]

Are you scared yet? Be brave!

Just in case you're concerned, this is nowhere near farming community where my girls are. I took it on the drive through Kentucky. Breathe easy. How often do you get out in the country? I don't mean where there happens to be more grass than concrete; I'm referring to the place where more things walk around on four legs than two? This past week I traveled through four different states to visit some of my girls. One of those states was Kentucky. It is filled with lush, green grass, rolling hills, farm animals, and that sound.... oh that [...]

On the Road Again………

Do you enjoy road trips? For me, it honestly depends on where and why I'm traveling. Today, I will hit the road to visit some of the Hopes I mentor. I'll visit four of my girls in two different states to check in, see how things are going for them and give out hugs along the way. One of my girls is graduating from a year long restorative care program. She has wrestled with God similarly to Jacob and is now walking with a new identity in Christ Jesus [Genesis 32:24-28]. It was hard at times, but she refused to give [...]

A Different Kind of Pimp

Photo taken by Chip Bush. Have you ever felt used? Have you had a person take what they wanted from you and then walk away? It happens every day in business as well as personal relationships. It's selfish at the very least and at the extreme it's a form of abuse. The young ladies I work with have been used, abused and discarded by epic proportions. They've been treated as nothing more than an object to fulfill a twisted desire. One young lady said, My pimp didn't see me as a person. He saw me as an ATM. When he [...]

Repost: You Won’t Believe This and It Really Happened

This is my most popular post to date (Shared March 2014). I decided to share it again today. What does a pimp look like? Where does he operate? How does he gain possession of a new girl? These are questions we all need to think about. The answers might surprise you. A lot of people still have the 1970s picture of a pimp in their mind. You know the one: 1. big hat 2. leisure suit 3.  jacked up car 4. dice hanging from the rear view mirror The only place you'll find a pimp like that now is in [...]

HELP! 911

Do you leave your cell phone turned on all night so you are accessible to people twenty-four hours a day? I do not. Due to the nature of my work with survivors of sex trafficking, I've learned I need to turn my ringer off at night if I wish to sleep. The girls don't intentionally call me late at night or in the wee hours of the morning; however, when I first meet them, they have their days and nights mixed up. They just pick up the phone and call or text when they have something to say. Most of [...]

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