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A Cry that Demands a Response

Throughout the world millions of children are orphaned through war, AIDS, and extreme poverty. Every seven seconds a child dies from a preventable disease. Drug addiction runs rampant. Children are sold into prostitution or forced to become child soldiers. They’re lost and they have no place to live. These children have no hope. And these are the ones that are …

Powerful Words of Hope from an Indian Street Kid

I was reading through my journal from my DTS last night, processing some of the things from my outreach to Nepal and India that I have long left unprocessed. After my team got back from outreach, we broke up into new teams with people from all of the different outreach groups – Moldova, Turkey, Thailand, East Asia, Uganda. We went …

Falling in Love with Latvia

by Keisha, DTS Staff   The breeze whips my hair all around my face as I walk through a forest of tall, wind-stripped trees. It smells fresh and new outside: like spring rain that has melted away the snow to uncover a blanket of green; like soft earth caked onto the soles of your shoes. I want to breathe it …

In Search of Hope on Riga’s Streets

(by Sarah Young, YWAM Madison staff member currently working with Freedom 61 in Latvia)   Last night opened my eyes to the realities of life on the street. We brought tea, coffee and dessert to girls trapped in prostitution. But it wasn’t until we were packing up to go home that the young women finally came out to us. That’s when I discovered how much …

My Journey to Manhood

“I, Garett Collins, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…” This was the honorary speech I repeated at the Military Entrance Processing Station. I was  18 years old and fresh out of high school. I thought that the military was the right path for me and my …

Art Therapy for Trafficking Victims

The Psychological Art Studio in Chisinau, Moldova provides an outlet for rescued trafficking victims to release the things that trouble their spirits. This technique is called art therapy, a combination of artistic expression and psychological therapy. Some of the most beautiful and most soul-captivating art I’ve ever seen hangs on the walls of the PAS.

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Free to Dream Again

This house is filled with sparkling beads, bright colors, and the mischievous giggles of young Nepali girls. And when I look at the girls, I don’t see victims of sex slavery and trafficking. I see women with healing hearts, who are hardworking and filled with joy. Most of all, I see dreamers. I can’t help but smile at how God is faithful to help make their dreams come true.