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Thursday Thoughts & Links #13

1. I love the band Loud Harp so much (They are an indie Christian band, barely known at all).  They started a kickstarter to make a 2nd album! To hear their first album on spotify for free, click here! SO GOOD!

2. My friend Elaini also has a kickstarter with her father.  They’ve been making beautiful hand-crafted wooden wallets that look so beautiful and trying to get the business started.  Elaini has also raised over $75,000 for orphans in India through her blog. She’s so kind and loves Jesus so much.

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3. An old lady who led Bible studies was stabbed like crazy by a 16 year old girl.  After the murderer served 27 years on death row, the grandson of the old woman forgave the girl and she was pardoned.  He kept in touch with  her while she was serving time and is helping her now that she’s out.  This is a beautiful story of forgiveness and the Gospel being lived out.

4. There are millions of refugees from Syria right now. World Vision posted this on their blog letting us know 3 things we should know about the Syrian refugee crisis.

5. Organ trafficking is a reality. Here’s an article about it. Very sad!

6. A woman had an emergency pre-term labor.  She gave birth to a son who was only in the womb for 19 weeks.  What a beautiful and sad story about him. He did not survive, but was a precious baby.

7. You don’t often hear the outcome stories of trafficking victims, but here is an amazing one from a woman who was tricked after a man showed her kindness while she picked up recyclables.

8. My heart breaks for the loss of the children who were poisoned in India.  For most of these children, they only get one meal a day.  While at school, they were served lunch with insecticide.  Many were so sick they had to be brought to the hospital, and 22 died!  Keep in mind that most people can’t even afford for their kids going into the hospital in India.

9. Boko Haram is a group of Islamists that bomb and kill schools and churches and target girls who want an education and Christians.  They have been killing thousands of people over the past year alone. I read new news on their work every week and it leaves me with a huge burden.  They recently killed 42 people, mainly children, at a school in Nigeria!

10. A sex trafficking ring was busted in NY.  Each trafficker will have to serve up to 10 years in prison.

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I leave you with a cute puppy giving a high five.
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6 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts & Links #13

  1. I read this post today and the words “Boko Haram” jumped out at me. Not many people even know what that is, I thought to myself. I am praying for families affected by the devastation that follows in the wake of Boko Haram violence.

    I work for a non-profit radio ministry. http://www.heraldsofhope.org/ Praise the Lord our broadcasts to Kenya in the Swahili language are reaching into an area where Boko Haram members live. We are praying that these violent Islamists will find peace and redemption in Jesus Christ the Light of the world!

    Thank you for sharing the thoughts on your heart, Victoria.

    1. Not many people do know about Boko Haram, so true, and so sad! Thank you for praying for the families who are affected by their violence and that there can be hope and forgiveness.

      I’ll look into your radio ministry! That’s wonderful that you broadcast. I hope that the broadcast reaches many people. I know that it is hard for people to get access to the radio in Africa, especially in more remote villages. I hope that can change and maybe I just don’t know enough about the radio in other countries where poverty is high.
      May Christ transform many lives through your missionary work through Heralds of Hope!

      1. Thanks for your response, Victoria, and for your words of encouragement! Truly, all glory belongs to God for the lives that have been impacted by the Gospel (including Muslims!) through HOH in the past 45 years of ministry.

        Have you heard of the annual “30 days of prayer for the Muslim World”? During the “month” of Ramadan, thousands of Christians around the world join in targeted prayer. http://www.30-days.net/

        ~ Rachel

      2. Last year I participated in the 30 Days of Prayer for the Muslim World. One of my best friends is in training to become a missionary to Arab nations (she just returned from an internship in the Middle East) and let me know about the 30 days of prayer. 😉
        That’s so great about Heralds of Hope being around that long! Last school year I taught my oldest son about various missionaries and we discussed radio missions work. It is nice to actually talk to someone who knows a lot about it, as I see your parents are currently ahead of the organization, from my time on the site, correct? So wonderful that you have joined them in the work!!!
        I have a calling to go to India as a missionary, and definitely there are Muslims in the area we’ve been planning on going to. Do you broadcast in India as well?

  2. [I was gone for the weekend, hence the reason I am only replying now.]
    That’s really great that you’re teaching your children about missions/missionaries. I am glad my parents did the same for me and my (homeschooled) siblings. 🙂 Yes, you are correct. One of the fantastic things about radio is that it can spread the Gospel where missionaries are unable to gain access and/or Christian literature/Bibles are prohibited.
    Oh, India! How I love that place. It’s very interesting to hear of your calling to India. Have you had the opportunity to visit the country? I’ve been so blessed to go twice… and hopefully again someday, as the Lord wills. 🙂 On my latest trip to India, I stayed in an area that was mainly populated by Muslims. In answer to your question, yes, Heralds of Hope does have a broadcast in northern India in the Hindi language. We partner with indigenous Believers to produce the broadcasts.
    I’d love to hear more about your mission plans for India! If you have any other questions or would like any other information, perhaps we could email each other? Just a suggestion.
    Blessings to you and your family.

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