5 Ways You Can Combat a Hypersexual Culture in Need of Healing

By: Megan Jessup At Ascent 121, we view the sex trade industry as a cultural issue that ensnares everyone in its path. It chews people up, spits them out, and keeps them coming back for more. It’s the basic law of supply and demand. And (in this culture) demand, we do.  Objectification and instant gratification…

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Why Doesn’t She Just Leave?

By: Jen Mukes Easier said than done, in most situations. When we hear stories of women and girls trapped in sexual slavery, we can be quick to ask the question, “Why doesn’t she just leave?” It’s a valid question. Looking from the outside at her situation – being forced to have sex with multiple men…

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How Human Traffickers Operate

Understanding the Effects of Vulnerability and Power of Manipulation By: Derek Caldwell Human Traffickers are master manipulators. If one were to pinpoint one general trait shared by all trafficking victims, it would be this: vulnerability. Traffickers home in on this vulnerability and, many times, appear as a savior before exposing themselves as wolves in sheep’s…

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The Dignity of Causality – IJM Global Prayer Gathering 2015

By: Seth Thomas “God instituted prayer in order to lend His creatures the dignity of causality.” – Pascal “This post summarizes International Justice Mission’s Global Prayer Gathering which took place in Washington, D.C. in April. The author, Seth Thomas, attended along with a group from the Justice Ministry of Traders Point Christian Church. TPCC’s Justice…

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What Do Traffickers Look For?

By: Jen Mukes Put yourself in her shoes. Black Converse. Well worn. Your outfit could change a bit depending on when you were in high school. It’s your sophomore year. High school has been a bumpy ride so far. You have friends, but not many. You’ve never thought you were anything special. Compliments are never directed at…

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The Gift of Forgiveness: A Celebration of Easter

A Testimony About Receiving and Giving Forgiveness By: Promise Bradley I stood shivering on the icy small-town sidewalk with my hands tucked deep into the pockets of my pea coat. I had dressed for the funeral but not for the weather. My breath proceeded out in front of me highlighted by the florescent orange glow of…

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