Svay Pak, Cambodia
October 17th, 2014

City in Focus: Svay Pak, Cambodia

Cambodia is in southeastern Asia and borders Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. Although the country is slightly smaller in area than Oklahoma, more than 15 million people live there. In the late 1970s, Cambodia succumbed to communism under the dictator, Pol Pot. The ruthless leader sought cultural purification by eliminating all things that were not strictly Cambodian. He removed goods and technology-based products that had not been produced in the country,...
Chisinau, Moldova
September 8th, 2014

City in Focus: Chisinau, Moldova

The capital city of Chisinau is located in the heart of the Republic of Moldova. Chisinau is the country’s largest metropolis and has experienced much conflict in its long history, including World War II and the rise and fall of the Soviet empire. The city holds a deeply Christian tradition and is considered to be among the greenest capitals in all of Europe. But behind its beauty and rich history...
August 21st, 2014

Equipping Abolitionists

On August 6–8, more than 1,000 abolition advocates attended the third annual Exodus Cry Abolition Summit in Kansas City, Missouri. Through insightful keynote presentations, worship gatherings, and instructional breakout sessions, attendees became equipped with skills and strategies designed to help them persevere in the long-term fight against sex slavery. “The Abolition Summit did more than charge attendees with a list of tasks; it provided the formula for maintaining a life...
Las Vegas
August 4th, 2014

City in Focus: Las Vegas, Nevada

"What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." This popular phrase is played out in movies that idealize Las Vegas as a fun, adult playground. The prominence of luxurious hotels, grand casinos, and flashing marquees boasting scantily-clad women add to the city’s anything-goes allure. But this “no consequences” attitude is a dangerous illusion. In reality, Las Vegas has one of the worst human trafficking problems in the nation, with three times...
Liberdade
July 17th, 2014

Freedom on the Streets of Brazil

Through countless hours of prayer and street outreach, heartwrenching challenges and astounding victories, Liberdade is finished! Many times, our tears of sorrow were replaced with tears of joy. Along with our partners from local Brazilian churches and organizations, we watched in amazement as the Lord moved powerfully in the lives of many, touching their hearts with love and revealing the truth about their value as God’s children and the grace...
Tom & Virginia
July 8th, 2014

Liberdade: A Home

A story from our partners in Brazil, Shores of Grace. In Brazil, we meet with children who live on the streets. We talk with them. We pray for them. Most of the time, we bring a fun activity and something to break the ice and encourage creative expression. For these children, simple playtime activities—ones that seem so normal to us in the United States—offer a rare respite from daily struggles....
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June 19th, 2014

The Song That Shaped Nefarious

Whether he knows it or not, John Mark McMillan played a huge part in shaping Nefarious: Merchant of Souls. I was first introduced to this wonderful artist’s music when I discovered a YouTube video from his set at The Call in Nashville, TN. In the video, John Mark plays his song, "How He Loves." The song had a profound impact on me, and I wept for two days as I...
DC
June 10th, 2014

A Bill to Curb Demand

“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do. And by the grace of God, I will.” - E. Hale You may remember the amazing breakthrough our legal reform team wrote about a few months ago regarding the Capitol Hill screening of Nefarious in July 2013 and the corresponding meetings with members of...
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June 9th, 2014

What You Don’t Know About Nefarious

Did you know that Nefarious: Merchant of Souls was edited three times before the film was finally released? I am not talking about a little tweak here and there. I am talking about a complete revision, as in color, score, post-audio sound. Everything. One of the best things that happened to me throughout the filmmaking process was when someone boldly confronted me and said, "Your project has potential, but it...
Julianas Story
June 3rd, 2014

Juliana’s Story: Night After Night

Juliana* lives alone on the streets of Recife, Brazil. She is only a child, but her childhood is already lost. In her eyes is a reflection of exploitation and pain. Tragically, she is one of many children in this city with a similar story. Recife, where Juliana lives, is one of twelve cities that will be hosting the World Cup this summer. On the surface, Recife is known for its...