November 26th, 2014

14 Reasons Why We Are Thankful for 2014

As we enter a season of celebration, we want to share with you some highlights from an important year. Our efforts are gathering momentum, and we have witnessed some incredible breakthroughs in the lives of individual women and in the field of abolition. We have so much to be grateful for, and our progress would not have been possible without your faithful support. As a continuation of our Prevention team’s...
November 24th, 2014

Meet the Abolitionist: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In 1929, the classic anti-war novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, took the world by storm. In 1930, an American film based on the novel was released. Although the book focuses on a German soldier in World War I, the themes about the brutality of warfare are universal and provoked a passionate response among the film’s audience. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor and theologian. During a visit to...
Harriet Beecher Stowe
November 24th, 2014

Meet the Abolitionist: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Throughout history, creative storytelling has raised awareness about important social issues and inspired people to take action. In 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s best-selling novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin captured the evils of slavery in the United States so profoundly that some historians believe it paved the way for Abraham Lincoln’s election and helped to spark the Civil War. Upon meeting Stowe, President Lincoln allegedly exclaimed, "So you’re the little woman who...
Thomas Clarkson
November 24th, 2014

Meet the Abolitionist: Thomas Clarkson

In William Wilberforce’s campaign to end slavery during the 1700’s-1800’s, the use of drawings, diagrams, and models became influential tools for exposing the dehumanization experienced by thousands of souls who were cruelly transported as cargo across the Atlantic ocean. Among the most powerful illustrations was a diagram created by English abolitionist Thomas Clarkson. Clarkson’s accurate depiction of the slave ship Brookes provided insight into the horrific conditions faced by slaves...
November 24th, 2014

Meet the Abolitionist: Olaudah Equiano

First published in 1789, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano is the autobiography of a freed slave who was influential in the British movement to end slavery. In the powerful book, Olaudah Equiano—known as Gustavus Vassa—describes his brutal abduction at the age of 11 from his childhood home in Africa and his years spent in captivity. The author also details his quest for independence, which included educating...
November 24th, 2014

Meet the Abolitionist: Alice Seeley Harris

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Through a media campaign aimed at ending atrocities in the Belgian Congo, Alice Seeley Harris proved that this familiar phrase is often true. It was the late 1800s, and King Leopold II of Belgium was in the process of brutally enslaving and murdering millions of Congolese. It is estimated that 10 million people—nearly half the population of the...
Mosul, Iraq
November 20th, 2014

City in Focus: Mosul, Iraq

Mosul in Iraq is considered one of the most beautiful and important cities in the Middle East. Called Al-Faiha, which means paradise, it stands near the ruins of the ancient city of Nineveh and has been been occupied since the reign of the Assyrians. With the recent arrival of ISIS, Mosul is anything but a paradise. The reports have been grim, as ISIS has proven to be the most brutal...
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...