Sunday, March 29, 2009

CYRUS INTERNATIONAL


I can never say enough about the desperate need of 
STOPPING HUMAN TRAFFICKING  
especially as regards young children: boys & girls. 

1.2 million children per year
trafficked for an estimated
10 billion dollars

This is an issue that God has impressed upon my heart since the summer of 2007 and I have been researching about "it" ever since then.  I shared on one organization PROJECT RESCUE here most recently but there are other posts but this one is new to me from the WOMEN INSPIRED CONFERENCE!


This is taken directly from the site of CYRUS INTERNATIONAL. For more information and many other options please go directly to their site and view the videos & much more.

"What is Cyrus International?" 

Click here to view an introductory video on Cyrus International.

The conception of Cyrus International began in 2001 when one businessman began to embrace the vision inside his heart to impact humanitarian organizations around the world.  With only $50 a month to give, he faithfully supported two different organizations that were dedicated to bringing help to hurting people.  As this man gave consistently each month, his businesses and resources began to multiply.  Soon, other business people with the same dream to impart social justice throughout their world came alongside him to help fund these humanitarian efforts.

Since 2001, these visionaries have given millions of dollars to global aid by supporting hundreds of organizations every month.  Then, in 2007, Cyrus International officially formed and is a public charity committed to providing HOPE by Helping Oppressed People Everywhere.  In order to confidently promote specific organizations, Cyrus extensively researches the ones it supports not only through relational references and onsite visits, but also through accountability of the allocations of funds.

As you move through this website, you can become familiar with a few of the major humanitarian projects Cyrus is presently focusing upon.  The oppression and destitution of people across the globe is alarming, heartbreaking, and overwhelming.  No one person can possibly make enough of an impact to bring about the needed change.  But together, united as an army for social justice, we can stand shoulder to shoulder…demanding change while offering HOPE. 

Partner with us.  Join the battle cry for the hurting, the starving, and the oppressed.  Commit yourself to become a HOPE giver. 

Click here to learn more about the A-21 Campaign and what Cyrus is doing to fight human trafficking worldwide.


"Cyrus's Global Hope Projects

Cyrus International is committed to materially partnering with many international outreach organizations.

They form all of their partnerships with common goals in mind: to promote and provide better lives for hurting people around the world; to be the leader in awareness and assistance with programs designed to end the human trafficking trade in the United States and abroad; orphaning due to disease and poverty; and inner city and urban abuse, addiction and violence.

Some of their partners include the following organizations.

For more information please email us at info@cyrusinternational.org.

Organization

Country

Website

A21 CampaignGreecewww.thea21campaign.org
Project RescueIndia / Nepalwww.projectrescue.com
ChurchasiaSouth Asiawww.rickzachary.com
Camino Del VidaPeru www.caminodevida.com
Children’s CupSwaziland / Africawww.childrenscup.org
In His Steps/Sak SaumCambodiawww.in-his-steps.org
Global ExpeditorsUSA / Indiawww.globalexpeditors.com
Mozambique Care PointMozambiqueisaacandcarol.blogspot.com

FOR MORE FAQs, you can read here:

More from the MARCH on MARS

UPDATE

FACT:  Cadbury is part of a growing list of companies making a traffik free chocolate bar 
Since STOP THE TRAFFIK's chocolate campaign started 2 years ago, you can now buy traffik free chocolate from Verkade, Swiss Noir and Cadbury. Click here to read more

FACT:  YOU made a difference


FACT:  Mars need to live up to their promises and do the same 

Click here to read more on the failed promises of the chocolate industry


FACT:  YOU can make that happen


Starting now all over the world, together we will show Mars we do not accept the use of trafficked, child exploitative labour in the production of our chocolaty treats.


STOP THE TRAFFIK ask each and every one of you to pick up the phone, grab a pen, put the pressure on and then tell your friends to do the same.


To help you pile on the pressure (but not the pounds), STOP THE TRAFFIK will provide you with questions, templates, scripts and trouble shooting fact sheets.

  

Follow this link for more info:http://www.stopthetraffik.org/marchonmars/


We DEMAND the right to munch on a traffik free Mars bar.


In 2007 Freedom Day  In 2009 Freedom Week: 

23-30th March, a week to begin our March on Mars


ACT now to March on Mars


Enquiries: info@stopthetraffik.org 

75 Westminster Bridge Road London 

SE1 7HS +44 (0)20 7921 4258



Sunday, March 22, 2009

MISSION 4 MONDAY: My MISSION

PROJECT RESCUE...
I would like to share some of the articles from my March newsletter from PROJECT RESCUE!

Project Rescue's purpose:
Project Rescue's journey began in 1997 when K.K. Devaraj, an Indian National, and members of his Bombay Teen Challenge organization went into the Falkland Road red-light district in Mumbai, India with a passion to reach the young generation that was ensnared in drugs, gangs, and prostitution. The task force was stunned by what was there: a tragic city of over 100,000 women and girls, many of whom had been sold into sexual slavery by their impoverished families in North India and Nepal.

In that first encounter, they inspired over 100 young women to escape and find a new life in Jesus Christ. They were also given an additional 32 little girls by enslaved sex workers who hoped to prevent their young daughters from sharing their dark fate.

TO READ MORE please go here:
http://www.projectrescue.com/our-purpose.html

Here are some of their Related News Articles (just click on the title and you'll be linked to the article):


The video here is so very sad and eye opening, please let us at least pray for Pross and young girls like her. If we cover our eyes, and turn away, we, too are responsible for this rampant demand and growth of this atrocity of human trafficking & sex slavery.

See a Photo Essay here from UNICEF: http://www.unicef.org/photoessays/46469.html

The author above had skeptics that responded to his articles, not believing that it is as bad or forced as he is saying...I must tell you that it is much worse; because it is multiplied by many young ones suffering in this way and being used in this degrading practice as a commodity for tourists...and it has reached to the youngest. By the way, it is not just young girls. In mexico, I have heard of many young boys as well.

We must stand up and DO something by speaking up for the innocent, the victims...those who Jesus wants protected. We must be Jesus & protect these young lives to know their value!

HUMAN TRAFFICKING MUST BE STOPPED & WE MUST BECOME AWARE & SHARE & TAKE ACTION through OUR CHURCHES making a stand!

Jesus said:

Mark 10:14 Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God.15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. 16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

Mt 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

Mt 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

Mt 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.



Wednesday, March 18, 2009

VIOLENCE and CORRUPTION

This is from an email from MEXICO AG.  

It is so well written and true that we all need to be on our knees praying for Mexico and all that this violence & corruption will do. Mexico is not only our neighbors but also precious brothers & sisters in Christ. The reading is from prophecy (which I have been reading, which made this so real to me) I totally agree so the response here is also prophetic. Much will be happening in the coming years as Felipe Calderon takes on these drug cartels, which by the way, are being supplied by USA. Not only in the purchase of the drugs but also the arms for them to defend their cartels. It's truly appalling that we don't help. So I'm calling on you to PRAY!


Intercessory Prayer for Mexico

Again the word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, say to the land, ‘You are a land that has had no rain or showers in the day of wrath.’ There is a conspiracy of her princes within her like a roaring lion tearing its prey; they devour people, take treasures and precious things and make many widows within her. Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain. Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says’-when the LORD has not spoken. The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the alien, denying them justice.

“I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none. So I will pour out my wrath on them and consume them with my fiery anger, bringing down on their own heads all they have done, declares the Sovereign LORD.”
–Ezekiel 22:23-31
"You’ll notice in this passage that God points out five levels of society to Ezekiel and reveals the corruption, violence and sin that is destroying each area:
  1. The Princes – these are the highest rulers in the land. God reveals that they are devouring the people, destroying families and taking the wealth of the land.
  2. The Priests – the religious leaders. They do not expose sin and they profane God’s Name, actually turning people away from true righteousness.
  3. The Public Officials – the local leaders. They destroy lives for money.
  4. The Prophets – the spiritual influencers of the land. They give false visions and revelations, helping to hide the true state of sinfulness in the nation.
  5. The People – the masses. They also practice sin, stealing from and mistreating one another.
MexicanWhen I read this passage I immediately think of Mexico. For centuries corruption, greed and violence have destroyed every level of society in this country, from Presidents down to the local store shop owners on every corner. Idolatry, theft, bribery and murder have ravaged this nation. Even now we are seeing another wave of violence and corruption that is destroying lives.
But just as in Ezekiel’s time, God is looking for those who would see what He sees and stand in the gap in intercession so that He can pour out mercy and grace instead of judgment and wrath. Unfortunately for the case with Ezekiel, God “found none”. That has to be one of the most tragic verses in the whole Bible! There was not one person that God could share His heart with, reveal the true situation of the nation to, and who would respond in selfless love to intercede for mercy.
I pray that God would find in you and I people who are willing to receive His burden and His love to stand in the gap on behalf of Mexico. Allow the Holy Spirit to break you and cause you to cry out to God for mercy for every one of these five levels of society.
Pray for:
  1. The President of Mexico – Felipe Calderón. Pray that God would touch him, his family and those in his inner circle of leadership that they would bow their knees to Jesus Christ and rule with righteousness.
  2. The Religious leaders of Mexico. Pray for Catholic Priests to have a revelation of the Risen Lord! Pray for Pastors of all denominations to rise up and preach truth.
  3. The Local leaders in Mexico. Pray for Senators, Mayors and Municipal Leaders to come to Christ, to govern with righteousness, to turn from bribery and extortion.
  4. The Spiritual Influencers of Mexico. Pray that God would break the back of idolatry and witchcraft in Mexico, that He would shut the mouths of false prophets and raise up true preachers of righteousness in the land.
  5. Pray for the people of Mexico. Pray that God would grant repentance to the people of Mexico, that they would come to a true knowledge of Jesus Christ.
The fate of Mexico is not in the hands of the President, or the Federal Police, or any other organization… it’s in the hands of the Church. May we feel God’s pain and God’s love and be moved to our knees."

Here are other PRAYER needs and excellent information:

Partnering to Reach the Indigenous and Ethnic Groups of Mexico


Prayer Focus: The Indigenous Groups of Mexico

A Nation Paused



Prayer Focus: Colima and Durango

Call to Prayer: Violence in the North



Sunday, March 15, 2009

MARCH ON MARS this Mission 4 Monday

BoldWelcome to Mission 4 Monday, where we share our purpose, causes and missions that stir our heartJust write about yours on your blog and then sign up here with Mr. Linky any Mon., the post can be from any day but link here on Monday. 

For more info on this click on the button in the right sidebar. Be sure to share this with others that you see sharing a "mission" so they can join us. 

Thank YOU ALL who faithfully share your MISSION here each week!

Here's an important email I received Saturday:



STOP THE TRAFFIK: people shouldn't be bought and sold.

March on Mars: In March 2009, all over the world it begins



IN MARCH...
fighting for the rights of trafficked, enslaved children

 takes a leap forward

IN MARCH...
we need your help

IN MARCH... we MARCH ON MARS

Read more at www.marchonmars.org on Mars and the 

chocolate industry’s failure to bring an end to the 

trafficking of children in the cocoa industry.

inquiries: info@stopthetraffik.org




Saturday, March 14, 2009

In Christ there are many members, but One Body

Since I was not officially blogging this important day slipped by without me acknowledging it here but it certainly is an important theme for all of us to remember and join in prayer.
The women of Papua New Guniea (PNG) ask us to unite as ONE in CHRIST as we join them in celebrating a unity where love is genuine, where good overcomes evil and where we are of ONE HEART & SOUL.[Sorry that I'm late in sharing this important endeavor but it's never to late to PRAY!]

Worldwide Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement led by Christian Women of many traditions who call the faithful together on the first Friday in March each year.

World Day of Prayer March 6, 2009

In Christ there are many Members, but one Body

Written by the women of Papua New Guinea, the 2009 WDP worship service will begin at the first sunrise of March 6, 2009, and will continue until the last sunset. The 2009 service will focus on indigenous women and children's concerns as their communities struggle to maintain their history and culture in an ever-changing world.

Let us think of:

  • PNG's Babies and young children who are dying at high rates leaving communities to struggle with the cause of all these deaths.
  • Violence against women, a longtime issue, is now being challenged by women in order to meaningfully live and take care of their children.
  • Oil companies and corporations reaping benefits from Papua New Guinea’s natural resources while continuing to exploit the land and its people.
  • Environmental degradation and climate change impacting Papua New Guinea’s islands which will soon force indigenous people to move from one island to another seeking safer ground.

The independent state of Papua New Guinea consists of more than 600 islands lying just below the equator on the western side of the Pacific Ocean. The second largest country in the South Pacific, one of Papua New Guinea's most spectacular features is its immense variety of landscape.

From the Highlands Region with its wide ridges of rugged mountains, to its Northern coastlines endowed with remarkable sandy beaches, coral reefs and rich maritime life, to the New Guinea Islands Region with a plethora of geothermal springs and active volcanoes, Papua New Guinea is the land of the unexpected, a land of great natural wealth and astonishing nature.

Papua New Guinea has been described as a "mountain of gold floating on a sea of oil." Although described as poor by United Nations findings, the country is full of natural resources such as gold, silver and natural oil and gas which are all currently being mined and are in production.

Land is the most important resource and an overwhelming majority of people's lives revolve around land. While the majority of Papua New Guineans depend on semi-subsistence agriculture for their livelihood, there are increasing numbers of people who earn a living from operating small scale informal businesses in the urban areas.

Papua New Guinea has one of the most diverse indigenous populations in the world. More than 800 languages are spoken between several thousand separate communities. This diversity is described well in a Papua New Guinean folk saying: "For each village, a different culture." Though much of PNG's communities have experienced isolation due to its rugged terrain, Papua New Guinea continues to experience the spirit of unity in diversity.

As we begin our journey with the women of PNG, we learn about the intricate cultures and social challenges including a worsening violence against women and children, the breakdown of the family structure, a HIV/AIDS epidemic and chronic law and order and land tenure issues. We will ask and seek answers to questions about possibility and justice in PNG. On Friday, March 6, 2009, we welcome the Worshipping Community to join the women of Papua New Guinea.

Let's turn our prayers into action.

*taken from WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
http://www.worlddayofprayeraustralia.org/worlddayofprayer/world-day-of-prayer-2009.html

Other sites with more information:
http://www.worlddayofprayeraustralia.org/

United States of America, World Day of Prayer, USA Committee
http://www.wdpusa.org/

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Global Food Crisis

Each night • more than 300 million children go to bed hungry ... how can we help?

Please and click on Compassion International and be linked to view one or all 3 of their current videos & reach out to provide HELP along with them. 



1/3 of the world's population is undernourished...ONE THIRD!!!

FOR MORE CRUCIAL FACTS ON HUNGER PLEASE CLICK HERE


Charles Stanley shared this just this week and certainly is worth reading & soaking in its truth:


The Key to Financial Blessing

We could all use our own personal financial adviser to help us navigate the economic turmoil of our times. And according to the prophet Malachi, we have one--God Almighty. He has a plan worked out for our financial security.


His key to financial blessing is the simple principle of Exodus 23:19: "You shall bring the choice first fruits of your soil into the house of the Lord." In offering God the first of our earnings, we acknowledge that He is the source of everything and we are completely dependent upon Him. Old Testament believers were asked to set aside merely a tithe--or ten percent--of all that the Lord generously gave. Malachi equates keeping God's portion for oneself to robbing the Almighty of what belongs to Him 

(Mal. 3:8).


The Lord doesn't need our money, but He knows that we need to give. Doing so with a generous and willing heart displays the character of Christ in our lives.


Remember, Jesus is a giver who gave His life for our salvation.

Generosity is a way to honor and worship the Lord. If our only expression of worship comes from the lips, we are missing the opportunity to demonstrate our love and gratitude for all that God has given us.


You can never out-give your loving heavenly Father. As you obediently offer Him the first part of your income, you'll find that He is faithful to His Word: He will open the windows of heaven and pour out blessing until it overflows (v. 10). In reality, there is greater financial risk in keeping than in giving.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

MISSION IN PROGRESS

Welcome to MISSION 4 MONDAY!We were made for a mission!
This is where we share MISSIONS that have been placed on our hearts or in our lives.

God has given each of us a purpose & a unique plan to fulfill.

We have many great ideas that need to be shared to encourage others in serving.

Each of us serves where we are, doing what we are doing from blogging to mothering to serving at church, volunteering our time for another, contributing wherever we DO!

Please sign up with MR. LINKY and post a MISSION that is moving you or touching your heart. Then be sure to visit & encourage others in their mission.

If you see someone with a MISSION, encourage them to join us.

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Each week on Sunday, I will try to put up a new MR.LINKY for all of you faithful MISSIONs 4 MONDAY bloggers out there, that each week participate or perhaps because you are now inspired to share something new or for the first time.

Please continue in sharing MISSIONS because there are so many "in need" all around us and many of you are writing about YOUR purpose & mission and causes and concerns. This is a place to join them altogether. Let's continue touching other's lives for Jesus!

[Let's see how this works by just adding another Mr. Linky each week since I'm not blogging doesn't mean we all should stop sharing our missions. Thank you for sharing yours!

March 2, 2009

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*****************HAPPY WOMEN'S DAY! March 8th is International Women's Day
celebrated since 1909 every March 8th, to recognize the social, economic and political achievements of women. I salute YOU all in your mission! May God bless each woman as we draw them closer to Him!

This week on Wednesday, March 11th, Global Food Crisis Day! Bloggers for COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL are suppose to rally together and post about this, so I may have something on Wednesday also! Please visit http://www.compassion.com/global-food-crisis/

Mr. Linky for March 9, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

This MUST be STOPPED!

Too many people believe that HUMAN TRAFFICKING is happening just in other countries but it is happening right where you live: USA! This is already too late for some!

Get involved! Learn all you can! Wake up America
...Rise up and become aware of what you can do. 

After viewing this video, you can visit this site for more:




This is a mission that God spoke into my heart here two years ago to learn about and start working to STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING!

And how you can help:

frayedrope How To HelpThank you for your interest in helping Gracehaven reach out to young girls who are victims of sex trafficking in central Ohio. There are many different ways you can partner with Gracehaven in this ministry.

Gracehaven is a 501(c)3 organization that has received tax exempt status from the IRS.

Donate: Follow this link to make a donation to Gracehaven

Volunteer:

Volunteer your time and talent at Gracehaven!

Sponsor a girl:

Once Gracehaven is open, you can sponsor a girl for a day, a week, or a month!

Around the house:

Use your God-given ability in construction and maintenance to help them renovate and maintain Gracehaven.

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And of course, ALL OF US can share the information and PRAY, CRY OUT TO GOD! Shame is so powerful but it can be broken. This silence needs to be broken! Psychological manipulation is very controlling and holds people captive. It needs to STOP! American born young women do not have the help like we are donating to other countries, who are in greater demand, it is thought.


Please pray for a good response to the "Today Show" appearance of Theresa. Pray that all who are drawn to this topic are able to access the website and find what they are looking for. Please pray that the Lord will bring donors willing to help them make the move to purchase the house and begin renovation! Please pray for more places like GraceHaven & please pray for
GRACEHAVEN!

Human Trafficking Facts 

Every 10 minutes, a woman or child is trafficked into the United States for forced labor.

In 1999, the CIA estimated that 45,000 women and children are trafficked to the United States annually. 

Men are also trafficked into forced labor in agriculture, restaurants and other unregulated industries. 

Human trafficking has become a $9 billion a year global industry and is increasingly an activity of organized crime.

There are estimated 27 million people living in slavery around the world today.

In 1999, the Department of Justice prosecuted 25 cases of slavery. In 2000, 76 cases were prosecuted. Currently, there are 120 cases open for investigation. 

In October 2000, the United States enacted the most comprehensive modern-day anti-slavery legislation in the world, offering significant protection to victims. It is called the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000.

Currently, there is not one shelter for trafficked persons in the United States. (according to CAST but praise God for Gracehaven)!

CAST is the only organization in the United States dedicated exclusively to serving trafficked persons.


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We were ALL made for a mission...God has a unique purpose & plan for everyone.
ALL MONTH, Every Week, Every Day...it's a lifetime experience!
This is where we share MISSIONS that have been placed on our hearts or in our lives. For God has given each of us a purpose & a unique plan to fulfill.
If you are new to Mission4Monday, please click here for more info.
A very special thanks to those of you (you know WHO you are) that faithfully have posted a MISSION4MONDAY whether you remember to link or not I appreciate it and if you are a regular and I notice, I have been linking you to the LINKY!
You are welcome ALWAYS to leave in the current comments a link to anything you share MISSION wise.
Thank you for placing M4M button on your posts, I so appreciate it! YOU each have presented FABULOUS ideas weekly!
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Micey also has been to Haiti and shared. Please pray for Micey. Once again she has returned to help in Haiti!
Lots going on over here at a mission field at home in the USA. PRAISE GOD & continue to pour out blessings on Auto Mission & Sherry w/Cowboy.
Nancie was a participant in the very beginning, but unable to currently blog actively. Yet she still has much good material to read in her previous posts along her sidebar of a worldwide health mission.
New blogger that shares MISSIONS at times:
Here's a current post she shared.
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Choose one or all or any & you will be blessed!
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I also have another MISSION: to PRAY, so you can visit our team blog, THE LIGHTHOUSE of PRAYER over here
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Mission 4 Monday sadly ended last year as a meme, but I continue to share here and I know others also share various MISSIONS, especially the people above. Check them out!!! Encourage and perhaps join us.
Since my life is a MISSION, I share whenever I can. There are many of you, who do community involvement/church events, volunteer opportunities or know missionaries that you could share to motivate others. Motherhood and Homeschooling are MISSIONS and callings!!!
Each of these are MISSIONS and important to encourage others.
If you are doing something or share someone's MISSION on your blog, please leave your info in the comments anytime! Hopefully others will notice & come visit. THANKS!