new orleans update #2

I received the following email from Chris at 11:30 last night.

Sunday July 15, 2007 – Celebration Church Relief Center

Yesterday I wrote about the God sightings we had in relation to the first leg of our trip to New Orleans and how God protected and guided us through a vehicle breakdown.

Today’s God sightings seemed to be less eventful, but turned out to be dramatic after all.

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human trafficking in detroit

Maggie sent me a link to a press release from the Department of Justice about the recent conviction of a Detroit man on charges of enslaving women as exotic dancers. This is hard stuff to read, but is illuminating to how and why human trafficking happens in our country.

To force the women to keep working, Maksimenko and his partners took a number of steps, including confiscating the dancers’ passports; imposing large debts; isolating the dancers; threatening physical violence; searching the dancers’ apartments; and threatening to turn the dancers into authorities because of their illegal immigrant status.

On the positive side, the defendant was sentenced to 14 years in prison and ordered to pay his victims $1.5 million in restitution.

Click here for an earlier post about human trafficking in Illinois.

storytelling as ministry

As I mentioned before, during July most our our programs and events at PCC have been very scaled back.  There are two reasons for doing this.  First, we want to give as many as possible of our dedicated volunteers some time off.  Their service to the church and to the community all year is awesome, and this is a tiny way to thank them.  The other reason is to give families and friends just a little extra time together.  Most of us tend to be very busy… too busy if we’re honest.  The hope is that we can all slow down in July.

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