About

This website is not about the pretty things of life.  It’s about prisoners, oppression, and deliverance.  I don’t know what to do about these things, but I want to do something.  The first step is information.  I don’t really want to know all the gory details, but I want to find out how I can help.  That’s what this is all about–information and action.

Sexual slavery involves millions of people, and is found in 190 countries of the world, including the United States of America!  Women and children are tricked or forced into leaving their homes and families.  They are put through a period of psychological torture to break down their strength and will, until they reach the point that they become completely compliant.  Slaves are commonly procured in South East Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe, and sent to North America, Western Europe, Australia, Japan, and the Middle East.

Information collected from  Anti Slavery.org and Life Today.

    • Two children are sold into slavery every minute.
    • There are 1.2 million children sold into slavery each year.
    • About half of the world’s slaves are children.
    • There are about 27 million slaves in the world–about 200,000 of them live in the United States.

End It: Shine a Light on Slavery

Persecution
As part of the Nuremberg Principles, crimes against humanity are part of international law. Principle VI of the Nuremberg Principles states that:  The crimes hereinafter set out are punishable as crimes under international law:…
(c)Crimes against humanity:  Murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation and other inhumane acts done against any civilian population, or persecutions on political, racial, or religious grounds, when such acts are done or such persecutions are carried on in execution of or in connection with any crime against peace or any war crime.  Source:  Wikipedia

Religious Persecution
Over 75% of the world’s population live in areas with severe religious restrictions, per the Pew Research Center.  According to the United States Department of State, people in more than 60 countries face persecution from their governments or surrounding neighbors simply because of their religious beliefs.  Source:  Open Doors
Religious Persecution is one of the most rampant, growing, and wide-spread forms of oppression in the world today.  I am appalled, amazed, and crushed by the stories I hear from Open Doors about brothers and sisters around the world.  This website is the outcome of my growing knowledge of life in much of the “real world.”  Much of the information you find here will come from Open Doors USA, as well as many of the prayer requests, and actions.  You can write directly to those for whom you’re praying.  I hope you’ll share this information with all your friends, and together, we can give love, joy, and peace, through Jesus, to those who are in the most hateful, despairing, and terrifying conditions.  It may not be that far from us!

Brother Andrew began smuggling Bibles into Eastern Europe in 1955, hiding them in his little, blue bug.  Open Doors grew out of this ministry, and today continues to deliver Bibles, provide leadership training, and give support to persecuted Christians around the world.  They have compiled a list of the 50 worst countries for Christians.

You can write to some of the individuals through Open Doors.  Persecuted believers find it very encouraging to hear that their brothers and sisters in freer parts of the world know what they are going through, and are praying for them and standing together with them.  I hope you’ll visit Open Doors to learn more.

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10 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi There, I was wondering if I can nominate you for the sisterhood of the world bloggers award? I’ve been in reading your posts for a while now and really look forward to reading the brilliant, brave and bold literature you submit .Would that be okay?

    1. Thank you so much for reading the blog and taking the time to comment. I love the idea of a sisterhood of the world! I’m happy, and honored, to be a part of women everywhere who are seeking justice, righteousness, and peace for the world. (I’m not that into awards, though.) I look forward to reading your thoughts and watching your blog grow. Thanks again, Sandie

  2. I very much enjoy your blog. Of course I don’t enjoy what it’s about, as the content can be very discouraging, but I love how you’re using your blog to DO something, something I’m trying to do with my blog as well. Instead of writing about fluff, you’re using this platform to raise awareness for the persecuted. God bless you!
    I was excited to see you wrote about Saeed Abedini, Asia Bibi, and Behnam Irani, because I know about all of them and it’s nice to see someone else knows about them too (and is trying to raise awareness.) 🙂 An update on Pastor Behnam is that he’s appealed his sentence and is awaiting the verdict (which could be any day now.) Obviously, prayers that his sentence would be overturned, and even that he’d be released! Present Truth Ministries offers some good updates on imprisoned Christians – you might want to check them out. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment on this blog. I hope it helps get the word out–I can’t believe how the news media of the world ignore these issues! Thank you for the update on Pastor Behnam. I’ll add that as an update to this article. I have received some information from Present Truth Ministries, and will remember to search their website when I’m looking for information. My heart breaks for Asia, Saeed, Alireza, Robert, Farshid, for all those we know about, and for the thousands whose names are unknown, who are suffering in prison, away from their children, not to mention those who have been kidnapped and disappear! I pray, with all that I am, that God will do an amazing work in each one of their lives, overcoming the pain and grief with His presence, just as Jesus has overcome the world. God bless you, too, Sister! I look forward to reading your blog.
      Sandie

  3. Robert Asserian is an imprisoned pastor of an Assemblies of God church in Iran. No, I don’t know about Silas or Amin. I’ll check them out, starting with your blog! Thanks!

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