Shannon Beck connects U.S. Presbyterians with PC(USA) global partners and mission co-workers engaged in reconciliation in cultures of violence. She is specifically focused on stopping sexual violence across the denomination. This blog is a place to hear how churches, mission co-workers, global partners, and ecumenical partners are engaging to stop sexual violence. Expect stories, calls to action, educational resources, and ways to discover and respond to God's mission with our most vulnerable populations.
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The PC(USA) is accompanying the Church of Jesus Christ in Madagascar (FJKM) as it works courageously to stop sexual violence and human trafficking and to minister to survivors of sexual exploitation.
In October 2010, the body of a young woman named Mampionona arrived in Madagascar aboard a flight from Lebanon.
Like many women in Madagascar—where more than 90% of the population eek out a living on less than $2 per day—Mampionona had hoped that a job overseas would better enable her to provide for her family. A military coup d’état in March 2009 had deposed Madagascar ...
He stood at the front of the room looking down speaking softly, “I trafficked girls for over 25 years.”
You could hear a pin drop in the room.
“I lured them in, making them think they were my girlfriend and then I would sell them to my friends and to others on the streets. I worked in and between many cities and countries. I am ashamed and regret deeply the actions I took.”
“I am not asking that you like me. I do not ask you to forgive me.”
Most of us do not have an image of what a ...
PC(USA) Reconciliation Catalyst Shannon Beck and Founder and CEO of the Lifeboat Project Jill Bolander-Cohen discuss a new app they hope will combat Human Trafficking:
My dad used to say, "Spring has sprung; the grass is 'riz; I wonder where the birdies is." Here in Louisville, spring is like a fireworks display. OOH! Daffodils. AHH! Forsythia. OOOH! Red bud. Ahhh - sprouting lime green leaves fill up Cherokee Park. In a too short couple of weeks, it is almost all over. It is an impressive show. But please remember to be around for it! I was gone for 2 weeks one March and returned to thick forest and trees and spent pink trees. It made me feel a bit cheated and ever since I sit perched ...