The Freedom Journal
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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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August 4th, 2014
City in Focus: Las Vegas, Nevada

"What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." This popular phrase is played out in movies that idealize Las Vegas as a fun, adult playground. The prominence of luxurious hotels, grand casinos, and flashing marquees boasting scantily-clad women add to the city’s anything-goes allure. But this “no consequences” attitude is a dangerous illusion. In reality, Las Vegas has one of the worst human trafficking problems in the nation, with three times...

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July 17th, 2014
Freedom on the Streets of Brazil

Through countless hours of prayer and street outreach, heartwrenching challenges and astounding victories, Liberdade is finished! Many times, our tears of sorrow were replaced with tears of joy. Along with our partners from local Brazilian churches and organizations, we watched in amazement as the Lord moved powerfully in the lives of many, touching their hearts with love and revealing the truth about their value as God’s children and the grace...

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July 8th, 2014
Liberdade: A Home

A story from our partners in Brazil, Shores of Grace. In Brazil, we meet with children who live on the streets. We talk with them. We pray for them. Most of the time, we bring a fun activity and something to break the ice and encourage creative expression. For these children, simple playtime activities—ones that seem so normal to us in the United States—offer a rare respite from daily struggles....

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June 30th, 2014
Rio de Janeiro: God Answered our Prayers for Justice

Brazil’s capital, Rio de Janeiro, was our City in Focus back in March 2014. We asked for your prayers as the city prepared to host seven of the 2014 FIFA World Cup matches. Like other international sporting events, the World Cup is widely suspected as a breeding ground for sexual exploitation. Rio has an established sex trade in its Copacabana district, so Brazilian officials and human rights advocates were concerned...

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June 30th, 2014
Eight Brothels Shut down before the World Cup

In April 2014, we asked for your prayers for Fortaleza, Brazil. Fortaleza, the fifth largest city in Brazil, is known for its pristine beaches and lurid sex tourism industry. The city’s newest claim to fame is the Castelão stadium, which served as one of the venues for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. With an anticipated 600,000 international soccer fans crowding Fortaleza’s city streets during the games, abolitionists and human rights...

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June 19th, 2014
The Song That Shaped Nefarious

Whether he knows it or not, John Mark McMillan played a huge part in shaping Nefarious: Merchant of Souls. I was first introduced to this wonderful artist’s music when I discovered a YouTube video from his set at The Call in Nashville, TN. In the video, John Mark plays his song, "How He Loves." The song had a profound impact on me, and I wept for two days as I...

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