Archive | May 8, 2013

Story of Zambian Girl

 

I am a Zambian girl by nationality and am in my late teens. I was trafficked from Zambia into the UK in early January 2007. I managed to escape from my trafficker around the end of February. I hated myself, the whole world and everyone in it. I thought I had nothing to live for because back home I had lost my young sister and my mum and I never knew my dad. Life has been so difficult.

However, I thank God for giving me the strength to hold on and for directing me to the right people. After my escape I came into contact with The Medaille Trust in March 2007, who have accommodated, fed me and provided me with some pocket-money every week.

A lot of things have changed in my life from the time I came to the Medaille Trust. I was so depressed that I attempted suicide; I had no hope for tomorrow. My dreams were hopeless; I had no strength in me and I didn’t care about anything. All I wanted was to die and forget about all the suffering and pain I went through.

I thank God because people in the Medaille Trust didn’t give up on me. They showed me love and encouraged me in all the areas I needed help with. I have also been attending counseling, which has been so helpful.

I have made very good friends in the safe house and I have learnt a lot from them, for example I have learnt about their cultures and food. Now I can even speak a small amount of Thai and Nigerian languages. I have achieved a lot in a short time. I thought it was going to take years for me to feel like a young lady again. I have gained my confidence. I feel pretty again and am even wiser from the experiences I have had in my life.

The most important thing that has made me happy is being able to go back to school. I am studying Travel and Tourism at the local college. It gives me hope that there is a bright future for me, and that I can be what I have always wanted to be in life.

My entire special thanks to the manager of the house, the staff and to everyone who has made it possible to keep the charity going. May God bless you all.

 

The Medaille Trust

The Medaille Trust is a Charity which was established in the UK by Religious Sisters, Brothers and Priests in order to provide safe housing for the victims of human trafficking, specifically for those who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation. Another important aspect of our ministry is to raise awareness of this hidden slavery. There are trafficked people in all of our cities, towns and villages in the UK, but because they are hidden, most people are unaware of this.

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Great is Thy Faithfulness

 

This time I would like to share one of my favorite Christian song called ” Great is Thy Faithfulness ”  It song talk about Faithfulness of God almighty to all of us. I also have to share a short story about the composer of it song. Here it is….

Thomas Obadiah Chisolm (1866-1960) had a difficult early adult life. His health was so fragile that there were periods of time when he was confined to bed, unable to work. Between bouts of illness he would have to push himself to put in extra hours at various jobs in order to make ends meet.

After coming to Christ at age 27, Thomas found great comfort in the Scriptures, and in the fact that God was faithful to be his strength in time of illness and weakness, and to provide his needs. Lamentations 3:22-23 was one of his favorite scriptures: “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”

While away from home on a missions trip, Thomas often wrote to one of his good friends, William Runyan, a relatively unknown musician. Several poems were exchanged in these letters. Runyan found one of Williams’ poems so moving that he decided to compose a musical score to accompany the lyrics. Great is Thy Faithfulness was published in 1923.

For several years ,the hymn got very little recognition, until it was discovered by a Moody Bible Institute professor who loved it so much and requested it sung so often at chapel services, that the song became the unofficial theme song of the college.

It was not until 1945 when George Beverly Shea began to sing Great is Thy Faithfulness at the Billy Graham evangelistic crusades, that the hymn was heard around the world.

Thomas Chisolm died in 1960 at age 94. During his lifetime, he wrote more than 1,200 poems and hymns including O To Be Like Thee and Living for Jesus

Great is Thy Faithfulness

   Great is Thy faithfulness,” O God my Father,
   There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
   Thou changes’ not, Thy compassions, they fail not
   As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

  • “Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!“
    Morning by morning new mercies I see;
    All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
    “Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

·   Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.

 ·  Pardon for sin and a peace that endures,
Thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 89:1)

Click at the link below to hear or download Great is Thy Faithfulness

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Dignity of Labor

Once upon a time in the city of Naples in Italy, there lived a young boy of about eleven years, with his mother. They were quite poor and so both of them had to work, to earn money only t buy their daily needs. The boy worked in a factory, but he loved to sing. In the “thick-tock” of the machines he heard music. In the chirping of the birds and the gurgling of the brooks, he heard the wonderful melodies of nature. He spent all his spare time in learning to read musical notes, practicing on an old piano, and singing songs.

One day, he hopefully approached a music teacher and asked him to help him become a great singer. The teacher made him sing only once and said, “You are hopeless! You have no vice at all! You can never become a great singer”. These words were like a blow across the face of the young lad. They had a crushing effect on him. The poor boy felt like giving up all his efforts. Son he began to wander through the streets of Naples with his fellow teen-age factory workers.

It broke the heart of his mother to see him so disappointed. She had faith in him. She knew what was good for her son. One evening, after dinner she put her hands around his neck and said, “I love the way you sing. Why don’t we both sing our favorite song? It has been many days since I heard you sing”. So saying, she took him to the piano. He played their favorite tune and soon the house was vibrating with the musical notes and the sounds of their singing. They both thoroughly enjoyed it. The mother said, “Why don’t we start you on music lessons? I know a great music teacher who will train you to become an expert. I am sure some day you too will earn fame as a great singer”. The encouraging words of his mother had a magical effect on the boy. He felt he was alive again.

To prove her complete faith in her son the mother made all sorts of sacrifices. She even went barefoot in the cold winter months because she had to pay for his singing lessons. Her constant encouragement, faith in his talent and sacrifices motivated her son to regain his self-confidence and he eventually became one of the greatest singers of all times! His name was Enrico Caruso!

If you go to any Juvenile Court in any part of India today, you will see how day after day; young, fine-looking lads are sentenced to four, five or even more years in the reformatory School. These young men could have been saved form such a disgrace, could have led happy meaningful lives if only they were encouraged to keep busy. But they wasted most of their time wandering in the streets, picking-pocketing, making fun of girls or elderly people, and finally these young men became embittered and angry with no future for themselves and of no use to their country.

Why does this happen? It is because they are idle. Some are idle because after school their parents leave them completely free to do what they please, to go where they please and to waste their time, because the parents themselves are busy at work and come home late. Today, due to the high cost of living and increasing wants, both the parents have to work. If there are no grandparents at home, the children sometimes tend to get out of control. Mostly, they join street-gangs, where they learn to use filthy language, bully others, and develop bad characters.

Some other children are idle because they just sit around day-dreaming or watching the TV hour after hour, wasting their talents and spoiling their health.

At this stage of your life, the most important things are to avoid being idle and being bored. ‘An ideal mind is a devil’s workshop’. It means that if your minds I not occupied doing things, creating something, studying you lessons, or pursuing your hobby, your mind will be filled with undesirable, anti-social thoughts that will land you into trouble.

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