The Long Embrace

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The woman was moved. After opening her gift, a swell of emotions caused her to hesitate in her response. “I feel like I want to hug you,” she said to a Treasures volunteer. The volunteer flung her arms open, inviting this woman in. The woman savored the long embrace, clinging tightly as if to speak a depth of gratitude that …

I AM NOT MY STORY

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I AM NOT MY STORY by Jessika Fuhrmaneck   “Your story matters.” At Treasures, we say this often and it is true. Our stories are what inspire others and bring them hope to keep moving on when they don’t have an ounce of strength left. More than once I have been able to put one foot in front of the other …

Ecuador Update: What’s the Point of Life?!

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Some of you may remember hearing about the shocking tragedy of a family member of mine being killed by her husband just over a year ago. She was my daughter’s aunt and a sister to me. The incredible grief of losing her was compounded by the idea that a man that I loved and trusted was capable of such a …

Beauty and Brainwashing

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In elementary school, my childhood best friend and I would flip through the pages of Cosmopolitan Magazine and call “dibs” on the body parts we wanted. We played a game where the first person to call out a particular feature “won” the right to that feature.

Size Matters

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  We are not too big and we are not too little. This was the theme that came up for our team before we headed to East San Fernando Valley for our monthly strip club outreach. As is often the case on outreach nights, the theme that came up during prayer ended up permeating the rest of the evening. During …

Bombs ‘N Roses: A Weekend in Vegas

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“Is there a bomb in those bags?” Her eyes glinted with intrigue as we handed her a gift. We watched as she opened the dainty, pink bag, clearly not believing her own words. She unwrapped a lip gloss and a pair of earrings, and looked up in disbelief that it was actually a gift—a fun present for her, without any …

When Hope Waits

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By Chrissy Woodward While I’m thinking about how to start this blog, I’m contemplating how honest I want to be with you. I could write a really uplifting story on how beautiful my relationship with Jesus is, how everything in my life is falling into place, or how awesome it is to be 25 and living in Los Angeles. However, all …

The Voice Part 3: Preparing for Speaking and Media Opportunities

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The Voice Part 3: Preparing for Speaking and Media Opportunities   The Message   Now that you have spent time preparing your heart and getting to know your audience and vision, it is time to determine what you want to say. What is the message you want to communicate?   Before you start developing your message, it is helpful to …

The Voice Part 2: Preparing for Speaking and Media Opportunities

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The Voice Part 2: Preparing for Speaking and Media Opportunities   In the first blog on preparing for speaking and media opportunities, I talked about the importance of preparing your heart. Beyond that, here are some practical steps you can take to prepare a great message.     Know Your Audience Who are you speaking to? Is the audience Christian? …

Dreams Redeemed

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Life has been pretty exciting around here the last couple months! We hosted our National Outreach Training a few weeks ago. We trained women from all across the country who will be starting up outreaches and support groups for women in the sex industry. It was an incredible weekend and we cannot wait to start seeing women in new cities …