Listening Well

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Listening Well by Roe Dodgen There are many aspects of self that are present when we listen. We listen from our particular giftedness. If we are gifted with mercy or the gift of teaching, we listen from that perspective: We listen from our culture and from our cultural experience. We listen from our gender. We listen from our pain and …

Truly a Liberator

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Truly a Liberator One of my favorite things about Treasures is seeing women come to a place in their healing journey where they begin to serve and lead others. Andee is one of these women.   Over the past several years, Andee has volunteered on the Treasures outreach and care teams and currently serves on our Board of Directors. She …

Listening: Receiving Others

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Listening: Receiving Others By Roe Dodgen Listening is a tender gift we give to others. It is much more than sitting and being quiet. Dietrich Bonhoffer, in ‘Life Together’ wrote, “Christians have forgotten that the ministry of listening has been committed to them by Him who is Himself the great listener and whose work they share. We listen with the …

Lost in Translation

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LOST IN TRANSLATION -Written by Lindsay Hall Words are loaded.  Throw in some body language and tone, and it’s easy for a simple message to get lost in translation. I had been reading the verse 1 Corinthians 2:1-4 over and over again in the days leading up to the outreach.  It says, “When I came to you, brothers, I did not …

How to have a good time…

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HOW TO HAVE A GOOD TIME… Celebration and Fun: Treasures Value #4   My mother always used to tell me I burn the candle at both ends. There have been times that I am juggling so many goals, that when I finally reach one, I am so focused on reaching the next one that I forget to stop and celebrate. …

Brothels and Brazil: World Cup Outreach and Training Update

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An ongoing stream of men filed up and down the narrow, spiral staircase that ran like an artery, straight through the center of the “illegal”, 9-story mega brothel in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Different genres of music blared from each of the small rooms on either side of the staircase, creating a cacophony of noise.   Men shuffled along in what …

Lectio Divinia: A life-changing practice

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Lectio Divinia Meditative Scripture Reading   When Roe Dodgen first joined the Treasures team several years ago, she introduced us to the practice of ‘Lection Divina’. Somehow, every time she lead us in the exercise below, I felt like I had a fresh encounter with God.   It has been a great practice in developing our individual “God-listening skills” and …

The Treasures Team rises up in the midst of tragedy…

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As many of you may know, on May 19th, my beautiful sister, April was killed in a senseless act of Domestic Violence.  I cannot even begin to express to you the deep level of grief I have felt over this loss and the pain of all of the trauma surrounding it.  My bones literally ached for days. We are all …

Transformation : Treasures Value #4

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Transformation Treasures Value #4   “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela   We are passionate about equipping women on the journey from survivor, to overcomer, to liberator*. We are driven to not only see them overcome the pain …

I never want to go through this again…

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I have seen some hard years in my lifetime, but 2009 and 2010 were among the most painful and challenging years I have lived. I took the photo above on a particularly hard day.  When I saw my face after a really good crying session, I decided it was photo worthy. I keep it as a reminder of this very difficult …