"The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." -Harriet Ann Jacobs


Sexploitation: It’s time to do something

Nathan was just 5 years old when his biological mother began trafficking him, allowing boyfriends and other men to sexually abuse him in exchange for drug money, rent money, groceries, cable tv and a new iPhone. And images of his body were also used in child pornography. He finally entered foster care at age 9, … Continue reading Sexploitation: It’s time to do something

Love: Our need for validation

Developmental psychologist, Erik Erikson, is quoted as saying, “Life doesn't make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all.” It’s often the small things; a touch, a listening ear, a smile, a small act of caring, that have the ability to turn a life … Continue reading Love: Our need for validation

Sexploitation: It’s time to talk about it

I began researching sexual abuse in college when I was dealing with my own personal healing. To be honest, there wasn't a whole lot of research available then, so I primarily relied on my my pastor to give me guidance. After I became a youth worker I learned how to recognize the signs of child … Continue reading Sexploitation: It’s time to talk about it

The Day I Met Her

One Sunday afternoon as my church family ministered to the homeless of Colorado Springs I was looking over the faces of the crowd and noticed her. She sat off to the side, alone. Her expression heavy and hardened. She avoided eye contact with everyone, never lifting her gaze. She refused to approach the folks handing out … Continue reading The Day I Met Her