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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Colour Conference 2011.  What a blessing it was for me to be a part of.  It was definitely a God thing that I found Hillsong church that Sunday, met some great girls and in turn went to an incredible conference, meeting some wonderful people, hearing amazing speakers, listening to incredible music/worship and learn about what's happening around the world...although much of it hard to hear.
Lisa Bevere, Jeanne Mayo and Judah Smith...I hope I spelled those right.  Some of the most powerful, amazing, passionate, authentic speakers I have heard.  And funny enough they are all Americans!  That's right..fly those Americans right over the ocean to inspire, transform and renew the spirit inside us that can so often become complacent.
If anyone is interested you should google the above as I'm sure they have podcasts...of course books out as well.  I took many notes of which I have not yet begun to go over, but will in time.  I will not forget the teachings...
Between the messages spoken, the worship, performances and such, we were educated on some of the horrific things going on in the world...but yet amazing things that are being done to prevent, change and alter the course of thousands of lives.  We are all aware of the human trafikking that is happening all over...yes in the US as well.  Absoulutely horrific.  Women finding themselves in the trade through many circumstances, some kidnapped, some willingly relocating with a person who deceives them into thinking they will be moving locations for a 'better life,' or a 'normal job,' however finding themselves in brothels, on the streets ...  These women are often drugged and beaten in the beginning, raped 40-50 times a day for days straight, witheld from receiving food or water...until they are left in such a delerious state they don't have any recollecion of anything.  Not knowing where they are, scared, threatened...most times all identification taken from them, not knowing the language...they are without anything in a dependent state, too scared for their life or their families life to leave.  We were told that if a women get pregnant, they are sent to have their child and then that child is left on a 'child farm,' where the children then are prostituted out.  Two and three years old...children performing sexual acts that are too horrible to think about.  But it can't be denied.  It can't be something not talked about or thought about because it's 'disturbing' and makes us feel 'uncomfortable.'  It's happening all over the world, and as I mentioned before the states; I can't say what exactly happens per country, but it's a fast-growing industry that's sweeping across the world quickly, leaving thousands and thousands missing each year, taking innocence and life from human-beings
There are many groups, people and things being done day by day to make changes in this horrible industry.  The last thing to do is to say it's too overwhelming and continue to let it happen.  If anyone is interested I can provide contact information. 
On a happier note, I was able to meet some wonderful girls, one of which hosted me in her home, Sara.  I continue to be amazed at the generosity of people I come across each place I go.  She entertained me quite a bit with her stories and sense of humor...I appreciate humor.  And her roomates were so kind and welcoming as well... a great bunch.
I was able to meet another wonderful gal Naomi and church on Sunday after the conference who ended up going to Ireland with me!  One minute I'm at church saying goodbye to Seyi, a friend from the conference, then Naomi taps me on the shoulder and offers to take me to lunch...few hours later I'm at her parents wonderful home in a great little area outside the city, and then were making plans to go to Ireland.  She's a bit like me in her randomness.
I was able to go visit Vicci in St Albans, 45 minutes from the city...a girl I met traveling in Asia.  She picked me up from the train station, me and Blue, and we headed off for lunch.  Great little pub, dog inside roaming about...love it.  Why don't we allow that in the states??? Or do we in the country somewhere??  I was able to meet her lovely mother Helen who spent some time with me educating me on all kinds of things I didn't know about...oh that memory though!  She's definitely a sweetheart.  Vicci and went to a beautiful cathedral with the nuns so excited to show us around and tell us about the church.  There was a great park nearby where we got our 'daily exercise,' and then of course grabbed a latte and carmel chocolate bar!  I love to eat, still.  Had a great few days in St.Albans...
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ctrayford
ctrayford on

Hi Shana- this entry def brought tears to my eyes. Do you have contact information then on ways to "help the cause", as I'd like to try? Some stunning views of that land. God is evident in all those He's placed around you...I can't say that enough! Please let me know that info....God Speed...Chris.

kradke0821
kradke0821 on

Were you able this time or in the past to spend time in Brighton? If not, definitely do so next time you're there.

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