Because You Care

It’s because of your generosity that passionate servants can continue to reach, rescue and restore those oppressed and enslaved in the sad, but all too real world of Human Trafficking.
I continue my commitment to answer God’s call on my life to be one of His passionate servants. 
 
Through my partnership with Out of Darkness I remain involved in street and motel outreach. This means going to areas and motels where there is active trafficking taking place. Making contact with those involved and then offering them a rose and a card. The rose is a means of introducing ourselves and the card provides words of hope and love as well as information about the rescue and restorative programs available. We then offer prayers and the opportunity for immediate rescue. 
 
Outreach to the community at large is done through the ambassador team. As member of this team I engage church and community groups providing information and encouraging involvement and support. If you would like to have me speak to a group please reach out and let me know. 
 
Rescues continue to be the activity I am most identified with. It is something I seemed to have spent my life preparing for and now I am called upon to provide. 
 
This year I was able to connect a wonderful Dentist in Woodstock and her staff that are willing to provide loving and free dental care twice a year to the residence of our safe houses. This relationship is a blessing to all involved. Thanks Dr. Hope. (Yes that is her real name.)
 
Through the generosity of dear friends and local businesses with caring hearts we put together tote bags for those being rescued. Some of the things included are basic hygiene items, snacks, a tee shirt, slippers and a robe. The reaction to these bags is overwhelming.
 
I am currently cooperating with the leadership of the One Collective team in Elgin, Illinois to bring awareness into that community of the destructive effect of trafficking. Pray for God’s guidance in this endeavor. 
 
I am planning to return to the Pilgrim House in Spain in the spring of 2020. I will update you as that unfolds.
 
It is because you care and believe in the power of our Lord and Savior that all this happens. Your prayers and financial support are needed and appreciated. If you are a current supporter I am grateful beyond words for your continued support.  If you feel God is leading you to become a supporter please follow His lead and your heart. 
 
You can give at:
One Collective
2155 Point Boulevard
Suite 200
Elgin, IL 60123
Or online at: give.onecollective.org
Mark Edens Account #US2677

email: markedens@live.com
 
I love each and every one of you and I wish a Blessed and Merry Christmas and peace and joy in the New Year. 
 
I would like to leave you with the same ending as my last update verse from
O Holy Night,  because it still says it all. 
 
Truly He taught us to love one another, His law is love and His gospel is peace. 
Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother. And in his name all oppression shall cease. 
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, With all our hearts we praise His holy name.
 

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