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How I spent my Valentine’s Day

I arrived in Cebu four days ago for a two week visit with our girls and staff. The floodgates of emotion and joy opened with my first step onto campus. Can you say banana grove?! Here’s the deal. When I was here just six months ago, we didn’t have a banana tree. Now, we have a […]

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Who would you be?

“She gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them” -Luke 2:7 NIV I have experienced a deep connection to the wonder, awe, and mystery of Christmas Eve for as long as I can remember. The dramatic […]

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Have you ever had a life lesson moment?

As Jesus was sitting opposite the treasury, He watched the crowd placing money into it. And many rich people put in large amounts. Then one poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amounted to a small fraction of a denarius. Jesus called the disciples over and said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more than all the others into the […]

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Cybersex trafficking: A modern take on commercial sexual exploitation

In an increasingly globalized world, ideas, culture, and commodities are easily accessible with just a click of a button or via a short plane ride. With this increased interconnectedness also comes the relative ease of the movement of people, sexual predators and victims alike, across international borders. Nowadays, there is no region in the world […]

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Bone-tired and Soul-FULL

Perhaps I’ve had one too many elementary school Halloween parties in the last week, but the phrase “Bone-tired and Soul-full” is what has been coming to my mind since returning from Dallas last week. It was such an amazing and reinvigorating experience to be there with Paula Dial (one of our board members), Kim Jones (our […]

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Connecting through Storytelling: In the presence of Eileen Rodriguez

With the Women’s Conference just around the corner, I was asked to write an article about the woman behind this brainchild: Eileen Rodriguez. I had heard of her quite often while working at My Refuge House (MRH), but I never had a face to the name. I didn’t know what to expect as I walked […]

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Connecting Through Storytelling: Lorinda’s Letter

When we began our Connecting Through Storytelling series, we could only imagine how deep and wide the stories would go. Please keep them coming! They are inspiring. They prove that our stories are indeed all woven together in the great tapestry of humanity and faith. Below you will find a reflection by Lorinda Roy, another in our community […]

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Mika’s Story

As part of our “Connecting Through Storytelling” series that began last month, we are excited to introduce you to Mika Pham. Mika is a second generation stakeholder with My Refuge House, and she had the opportunity to meet some of our girls last January when she travelled to Cebu with her family. She generously shares […]

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The Restoring Power Of Education And MRH Sisterhood

Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world. ~Nelson Mandela Meet Ashley and Jacky, two of our determined and trailblazing students at My Refuge House. When our girls first arrive, we assess their educational level. Education is one of the key protective factors that prevent re-trafficking for young people who […]

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Life Lessons: aka Practicing What I Preach

  “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” ~Brené Brown I like to think I’m good at “preaching” about the power and strength of empathy and vulnerability in building a healthy world. I even talk about how empathy and vulnerability are foundational to the healing and restorative work at My Refuge House. Sometimes, I like […]