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Learning How To Tend Your Garden

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La Paz, Bolivia, is a vibrant city full of colorful textiles, bustling streets, craggy mountainsides, and a rich culture. A city contrasted by high rises and shanty towns. A city pulsing with light and darkness.

There is a dark underbelly to life in La Paz: the plague of sexual violence that runs rampant throughout this beautiful city. Sadly, a man is more likely to slip and die in the shower than be convicted of a crime of sexual violence.

Something is terribly wrong, and International Justice Mission is trying to do something about it. That’s why I’m here. I am spending a year working for IJM, a nonprofit organization that seeks to free the poor from injustice.

I serve as the assistant to the investigations and church mobilization teams, so I am exposed to the light and the darkness of our work every day. It is the job of the investigations teams to know the perpetrators whom we are pursuing. We must know their names, their faces, their jobs—every detail about them. Unfortunately, that means knowing the nature of their crimes too.

On the other hand, my work with the church mobilization department shows me the hope that’s nestled into this city. The body of Christ is here and thriving. There are people who deeply care for this broken city and want to be part of God’s kingdom coming.

There is not one way to fix this problem of sexual violence—change must come from a holistic, patient, and dedicated approach. Like a gardener tending to a plot of land, we must walk with tenderness, remove weeds with discernment, and plant new life with purpose.

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How One Person Can Save Lives

You’ve probably never had to think twice about your daily need for water.

You can walk a few feet to your kitchen and turn on the tap that provides as much potable water as you want, whenever you want. You can flush your toilet and take a shower without worrying about using up your water …

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The Universal Call to Create

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I recently graduated from college, which means I’ve had a lot of free time on my hands. I’m in limbo, and as awkward and uncertain as it is, this season has allowed me to rediscover a few of my talents and passions.

As I have dove into the painting of pottery, the editing of photographs, …

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He Must Increase, I Must Decrease

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Since I recently graduated from college, I’ve found myself in this weird limbo between fake life and real life. I’ve spent a lot of time praying and reflecting, preparing myself for whatever comes next. I’ve thought a lot about my greatest dreams and my greatest fears.

I realized that my worst fear is that I …

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Taking Up Our Cross

Lately I’ve been thinking about Jesus’ miracles—those wondrous acts of healing, renewal, and redemption that we find throughout the Bible. These stories get me fired up. I think the best part is that Jesus chose to be a humble servant when he could have been the complete opposite. He didn’t have to give sight to …

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