This article originally appeared in RELEVANT Magazine. Read the full article here. Last week’s “Day Without Immigrants” campaign was a startling reminder of the extent to which immigrant labor help drives the American economy. But this is nothing new. Immigrants built American railroads in the 1860s, expanded the early agricultural sector, and helped grow factories and businesses during the Industrial Revolution. Not that the value of immigrants is found only in their contributions to the American economy. Yes,…..
If your word association for the Philippines is volcanic islands or white sand beaches fringed with palm trees, you’re on the right track. But that’s only part of the story. While it’s rightfully known for its charming, happy-go-lucky people and the allure of its 7,000 tropical islands, this Southeast Asian country has a darker side. Just like 166 other countries in our world today, the Philippines has a strong presence of human trafficking. At least 400,000 Filipinos live…..
About 7,500 km fill the distance between Vancouver, BC and St. John’s, Newfoundland. Four friends from Alberta traveled that distance last summer … by bike. And it wasn’t for fame or glory, or a lost bet, but to raise awareness and funds for human trafficking interventions in Canada through Defend Dignity. BASIC (Biking Against Slavery in Canada) is comprised of Matthew Wright, Luke Wahl, Dominic Mayhew, and Ryan McAuley (pictured below from left to right). They describe themselves as “average guys” who couldn’t look the other…..
I’d always dreamt about traveling to Greece one day. But I never expected that my first trip there would bypass the ancient ruins and white sand beaches, taking me straight to the core of Athens, which has become an exploitative landing spot for Syrian refugees. Once a powerful empire, the Athens I saw during my two trips there last year was a bleak and hurting version omitted from the year’s Lonely Planet guide. Traveling through the inner-city and several…..
It had been one of those weeks. By Friday night, my inbox was full, my fridge was empty and my blood pressure was off the charts. The stress of another 70-hour week at a startup nonprofit caught up with me. But the icing on the cake was the unpleasant encounter from earlier that week, when I’d allowed myself to be bullied in public by an acquaintance. Why did taking the high road feel so awful? …..
I was as shocked as anybody when I found out the results of the 2016 presidential election. Leaning anxiously over my friend Tanya, whose phone was slowly loading the news as our plane pulled into the Bangkok airport, I felt as if someone had punched me in the gut as the headline slowly revealed the announcement. I don’t live in the United States, but right now, I mourn for it. America was divided and broken to begin with, but this…..
Here’s my disclaimer: I’m a preacher’s kid. To some, that may render little to no meaning. Why on earth would my dad’s profession have any sort of implication on my identity? But others—especially fellow “PK’s”—know why being a preacher’s kid comes with baggage. Especially within the context of a small town, where the truth cannot be closeted. In my case, the burden was in the narrowness of the label. I thought my identity came down to one…..
Dear Winnipeg, I wasn’t too sure about you at first. You weren’t an obvious selection, especially after I’d taken up residence in several supreme locations before you: a whimsical San Francisco suburb, a Mexican village three miles from the Pacific Ocean, a stone’s throw away from Southeast Asia’s Promised Land (Thailand)… Although I feared moving here would be a “step back”, I still took a partial risk on you. In the dead of your Prairie winter—right in the middle…..
You’ve been awake since 4:30 this morning. You’re too excited to sleep, but you stay in bed for another hour until the first stream of light hits the dorm room floor. Awkwardly and off-balance, you grab your heavy backpack—neatly packed from the night before—and clumsily tiptoe out to the hostel kitchen, doing your best not to wake anyone. Another traveler more ambitious than you has already put on a pot of coffee. You slam back a mug of black…..
I’ve been involved in the anti-trafficking world for about five years now, and I’m still uncomfortable with that phrase: anti-trafficking. Don’t get me wrong. I am 100% against human trafficking in every way, shape, and form. In my first few years of service, though, I started realizing how exhausting it is to focus on being against something … when it would be so much more life-giving to be for something. Fighting against human trafficking is important, but…..
FEB 10 @ 7pm:
Luther College | Regina, SK
Luther College | Regina, SK
FEB 19 @ 7:30pm:
Artful Dodger | Regina, SK
APRIL 1-3: Ignite Saskatchewan Conference | Swift Current, SK
APRIL 30: Cairn Coffee Shop | Lexington, KY
Cornerstone Christian Church | Lexington, KY
Veritas Short North | Columbus, OH
Biking Against Slavery in Canada (BASIC) | Winnipeg, MB (Private Event)
JULY 2 & 3: Dryden Free Methodist Church | Dryden, ON
St. Paul's Lutheran Church | Langenburg, SK
OCTOBER 3-5: Jacksonville State Community College | Jacksonville, Alabama
DEC 2: Christ Lutheran Church | Regina, SK
JAN 22: Christ Lutheran Church | Regina, SK
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