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You’re Not In Copper Canyon Anymore

Mel (Dorothy) You’re Not In Copper Canyon (Kansas) Anymore
Yikes – Pray – Pray – Pray

   Mel Baggett 

            You Baby Boomers who grew up in Detroit, knew about a place called Copper Canyon in the City of Detroit. For those of you who read this Blog and have never heard of this neighborhood let me explain…  Read More

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28 Ways to End Slavery

Rob Morris once said, ending human trafficking is not idealistic or naive, it is audacious, and it is people of audacity that change the world.

Many will ask me today, what do you want for your birthday? I want to eradicate human trafficking to the fullest extent. I want to be apart of the greatest abolition the Church has ever seen. I want our generation to be able to tell the next that we did something about the injustice in this world. I want to be audacious. I want to see captives set free. I want to see abolitionists rise up. I want to encounter freedom, not just experience it. I want hope to be the standard. I want every person to know they are worthy of love. Read More

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Human Souls are Identical at Their Core

As I sit here staring at a blank word document page my mind races. This summer has already been filled with so many life-changing experiences; it’s hard to know where to start. I had the opportunity to spend the month of June in Asia, traveling throughout Thailand and Cambodia and working with several different organizations that fight human trafficking. I witnessed sex menus on the streets being shoved in my face and women being sold before my eyes. I met incredible people who are working to rescue underage girls and I spent time with survivors who have faced the unfathomable and are now experiencing a new life.  Read More

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You Can Only Give What You Have

First, you must stop what you are doing and read this blog, unless you are one of those people that like to read the end before the beginning. I get it; Jesus can do the same thing. Beginnings from ends.. Ends from beginnings… But, I mean it… go read part one, it makes this story so much better. Read More

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Good Love

I started working with AWOL 2 and half years ago. It is one of the things on my calendar that I am consistently excited about. It isn’t because I am excited to “serve” or that I am excited for “God to move through me in some magical way.” I am excited because over the years, these women and men have become my FRIENDS. So, like any friendship, I look forward to seeing them and hanging out. I look forward to celebrating their victories as well as listening to their hard moments and letting them grieve in a safe place. There are so many weeks I wish I had a couch in the back of my car that I could pull out, along with a pint of ice cream (or hot coco when it is freakin’ cold) for all of those moments–both the good ones and the hard ones. You know, like you would do with any of your other friends. Read More

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Relational and Consistent

When AWOL was just a dream I remember sitting on the floor of my living room, blasting Jesus Culture, and writing in my journal. I asked God what He wanted for our outreach program… and I felt like He responded by asking me “Who am I to you”. Read More

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God’s love resides in you

I became a parent at a young age. My husband and I dove right in and gave parenting all of our energy. When we were liberated from the day to day responsibilities of parenting, we took full advantage of our newly found freedom. We have been empty nesters for eleven years and love every minute of it. I’ve enjoyed living footloose and carefree. I jokingly referred to my life as the “Winnie Wonderland”… a place where everything is easy and all of our worldly responsibilities have been met. Living in Winnie Wonderland was great and I had no intention of changing anything. However, my plan was not God’s plan. Read More

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Above All…Love One Another DEEPLY

Love covers a multitude of sins. Love conquers all things. Love hopes all things. Love believes all things. Love never ever ever fails. Over the years I have come to experience and know to be true that the Love of God is the most powerful force in all of the earth. The love of God changes EVERYTHING for every single person that encounters it. Read More

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The Change that Comes From Within When we Aren’t Looking

Being a part of All Worthy of Love (“ AWOL”) and where we minister continually brings me back to recollections of my youth growing up in the City of Detroit. It was a place for me where thirty-five cents and a couple nickel bus transfers could take a kid throughout the diverse city in which I came to love from Belle Isle to Campus Martius, the State Fair Grounds, and the markets at Greek Town and Eastern Market. Detroit was a great place to grow up.  Read More

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In The Wake of Devastation

In the wake of some devastating things that happened in my life God allowed me to see a lack of love for His people,  it wasn’t all His people but those who chose to make choices that were way off morally. I remember praying, “God change my heart to love the prostitutes, the drug addictive, and the pimps the way you do”.  That very night the blinders were lifted and where I once had a distain in my heart I now had a brokenness for what these children of God had become. But for the grace of God there go I……………. Read More

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Brokenness for Beauty

As an AWOL outreach member it is an honor and a privilege to be His hands and feet.  We are blessed with the opportunity to open our arms and hearts and share His love to those that are broken.  Christ allows us to be vessels of His love when we meet our friends right where they are.   On my first night of outreach with AWOL, almost a year ago, I had the pleasure of meeting our friend “L”.  Knowing that I was new to the team she introduced herself to me as “the oldest hoe on the block”.  She said that she was tired and starving.  She had been recently beat up, was physically sick, and was emotionally suffering.  My heart broke at her words and her appearance.  Read More

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Face to Face in Battle

From the first night of outreach, I knew that the “call” I had heard from the Lord to join this ministry was meant to be.  He had given me many other “assignments” in my life, and I had learned His voice and trusted Him.  This “call” would be different though – this one took me right into a “ministry trip” just fifteen minutes from my home.  The “neighborhood,” as we affectionately call it, looked like a “warzone.”   Read More

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The battle I am Designed to Fight

In the fall of 2012 I heard the words “human sex-trafficking” for the first time. After a quick Internet search I ended up glued to my computer screen as I watched a graphic 3-hour dramatization from 2007 that spoke strongly against this issue. Tears streamed down my face as deception, manipulation, abuse, and the most horrific scenarios I could ever have imagined terrorized these helpless victims. As law enforcement fought against all odds to give freedom, hope, and life to those oppressed, I knew that I must join this war. It was a battle I felt designed to fight. Read More

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He will finish what He started

All throughout my time at AWOL I have seen God answer prayers over and over again. He pours himself out on this ministry and continues to give us more than we ever thought possible. This is the story of God answering one of the prayers and longings of my heart just last week! Read More

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Restoring Innocence

I am currently sitting in my favorite coffee shop, drinking the best mocha you ever did taste. There is a 3 or 4-year-old little girl dancing around the coffee shop, full of joy and without care or concern for those of us around her. She is free and innocent. She knows not the dangers of this world, or the eyes of the judgmental. She is fully surrendered and finding joy in each moment.

Isn’t that what we all desire? To live wholly surrendered, free, devoted to Jesus, where we dance around in coffee shops just because we can..  Read More

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Why We Need Men to Combat Slavery

Why We Need Men to Combat Slavery

A lot of what society portrays about prostitution is that it is a glamourous lifestyle, filled with beautiful healthy women that enjoy the thrill and excitement of working in a promiscuous industry. We can all agree that we have Pretty Woman to thank for that. What you don’t read is that prostitution is the second most common form of modern day slavery. You don’t read that prostitution is horribly abusive, demeaning, and forced. Read More

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January…

We heard that January was a slow month. We heard that the streets were usually dismal. We heard the girls would be far and few between. We heard that January would be quiet. We heard the weatherman continually forecast temperatures colder than the previous week. Jaime, Jeana, and I entered the month of January with the expectation that everything we heard about January would be different this January……. Read More

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54 and 12

Guest Post — Written by Jaime Davis

“He was the 54th person I knew that has died in 12 years. I’m not talking Facebook friends, I am talking 54 close – inner circle – friends of mine that have died in the last 12 years.” Read More

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