A New Type of Missionary

When my husband was at Bible College, I remember so of his friends saying they would go wherever God sent them, as long as it wasn’t to Africa. They didn’t mean just Africa, they meant anywhere that wasn’t the United States.  At the time, I remember thinking, “oh yeah, me too.”  I didn’t want to live in a foreign country; I’d like to visit, but I didn’t want to live there.  Little did I know, God was birthing in my heart a desire to do short-term missions and to love and support those that are called to long-term missions.

God was birthing in my heart a desire to do short-term missions and
to love and support those that are called to long-term missions.

A couple of summers ago, I went on a trip to Honduras. It was an amazing trip; I was able to meet a child I was sponsoring and do Vacation Bible School with her and the children at the community center our church sponsored. What an excellent opportunity to not only show love but also to receive love from the children and adults of the community.

There was little for us to worry about in the little village we visited and city where we stayed. We spent most of our time making memories that will last a lifetime. However, the memory I have of the capital, Tegucigalpa, was being told to keep my daughter and the other girls with us, very close.  Not only is Tegucigalpa one of most dangerous cities in the world, but it is also a haven for abductions of people forced into human trafficking.

It wasn’t until roughly four years ago that I come to know that trafficking was happening, not only in other countries but also in the United States.  I had a hard time coming to terms with modern day slavery because I couldn’t believe it was real. Now, however, knowing what I know, I am so thankful for a new type of missionaries in the world.  These people are the advocates for the abolishment of human trafficking; they fight for the individuals forced into a world darkness.  These people bring hope and understanding, but most of all, they bring the love of Jesus Christ to a very hurting people.

How blessed is he who considers the helpless;
The Lord will deliver him in a day of trouble.
Psalm 41:1 (NASB)

When I was asked to write a review for Kimberly Rae’s new book, The Shadow, I was excited; I don’t often get the opportunity to review fiction. This book will grab you on the first page.  I couldn’t stop reading it.

Meagan Winston works for an organization called Rahab’s Rope.  Stateside, there is a store that sells items crafted by women in India.  These women are part of what Rahab’s Rope does in India.  They created a safe place for women coming out of human trafficking and an opportunity for these women to make an income by creating jewelry and other items that are sold in the Gainesville, Georgia store.

Upon returning from her most recent trip to India, Meagan is approached by Cole Fleming who is working with the FBI to uncover who is smuggling drugs in and out of India.  Meagan is the main suspect, but she has bigger problems.  She is also being stalked.

The story is well written and keeps you engaged.  Each chapter is short and is written from a different point of view.  There are several secondary characters that add unique moments to the story. You can’t help but root for Meagan and Cole and their passion to be a new type of missionaries.  This is a story of trust, redemption, hope, and love.

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