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Live-In (Urban Missionary)

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Author: Katherina Toews Team Lead. Sister. Friend. These are all in the job description when it comes to being a live-in here at Next Step Ministries. The housing part of our program is crucial in teaching the women how to build ordinary moments into their lives, and how to pick up the necessary life skills to flourish once they leave our program. Being the live-in is such an important role because you get to do …

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Trafficking Hub

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Author: Katherina Toews Trigger Warning: This article contains references to pornography, sex trafficking, sexual assault and/or violence which may be triggering to survivors. 115 million. That’s the average number of visitors that the world’s largest pornography site has each day. In 2019 Pornhub had over 42 billion visitors, that’s more than Facebook, Twitter, and Netflix combined. It’s impossible to count the number of videos that are posted on the site because new content is being …

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I Had Lunch Next to a Pimp

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This guest blog post was submitted by Abby Shrewsbury. Abby is a young advocate living in Central Arkansas. She loves coffee, music, and her dog Gus! Her passion for fighting human trafficking stems from her faith in Christ, and she is involved in many ministries working to end commercial sexual exploitation. I had lunch next to a pimp. I had been in anti-trafficking meetings all day with local organizations I partner with and hadn’t eaten a …

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Not for Kids

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Author: Katherina Toews If a picture tells a thousand words, then a video must tell tens of thousands of words. We are living in a hyper-visual world, and the images that we see every day can build us up, or they can demoralize and tear us down. The media that we weave into our lives can be a catalyst for our freedom or the chains that keep us in bondage. This is true not just for …

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Porn and Relationships

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Author: Katherina Toews This is the second part in a three part series called Standing Up For Her Means Saying “No” to Porn, where we’re going to talk about the effects consuming pornography can have on a person. In the first part we addressed the issue of porn and the changes it is making to our society and our world. This week we’re going to focus on how consuming explicit content in any form can …