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The Power of Walking Alongside

“Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy.
Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines.”

Every day when I’m in my office, I see this quote from Henri Nouwen posted right in front of me. It resonates deeply with me and the journey my team and I have been on for the past six years as we’ve explored what hospitality means within the context of caring for survivors of human trafficking.

In the last two years, we have walked with seven women who have survived exploitation and abuse. Some have stayed for a few months, while three of the women have stayed for at least a year. In that time, we have seen transformation happen—not only in our residents, but also in each person involved with our residents. Shalom has not only been extended to our residents but received from them.

God’s vision of shalom is something we’re all called to participate in. Our staff and volunteers do this every day as we walk alongside our residents. But our honored guests living at Eden’s Glory actively seek shalom and extend compassion to others, too. Whether it’s mentoring at-risk youth, singing in the church choir, or visiting residents in the local nursing home, each woman gives back to the community in some way.  

Last year, when our residents met a homeless family, they swiftly decided to host a bake sale to raise funds for the family’s security deposit for a place to live. Because of Christ’s work through Eden’s Glory, our residents know not only how powerful it is to have someone walk beside them as them as the hand of Christ, but to be the hands of Christ for someone else, too.

This is an excerpt from an article written by Ginger Coakley. Read the full blog here>>

"In our world full of strangers, estranged from their own past, culture and country, from their neighbors, friends and family, from their deepest self and their God, we witness a painful search for a hospitable place where life can be lived without fear and where community can be found.

Old and New Testament stories not only show how serious our obligation is to welcome the stranger in our home, but they also tell us that  guests are carrying precious gifts with them, which they are eager to reveal to a receptive host."

- Henri Nouwen
How Can You Help?

Everyone has something to offer the movement to end modern slavery. What skills and passions do you already have that you can contribute? Watch the video below to be inspired in creative ways you can come alongside Eden's Glory:
Looking for Ethical and Meaningful Christmas Gifts? 

If you're looking for last-minute Christmas gifts, consider giving in the direction of freedom this season. Here are 4 easy ways you can give gifts that are meaningful for the recipient and life-changing for a survivor living at Eden's Glory:
  • Buy from Re:Stored, our social enterprise 
  • Select "Eden's Glory" when you shop on AmazonSmile and we'll receive a portion of your purchase
  • Give a one-time gift in somebody's honor or become a monthly donor
  • View our Amazon Wish List and send us a gift to support the women and the house
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For the past two years, Jay Young and his wife (pictured at left) have graciously used their livelihood as sheep farmers in the direction of freedom. 

This past year, for Eden's Glory's second birthday, the Youngs generously gave us some of the proceeds from the sheep they raised.

Thank you for your support!


Find Out More

Listen to our podcast
with our CEO, Ginger, on FMC Radio
listen here>>
Read our story
of how we came to be on
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Watch our video
about who we are and what we do
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Prayer & Praise

  • We are in the process of hiring. Please pray God brings us the right two women to serve as House Managers. If you are interested in this role, please email us.
  • Pray for our referral agency partners as they identify great candidates for our program. We hope to welcome two new residents in January.
  • Pray for our current residents as they continue in their second year with us, working and gaining formal education. 
  • Pray for our residents and team for whom the holidays is not as cheerful of a season as it is for others. 
  • Pray we receive the final $50,000 of funding we need to meet our 2017 goal.

Ways to Support Us

  • Do you have a reliable used car you aren’t using or are planning to trade in? Please consider donating it to Eden's Glory for a tax deduction. We are in need of two vehicles immediately. 
  • We will be purchasing two new mattresses very soon. We need $900 to do so. Please designate your gift to “mattresses" today.
  • We are looking for a dresser to outfit the newly renovated resident room. Please email us if you can help. 
  • Send a note of encouragement to our staff or a Christmas card to our residents: P.O. Box 164 Maryville, IL 62062
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