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Freedom Entangled

One of our residents at Eden's Glory is a gifted writer with a heart to share her story in order to inspire others toward hope and healing and raise awareness of the issue. She has shared parts of her narrative to different community groups recently. We want to invite you, our giving and praying community of supporters, to be part of the audience of this incredible testimony. Below is part one of a poem written by this resident. 

Mutual friends

And a love of sin 

had them intertwined 

love and lust seemed to be just 

And not some petty crime 

distress grew strong 

as her funds were gone 

leaving her a bag of bones 

she had no choice 

surely he'll hear her voice 

she cried to him 

going out on a limb 

telling him of her despair 

knowing he would quickly prepare 

he snatched her hand 

and began to voice his demands 

complete domination.

 total manipulation.

continuous exploitation.

never again to see the light of day 

losing herself along the way 

her freedom stripped 

And dignity torn 

her life was no more her own 

whirlwinds of thoughts wrecked her mind

how was it she could be so blind 

seeking and believing in a man 

who never gave her a podium to stand 

now shackled and chained to the next 

and forced into having sex 

does she see and acknowledge him to be 

not her savior her but her worst enemy

Where Words Fail, Music Speaks

As part of observing black history month in February, the residents and a few staff members enjoyed a performance of the St. Louis Symphony entitled Lift Every Voice.  This moving performance focused on freedom music in the history of African Americans. For some of our residents, this was their first experience at a performance like this and they watched with awe and wonder on their faces. The music was not only empowering but also served to showcase another outlet through which pain, suffering and triumph can be expressed. We are thankful for a powerful night of new experienced together. 
Our desire is to continue to offer experiences like this to our residents. Would you consider sponsoring an event like this? If you feel led to be a part of supporting Eden's Glory is facilitating opportunities like this for our residents, please reach out to the Executive Director, Ginger Coakley at ginger@edensglory.org. 

Hosting For Freedom

This month, we are excited to highlight another women who has recently engaged in the fight to prevent human trafficking. Julie Roth is a stay-at-home mom who learned about Eden's Glory and the human trafficking narrative through one of our board members. She decided to take action by hosting our program director in her home to talk about how to respond to human trafficking in our communities. Julie invited friends to her house, asking each of them to invite their friends and stakeholders in the community, to learn about human trafficking and how Eden's Glory is a restorative response to survivors. We loved the intimate setting that this created where our hearts for God's children could be shared vulnerably. Julie's strategic and personal approach to spreading awareness is one of the many ways we can engage with those in our community to fight human trafficking. If this has sparked an idea of how you can foster connections to spread the word about human trafficking and Eden's Glory, please reach out to our Executive Director, Ginger Coakley, at ginger@edensglory.org. 

Prayer and Praise

  • Following up on a prayer request last month, we are excited to share the praise that our resident passed her driving test and is now a licensed driver! 
  • We also want to share a praise for a resident choosing to stay at our program when she was moving towards leaving. God continues to amaze us with beautiful heart transformations in relationships. 
  •  This month, we are excited to announce that another new staff member, Missy Deal, is joining the team as an Assistant House Manager! Join us in prayer for Missy as she continues to familiarize herself with new responsibilities and building relationships with the women at our home.
  • Cover EG's fundraising in prayer. We specifically seek the Lord to provide monthly donors and vibrant partnerships with larger organizations that allow the story of human trafficking and God's redemption in the midst of it to spread!
  • As our residents move further into the program, we are entering phases of increased community exposure and educational advancement. New opportunities and situations present themselves to our residents and staff so we ask that you join us in prayer for guidance in how to navigate these exciting and sometimes awkward situations. 


 
For Freedom, 
Ginger Coakley
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Our mailing address is:
P.O. Box 164 Maryville, IL 62062

Our phone number is:
314-877-8040

www.edensglory.org 
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