Notes from Jan

A Miracle for Amirah

April 13, 2016

AMIRAH means princess in Arabic.

The word slips out, just shy of four syllables.  A -mi- rah- (cle)  Two princesses spoke this past Saturday at a fundraiser for Amirah, a ministry providing a safe place and fresh start for women who’ve escaped the hell hole of sex trafficking.

The Ipswich Country Club pulsed with Hope. On a typical Saturday, there are those who come hoping to improve their golf  game.  There are some  hoping to score a business deal,  others hoping their event will be as perfect as planned. But that’s wishful thinking not powerful, life altering HOPE.

This HOPE, bought at great cost to Jesus, buys back the enslaved, those shackled without hope.  As one Amirah-cle said, ” I was bought and sold so many times a night.  Finally, I escaped to this safe place where I met Jesus, who bought me but will never, ever sell me!”

A small wisp of a folk singer, half hidden under her hat, strummed her guitar and sang heart to heart, transforming,  “Stand by Me” into a worship song.

“When the night has come                                                                                             And the land is dark                                                                                                        And the moon is the only light we’ll see                                                                       No I won’t be afraid                                                                                                           Oh, I won’t be afraid                                                                                                         Just as long as You stand, stand by me.”

That morning reminded me of our April 1st “bring a chorus” Bible study gathering singing together,”It took a miracle to hang the world in space…but when He saved my soul, cleansed and made me whole, it took a miracle of Love and Grace.”

They served brunch  last Saturday but we feasted on HOPE provided by two Amirah-cles, dressed in Love and Grace, strong reminders of the Christ who comes, stands by us and stays.

Holy Help.



God, You’re Good!

We’re awfully grateful.











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  • Reply Dale Lefever April 13, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Current issues are served well by the old hymns. May the things that break the heart of God break ours.

    Blessings, Dale

  • Reply Nancy Mering April 13, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Oh, thank you, Jan. I hoped you would blog about Voices of Hope. Your comments and understanding of all that was happening Saturday morning are precious and compelling. If I may, I’d just like to add Amirah’s website for anyone who wants to learn more about the vision and work of Amirah:

  • Reply Wendy Lane April 14, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Love true life stories like these of God’s powerful, life altering HOPE! It grows my faith and HOPE in Him. These are tough times in so many ways – the horrific sex trafficking being one of the toughest. Thank the Lord for places like Amirah. One that I follow is A21 – Christine Caine. The stories are heart-wrenching, and, full of this hope you shared. <3

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