Follow Up – The Home Of Love

HUGE THANKS  TO ALL who contributed  and donated to The Home of Love.  Your generosity resulted in positively impacting the lives of so many women and children!

For the past few months we have been sponsoring an organization that is really close to our hearts, Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries’ Home of Love – a special sanctuary for women and children who are victims of sex-slavery, trafficking, and prostitution.

This January, we had the most epic experience visiting the group and meeting these amazing women and children who have completely turned their lives around.  They are a true testimony of what it means to live a meaningful life regardless of the circumstances.

I can honestly say that we visited at the perfect time.  They had a formal graduation for the women that completed a 5 year program.  Added to that were games, performances, and distribution of food baskets for the members of their educational assistance program, which is another effort that sponsors needy children to promote education and take a proactive approach to human trafficking.

Once being rescued by the nuns, who go undercover to bars and clubs, the women find their safe haven at the Home of Love and start their new lives anew.  They re-learn regular living habits and social interaction.

They also go through basic education (math, reading, writing language, arts, sports etc), and take classes in life and faith formation.

I was surprised that day by having the honor to present the graduates with their awards and certificates.  As their names were called out the emcee gave a brief description of the graduate, and I heard the stories of how some of these women are single moms, some were very young, and most of them struggled with lack of dignity and self doubt as they went through the program.

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Here is a photo of all the graduates and award recipients along with their children

Several of the women gave truly moving and emotional speeches that gave me a renewed faith in humanity in that there is still good in this world.  I really commend these ladies for really pushing through uncertainties, self doubts, challenges, and real struggles (when I say “struggles” I mean beaten, drugged, abused, and raped).  And let’s not forget, that as a result of their circumstances  some of these women have gotten pregnant and become single moms.

They could have used any excuse not to complete the program, but they didn’t.  They persevered, built faith, and tasted the sweetness of accomplishment.

My favorite part of our day was interacting with the women and children… our boys were able to play with the kids and give out food and treats, which everyone thoroughly enjoyed!!

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Another magical moment was when the women got up and sang “Go The Distance.” Many of them got teary eyed and you could just feel the hurt they have been through but you can also feel the conviction in their victory.

Again, a MASSIVE THANK YOU for all who contributed an donated to the Home of Love!! You can still donate by clicking HERE http://www.mqhm.org/

Now that I’m teary eyed by reminiscing about our visit and all of the love and gratitude I feel right know…. I’ll leave you with the lyrics of:

“Go The Distance”

I have often dreamed of a far off place
Where a hero’s welcome would be waiting for me
Where the crowds would cheer, when they see my face
And a voice keeps saying this is where I’m meant to be

I’ll be there someday, I can go the distance
I will find my way if I can be strong
I know every mile would be worth my while
When I go the distance, I’ll be right where I belong

Down an unknown road to embrace my fate
Though that road may wander, it will lead me to you
And a thousand years would be worth the wait
It might take a lifetime but somehow I’ll see it through

And I won’t look back, I can go the distance
And I’ll stay on track, no I won’t accept defeat
It’s an uphill slope
But I won’t loose hope, ’till I go the distance
And my journey is complete, oh yeah

But to look beyond the glory is the hardest part
For a hero’s strength is measured by his heart, oh

Like a shooting star, I will go the distance
I will search the world, I will face its harms
I don’t care how far, I can go the distance
‘Till I find my hero’s welcome waiting in your arms

I will search the world, I will face its harms
‘Till I find my hero’s welcome waiting in your arms

Love To You All,

The Limitless Family

 

 

 

 

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