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Wednesday, April 04, 2012

a 2 z The Letter M - Matthew West

Welcome to this week's a 2 z: Take 2

and the letter M

My writer friend, Patty Wysong, has developed a blog inspiration called a 2 z. She regularly posts a letter for us to blog about. This week's letter is "M".

Matthew West is a popular Christian singer and he has quite a few songs out. One of my favorites is Strong Enough.

This is one of my favorites because it reminds me that I can do nothing on my own. But through Jesus Christ, I am strong. I hope this song brings a little joy to you today.

For more a 2 z blogs about the letter M, visit Patty Wysong's blog:

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Forgotten Children of Ukraine Part II

Doxa Kids Volunteers playing soccer with the street children

The forgotten kids of Ukraine are starved for attention. They have never known unconditional love and acceptance. The children escaped homes of famine and abuse to live in the harsh streets of the city.

Street life brings it's own brand of torture. One child, seeking shelter from the freezing temperatures, slept in the entry hall to an apartment building. Since he lived on the streets, he was dirty and smelly. Some men in the apartment building told him to leave several times but the child kept returning because had no where else to go. 

One night the men poured gasoline on the child and set him on fire. The boy survived but his scars ran deep. From this, he learned that adults hate can't be trusted.

Another young woman, Dasha, spent most of her time on the streets because her father was a very abusive man. Her mother couldn't leave her husband because the government apartment was in his name. She would have been on the streets with Dasha and the other children.

A Doxa Kids Volunteer horsing around with two street kids
The girls who live in the streets face assault and rape because there is no one to defend them. Many become prostitutes at a young age in order to survive. Most of the boys on the streets resort to crime in order to stay alive.

For more information on how you can help these children, visit: or

Sunday, March 04, 2012

The Forgotten Children of Ukraine Part I

I've had the opportunity to visit Ukraine twice. I won the first trip from K-Love radio station. During that visit, I learned about the street children and felt God calling me to help them. The second visit, to Kherson, was with a group from a ministry I started with some friends, Doxa Kids Street Children's Ministry.

The boys pictured above are street children. They were spending some time in the Dniper River the day we caught up with them. It was a sweltering day and the kids were seeking relief from the heat.

These kids live in the streets. They have run away from home due to unspeakable abuse and with no children's protective agency in Ukraine, they have no where to turn. Life in the streets is preferable to living in torment.

The winters in Ukraine can be quite bitter so most of the children seek shelter in the sewers. The sewers are large underground tunnels with pipes running through them. Some of the pipes supply hot water to government apartments so the sewer tunnels are warm.

To seek escape from the reality of their lives and their lack of hope, many of these children steal glue in order to get high. Some of the children have spent so much time sniffing glue that they have developed permanent brain damage.

Many of the girls who live on the streets suffer at the hands of men. The rate of rape is quite high and a large number of the girls prostitute themselves for enough money to provide food.

Officially there are around 200,000 street children in the country of Ukraine but unofficial numbers are much higher. Closer to 800,000 to 1,000,000 children living in the streets in a country roughly the size of Texas.

Doxa Kids' goal is to build a shelter for these children to provide them a safe place to live and learn. 

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tracy Krauss' Play It Again Book Launch!

Tracy Krauss, author of ‘edgy inspirational fiction’, is launching her book  PLAY IT AGAIN on Feb. 21. You can help her achieve ‘best seller’ status by purchasing the book at TODAY – and receive all kinds of cool free gifts while you’re at it!

Here’s how:
1. Go to the Landing Page on Tracy’s Website
2. Buy the book at amazon.
3. Go back to the Landing Page and fill in the form with your name, email and purchase number
It’s that easy! You’ll be directed to your free gifts and all you have to do is choose which ones you want. 

About the book:

An unlikely duo meet in Play It Again, a story of love, life and faith. Sparks fly when an ex-rock and roll junkie and a stuffy accountant rendezvous at a local resort, but neither are prepared for the emotional entanglements, family complications, and threat from the past that unexpectedly resurfaces. Set in the 1980s, this story brings two opposing forces together in a clash of romance and danger, while its musical undertones highlight the theme that God can turn anything into beautiful music. Play It Again is the much anticipated prequel to Tracy’s debut novel And the Beat Goes On. Find out where Mark Graham’s journey began in this, the story of his parents.

What others are saying about PLAY IT AGAIN:

“This is one of the best contemporary novels I've read all year. . . Not only was it well-written, but it was edgy in that the story dared to be honest. . . I can see this touching a lot of people who have thought about God but have been afraid to move forward.”

-  Michelle Sutton, author of more than a dozen inspirational novels

“This book is hot property, and grabs your interest from page one.”

-   Yvonne Pat Wright, author of From Spice to Eternity

Author bio:

Tracy Krauss is a high school teacher by profession, and a prolific author, artist, playwright and director by choice. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan and has gone on to teach Art, Drama and English – all the things she is passionate about. After raising four children, she and her husband now reside in beautiful Tumbler Ridge, BC where she continues to pursue all of her creative interests. Her first two books were both nominated for the ‘Indie Excellence Book Awards’ for religious fiction in 2011.


Here’s just a sampling of the FREE e-gifts from generous supporters:

-          An e-copy of Lisa Lickel’s award winning novel Meander Scar

-          Sample chapters from The Promise of Deer Run by Elaine Cooper, Warring Spirits by April Gardner, and The Right Person by Stacy Padula

-          Beautiful downloadable art cards by author and artist Brenda Hendricks

-          A free subscription to ‘PixApple’

-          You copy of Frazzled No More by Shelley Hitz

-          A cool ‘Daily Scheduler’ developed by author Janalyn Voigt

-          And much more!

All if you buy your copy of PLAY IT AGAIN at on Feb. 21!  All links will be operational on the ‘Landing Page’ at  

DISCLAIMER: This ‘Best Seller book launch’ has been coordinated with the help of the ‘John 3:16 Marketing Network’ and many other generous supporters. The free gifts are deliverable electronically over the internet or by email by individual authors and supporters. They are not in any way associated with, nor deliverable by,