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CHILD SEXUAL SLAVERY: IT ENDS WITH US

Saju Mathew is an American lawyer working in India to bring about change in the most vulnerable group in the world. I met him at the Matrix Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta - an aptly named venue to begin a journey into reality. A Shift In Identity Saju introduced his subject with the story of “The Ugly Duckling.” He said, “Change can only happen when there is a shift in identity.” Saju spoke matter-of-factly about a child prostitute in Chennai, India. She had been deceived into leaving home with the promise of a better future. Once settled into her new surroundings she was told to take off all her clothes and put on a mini-skirt and tight fitting top. When she…
Bob Jones
June 15, 2019
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CHAPLAINS TO THE INVICTUS WARRIORS

The Invictus Games aren't about the finish line – they’re all about making it to the starting line. This is an event where everyone gets a medal but there’s no coddled attitude for participants. For every competitor, just playing the game is important, courageous and admirable. The 3rd version of the Invictus Games - Toronto 2017 - featured more than 550 competitors from 17 nations participating in 12 adaptive sports. Wounded Warriors Each competitor is a wounded warrior. Melanie Harris, 42, from Edmonton, competed in bioarchery. She spent twenty years in the Armed Forces, serving four tours, including two in Afghanistan.  Harris lives with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and lingering pain from a back injury sustained overseas. In 2008 she…
Bob Jones
October 1, 2017
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IDENTITY, LIFE’S CHALLENGES AND YOU

I'm grateful for the life experiences I've had - the good, the bad and the ugly. Sure, I've had my share of ups and downs. As I've done things a little bit differently, the world has tried to force me into a roller coaster of identities, defining me by my circumstances and not who I really am. One day, according to the world, I'm on top of my game, adored, praised and respected. And the next, I'm at the bottom of the heap, criticized and torn down. You know what I've learned in the process? How important it is not to allow either the highs or the lows in life determine who you are. Who Are You? Its tempting to…
Bob Jones
December 30, 2016
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PROMISES OF 313 YEARS OF MARRIED LIFE

I was in a meeting with seven veteran leaders from North Pointe. As I looked around the room it dawned on me that we all had one thing in common - marriage. Some quick math revealed we totaled 313 years of marriage experience. Surely we must have something good to offer others from our experience. So I asked them their secrets to wedded bliss. Secrets of Happy Marriages "Be flexible.  Blessed are the flexible." "Marry a great girl." "Embrace the journey!" "On our 32nd anniversary I gave my wife a sympathy card." "Find a spouse who is easy to get along with." "To keep your marriage brimming with love in the loving cup, whenever you're wrong, admit it; whenever you're…
Bob Jones
March 31, 2015