Written by cycleguy on October 23rd, 2012

In Monday’s post I mentioned my oldest daughter, Tami, sent me a link to an article.  Well, with this post she is back in the headlines.


(And just in case she plans on exacting revenge, I have moved with no forwarding address).

I am hugely proud of both my girls.  Janna, our youngest, always struggled as a student (like me) and with living in the shadow of her older sister.  Her choice of college was determined by the closeness to home and “somewhere Tami had not been.”  She went from someone who wanted nothing to do with having children and working with them to having our grandson, and currently working as an Assistant Director of a DayCare in Columbus, OH.  She has learned all there is to leading one and has been waiting for the new one to open. She also has a beautiful heart for God.

Tami stretched herself by moving to Knoxville in 2000 and other than a desire to be closer to her nephew, has never looked back.  She has been our traveler, our mission person.  Honduras.  Greece 3x. Romania 2x.   In spite of some health issues, she marches on.  Part of that march is her pursuit of God.  She has a tender heart for people as well.  That is why I am posting this video she sent me.  She had actually asked me to forward something to Jason for his new site , and when he responded she sent this video to me.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am not a fan of Rap music of any shape or form, but the message of this video led me to listen (besides it is not just straight rap).  (I shiver even as I write that  🙂 ).

Here’s the video. 

(The video rings my heart). I know this is the second post on this subject in two weeks (here is the other).  Some may think “deadhorse.”  I say otherwise.  In fact, one of my newest reads is going to be Undaunted by Christine Caine,  an advocate for rescue (TheA21Campaign).  I am sensing a tug to get a bit more involved.  We will see how that flies.

Any thoughts you care to share? Oh, and pass on the video and what Jason is trying to do. 



17 Comments so far ↓

  1. Daniel says:

    I can feel the love in your descriptions of your daughters. That warmed my heart a bit this evening. As to sensing a tug to get a bit more involved, let your heart lead you. You never know where you will end up. Blessings.

  2. Tami Grandi says:

    awww- I just got a little teary eyed (shocker I know). It’s been a rough few weeks but through it all I know God’s been there for me and will guide me through the craziness of the next few weeks ahead of me. I’m blessed…

  3. jeff says:

    I think the Abrahamic faiths all lose on the question of moral authority when it comes to slavery, indentured servitude, or whatever you want to call one person’s ownership and control over the liberty of another. The Torah, the Quran, Jesus, and Paul all condone the institution of Slavery. Only Hinduism recognizes and does not permit this evil.
    These other faiths can not, as hard as they try, claim moral superiority, knowers of the Truth, or some unquestionable higher values with this blemish in their sacred texts.

    • cycleguy says:

      You obviously have studied the topic more than I have Jeff. i would however, disagree on your idea of Hinduism. while they may not call it slavery, the caste system that keeps people down on the bottom as dregs is a form of it in my eyes. The culture of Jesus and Paul’s day allowed for slavery, but Jesus Himself did not have them. Paul encouraged the Philemon to free Onesimus from his obligation to slavery because he was useful for Paul’s ministry. I do not see what HT does to girls as on the same level as slavery as we know it (although I will admit there were travesties).

      • jeff says:

        I agree the caste system was bad and a severe form of discrimination. It was not slavery tho. Jesus and Paul had lots of opportunities to denounce slavery as evil. They did not and actually condoned it and gave slave owners a pass.
        I think what HT does to young girls, young boys, and many others as well is exactly the same thing as slavery as we know it. American slave owners mistreated their slaves as bad as any of the slaves in todays HT situations are treated and perpetrated the same disgusting acts of evil.
        The fact that Jesus didn’t have slaves himself and Paul wanted one freed for his purposes doesn’t get me to any appreciation for their moral teachings.

  4. floyd says:

    My spirit is grieved that someone would be lower than an animal to treat another human being so bad. Young girls should be the ones all humans look to protect and preserve… God help the girls… I’m struggling to find a heart for the captors and the customers. a millstone stone seems inadequate…

  5. tcavey says:

    You’re a proud Papa!
    Good job and thanks for sharing.
    I will read anything God tugs on your heart to share.
    God bless.

  6. I have a four-year old and a two-year old, but I look forward to seeing them grow into men. It’s scary on the one hand because I’m not promised that they’ll be believers – but there’s also the hope that they will be such warriors for God.
    Maybe I’ll be posting in a few decades on the good things that my sons are doing 🙂

    • cycleguy says:

      I was never blessed with boys, although I wanted one. But i wouldn’t trade my girls for any amount of money in the world. If I don’t see your posts here on earth, I will see them from heaven. 😉

  7. Betty Draper says:

    Knowing our children struggle is made easier if they are walking with the Lord. For we know He loves them so much more then we can.

    We have one serving the Lord, one who is afar off at this time. I say, at this time for I am trusting, knowing God is working in Jared life even as I type.

    The more I gain some knowledge on the issue of slavery, the more I want to be involved too. That song is right on, I am posting it on my fb…we need to have it kept before us. Blessing proud Dad.

  8. Jan says:

    Your description of the girls is so touching, you know them well. They are so blessed to have you as their earthly father, you & Jo have indeed instilled a love of God in them and look what awesome things He is doing with their lives now! Love that!

  9. Dan Black says:

    It’s sad/disgusting how some people treat young women as slaves. Thank you for sharing this Bill.