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"UNSTOPPABLE" - verses 1-3

Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. 1 Corinthians 6:8 KJV For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Colossians 1:9‭-‬10 KJV Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: Philippians 1:6 KJV


When I first joined the Church, I was so excited by it all that I was thrilled to serve anywhere I could. Whether that meant setting up chairs or cleaning out cabinets, I was there. One day while I was reorganizing a storeroom, the youth pastor of our church told me he had noticed that I was always around serving and that he wanted me to oversee the development of a new youth center. I had no idea how to do anything involving the development of a youth center, but I did know enough to rely on God’s power and not my own. As I learned more and more about the needs of the youth in our community, I grew excited because I began to understand how our church could make a difference. And, I began to understand how people in the community partnering with us could make a difference too. As I reached out to them, businesses offered supplies, paint and even furniture. People from our church and the community were moved to help. What started with one person grew into numerous people contributing

"UNSTOPPABLE" - verses 1 & 2

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 KJV


Kristen was 16 when she set out to take action against human trafficking. Moved by the issue of modern-day slavery, she raised money with her friends to help A21 start our first safe house in Greece. She saw a need and set out to meet it. She dreamed big, dove in and reached out to others to join her. Her group of high school friends raised $32,000 to help get the aftercare home in Greece off the ground. We saw her running and offered her an internship in Australia. Kristen said yes and was given tasks for which she had no experience, but that didn’t matter. During her internship, she was tested and grew, and proved that growth comes when we are stretched beyond our comfort zones. Soon she was asked to oversee the curriculum that we were developing for high schools. Later, at 22 years old, she was speaking in conferences to people twice her age. From accepting the baton of an internship to stepping into opportunities that seemed far too big for her to handle, Kristen learned a valua

" UNSTOPPABLE" - verses 1 - 3

One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. Psalms 145:4 KJV All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord ; and thy saints shall bless thee.  They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;  To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.  Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. Psalms 145:10‭-‬13 KJV As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10‭-‬11 KJV


Before she managed the A21 safehouse in Greece, Kalli had grown up in South Africa and was abused for many years of her life. During those years, her father had been part of the mafia and trafficked women. What she was exposed to throughout her childhood and young adult life, the world as she knew it, devalued women and offered very little hope. By the time she was grown, her self-worth was diminished to the point she accepted a job as an escort to provide sex to men.  But when her father accepted Christ, his life changed so drastically that Kalli took notice and desired that same change in her own life. Soon she invited Jesus into her life too, joined a church, and stepped into the exchange zone of serving. As she grew in Christ, she moved from one exchange zone to another, and at age 41, she was reaching out to grasp the baton through the work of A21. It wasn’t long before she was instrumental in helping survivors of trafficking experience freedom.  God uses people like Kalli an


Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 NIV


“Ready” is a tricky word when it comes to following Jesus and doing his will. Why? Because there is a vast difference between  feeling  ready and  being  ready. We can go through the Bible page by page and find person after person who didn’t feel ready to do what God called them to do, but God didn’t ask them whether they  felt  ready. He  decided  they were ready, and then he called them and told them what to do. Today, we call those men and women heroes of the faith--the ones who obeyed God’s call, even when they didn’t feel ready. Heroes like Abraham, Noah, Moses, and Sarah (Hebrews 11). Haven’t we all been there? When we had to step up or step out before we felt we were ready? I remember when Kalli, one of our first leaders in one of our aftercare homes in Greece, experienced this. When she started working for A21, she felt like she wasn’t ready to run her race, but one night she got a call from Katja, a young woman who had escaped from her traffickers. Reaching her in time, b