8 hours ago
She was trafficked for 6 terrifying years.
Courageously, Rebecca Bender WILL NOT let those years define her. In fact, she now serves as an advocate for other human trafficking victims and teams up with law enforcement, the FBI and Homeland Security to multiply her impact.
Hear more of Rebecca’s resilience on the Live Inspired Podcast – episode 222 – available for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and wherever you enjoy your podcasts. ... See MoreSee Less
1 day ago
Human trafficking is a massive, worldwide problem. It's estimated that 20 - 40 million people worldwide are victims to this form of modern slavery, and our communities are not exempt.
Today, survivor Rebecca Bender shares her harrowing journey of exploitation and how she's now helping others escape and rebuild their lives. This strong, resilient woman will remind you that the best is yet to come.
My friends, today's conversation is incredibly emotional, important and timely. Listen to ep. 222 at the links below, or wherever you enjoy your podcasts:
Apple Podcasts – apple.co/3ay7LH7
Spotify – spoti.fi/3aGanmm
My website – johnolearyinspires.com/2020/01/rebecca-bender-222/
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4 days ago
One entire wall in my office is covered with photos of historically important individuals: These are the ladies and gentlemen whose words, action and lives changed the world.
One of the photographs is of Martin Luther King, Jr. He’s not preaching from a pulpit or leading a march. He’s at home. King looks totally at peace and totally in love while visiting with his daughter. There’s something beautiful about seeing a larger than life, iconic figure savoring the ordinary, rarely seen, possibly best moments of life.
MLK didn’t set out to be the voice of a movement. He came to realize, though, that the challenges and issues endured by others were challenges and issues that must be faced by us all.
As a young pastor and father, he imagined possibly going into law or medicine. He considered possibly moving to the less racially divided north where he could raise his children and work as a professor.
But then Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus. And then a small group of people decided she was right in refusing. And then those numbers began to swell and needed a clear, singular and powerful voice.
On December 5, 1955, Martin Luther King Jr. was nominated to be the voice of that small, local movement focused on the right of a person of color to be able to sit where they please on a city bus.
He knew the risk of leading this protest. He understood that in saying yes there would be hardship and retribution. Saying yes that evening meant leaving the safety and comfort of home. Saying yes meant being inconvenienced. Saying yes meant taking a stand and marching for what was right.
And yet, as a 26-year-old pastor of that small church in Montgomery - with a young family to raise - MLK wasn’t saying yes to his ease of life, but the calling to better the lives of others.
Truly great leaders are not focused on themselves. They aren’t self-centered, don’t worry about what’s popular and don’t count the cost. They don’t rise and speak for themselves, but for a far greater cause.
On this day, we celebrate what truly great leadership looks like. And in being reminded of his voice and dream, we see not only an example of what it looked like in the past, but what it must look like going forward. ... See MoreSee Less
6 days ago
Rudy Perez shares his incredible journey of fleeing Cuba during Fidel Castro's reign, only to find himself in one of the roughest, gang-infested neighborhoods in South Florida.
And yet he pushed forward fueled by love from his parents, unwavering faith and a passion for music.
Listen to our full conversation on episode 220 of the Live Inspired Podcast. ... See MoreSee Less