Wednesday, May 25, 2011

ICAP 2011: It Begins!

Sunday I joined Sill, Doug and Alicia from Emmaus Ministries as we drove to Green Lake Wisconsin to attend the 2011 International Christian Alliance on Prostitution global conference. The conference is held at the Green Lake Conference Center which is a retreat center of the American Baptist Association. “Conference Center” does not do the site justice. This is a place with multiple chapels, huge lodges, gardens, nature trails, a tower, a small island and it all sits next to the deepest lake in the state.

Sill Davis, the Ministry Center Director of Emmaus Ministries will be presenting.His talk is titled, “What Drives Men to Sell Their Souls: Why Do They Prostitute Themselves”. Doug and I will be presenting this week as well. Our talk is titled, “Homeless Youth: The Face of Vulnerability and Prostitution.” However, we are really here to listen and learn from others, to worship and play together and to network.

The conference attendees are from 40 different nations. It was wonderful to see Asians, Africans, Central Asians, Europeans, Latin Americans and North Americans all at one site. The dress, languages and hugs remind us that we are all from one family, one big family!

Our first night here set the tone for the joy of this place. I sat with folks from Australia, Nigeria, Cambodia and Thailand. Man, what a great way to start a week!

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