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  Patricia Hammell Kashtock

Aka: Pat Kashtock. Mother of three, wife of one. BA in Social Work and Biblical Studies. Graduate work at Virginia Tech interrupted, then derailed by oldest child’s brain tumor...

My life has not followed the course I planned. But I am not complaining. Pain is to be expected in a world broken apart from its Creator.

The miracle resides in the ability to find joy when least expected...


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For What It's Worth

Each life is a journey. The voices of many guides try to direct us, saying, “This is the path – walk in it!” Yet each one leads in a different direction.

I believe only one Voice can be true. That Voice will lead us in ways most unexpected, into worlds yet undiscovered. It will lead us up the hill, around the river and through the forest. And sometimes, it will lead without mercy.

Or so it seems.

I have made listening for that Voice and following it, my life’s quest. I will share some of what I have heard that Voice say with you. But I am not in the business of telling people how to think or what to believe. Each has to decide for himself. Only you can decide if you find the truth of the Voice in these words. And only you can decide how much it is worth to know the Voice, and follow.

But for me, it is worth the whole world.

And then some…

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A newsletter from the Polaris Project:

Dear Patricia,

I’d like to introduce you to Antonio.

Antonio was approached by a man in his home country who promised him steady work on a farm in the United States, a place to live, and a work visa. Antonio jumped at the chance and arrived in the United States with hopes of making enough money to send back home to his ill parents.  

When Antonio arrived he realized that the man who had recruited him to the United States had lied. His accommodations were in a run down, decrepit building. He was forced to regularly work 18-hour days, and was not allowed to take breaks. One day Antonio couldn’t take it any longer. He was exhausted and took a break. He was subsequently beaten and denied food and water by his controller.

Antonio was able to call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline where a call specialist connected him to a local service provider, legal aid, and hope for the future. Please donate today to help us continue to serve trafficking survivors like Antonio.

Our call specialists can help Antonio, and thousands of other victims like him, find assistance and support throughout the country. We have helped build a national network to fight human trafficking that today consists of local and federal law enforcement, shelter programs, social service providers, anti-trafficking organizations, task forces, pro bono attorneys, and others to build a coordinated response to human trafficking.

The trafficking hotline is the single most effective national resource to identify victims of trafficking and ensure they get support. Will you donate today to help us ensure that there is a live person available 24 hours day, 7 days a week to answer calls from potential trafficking victims like Antonio?  

Thank you for your support,

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