Visiting authors pose challenges
'Escaping the Devil's Bedroom'
Although Dawn Herzog Jewell painted a grim picture about men and women enslaved by international sex trafficking, her message was one of possibility.
“We don’t live without hope,” she said.
In a Feb. 16 chapel at George Fox, Jewell
(G94) told numerous stories of how God rescued women and children from horrific situations both abroad and in the United States.
One story was about a young Asian girl named Moon who was sold and forced to work as a sex slave by the time she was a teenager. She was raped more than 100 times before Christian missionaries came to her aid. Moon is one of the women featured in Jewell’s book Escaping the Devil’s Bedroom, published last July.
Sex trafficking is the world’s third-largest criminal trade behind drugs and arms dealing. More than 2 million children each year become victims of sexual exploitation. Jewell said Christians are often guilty of placing these workers into two categories – the victims and the volunteers – and often pity the first and scorn the latter.
“But we don’t see the invisible chains,” Jewell said. “Sixty-five to 90 percent of women in strip clubs were abused as children. Portland has more than 50 strip clubs. Who is reaching these women?”
Jewell said that it can be difficult to reach out to men and women trapped in the sex industry, but Christians must get involved.
“We cannot succeed in being God’s hands and feet if we don’t have Jesus’ love in our hearts,” she said.
Jewell became interested in this area of ministry while working as publications manager for Media Associates International. She prayed that God would give her a topic to write about so she could encourage writers in the developing world. As she traveled, she saw Christians effectively rescuing men, women and children from the sex industry. She saw the transformation of lives.
“My purpose for writing the book was to show that God is already at work in this issue,” Jewell said. “Satan isn’t in control.”
William Paul Young
William Paul Young, author of The New York Times best-seller The Shack, told an October chapel audience that his book was “fiction ... but real.” The novel is about a man, Mack, who returns to the shack where his daughter was murdered. Mack encounters the Trinity and faces his deep anger and pain in the midst of God’s grace and love. “It’s a metaphor for my own life,” says Young, who told listeners the story is symbolic of his own spiritual journey through an abusive childhood and depression as an adult. The author originally wrote the novel as a gift to his children and never expected to publish the story. It has now sold more than 1 million copies.
Author and philosophy professor Dallas Willard encouraged seminary students and friends to reclaim moral knowledge at the seminary’s fall Ministry in Contemporary Culture Seminar.
Addressing about 300 people, Willard explained how today’s culture asserts that knowledge must be scientific to be deemed authoritative. Unfortunately, the “removal of the knowledge of moral knowledge results in lives consumed by enslavement to desire,” says Willard, who teaches philosophy at the University of Southern California. “That’s why a Christian education is so important. If we don’t have this knowledge, it’s all a shot in the dark.
“Jesus teaches that desire must be subordinated to love because love seeks what is good for what is loved.”
Hoop dreams in Ghana
The George Fox women’s basketball program has enjoyed 15 straight winning seasons and five Northwest Conference championships since 2000, but some successes can’t be measured on the court.
Last May, the Bruins scored points with a court, as nine team members and two coaches partnered with the Courts for Kids organization to build an outdoor concrete court for Sonrise High School in Ghana, West Africa.
“I wish I could have experienced a trip like this when I was in college,” Bruins head coach Scott Rueck says. “Their culture obviously doesn’t have the luxuries we have, and yet there seems to be more joy. It was amazing to see people loving each other in community. They truly need one another. We’re a lot more individualistic here, secluding ourselves and buying things we think we need, so this trip put a lot of things in perspective.”
The team also conducted a basketball clinic at an orphanage and competed against local girls in an exhibition soccer game. “What was amazing to me was to see how much they looked up to our players,” Rueck says. “It really opened our eyes to what is important — relationships, both with each other and with God.”
George Fox learned of the school through Meri Tracy, a teacher on a one-year mission trip to Ghana and sister to Bruins’ assistant coach Megan Dickerson.
This was the Bruins’ second mission trip in three years. In 2006, several players went to Mississippi to help with the Gulf Coast cleanup following Hurricane Katrina.
Millage scores top volunteer award
For more than 30 years, Don Millage has been a fixture at George Fox men’s basketball games as a scorekeeper — more than 300 games in all. That dedication earned him the George Fox Volunteer of the Year honor for 2008.
Millage, who retired as the university’s vice president for finance in 2001, retains his scorekeeper’s seat at midcourt — a spot he’s occupied since 1975. He also donates time to the school by annually assisting on tax statements for the individual Holman Education Trusts. After retirement, he continued for several years to complete trust fund tax statements for the financial affairs office and, until this year, to do faculty contract work.
Millage’s volunteer work spans decades. He was treasurer of Newberg Friends Church through the early 1980s, and until 1999 he managed the Friends pastors’ pension funds. He also formerly managed the charitable trusts for Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends.