We really did go behind the scenes for this issue, to the streets of Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Our writers were assigned to get a glimpse of what
life on the street is like for prostituted women and the Christians who try to serve them.
Senior editor Karen Stiller handled the Toronto segment
only three nights prior to her departure for another story in
Senegal (see “Operation Christmas Child” on p. 12).
“Driving home from downtown Toronto in the early
hours of the next day, I thought that the enormous challenges in West Africa might actually be easier to write about
than what I saw that night,” says Stiller. “As a mother and
a woman, I found it extremely painful to see girls who
looked as young as my 15-year-old daughter and women
who looked like my friends caught in this terrible cycle.”
Faith Today columnist Doug Koop handled the Win-
nipeg segment. “It took me out of my comfort zone and
forced me to confront some hard truths about my city and
the harsh circumstances some of its citizens must endure.
It was not at all frightening because love was abundantly
present and love dispels fear. I’m glad I went.”
We hope you’ll be glad they went as well, when you
read the challenging accounts of three nights on the mean
streets of three of our cities.
We’d also like to wish you a Merry Christmas! May
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Love Dispels Fear
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