Nashville Light

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We just got back from our love fest in Nashville with Thistle Farms and the women of Magdalene, the social enterprise and residential rehab center founded by the Rev. Becca Stevens to serve and support women who are recovering from addiction and who have been victims of prostitution and trafficking.

Calling our visit a love fest is an understatement. It was a light-filled full-blown love carnival, complete with Irish singers and a candle lit for every woman at Thistle Farms—and countless more for those still out in the night. I’ll write more on our trip later, but here’s a quick overview: we hiked the Tennessee hills, went to church to hear Becca preach, enjoyed a tea party at the Thistle Stop Cafe and visited the Magdalene residences, homes where women can stay for up to two years and are bathed in love as they receive therapy, medical care, eduction and employment. Thistle Farms sent some love our way as well, honoring Isabel at its Light Bearers event.

It’s all about the love. Here are some photos from the trip:

Isabel talking beads with a resident of Magdalene on a tour of their beautiful home

Isabel talking beads with a resident of Magdalene on a tour of their beautiful home.

Frannie Kieschnick, Amanda Jones, Lori Barra, Jordan Walker and Sarah Hillesheim

Frannie Kieschnick, Amanda Jones, Lori Barra, Jordan Walker in back and Sarah Hillesheim in front.

Isabel and Anika a Thistle Farms graduate and a light in the dark.

Isabel and Anika a Thistle Farms graduate and a light in the dark.

Hello Nashville!

Hello Nashville!

In Becca's home they seem to like music!

In Becca’s home they seem to like music!

Isabel, Becca Stevens, Amanda Jones, and Frannie Kieschnick–power women!

Isabel, Becca Stevens, Amanda Jones, and Frannie Kieschnick–power women!

Isabel in the Thistle Studios breathing in the hope!

Isabel in the Thistle Studios breathing in the hope!

Pretty Tennessee sunset, the sky was filled with migrations of geese and the smell of snow on the way.

Pretty Tennessee sunset, the sky was filled with migrations of geese and the smell of snow on the way.

Isabel getting ready for the event in the prettiest green room I've ever been in!

Isabel getting ready for the event in the prettiest green room I’ve ever been in!

One Response to Nashville Light

  1. Leticia Chavez-Sturm February 16, 2016 at 11:15 am #

    It is good to know there is people that care for the victims of trafficking,
    Wish you the best.

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