DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
We begin with a biblical understanding of sex and the vulnerability of sexual exploitation and trafficking victims. Therefore, it is imperative that Christian men are informed of the depravity in which sex trafficking exists in their community. This is the ethical principle of “proximity,” which argues that persons have a responsibility to engage issues as they present themselves in their immediate experience. And that two of the major components that contribute to the demand for sex trafficking largely involve men. God’s Word does not change even though culture and societies often change. God gives each of us numerous opportunities to repent and begin again. That’s the Christian man I am appealing to today; the one who has taken advantage of this opportunity to repent and begin again. God has always used imperfect people to carry out his mission and is very much against people being unjustly mistreated by other people.
Denise is a wife, a mother, and the National Director of Operations for Healing Communities USA, a faith-based organization training churches in the area of prison reentry, sex trafficking, and juvenile justice. Having done extensive research for nearly eight years and completing her Doctor of Ministry dissertation on “Christian Men Speak Up for Sexually Exploited Women and Children,” she now has a deep love and concern for the victims of Human Trafficking. Christian Men Speak Up is based on research with the participation of 300 Christian men from the Washington, DC Metropolitan area (DMV). The project’s goal and this book are to advise Christian men of their crucial role in changing cultural attitudes surrounding the sexual exploitation of women and children by addressing those who drive the demand for sex trafficking. Denise is also a Board Member of the Center for Public Justice, whose mission is to equip citizens, develop leaders, and shape policy in pursuit of purpose to serve God, advance justice, and transform public life.