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Author Archives: Rob Morris

Appreciating my freedom today…and remembering those who are still not free.

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I am a Father. I have six children who call me Daddy. It is one of the greatest joys of my life. Some days I’m good at it. Other days…not so good. I continue the daily journey, bumbling toward becoming a better man, father and husband.

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A few years ago I was on a lunch date with my wife at a great local Thai restaurant. After lunch, we walked over to the Yale University Art Gallery for the rare opportunity to see a special exhibit of Vincent Van Gogh’s original Cypresses and The Starry Night.  I’m not an art connoisseur, but The Starry Night took my breath away.

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I heard my friend Lamont, Co-Founder of Love146 give a talk recently, challenging boys to rebel against a hyper sexualized and pimp culture that they are growing up in. He used the definition of Rock and Roll from the movie School of Rock, as a rallying cry: “Sticking it to the man!” (The system) I loved it!

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“What these victims need above all is to know that they are not alone; that we are not forgetting them, that when their voices are stifled we shall lend them ours, that while their freedom depends on ours, the quality of our freedom depends on theirs.” -Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech 

 

The girls in the Love146 Round Home had the time of their lives last week. The band Paramore, who have been supporters and advocates for Love146, invited the girls to be their VIP guests of honor at their concert in Manila.

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Remember the game Battleship? I used to play it with my uncle when I was a kid. I remember him explaining the different kinds of ships and their specific roles in a naval fleet. Each one a vital piece of the bigger picture of a fleet and its mission.

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When I was in elementary school, Valentine’s Day was a big event. You got to make a valentine for everyone in your class, maybe adding some dabs of glitter to the cards going to your best friends and crushes. It’s a cherished childhood memory for me.

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A girl wearing the number 146 pinned to her shirt walked up to me with tears running down her face. She just simply stared at me, unable to speak. She reverently reached for the number which was pinned over her heart…

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We received this beautiful update today from Dr. Velazco, Love146 Director of Aftercare. One of our girls who had been reintegrated back into a community from our safehome (Round Home) came back for a visit. Here is Dr. Velazco’s account:

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After 16 months in our safehome, another one of our girls went home to be reunited with her family last week.

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