Why would one woman in February, in Iowa, need 100 pairs of flip-flops? Why would this same woman enlist the help of her mother and go to another store and buy 126 more pairs? These questions are answered with two names: Kim Pierschbacher of Russell and the “Consider the Lily” ministry based in the Philippines.

Pierschbacher is just an ordinary woman usually just doing ordinary things. She drives a school bus for Chariton and helps out at her church, Grace Baptist in Chariton. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She has a vision for helping others. She has a big place in her heart that’s been taken over by a young woman’s ministry in the Philippines.

Pierschbacher and her daughter Jayme Yoder took their initial visit to this ministry in September of 2018 with many local people giving them donations to take along for the girls. Kim went on a similar trip with Jayme on Sept. 25, 2019, and once again took generous donations of practical daily necessities for the girls.

“Consider the Lily” is the ministry founded in 2010 by a young woman, Josie Long. She is mother to about 50 girls that have been rescued from human sex trafficking and other abuses. Her ministry focuses on “putting an end to human trafficking one person at a time-whether it be through prevention homes, rescuing children who are at risk of being sold, or impacting the ones responsible for this slavery by reaching out at bars, clubs, brothels, and hideaways throughout the Philippines.”

Read the March 26, 2020 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.

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