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WAR boutique: Naperville boutique helps raise money for effort to rescue women from human trafficking – Chicago Tribune


Naperville boutique helps raise money to rescue women from human trafficking WAR Chest sells gifts, clothing to support agency that runs safe houses, teaches skills August 01, 2012|By Amanda Marrazzo, Special to the Tribune 2

Ashley Pitariu is the manager of WAR Chest Boutique in downtown Naperville. The shop sells jewelry, clothing, cards and other items made by women and children who have been rescued from sex slavery, abuse, violence and exploitation. Brent Lewis, for the Chicago TribuneWhen Lauren Jernigan first wandered into the new little boutique tucked away in downtown Naperville last year, she wasn’t sure what it was all about.She just thought it had some pretty things inside.When she learned that WAR Chest Boutique is supported by Women at Risk International, she made it one of her regular shopping stops. Women at Risk International is a worldwide mission, founded in 2006, that helps rescue women and children from human trafficking.”I really think it’s important, as a woman, to be able to support one another,” said Jernigan, a Naperville resident.The boutique sells jewelry, scarves, bags, clothing, cards, books and other items made by women and children who have been rescued from sex slavery, abuse, violence and exploitation.The women rescued through the efforts of WAR and its partners are set up in safe houses, provided support and counseling, educated, and taught skills. With their new skills they create the products sold at the boutiques and are able to live a safe and independent life.The Naperville boutique, which also hosts after-hour private events, is operated by one manager, four part-time employees and 65 volunteers. It has participated in more than 21 community events this past year and will be for the first time be part of the Naperville Independent Film Festival on Sept. 19 at Classic Cinemas Ogden 6 Theaters, 1227 E. Ogden Ave.

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If you have never heard His Story this video explains it early on.. What an amazing circumstance.. BUT out of it came an amazing man!  He will be speaking at Wheaton Bible at 7:30PM on Friday.


A Father and Son.. “The Bridge”

The first time I saw this movie was at Harvest Bible in Naperville 4 years ago this Good Friday.. It truly gave me a new understanding of Jesus’ death on the cross and the relationship between God, us, and His Son.. Whew… Tears well up as I write..  Enjoy.. I pray this touches your heart like it did mine.. John 3:16.



Within the past few weeks I have been racking my brain trying to figure out how to train for the Louisville Ironman on August 26th.. 


With so many miles and three different events, how do I manage training, work, and life??? My concern came the other day when I ran back to back long runs…7 miles on Saturday and 8 miles on Sunday!!  NOT GOOD!!  And as my buddy Nate said, “Out right stupid!!”  Especially being so early in the season.  I literally couldn’t walk the next day and even questioned whether or not I had another stress fracture.  Fortunately, it was just my muscles reemphasizing what Nate had already said..  After this I was determined not to suffer like last year!! By God’s Grace I ran into another triathlete, Todd, who introduced me to Matt Fitzgerald,


the senior editor for Triathlete Magazine, and author of a ton of books. One, in which I started reading a week before I had even met Todd; “Racing Weight”.  

At the time when he mentioned Matt’s name I thought it sounded familiar, but little did I know he would actually communicate with me.. I assumed he would be busy writing, training, and having a life…To my surprise he quickly responded to Todd’s email intro and was very willing to help!  Almost like a virtual coach at your finger tips!  He quickly suggested a plan for me and in a matter of 48 hours I had a 20 week training plan designed to get me to race day! In fact, it happens to be affiliated with the same program I use with my watch!


TRAINING PEAKS is not only something that you can use on your computer, but has a great ap for the I Phone which automatically syncs to  your computer..  It also works much like Map My Run and even allows you to track your food intake.  You can actually micromanage your diet by calculating calories, along with protein, carbs, and fat percentages..  At first, I was  overwhelmed, but after an hour of downloading Matt’s program and inputting my information I can already tell this will put me on cruise control until the race!  Much like a GPS all I have to do is follow the directions and I should reach my goal with no problem!  

A special thanks goes out to Todd, and Matt!!  

Another reason why I love doing Triathlons…

                         This community is so encouraging!






“Keep running the race!!”   Hebrews 12!!!!

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