The Lake of the Ozarks Stop Human Trafficking Coalition invites the community to its April Coalition Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.

The Lake of the Ozarks Stop Human Trafficking Coalition invites the community to its April Coalition Meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26. Minda Cox, born without arms or legs, talks about what has brought meaning to her life. She will emphasize her awareness of the abuse of disabled individuals, and the reason all of us can find hope and usefulness for the future.

Minda iterates: “My dreams, my hopes, fears, joys and stresses are ‘ordinary.’ They are not different from anyone else's. My body might be ‘unusual,’ but my heart is not. God offers me the same grace he offers you, and expects of me the same trust and obedience he expects of anyone else. There is no different Bible for the disabled, and no different way to ‘run the race that is set before us.’ I make the same mistakes, succeed by the same effort, and love my life just as you do. In that most important sense, I am ordinary.”

Minda has brought great joy and beauty to those around her not only by her words, but with her exquisite artwork. Her original creations will be on display at the Coalition meeting on April 26.

The Lake of the Ozarks Stop Human Trafficking Coalition is a volunteer organization working collaboratively to increase awareness, identify causes, and support victims of trafficking. It invites the Lake area community to its monthly speaker program featuring survivors that will share their experiences of trafficking and escape, as well as expert speakers in the fields of psychology, legal issues, law enforcement, medical, and more. Programs also focus on the causes of sexual exploitation and labor trafficking in the Lake area. Meetings are generally held the fourth Thursday of the month at St. George Episcopal Church, 423 N. Business Rt. 5, Camdenton, MO 65020. For more information, contact Mary Spencer at (573) 873-8714.