Albert and Deidre Pujols created Strike Out Slavery in 2017 to address and raise awareness of the existence of modern-day slavery. “This year, we’re taking Strike Out Slavery to ballparks coast to coast!”
Albert Pujols is one of America’s greatest Major League’s baseball players of all time. After he retires from being an active player, he is to be inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
This terrific couple are very good examples of excellent use and stewardship of their fame and income … using it to wonderfully advance good living.
Hear Deidre talk about her passion against all kinds of slavery, especially sexual slavery … in her own words.
From their website … www.strikeoutslavery.com:
“All of us can – and must – fight against human trafficking. Join “Strike Out Slavery” to learn more about modern-day slavery and find out how you can join other baseball fans in helping victims of injustice break free of oppression and exploitation…
“If we cannot see the value in just one life, it’s going to be really hard to serve many.” Deidre Pujols, Founder …
“Enough is Enough”
“Everyone has the power to do something about the insidious global human trafficking trade. At Strike Out Slavery, we believe that baseball players and fans across the nation – even around the world – are part of a community who want to mobilize for good and can be relied on to help make the world a safer place for all.”
Once delivered from human and sexual trafficking, the victims need to have a skill, a profession, an income that will reduce the danger of those freed from slavery ending up enslaved again.
That is where Open Gate International comes in.
From www.opengateintl.org …
“ABOUT ‘OPEN GATE INTERNATIONAL’ …”
“Our mission is to represent the Oppressed, the Powerless, the Endangered and the Neglected by offering them Global Alternative Training and Employment.
“Training and mentoring are at the heart of everything we do. Without sustainable life skills, the vulnerable remain vulnerable. By providing the knowledge, skills and abilities to obtain meaningful employment, we empower our students to develop a happy, healthy life.
“Open Gate International is designed to be a complimentary component to other organizations. We are always looking for partners, professionals, volunteers, students and donations. Our hope is to forge relationships and grow an army of professionals who are committed to bringing up strong people and serving those who need encouragement and inspiration. Discover your hero within and contact us today!”
Links to utilizing sports in ministry … and fighting human sexual trafficking
You’ve got choices … take you pick … about 10-minutes each …
- To hear: “From the archives: years ago, Albert and Deidre Pujols were in NYC for a baseball game. (Albert had seven RBI’s that day!) Long before running for USA’s Presidency, Donald Trump invited the Pujols’s to his offices in Trump Tower. (She said it led to something like “a chapel service!”) Hear Deidre Pujols describe their surprising time together with Donald Trump (heard in the 2nd segment below)” … click on …https://haroldhendrick.com/2019/06/26/from-the-archives-years-ago-albert-and-diedre-pujols-were-in-nyc-for-a-baseball-game-albert-had-seven-rbis-that-day-long-before-running-for-usas-presidency-donald-t/; (During the time of this interview with Deidre in the St. Louis Bott Radio studios, Albert and Deidre son, AJ, crawled up into my lap. That is the scene of one of the pictures including in the link. As I write, AJ has just begun college – 2019.)
- To hear … “St. Louis businessman Pat Bradley began www.crisisaid.org, delivering 100+ girls from sex trafficking, 600 worldwide! … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2016/07/30/pat-bradley-3-began-www-crisisaid-org-delivered-100-girls-from-sex-trafficking-600-worldwide/
- To hear … “Judy Boen, Daughter Angie: (1) made sports collectors’ cards; player on one side, their testimony on the other” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2018/05/31/judy-boen-daughter-angie-made-sports-collectors-cards-player-on-one-side-testimony-on-the-other/
- To hear … “National Football League Great Aeneas Williams, with Rams & Cardinals, tells of his spiritual journey into meaning in life” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2012/05/01/nfl-great-aeneas-williams-with-rams-cardinals-tells-of-his-spiritual-journey-into-meaning-in-life/
- To hear … “ Christe Boen Mirikitani: re annual STL bus trip to see Albert Pujols play, hear his testimony” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2018/08/13/dr-christe-boen-mirikitani-re-annual-stl-bus-trip-to-see-albert-pujols-play-hear-his-testimony/
- To hear … “Wayne Crull fights child sex trafficking as part of a hidden army waring against its wickedness”[Wayne’s ministry now includes serving as Director of Camp Windermere on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri]… click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2018/04/23/wayne-crull-fights-child-sex-trafficking-as-part-of-a-hidden-army-waring-against-its-wickedness/
- To hear … “STL Bott Radio Manager Fred Zielonko with David Backus, past St. Louis Blues Hockey great, re his hockey career, speaking at 2020 “Hockey Ministries” Breakfast (www.hockeyministries.org), and Jesus” [A few years earlier – as a young man in his early 20’s – Fred was the radio producer for legendary Jack Carney of KMOX of St. Louis (known then as the “50,000 red-hot watts”), especially for Jack’s Saturday morning comedy show, heard over the years by millions. Fred did all the selections of the comedy programs that the broadcast] … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2020/01/23/stl-bott-radio-manager-fred-zielonko-with-david-backus-past-st-louis-blues-hockey-great-re-his-hockey-career-speaking-at-2020-hockey-ministries-breakfast-www-hockeyministries-or/
- To hear … [First radio segment, different than the one listed above] “Deidre (Mrs. Albert) Pujols regarding her fight against human trafficking, especially sex trafficking worldwide. See strikeoutslavery.com and www.opengateintl.org” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2019/09/25/deidre-mrs-albert-pujols-regarding-her-fight-against-human-trafficking-especially-sex-trafficking-worldwide-see-www-strikeoutslavery-com-and-www-opengateintl-org/
- To hear … “St. Louis divorced, alcoholic Pat Bradley received Jesus, began crisisaid.org fighting hunger, sex trade” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2013/10/06/divorced-alcoholic-pat-bradley-received-jesus-began-www-crisisaid-org-fighting-hunger-sex-trade/
- To hear … “2nd radio segment with former hockey player Charlie Blyth, STL leader of www.hockeyministries.org; inspirational story of Hockey Ministries International, through which he came to saving faith in Jesus” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2020/01/17/2nd-radio-segment-with-former-hockey-player-charlie-blyth-stl-leader-of-www-hockeyministries-org-inspirational-story-of-hockey-ministries-international-through-which-he-came-to-saving-faith-in-jesu/
- To hear … “Randy Curless of www.sportscrusaders.org, providing sports camps to church locations nearly anywhere” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2018/07/12/randy-curless-of-www-sportscrusaders-org-providing-sports-camps-to-church-locations-nearly-anywhere/
- To hear … “When National Hockey League player Laurie Boschman received Christ, some thought he was crazy! He wasn’t, but he was changed. Hear him tell his great story … in his own words!” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2020/01/23/when-national-hockey-league-player-laurie-boschman-received-christ-some-thought-he-was-crazy-he-wasnt-but-he-was-changed-hear-him-tell-his-great-story-in-his-own-words/
- To hear … “Ferguson Police Chief Delrish Moss, Pastor Jose Aguayo, Judy Redlich; a session re human trafficking” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2018/01/05/ferguson-police-chief-delrish-moss-pastor-jose-aguayo-judy-redlich-session-re-human-trafficking/
- To hear … “Dr Christe Boen Mirikitani: Albert Pujols’ church group traveled to see him play; minister in sports” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2014/08/19/dr-christe-boen-mirikitani-albert-pujols-church-group-traveled-to-see-him-play-ministry-in-sports/
- To hear … [Different from the similar link above] “Judy Boen, Daughter Angie (2) made sports collectors’ cards; player on one side, testimony on other” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2018/10/01/judy-boen-daughter-angie-2-made-sports-collectors-cards-player-on-one-side-testimony-on-other
- To hear … “Found! Radio w/STL Cardinal great Wally Moon, author of ‘Moon Shots;’ & his fan club President, Judy Boen” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2014/11/08/found-radio-wstl-cardinal-great-wally-moon-author-of-moon-shots-his-fan-club-prez-judy-boen/
- To hear … “Jason Julian played in 3 big college bowl games; later depressed, suicidal; now joyfully focused on inner-city youth” … (See www.urbanklife.com) click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2010/02/02/jason-julian-played-in-3-bowls-later-depressed-suicidal-now-joyfully-focused-on-inner-city-youth/
- To hear … “Basketball great Steve Stipanovich tells his surprising story at the Illinois-side Congressional Prayer Breakfast” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2014/04/13/basketball-great-steve-stipanovich-tells-his-surprising-story-at-the-congressional-prayer-breakfast/ … and a great story about Steve’s wife Terri …
- To hear Terri Stipanovich tell the story… in her own words: “My father stole $150,000 from us. I went to him, forgave him, led him to Christ before he died.” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2018/09/17/my-father-stole-150000-from-us-i-went-to-him-forgave-him-led-him-to-christ-before-he-died/
- To hear … “National Basketball Association and European basketball pro Anthony Bonner uses fame advancing Good News! Hear his impacting story” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2015/10/08/nba-european-basketball-pro-anthony-bonner-uses-fame-advancing-good-news-hear-his-impacting-story/
- To hear … “Ferguson Mayor James Knowles: in 2014 crisis, sought Ferguson Pastor/NFL Hall of Famer, Aeneas Williams” … click on … https://haroldhendrick.com/2017/08/29/ferguson-mayor-j-knowles-2014-crisis-sought-ferguson-pastornfl-hall-famer-aeneas-williams/
- More about Deidre and Albert Pujols is available at … https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=deidre+pujols&id=C2FF4B8B5BDC75025B51159DE1EC6269C01F3037&FORM=IQFRBA