Lisa is a fifth-generation Oregonian. Her family helped build communities in Portland and Central Oregon. The early life choices of her rebellious maternal grandmother continue to haunt her family. In search of a more meaningful life, Lisa's mother joined a little known cult known as the Move of God. In 1969 at the age of 9, Lisa and her siblings came to live under the spell of the cult's end-time message.
Lisa lives in Portland spending much of her time learning new things. Her favorite hike is Goat Mountain Trail on Mount St. Helens.
This website is part of a project to raise awareness about the vulnerability of children growing up in closed societies. No Place Like Home is a memoir I am writing about my experience with an international cult that peaked in the 1970s. There are many listserves, websites, and discussion groups providing support to current and former members of cults. There is a network of former child members ready to provide support to those leaving area cults. Please contact me or others on the Sam Fife listserve for more information.
In the past, children were all too often viewed more as property than people. Many victories for children's rights have been won in the last 100 years, such as child labor laws, protecting children from having to work long hours in unsafe conditions; public education, allowing all children to have access to learning; and laws preventing child abuse. But tthere is still much to do in protecting children's rights around the world.
-- Robert Alan
There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace.
-- Kofi Annan
The child awakens to a universe.
The mind of the child to a world of meaning.
Imagination to a world of beauty.
Emotions to a world of intimacy.
It takes a universe to make a child
both in outer form and inner spirit.
It takes a universe to educate a child.
A universe to fulfill a child.
-- Thomas Berry
Children do not constitute any one's property: they are neither the property of their parents nor even of society. They belong only to their own future freedom.
-- Mikhail Bakunin
The economic benefits of investing in children have been extensively documented. Investing fully in children today will ensure the well-being and productivity of future generations for decades to come. By contrast, the physical, emotional and intellectual impairment that poverty inflicts on children can mean a lifetime of suffering and want ? and a legacy of poverty for the next generation?
Together let us build the global alliance to realize that goal, secure in the knowledge that in serving the best interests of children, we serve the best interests of all humanity. When the lives and the rights of children are at stake, there must be no silent witnesses. ...in serving the best interests of children, we serve the best interests of all humanity.
-- Carol Bellamy
We are asking people to understand that slavery still exists today; in fact, according to a recent New York Times article, if you count the number of women and children in bonded labor, domestic slavery or sexual slavery today, there are more slaves in the world than at any other time in history.
-- Charlotte Bunch
Lisa Kendall, Author
Lisa & Mindy
Sam Fife, Move Founder