Why the writer, widow, and anti-trafficking volunteer doesn’t shy away from the problem of pain.

For some Christians, suffering can be hard to acknowledge, let alone talk openly about. For women like Gaye Clark, though, pain isn’t a problem to flee from—it’s a call to action.

As a cardiac nurse, an anti-trafficking volunteer, and a widow, Clark has witnessed her fair share of sorrow. She hasn’t buried that hurt, though; instead, in her role as a writer for The Gospel Coalition, she’s shone light on areas of suffering that often get overlooked—issues like the loneliness of worshiping in the wake of a spouse’s death, the seedy underbelly of online prostitution, or the anxiety of feeling that your work doesn’t matter to your church.

Back in August, CT associate editor Kate Shellnutt sat down with Clark to learn more about what drives her work. On this week’s episode of The Calling, join Clark as she opens up about her writing, her burdens, and what the church can do to create a space for sorrow as well as hope.

On how the church can end sex-trafficking: “You don’t have to be this gutsy, edgy person who would snatch a little girl from a pimp. Being a foster parent is fighting sex-trafficking. A lot of these women are running from their abusive homes to somewhere safe. What if the church got more aggressive about foster care, and more and more families said ‘Yes, we’ll take one. We’ll take two. We’ll take three’? There’d be a safe place for them to go.”

On mourning her husband’s loss: “Grief can overwhelm you. It can exhaust you. It can impact the way you think clearly. And while the local church can come alongside you, bring you casserole, comfort you, send you a card, and pray with you—there’s …

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