Kelly: United Nations invitation ‘a gift from the Lord’

Kelly: United Nations invitation ‘a gift from the Lord’

By Michael Kelly February 20, 2013 5:05 pm 1 comment

Linda Burkle of the Salvation Army in Omaha has been invited to speak about violence against women at the United Nations in New York City.

Burkle, who holds a Ph.D. in international relations, has done extensive mission and humanitarian work in more than 20 countries on six continents and has spoken at events in Canada, the Netherlands, India, China, Congo, Brazil and Kenya. She will speak during the March 3-10 conference of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

As director of social services for the Salvation Army’s Omaha-based division (Nebraska, South Dakota and western Iowa), she works with more than 50 clergy and 80 staff members. Gov. Dave Heineman appointed her last year to serve on a task force investigating human trafficking.

 A licensed mental-health practitioner, she called the invitation to speak at the UN “truly a special, out-of-the-blue gift from the Lord.”

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