Not Your Grandma's Outreach Ministry
Dec 29

Not Your Grandma's Outreach Ministry

POLE Gem's Mission to bring love to those in the sex industry

I remember a look of terror and shock in Emma’s eyes as I told her the news about a man who was arrested for shooting another man dead, at the club she worked earlier that week. She recognized the shooter as one of the men she had entertained the very night of the murder.

What Can the Church Do About Sex Trafficking?
Dec 05

What Can the Church Do About Sex Trafficking?

The most important way to engage this year.

What if churches spoke out powerfully against this injustice, uniting together to protect the vulnerable in our community? What if we could ALL make a difference in ending sex trafficking, right here in our communities? 

Blended Together in Harmony
Nov 15

Blended Together in Harmony

Celebrating Survivors at the Illuminate Agape Gala

“[Our goal was] to listen, to soak in, to love on, to cherish our time with, to simply fill the room with gentleness as we serve and honor amazing women who have survived through trying times". 

The Pioneer
Sep 23

The Pioneer

The Legacy of Comissioner Diane McKeel

They’re our children,” McKeel reminded listeners this Wednesday evening. “If we don’t do something about it, who is going to step up for these children?”

Play Like A Girl:
Sep 09

Play Like A Girl:

Three Ways to Combat Injustice With Language

How does the identity-forming power of language relate to the fight against human trafficking, and what I can do about it, you might wonder? How can I wield the awesome responsibility of my own speech in such a way that I help create a more just world? I’m glad you asked. Here’s how.  

A Wedding to Remember
Aug 02

A Wedding to Remember

Celebrating One Survivor's Big Day!

“Today is the day!!” wrote one survivor to another on a beautiful weekend in July.

A Tapestry of Grace
Jun 01

A Tapestry of Grace

Stories of Hope Woven Together at this year's Hope Matters Training

What does it mean to be a mentor?

Specifically, what does it mean to mentor a survivor as she journeys towards becoming a “thriver?”

The answer to these questions is what Hope Matters 2016 was all about.

When Something Beautiful Happens
Apr 25

When Something Beautiful Happens

One volunteer's reflections on Dress for FREEdom 2016

As I gazed out into the sunshine on the morning of April 8, 2016, I saw the balloons swaying gently in the breeze. A sign with a giant arrow pointed the way to the registration table, where I and other volunteers sat, ready to welcome attendees to Dress for FREEdom.

The Nefarious Con Artist
Apr 15

The Nefarious Con Artist

A Look Inside the "Confidence Game"

As there is no single profile of men who are abusers, there is no single profile of men who are pimps or traffickers. Regardless of why they are the way they are; the fact is they live among us.

Adorned in Grace Gresham:
Mar 15

Adorned in Grace Gresham: "It's happening in our own backyards."

A conversation with a local officer as we open our next anti-trafficking boutique

“It couldn’t happen to my child or anyone I know, because they’re good kids."

Door to Grace: The Doors are Open Wide
Mar 02

Door to Grace: The Doors are Open Wide

What I've Learned About Love, Healing, and Grace

Five years ago, I walked through those doors as an intern and began my journey with Door to Grace. I was passionate about the issue of sex trafficking, but little did I know at the time how pivotal Door to Grace and the relationships I had developed there would be in my own healing journey.

On the Day after Ash Wednesday
Feb 11

On the Day after Ash Wednesday

When we realize we need a love bigger than ourselves

The only Love that can crush undeniable evil is the undeniable love of the Cross.

The International Princess Club
Feb 01

The International Princess Club

Showing at-risk girls their potential and value as daughters of the King.

The world is full of girls like Carolina – girls with potential to be agents of change in their homes, schools, and countries. The IPC believes that local communities are rich in resources that can help their girls know and live out their true identity and value.

5 Ways God Responds to Oppression
Jan 19

5 Ways God Responds to Oppression

The Biblical truth about love, submission, & gender equality

“I was frequently locked in a closet. Nick (my pimp) told me I was nothing but dirt, and that no one loved me but him. He’d beat me and yell at me. He said that’s what men do when they love someone”

Pray Big
Dec 22

Pray Big

What would happen if all the prayers you prayed this week came true?

This year, may we pray in ways that could enormously change that world.