The Common Thread
May 11

The Common Thread

Loving Women Where They're At

Though the colors of the room are peaceful, her heart thunders.

She has already been through so much; she barely believes she can call herself a “survivor.” The scars of the past hurt so much she’s afraid they might still destroy her.

She’s been referred to this place, told what to expect, and covered with kindness and words of encouragement. And yet, she’s still afraid.

 

A Victim-Centered Approach
Apr 27

A Victim-Centered Approach

Restoration is always the priority.

Prostitute.

Sex worker.

Rape victim.

Each of these terms brings a different image into our minds, and carries with it a variety of assumptions. While the first two often convey a lifestyle by choice, the last term brings a picture of assault and helplessness. How do you categorize which women in escort ads fall into each category? Which would you say applied to a fifteen year-old girl walking down 82nd Avenue? 

 

Princess Royal Tea
Apr 10

Princess Royal Tea

An Event Inspired by Portland's Dress for Freedom

Gowns hang on their hangers in a rainbow of colors - red, blue, purple and black. The sunlight causes the ones with rhinestones to light up in sparkling brilliance. The hair styling and make up stations are ready. Curling irons are hot and eye shadows, in every shade imaginable, sit ready to be applied. The photographer clicks his camera, sending flashes of light around the room, testing to make sure each photo will have the perfect lighting.

Everything is ready. Months of planning and preparation have led up to this – the Princess Royal Tea. 

Far From Fools
Apr 08

Far From Fools

Prayer is Powerful and Changes Everything.

Are we fools to believe that words we speak and even think toward an unseen God can do much of anything? The atheist would chalk it up to coincidence – our answered prayer. The faithless would say yes, we are fools to waste our time.

But we are far from fools. 

Freedom's Door
Apr 03

Freedom's Door

I hear your voice call out to Me

Most times it is My symphony

Most times it is all that I need

To move, to act, to pour.

Mentoring Matters
Mar 19

Mentoring Matters

Today's youth need caring adult mentors. They need you.

Anthony was three when his father left. As he was growing up, Anthony saw his friends and their fathers participate in lots of activities together - attending sporting events, learning to fix a car, talking about the future - and while Anthony told himself he was fine without a father, deep down he felt a big hole in his life. 

Refuse to Click
Mar 10

Refuse to Click

You can do more than you think to end sex trafficking.

"The campaign started because of first hand-testimonies from trafficking survivors who shared how porn was such a traumatizing component of their exploitation...The more we researched the topic the more we discovered how interconnected porn and sex trafficking really are."

Love Brings Victory
Mar 01

Love Brings Victory

Show her she's worth it. Help her feel beautiful.

Authenticity filled the room. Each woman was eager to share their story, talk about what God was doing in their life, and celebrate their freedom and healing. 

It wasn’t quite what I was expecting. 

Our Journey to Amsterdam
Feb 12

Our Journey to Amsterdam

These Too Are Our Sisters

Whether they are walking on 82nd Ave, or sitting in a window in Amsterdam, we want women across the globe to know that they are valuable. They are loved. They are worth it.

Hands of Hope Resources Needed
Feb 03

Hands of Hope Resources Needed

YOU can make a difference in the life of a survivor!

Young women who escape a trafficking situation are often without some of the most basic necessities, such as hygiene items, food, and water. Often they were not allowed to eat a meal that day until they had brought their pimp the required amount of money. To meet these immediate needs, Hands of Hope provides Resource Bags to the Portland Police's anti-trafficking task force. 

The Fabric of Justice
Jan 26

The Fabric of Justice

For Those on the Fringes

All would agree that the effort to end human trafficking and sexual exploitation in our communities is, ultimately, the effort to bring justice. We hear stories of children coerced, women manipulated, innocence exploited, and we cry for things to be made rightThis is not how life is supposed to be.

Can There Be Good News About Injustice?
Jan 14

Can There Be Good News About Injustice?

Wrestling With Justice in an Evil World

Rachel was five-years-old when her mother’s boyfriend started abusing her. Years went by and she found herself looking for love in all the wrong places, places which eventually led to a life she never imagined. 

Awareness: Does It Make a Difference?
Jan 05

Awareness: Does It Make a Difference?

Is Information Enough?

Awareness is somewhat of a buzzword today. Social media, the internet, and our current “age of information” has made sharing data, starting campaigns, or spreading a message easier than ever before. But do all those tweets and hashtags really make a difference?

I Used To Be...
Nov 24

I Used To Be...

How One Mom is Becoming an Abolitionist

I used to be a pretty stereotypical suburban stay-at-home mom. My days consisted of scheduling playdates, talking with other moms about the latest joys and hardships, and eating a lot of chocolate to maintain my sanity. Life was good, if not a little routine.Then we went on our annual family vacation to a place without internet and cell reception.

United by Design
Nov 13

United by Design

Celebrating the Grand Opening of the Adorned in Grace Design Studio

Dozens of people filled the new Adorned in Grace Design Studio as they celebrated their grand opening this Sunday. These many supporters came from churches, police departments, farmland, apartments--all gathered here amidst the teal couch cushions and the brand-new sewing machines. They came not just to see the decor, admire the artwork or enjoy the brownies. They came because they believe in this: We are united by design.