Where They Need To Be
Oct 29

Where They Need To Be

A look inside the ministry of Rahab's Sisters

Their role in the fight has been the same from the beginning: to offer a safe place with a meal and conversations. The women appreciate the offer of companionship and safety greatly, from Mary’s experience. It means a whole lot to “know that, for 3 hours, it’s going to be okay.”

Evidence of Fruit in the Courtroom
Oct 21

Evidence of Fruit in the Courtroom

Finding the Love that Sets Her Free

The “20 minute recess” included a quick breath of fresh air in the sunshine, a second trip through the metal detectors, up 3 flights of stairs and back to the benches. Nearly one hour later, the agonizing sentencing began.

Stopping Traffic
Oct 17

Stopping Traffic

An Interview with One Photographer Working to Make a Difference

Strong, intelligent, and leader are the words I would use to describe this powerful woman in the fashion industry. Zakiyah Caldwell, a Christian photographer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is currently forming a project that spotlights survivors of human trafficking through photography and film.  

Heads or Tails? Yes.
Oct 14

Heads or Tails? Yes.

Where the Church's Real Wealth Is Found

“Prayer is striking the winning blow at the concealed enemy. Service is gathering up the results of that blow, among the men we see and touch.” - SD Gordon

I heard this quote in the Freeway 418 workshop at the Connect PDX conference October 2nd. At this conference over 125 people from nearly 50 churches united together to learn how to better serve the exploited and vulnerable in our communities.

Oct 05

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell"--Part Two

The rest of the story...

Yet as I walked the avenue again, it wasn’t the same, and I knew I was too tired for that. I left there and set out for the only place that I knew there were no drugs...

Sep 25

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

One Brave Survivor Tells Her Story

I lived this way on the streets and in hotel rooms from the age of fifteen until the age of twenty-eight. All I knew were the streets and the code "don’t ask, don’t tell." I lived by this, and I understood that if I told I could suffer dire consequences.

YES Walk to End Slavery
Sep 23

YES Walk to End Slavery

High School Students Band Together for Awareness and Action

Often times, awareness work like this can seem one-sided and individual, with one person behind a computer sending countless emails and networking without end. To know information is being passed along and people far outside of Portland caught wind of our event is motivating and incredible.

8 Reasons I am attending Connect PDX
Sep 17

8 Reasons I am attending Connect PDX

AND encourage other men to attend

Men have a unique and important role to play in the work of ending human trafficking.

Redeeming Words
Sep 05

Redeeming Words

Taking Back What the Sex Industry Has Stolen

“Daddy, am I beautiful?”

A little girl spins in her fairytale dress, a cloud of pink and purple. She stops in a flutter of satin ribbons and looks toward her father’s face. She holds her breath, waiting for his smile and the glow of approval in his eyes.

But, what if he doesn’t smile?

What If
Aug 25

What If

When It Hits Close to Home

Tonight I heard the news that a good friend’s younger sister has gone missing.

Even just typing the words makes me feel physically sick. While they have no factual reason to suspect trafficking, we’ve all heard the facts, read the stories. There’s a part of you that can’t help but wonder...what if?

Where Thinking Ends
Jul 30

Where Thinking Ends

...Actions Need to Start

Sometimes a vision becomes reality in a way that could only have come from God.

Young women who escape a trafficking situation are often without some of the most basic necessities, such as hygiene items and clothing. One Portland officer shared that he recently rescued a girl from her trafficker, and was forced to put her in a cadet uniform for lack of any other clothing options!

The Person They Called
Jul 07

The Person They Called

Hope Amidst the Reynolds Tragedy

On the morning of the shooting, I received a call from another volunteer about the Reynolds shooting. Two of “our girls” who regularly come to the design studio attend Reynolds High School.

Pray for Life
Jul 02

Pray for Life

There's More at Stake Than Just a Game

 

It’s no surprise that trafficking, now the second largest criminal industry in the world, is all about the profit. Traffickers deceive, seduce, and coerce for one reason: money. Any situation that heightens the amount of money they can make--and they’re in.

God of Wonders
Jun 20

God of Wonders

Celebrating His Miracles at the House of Engedi Grand Opening

On Saturday, June 7th, many of our supporters gathered together to celebrate the opening of our first safe house for adult survivors of sex trafficking. This was a great testimony to what God is doing to bring people together from all over our state to establish this much-needed home.

Beautifully Complicated
Jun 18

Beautifully Complicated

Students Working to Break Down Sterotypes

Life is messy and complicated. Stereotypes can lead us to believe the opposite, though. Issues are not so simple--even those like sex-trafficking that seem to be nothing short of evil.