Handing Off the Rope
Jun 05

Handing Off the Rope

Another Look at the Hands of Hope Mentoring Workshop

From the opening worship time to the final prayer, each segment of the mentoring workshop captured my attention. To be perfectly honest, I had attended with the anticipation of hearing three individuals speak: Aimee, Jennifer and Shannon. I was not disappointed.

Much More Than a Training Event
Jun 03

Much More Than a Training Event

Reflections on the Hands of Hope Mentoring Workshop

The Hands of Hope Conference exceeded all of my expectations. The event was well orchestrated from beginning to end.

Do You Love?
May 28

Do You Love?

An Encouragement Towards Prayer

Inside an old church on 12th & Taylor, I stood toward the back of a small room. It was January 11th and inside my head I heard a whisper. They’re all praying for worthy things and worthy people at this meeting. But I hear no prayers for the pimp.

Come Together
May 10

Come Together

Why we don't just need to do more

What do journals, Despicable Me 2, and a wood shop have in common?

They are all being used by ordinary people to join the fight against sex trafficking.

Gifts in Hand
Apr 18

Gifts in Hand

Can A Bracelet Really Change the World?

Each of us has something.

No matter how disadvantaged, unskilled, or limited we feel, God has placed a unique gift in our hands. Maybe it’s a chance to speak, maybe an empty room in our house, maybe a lifelong hobby, maybe a tenderness in our heart. These pieces of our lives can feel disconnected, like scattered jewelry charms that seem to serve no purpose together.

Of Flights and Freedom
Apr 04

Of Flights and Freedom

Airline Ambassadors Help End Human Trafficking

“Nearly every country is involved in the web of trafficking activities,” the Airline Ambassadors’ website reminds us. The airline industry connects every country across the globe.

Look UP!
Mar 12

Look UP!

Reflections on The Justice Conference 2014

 

Do you ever just stop and look around? In the middle of your day, your commute, or your demands of life, do you ever suddenly stop and maybe pray for God to show you something? I’m doing that more, and noticing that He speaks to me and shows me something nearly every time. 

An Unlikely Beginning
Mar 04

An Unlikely Beginning

Two Musicians Partner with Hands of Hope

Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, California. What an unlikely place to hear “hallelujah” sung...

Milt Buckelew, worship pastor for The Chapel in Troutdale, Oregon, and his wife Lori knew they wanted to meet whomever the song was coming from. They walked over to the artist and casually struck up a conversation.

Go To the Roots
Feb 06

Go To the Roots

The "Tell Me Why" Series--Part Three

It’s a graphic image—bloody, gnarled roots throbbing below ground, poisoned fruit dropping from above. Harvesters work tirelessly to pick the fruit, only to find that more immediately take their place. To kill the tree—or heal it—they’ve got to go to the roots.

Conversations
Feb 03

Conversations

One Local Teen With a Voice

As a young adult, I would love nothing more than for those in my generation to move forward in life, with the courage to speak up about injustice and the guts to do something about it. Courage and guts could change a lot of things.  

She Did What She Could
Jan 29

She Did What She Could

One Simple Way to Make a Difference

Guess what? IT'S STILL JANUARY. And that means it's still Human Trafficking Awareness Month. And you can still do something or plan something or say something to your friend's daughter or yell something from the steps of City Hall or...or...you get the point.

A Cry in the Dark: Part Two
Jan 11

A Cry in the Dark: Part Two

A Parable

As the girl’s song faded into silence, Miller lit his lantern.

Night was falling fast and the unchanging darkness of the cave mocked his small light. He moved closer to the entrance, heart thundering. It took all his courage and determination, with breath held and legs trembling, to stoop and enter the cave.

 

A Cry in the Dark: Part One
Jan 10

A Cry in the Dark: Part One

A Parable

Miller edged closer to the cave, listening. The entrance breathed out cold, musty air, and it chilled his skin. He peered into the solid darkness, like looking down the throat of a huge beast, and shuddered. He was about to turn away, when he heard the sound again.

It was a whimper.

Deep in the cave, a young girl was crying.

PAVEing the Way out of Homelessness
Jan 04

PAVEing the Way out of Homelessness

The "Tell Me Why" Series--Part Two

She’s just a street kid, trying to make it another day on her own. Suddenly, she finds herself cornered by two large men and a van. There is nowhere to run.

As she struggles with her abductors, it’s obvious that the self-protective moves she’s learned on the street are not enough to escape. They stuff a fist in her mouth to muffle her screams. She is about to become another victim.

But help comes from an unexpected place. A group of other homeless teens saw the struggle and couldn’t just stand by. Together they are enough to break her free and run for their lives. Her close brush with trafficking was frighteningly usual to them all. Too many girls have simply disappeared before. 

Nothing Too Extravagant
Dec 24

Nothing Too Extravagant

Sharing Hope Through a Christmas Wish List

Tapshos, a baby bro, perit, blacberees, horse and cristalls aren't forgotten on this random Christmas wish list I came across. Santa must'a been chucklin' when he read it. I noticed a few things that were actually on my list too: MintShoclit and MacUp! I guess a girl just never outgrows some things.