Are you prepared to take a stand?

Are you standing firm in your faith? The phrase, take a stand, means: to take a position in opposition to someone or something; to oppose or resist someone or something." Many people today blast their opinions on Twitter and Facebook, simply based on what they've read online or what they've see others share. Few people take the time to investigate and find the source of the information to determine if it is accurate or not before speaking out for or against it. Yesterday, I had the privilege of listening to my daughter deliver a message to a youth group about standing [...]

By |2015-08-03T09:21:03-04:00August 3rd, 2015|Christ Follower, Women, Young Adult|0 Comments

How 2 Teens Helped Rescue a Trafficking Victim

How can I help? What can I do?" I hear those questions more times than I can count in the fight against human trafficking. In many cases, it is followed by the statement, I'm just a ...." You fill in the blank. I'm just a mom. I'm just a school teacher. I'm just a dentist. I'm just a bookkeeper. I have yet to meet someone who learned about human trafficking only to throw their hands up , walk away and say they didn't care. Typically, the first time someone learns about it taking place in this country they're shocked. It's a lot to wrap [...]

FRONT LINE FRIDAY with Chris Smith of Restore One

It's FRONT LINE FRIDAY! I am so excited to have the opportunity to introduce you to Chris Smith of Restore One. I have been in the fight against sex trafficking for almost five years and every time I speak I'm asked these same questions: What about boys? Does this happen to boys? What is out there for boys? I've had sketchy answers at best. Well, today, you'll hear some of those answers and more. Meet my new friend, Chris Smith. How did you, as a guy, get involved in the fight? My wife and I were youth leaders for four [...]

By |2014-11-14T08:09:28-05:00November 14th, 2014|Christ Follower, Human Sex Trafficking, Women, Young Adult|3 Comments

Is it your responsibility?

An article I posted this week. Do you take the time to read articles in your newsfeed on Facebook? Do you click on the links in tweets on Twitter to read further on a topic? As many of you know, I am a huge advocate for victims of sex trafficking and try to use my social media platforms to raise awareness and hopefully serve as a catalyst for conversation. Once we have the conversation going, we can spur people into action. We have a huge problem in the United States with sex trafficking. I know it is a [...]

Who are you really talking to?

Are you on social media? If so, which ones? Facebook? Twitter? Instagram? Linkedin? and the list goes on and on. When you read an article on the internet there seems to be an endless supply of social media networks available to share the story. Many people are connected on multiple social media sites and visit them all regularly. You can walk into many restaurants today and see a family of four sitting at a table saying nothing to each other, yet all communicating on social media. They've opted to ignore the people sitting in front of them and have chosen to focus [...]

By |2014-07-16T08:50:07-04:00July 16th, 2014|Christ Follower, Women, Young Adult|0 Comments

Friend or Frienemy?

How many friends do you have on Facebook? How many followers do you have on Instagram or Twitter? Do you know them all? Could you pick them out of a crowd and name everyone? If you,'re like most people, you answered the last question with a resounding "No" because you don't have consistent contact with over half of the people you're connected with on social media. While social media is great, it allows us to communicate the same message to a lot of people at once, it gives us a false sense of relationships and connectedness, if that's a word. [...]

By |2013-12-03T07:59:29-05:00December 3rd, 2013|Christ Follower, Human Sex Trafficking, Women, Young Adult|1 Comment

Danger!

Do you have your cellphone set up to receive Amber Alerts? Everyone in our family does so last night as we were watching television it sounded like an air raid going off in our house when an Amber Alert went off.  My husband's and daughter's cellphones went off in the den while mine went off in the kitchen only to be followed by the alarm on the television. It definitely got our attention. A 14 year old female was allegedly taken from her home at 1 a.m. Wednesday morning by a 20 year old male. It was reported they were [...]

10 Steps to Keep Your Child Safe on the Internet

Social Media Outlets Do you leave your front door unlocked? Or are you the type that locks the doorknob, the deadbolt and sets the alarm whether you're at home or not? We have locks on our doors to keep unwanted guests out of our homes. We want to protect our belongings, but more importantly, the people we love. None of us would willingly open our front doors to dangerous people and invite them in to have their way in our homes, but it happens every day through technology. When we allow our children to get on the internet [...]

Who are your friends on Facebook?

Are you on any form of social media? There are so many options out there.  There's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin, Tumbler, Google+, and so many more.  The other day I read an interesting newspaper article about sex trafficking and clicked the share button so I could post it on my Facebook page and the share screen that popped up was so long that I had to scroll down the page to see all of the possibilities.  It's crazy. How many social media networks are needed? Social media is an extension of school for most teens.  They communicate with friends, share [...]

Let’s talk about sex!

What do you do when you see an article about sex trafficking posted on Facebook or Twitter?  Do you read it? Do you scroll down and ignore it? Or do you simply forward it to someone, like me, who you know is in the fight against human sex trafficking? Let's face it, no one enjoys reading those articles, even me; however, we cannot afford to look the other way.  Our nation's greatest treasure is being plundered right before our very eyes, within our boarders.  While it may not be your son or daughter in the article, it could be. This [...]

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