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 [...]

Bring trafficking to an end in Georgia!

Luke 4:18 [KJV] Today is Lobby Day at the state capitol in Georgia.  I will be joining individuals from Wellspring Living, Out of Darkness, youthSpark, Street Grace, and others as we unite our voices as a voice for hope for the hundreds of Hopes held captive in the state of Georgia. If you cannot join us in person, please join us in prayer, as we speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves [Proverbs 31:8a].  Write and/or email your elected officials today, asking them to: Pass legislation that requires the posting of the National Human Trafficking Hotline number in bars, hotels, and venues where [...]

Speak Up!

What does it mean to lobby for something? Lobbying means to actively try to influence legislation on a specified topic.  It means to use your voice, be it in person, via mail or email, to draw awareness to an issue and ask legislators to do something about the issue.  It is our constitutional right and responsibility to let our elected officials know how we'd like them to vote. This Thursday, February 7th, is Lobby Day  in Georgia on the issue of human sex trafficking in America.  Men and women from across the state of Georgia will come together on the [...]

Many Hats!

Have you ever looked back over your life and laughed at how the dots have connected through the years?  Do you see how the many hats you’ve worn have led you to where you are today? I found myself doing this yesterday. It’s really ironic how I ended up walking life with girls who are survivors of human sex trafficking, lobbying for better laws to protect them, and speaking as a voice for hope on any platform God gives me.  I remember when I started doing research for Rescuing Hope I thought I’d research, write a book and move on; [...]

How can I help?

Are you involved in the fight against human sex trafficking? I have been excited and inspired by some of the people I’ve met across this journey: college students, fathers, mothers, young girls, survivors, all wanting to raise their voice for hope in some way. Last night I received an email from a dear friend in Augusta, GA.  It read, Just finished Rescuing Hope. Couldn't put it down. Could hardly finish reading through my tears, now what do I do?” She’s a wife of fifty plus years, mother and grandmother and sees a need to join the fight. Then I received a [...]

What are you buying?

Are you a fearful person? I was very fearful as a child, but I have my older brother to thank for that trait.  He used to hide in various places around the house and jump out to scare me.  He knew I looked under my bed each night before I went to sleep, so one night he decided it would be fabulous to hide there and grab my ankle when I walked into my room.  I’m certain I raised the dead that night with my blood curdling screams. Through the years I’ve grown in courage as I’ve grown in faith, [...]

Do Something!

The Constitution of the United States of America Are you familiar with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America? It states that, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." This was passed by Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified by the states on December 6, 1865. Yet, today, slavery still exists in America. President Obama declared January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  For the first [...]

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Just do it!

Do you always do what you're told to do? The first time? I remember when my children were little, we taught them how important first time obedience was and held them to that standard.  We were blessed, because they caught on quickly and rarely rebelled.  Unfortunately, God can't say the same about me. I've been asked why a suburban housewife and mother of two felt compelled to write Rescuing Hope and how I ever got into the whole human sex trafficking arena. My response is, "Not by choice."  I'd like to tell you all that I took up this cause for justice willingly, but [...]

A Year of Possibilities

Happy New Year! Do you have a new calendar up yet? Yesterday, as we were flying home from Pittsburgh, I realized I didn't have a new calendar, and I got a little excited about getting a new one. I always love getting a brand new calendar. There's nothing like a clean slate.  You don't have anything bearing down on you as urgent. The squares are blank, just waiting for you to write things on them. The opportunities are endless.  I love to take colored pens to my calendar, recording birthdays in one color and meetings in another. Don't make [...]

Seven Days of Hope: Day 6, We need you!

Have you ever thought about writing a book? I can honestly say, I hadn't given it much thought before Rescuing Hope.  When I learned of the evil stripping innocence away from our children, selling them like a commodity, I had to do something. Because of my work with youth, I knew teenagers would never read a nonfiction book on the issue of sex trafficking, not unless they were doing a paper on the subject. I also knew if I could write a compelling novel and fill it with as much information about the issue as possible, there was a chance [...]

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