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by Hanne Fellers
Art and artistic expressions can move you and make you feel emotions such as feelings for compassion, love and joy that are needed to be felt in our world today. When you hear your favorite song, it can bring specific memories and emotions to mind.
Through the busy season, I am reminded that God is closer than we know. A lot is happening and sometimes it feels like we are running from one place to another. But the moments we get together to pray have been so refreshing.
Every 4th Tuesday of the month at 6pm, we have prayer for an hour at the US office. It is open to anyone who has a heart to fight human trafficking through prayer. We also have a prayer room that is available during our office hours.
Word in Motion Sheds Light on Human Trafficking
Earlier this month, we attended the 4th Annual Step of Hope Dance Concert at Glendale Community College. Put on every year by Word in Motion’s Dance Company, dancers come from all over the world to take part in an Urban Dance Festival. On the very last night of the festival is the Step of Hope Dance Concert. It is a chance for all the dancers to showcase their talented work. It is a night of dance, creativity, and much talent. For the past several years, Word in Motion founders Pastor Tymme and Aury Reitz not only wanted to share their hearts and passion for the arts, but to also tie the concert with a cause. The cause they chose was child trafficking. It has been a tremendous blessing to be a part of this event and to see so many dancers using their gifts for God and for the freedom of others.
This year’s benefit concert was the best one yet and it happened to be Word in Motion’s 10-year anniversary! There were so many creative dance pieces, but the one that stood out the most was the one that shed light on human trafficking. It was a dance routine with a monologue testimony of a victim trapped in the world of human trafficking. Her story of abuse, neglect, and eventually slavery gave us a glimpse of the harsh reality of many human trafficking victims. What had the most impact was that the dance didn’t show these girls being rescued. Instead, it left the audience with a challenge at the end that said: “I need help, who will help, be our help.”
Thank you to Pastor Tymme and Aury as well as all the dancers for being a voice to the voiceless and using your God-given talents to bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking.
Help End Modern Day Slavery With ZOE
We love the term ”My Generation, My Fight” because it tells us that we have a responsibility to fight for what is right in our generation. It affects everyone and not just the new, younger generations. No matter which generation you were born in or where you were born, the term should engage us all to do something.
We are really excited for what is to come at ZOE! We believe that more and more people will engage in the fight to end modern day slavery. This fall, there will be numerous opportunities for YOU to get involved in the fight against human trafficking!
We invite you to attend Step of Hope on August 1st. It's a benefit dance show to spread human trafficking awareness and raise funds for ZOE through the arts. We also welcome you to join us for our 4th Annual ZOE Rescue Walk on November 14th in Sylmar, CA, to bring awareness to the issue of child trafficking, as we bring focus to “Change One Story.”
By simply sharing with your friends and family about modern day slavery and becoming involved, you make a conscious action to make the term: “My Generation, My Fight” a reality in your own life!
At ZOE International, we have adopted some values that undermine everything we do: passion, excellence, gratitude, love, humility, integrity, and unity. We highly value people who have these same values and are passionate about people and the fight to end modern day slavery. Our friends at The Underground Church and Word in Motion Dance Company are prime examples of people who have a heart to reach our generation with the love of God. Last year, they went on a short-term mission trip to Thailand and were able to do some special outreaches using dance, DJ skills, singing, and skateboarding as tools to share “The Good News” and work with the ZOE Child Rescue team to spread human trafficking awareness at local schools in the Chiang Mai area. The Underground Church team represents all of the values ZOE has adopted, especially passion and excellence.
The pastors of The Underground Church successfully worked in the Hollywood Dance Industry for years and many of the team members still work in the entertainment industry. By utilizing their creative gifts to introduce people to the love of God, they are able to reach many who have never stepped foot inside a church. They continue to train and equip their team members in excellence in their arts and teach them to use their gift for God to reach their generation.
Word in Motion has performed at local high schools, events, and conferences in the Los Angeles area, and is planning more outreaches this year. They have joined the fight to stop human trafficking by hosting “Step of Hope,” an annual benefit dance concert to raise awareness about human trafficking and finances for ZOE. They plan to go back to Thailand soon.
Do you have any talents or gifts you believe can be used as tools for God and to spread human trafficking awareness? Maybe you like to cook or bake? Maybe you like singing, playing sports, writing letters, knitting, or hosting parties? All of these things can be used to bless someone. Everyone can do something. If you enjoy music and dance, reserve August 1st in your calendar and invite a friend to “Step of Hope.”
Now, this talented group of people is getting ready to bless ZOE once again. On July 30th, Step of Hope will be putting on a benefit concert to raise funds and to support and partner with organizations that combat the trafficking of children.Dance groups from all over the world will be coming together to dance for freedom! Their vision is to be active participants in ending human slavery worldwide. We are always so deeply grateful for people who are willing to use their God-given talents for a greater purpose – and what greater purpose than the freedom of others.
The past two years Step of Hope Benefit Concert has generously given to ZOE and they plan to do so again this year.
For more information you can check out their website: www.stepofhope.com
by Betsy Meenk (STM Global Missions Manager)
At ZOE, we have been conducting short term mission trips since 2004. Hundreds of people have traveled to Thailand to see and participate in the work God has called us to do. They have come from all countries, all ethnicities, and all walks of life ranging in age from 13-75 years old! Here are thoughts from a few of those who have been to Thailand and experienced our Children’s Home first hand:
With every trip, we aim to make this a life-changing experience for all involved; including our children, ZOE parents, and staff. This can sometimes be a challenge because our ultimate job is to make the care and protection of our children top priority. We recently came across an excellent document from Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) outlining 8 principles for short term missions to benefit vulnerable children and families.
Jedd Medefind, the President of CAFO says, “Short-term mission trips carry the potential for much good and much harm. Wise engagement is critical, especially when we hope to benefit children.”
This beautifully articulates the heart of ZOE. He goes on to explain that “These principles have been developed and approved by CAFO, comprised of more than 190 respected organizations serving children in more than 130 nations. We establish these principles in unity, seeking to empower every church, organization, and volunteer participating in short-term missions to be more thoughtful and effective, particularly in respect to vulnerable children.”
Christian Alliance for Orphans has established the following 8 Principles that ZOE wholeheartedly embraces as we continue to improve our short term missions program.
#1 Protection – Safeguarding children from harm is first priority
#2 Attachment – Support bonds between children and their parents or primary caregiver
#3 Caregivers – Honor the role of parents and primary caregivers
#4 Community – Support the communities surrounding vulnerable children
#5 Expectations – Make sure the trip purpose is clear and expectations thoroughly understood
#6 Partnership – Anchor every trip in long-term relationships with quality partners
#7 Training – Commit to learning before going
#8 Media – Share stories and images with care
For more information about these principles click here https://issuu.com/christianalliancefororphans/docs/8_stm_principles-a?e=28419024/59243837
written by Marji Iacovetti
I’ve spent hundreds of hours researching over the last seven years. I’ve learned about child trafficking from survivors, therapists, social workers, and other heroic individuals.
The hardest part for me is the opposite of what I would have expected. When I see beautiful, loving, healthy parenting, I often ache inside.
“They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
Imagine being in your teens and desiring to start your own company. How brave and exciting would that be! Well that’s exactly what these 2 sisters decided to do. Sisters, Clara (14 years old) and Noelle (12 years old) heard about ZOE from their uncle and aunt along with their family who are currently serving as long term missionaries in Thailand with ZOE. Because of their connection to the organization, ZOE has always been an important charity to them and the charity they are most involved in. In the past, they have supported our organization through their church football team, through prayer and donations, and now through their business.