Posted on March 27th, 2011

Our guest post comes from our friend Scott Heider from the Grove.


Today was eye-opening, humbling and encouraging. The Grove was invited to join a community from north Austin to serve lunch to refugees who have made Austin their home. We met people from Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, India and Nepal.

There was laughter, good conversation and kids running wild. I really loved the instant community that was formed. Even though people were from different countries, spoke different languages, had different faiths, the environment was warm and inviting.

The food started cooking and so did the stories. I heard many tragic stories of loved ones killed, families separated and harsh living environments. At the same time, these stories revealed courage, perseverance, hope and joy. It made me thankful for the freedom that I've always known and grateful that they now can be free.

One guy in particular that I talked with shared how his father and brother were killed and how he fled the country only to be separated from his mother and sister. He has been in the United States for 2 months and is trying to find work to send money back to his family. He was a joy to talk to and was hopeful in finding a job. I left telling Jayme that I wished I owned a large company so I could employ these folks and help them get on their feet. If anyone is reading this and has a company that could afford to hire someone I hope I'm planting a seed. Just employ one, it'll make a huge impact.

I am encouraged that our new friendships will continue. Our new friends have real needs that need to be met.

Here are some things that come to mind...

English: They need people willingly to teach them english so they can get jobs.

Jobs: They need jobs, and I’m not talking about bottom of the barrel jobs. I met intelligent, educated, skilled people who need employers to come alongside them and help them in their transition. I think what they'll find our hardworking and loyal employees.

Transportation: They need help getting places. Over time they can get a license and save up to get a car, but until then they need bus passes.

Gift baskets: Although many of them have some support from the government in this transition, it isn’t much and it doesn’t last for long. It would be great to put together gift cards for food, clothing and all the other necessities. If we could help furnish their apartment that would be awesome (I'm thinking of a pretty BIG basket).

I know there’s more, this is just the start...

Scott, thank you so much for your post and your heart for the city. For those who are interested in serving refugees in Austin contact us at info@restorecommunities.org

by Matthew Hansen on March 8th, 2011

Over the past couple days we have visited Restavek Freedom, Mission of Hope,Free Methodist Church, Thirst No More, Heartline Ministires and Stop Child Trafficking Now
and many other local leaders. These are all great organizations, but in the area of human-trafficking, which is the purpose for our trip, everyone says the same thing, “we don’t know, we want to know, and if you find out, please let us know!” Those are not the answers we were hoping for. They all know it is happening, and happening a lot, we've even been able to locate some key areas to watch. But they don't know any one who is doing anything, heck one organization even told us, IJM came, and then left do legal complications in the system.

After being part of the formation of Restore Communities I honestly believe when it comes to humanitarian issues, vision comes from need. And as we meet that need it begins to lead us to a deeper one, and then we are introduced to another one and so on, we just have to start somewhere with restorative justice, and it will evolve. It seems, that if we were to aim our efforts at just building safe homes, the best result would be simply that we could claim, “we built safe homes.” Not that we don’t need safe homes, but there is no support for them right now.
We need to dive deeper, and begin our work in the area of development and poverty alleviation. We need to create a frame work in which the houses work and are sustainable. We need systems and structures for purposes of sustainability. We need to begin to create a new paradigm while at the same time valuing and celebrating the Haitian culture. We need pastors and church leaders to teach their congregations the value of human life. A Theological lens for viewing women and children, is non-negotiable. Jean-Marc of the Free Methodist church in Haiti said, “when you have a country with need, children are the first ones to be overlooked.” We need a culture shift. In order to bring in a new paradigm, we need to start with the Gospel, not the line that Jesus came to save you from hell, as if the cross can be reduced to an eternal direction change. Sure it includes that, but that’s not it. The gospel is the full counsel of God, it begins with God and the narrative moves into creation, the fall, redemption and restoration. When the whole Gospel is laid as the foundation of all else we teach, train, and do, then our basic view of humanity has to change.
My favorite statement for the entire trip was by Jean-Marc, “the foundation of our gospel is not deep enough, as it does not lead to a commitment to social action.” His point being, no matter what we do in Haiti, no matter what we build, if it is not founded on and being projected from the whole gospel it will not be sustained. Jean-Marc and other pastor’s said, “if we can get pastors and theologians who understand the whole counsel of God to train us how to take our people through it, then we honestly believe that this country will begin to change, but it has to be Haitians helping Haitians.”
So, here seems to be the first three needs in creating the frame:

  • Pastor’s Helping Pastors: Can pastors help Haitian pastors find the justice thread that runs through the entirety of scriptures? Help them see that a commitment to justice is the result of a person saved by grace – They believe this will help them change the cultures in their churches and then cultures influenced by their churches.
  • Haitian’s Mentoring Haitians: Help the pastors here in Haiti create family mentoring programs for their families, to mentor other families. The truth is, the first ‘institution’ created is the family. Healthy families create healthy trajectories, just as broken families create unhealthy trajectories. We often call this discipleship, but it is helping entire families live with and lead families who need mentoring, to help the view of children begin to change. We know this will have upward movement and change.
  • Forwarding Their Agenda: Rather than coming in with our own agenda, we need to help, support, and empower the Haitian leaders forward their agenda. This is hard for us westerners to do, but here’s what we know: when we forward their agenda, we allow Haitians to take responsibility for their own nation, their own people. Then we know new needs will rise to the top, and we know these will eventually lead to hitting the subjects that pull at our heart strings the most: slavery, orphan, and poverty.

by Matthew Hansen on March 7th, 2011

As many of you know we joined forces with New Song, Austin New Church, the River Conference, and Soma Austin to travel with HELP End Local Poverty for a research/vision trip to Haiti. We have been here now for about five days, and are learning much.

The first reality that cannot be denied, is that Haiti is a place that is a complete composure of chaos and beauty. When you look at the Haitian countryside, the mountains, the trees, the exotic fruit, the oceans, you wonder, “is this what Eden was like?” However, packed inside this breath taking Eden-like landscape, is anything but Eden, it is brokenness in the form of a culture. Haiti is a people who are absolutely beautiful, resilient, and determined, yet at the same time they are surrounded by such devastation, loss, and peril. Hope seems to be a slight whisper, that easily gets lost in the noise of breaking hearts.

Mumford & Son’s has a song called, After the Storm, and I think a few specific lines describes the very despair seen in the eyes of the Haitians:

…now I cling to what I knew, I saw exactly what was true, but oh’ no more, that’s why I hold with all I have, that’s why I hold, with all I have. And I will die alone, and be left there, well, I guess I’ll just go home, oh’ God knows where, because death is just so full and mine so small. Well I’m scared of what’s behind and what’s before…
Yesterday, we stood in the home of a new friend, who recounted his experience in the earthquake. I won’t do it justice nor will I mention his name for his sake, but it went something like this:

“For some reason, I went to work without eating anything. Then after work, I had to go to school, so I went to school with nothing to eat, and while in class, I told the teacher, ‘I have to leave, I have to go get something to eat, I am sorry, but I have to.’ So I did. I got up, and went home. Went inside, grabbed a quick bite to eat. As I walked out of my front door, it happened, the ground shook like nothing I have ever felt before, and I have felt earthquakes. I looked up just in time to see the top of a neighboring house explode. I grabbed the closest thing to me, a tree and held on tight. I knew it was not an earthquake, but it was the end, I really thought the world was coming to an end. As soon as I realized it was over, I went through the village to check on my sisters and father. Then I check on my mother. All was good, they were alive. Then I remembered, my girlfriend had been in school that day, where I was supposed to be when the earthquake struck. So, I went to find her sister. We ran to the school together, and were assured, she was fine and had made it out. So, we all slept through the night. But it didn’t feel right. No one had heard from her. So, her sister and I grabbed a snack put it in our pocket, and headed back to the school. The same people who had told us she made it out were now saying, they hadn’t seen her. So, we started walking through the rubble screaming for her. Then I heard it. I heard her voice, calling my name. So, I yelled to her sister, ‘I hear her, I heard her voice, she’s under here.’ We began to throw the rocks off, dig through the dirt until we found her. From the waist up, she seemed fine, minus some cuts and bruises, but from the waist down, she was crushed under a huge rock, that none of us could move. So, I asked her, ‘what can I get you, what can I do.’ She said, ‘I am glad you are here to save me, but for now, I’m hungry.’ I remembered, I have a snack in my pocket, and so does her sister, so I sit next to her, took the food out of my pocket, and fed it to her as I stroked her hair. She ate it, and said 'thank you.' Then just seconds later, she threw-up all the cheese we had given her, and then took her last breath…”
He later let us know, that every day he lives with the ‘what if’ of being there the day before. I know, there is nothing this brave man could have done even had he been there a day earlier, but it the deamon he lives with. As we stood there in tears listening to his story, Jacob Vanhorn turned to me and said, "now multiply that by 220,000." Silence.

These are the stories that scar the Haitian people, and yet for some reason they find a reason to fight for another day. We spent the next days, seeing the pain he heard in the eyes of many people. Hearing one story after another. What used to be top-notch golf courses now housed tens of thousands of Haitians in tents…not tents you can buy at REI, but tents with no floor covering, no insulation from heat, cold or rain. We’ve heard of people who have had to learn to sleep standing up, leaning against trees or each other. Parents offering you their kids. What one may imagine as the worst imaginable environment, came to life in Haiti.

The worst part of all this, is that when a society becomes this desperate bad things begin to happen. People become commodities. Survival is the filter of decisions. Poverty is not the absent of money, but the absent of options. Humans were not made to live in poverty, so when options are absent, we will go to depraved levels in order to make those options. When that happens – poverty is perpetuated, orphans are as plenty as the water in the ocean, and slavery becomes a part of the culture.
This is a devastating story. The rest of the blogs, will be the glimpses of hope we are seeing on the ground here. We have found if you are fighting slavery here, then you are involved in the orphan crisis. If you are fighting the orphan crisis, then you are fighting slavery, and to do this you have to begin to take up the fight to end poverty. Because, poverty is the lack of options, and when we don’t have options, we will turn people into commodities that we use and abuse to create those opportunities.

In closing, let me finish that Mumford & Son’s song, After the Storm, as sort of a hope, a prayer, a dream for the country and people of Haiti…

…I took you by the hand and we stood tall, and remembered our own land, what we lived for; but there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears and love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears. Get over your hill and see what you find there with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair…

by Susan Brubaker on February 1st, 2011


This month’s guest blog is from Susan Brubaker from Austin Angels. The Angels have become great friends of Restore Austin and amazing partners. They do some amazing work here in the Austin area, and we thought it would be great to give them the platform of our monthly guest post to speak to you:

Our mission: It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, what your faith is, what your social economic class is, race, sex, color, age etc.. We welcome EVERYONE to volunteer with us! All we ask is that you have a generous heart and a desire to want to help people.

We are an organization mostly known for serving the children of Austin.

Below is a list of some of the service projects that we accomplished in 2010.

  • January & February- Made over 7 rooms at Hope Alliance a battered women and children’s shelter in Round Rock.

  • March- Extreme Make over on a family in Buda!

  • April- 56 summer bags for the orphans at St. Judes Children’s Home in New Braunfels

  • May- Charity Boot Camp- Buda

  • June- Day of Beauty for the girls at the Settlement Home in Austin.

  • July- Room Makeover at the Texas Baptist Childrens Home.

  • August- Raised 7,000 pieces of School Supplies for Perez Elementary School- Austin

  • September- (is our only international month of the year) we teamed up with Help End Local Poverty and Raised $3,000 to help build a home for the orphans in Haiti.

  • October- Threw a HUGE fall festival party for the girls at the Settlement Home in Austin.

  • November- donated a 100 turkeys and made thanksgiving baskets for 100 Military soldiers at the Food Care Center in Killen.

  • December- Threw a Christmas Party for 90 foster children with Texas Mentor and partnered with Restore Austin, Music for the City and HELP to raise awareness on human trafficking.

Austin Angels makes it very easy to volunteer! Once a month (every month) we all come together and serve. It makes no difference to us how you choose to participate. Some of our volunteers give their time because they are limited in funds, some give money, some share our story and some pray for us. We welcome anything and everything that you can do to help our organization grow. To date we have 800 volunteers but we want that number to grow. Our goal is to have everyone in Austin -volunteering once a month- either with or without us!

At the beginning of every month I will send out an email letting all the volunteers know about the mission for the month plus all the details to the service project.

We understand that everyone’s schedule is not the same. Whatever your schedule permits for joining us is 100% fine! We know that not everyone will get to volunteer each month. If it works out that you can join us..Great! If not, we will see you at the next one!

If you would like to become an ANGEL (volunteer) please email me (Susan.Brubaker@austinangels.net) your email address and I will add you to our distribution list. Once you do this, you will start receiving all of our newsletters monthly!

Can’t wait to see you on our next project! Blessings!

Susan

by Guest Blog on January 2nd, 2011

In January, 2010, I took a trip to Uganda. I focused much of my time visiting orphanages in the area, feeling inspired by the work done there. By chance (but really, is anything by chance?), I also spent time with a group of refugee women from the Acholi tribe. These women had been abused by rebel forces resulting in 80% of them being HIV positive. I marveled at the resilience of their spirits as we sang and danced together. Their dignity in the face of trials moved me deeply. I left them knowing I wanted to do something to help refugee women. But how could I do it from the States?

Upon returning to Austin, I was drawn to the rapidly growing yet largely invisible refugee population in my own community. I had completed a training program to help their families and began enrolling their children in school. As I got to know one refugee family in particular, their experience with fear and isolation convinced me the time to act was now and the place to help was Austin, Texas.

I set up a meeting with the director of Refugee Services of Texas and asked the question, “What is the biggest need for the refugees living in our community?” Her answer kick-started this social enterprise. She said that most of the refugees end up in jobs where they are overworked and underpaid and get caught in a cycle of dependency and despair. What they need, she explained, are sustainable jobs that provide a livable wage. So, I set out to start a business that would employ refugee women at a wage that would allow them to provide for their families……a company with a conscience!

I started asking some of my friends if they wanted to join the adventure of starting such a company and was pleased but not surprised at their positive responses. Lacey Strake was the first to say “yes”, which fit well with her heart and the fact we’d discussed doing something like this over 10 years ago. (We even referred to it as Open Arms in those long-ago conversations.) We were quickly joined by several other friends and seemingly overnight, we had a seven-woman team overflowing with passion and complementary talents. It was like watching the perfect puzzle pieces fall into place. Our team launched into the unique challenges of creating a business that offers a compelling product, pays a reasonable wage and matches the skills and experience of our refugee employees.
The product……..
As we wracked our brains about what to make and sell, we researched and spent time on product development for several ideas that ended up falling short. My husband, Robert, and I even got into a nightly ritual of “business brainstorming.” (I know…very romantic). One night, with our brains tired from going down too many rabbit trails, we asked the simple question: “What do people have a lot of…but don’t really need?” The answer came like a lightning bolt…T-SHIRTS! As our minds raced, we talked about how t-shirts and refugees share a similar story: created with hope, but often tossed aside. With Open Arms, refugees (and countless shirts) will get a new start, a new lease on life.

From the start, we determined to do business differently. What if our company offered enrichment opportunities where the employees could participate in brown bag lunches with experts on relevant subjects? What if they had the option to attend an ESL class during the workday? What if we offered a childcare co-op for our mothers so they could bring their children to work since childcare is often cost-prohibitive? What if we offered job-share opportunities for those who need to get home to be with their kids? What if we instituted an early literacy program for pre-school age children of our employees, giving them a solid start as they enter school? What if we invited the community to join us for lunch once a month to talk about poverty issues and ways to help break the cycle of poverty? What if…….

I’m convinced the passion and work ethic of our team (Alexia, Diane, Katherine, Lacey, Linda, and Trina…..not to mention the spouses who have been roped into countless hours of work on our behalf) and our growing network of friends and supporters will make Open Arms happen.

Together, we can change the world.

by Jason Kovacs on November 24th, 2010

This month’s guest post is from Jason Kovacs of the Abba Fund and Austin Stone, Jason is a great partner and friend with Restore Austin, and has helping use with many of our adoptions. Jason’s passion for adoption is amazing, and his leadership in assisting others with God’s heart in the area of adoption is unprecedented:

The Gospel Made Visible through God’s Provision

Many people are being moved today with God’s heart for the orphan and are thinking about adoption. It can be overwhelming and for the majority, the financial cost of adoption feels like the greatest obstacle.

It is important to remember that God does not ask us if we can afford to do it. He simply asks us if we are willing, and asks us to trust that He will provide. That may sound great to read, but when it becomes personal it is often much harder to believe and much scarier to do.

I liken this to one of those high diving stuntmen that perform at State Fairs. They usually have those funny striped bathing suits and wow the crowd by diving 100 feet into a tiny pool of water. For many, the call and cost of adoption feels like you are standing 100’ up on the platform and all you see below is a tiny pool of water. The resources don’t look like much and it feels like it is an impossible feat.

Through my work with ABBA Fund and Together for Adoption I have the joy of regularly hearing stories of how God makes seemingly impossible situations possible. That is what God is best at. He truly does provide – that includes funding what He favors. On my grandmothers fridge she has a magnet – “Where God guides, He provides.” That is our God. It is not often in our way or our timing but He does it. Not only that, but God delights to provide. And, because He is so passionate about the fatherless (Ps 68:5-6), I think He especially delights in providing for families adopting.

One of the primary means that God provides for adoption is through other people. This happens through church adoption funds (like the one started at Austin New Church), family, friends, and a lot of times through those you never would have expected!

Recently, a young pastor and his family decided to step out in faith to adopt. Their church has about 50 members and 100 folks attending. This past Sunday, the church called the pastor and his wife up to the front to give him a card and express their appreciation for pastor appreciation month. They went up, and one of the elders handed them a ard and told them to open it then. Inside was a little certificate that said:

“Just as your adoption into the family of Christ has been fully paid, so also has the adoption of your daughter been fully paid.”

And there was a big “$11,500.00″ written on it. The amount that covered the remaining costs of their adoption. After they read it, the whole church stood and started clapping!

Our adoption and His provision is one of the greatest opportunities to make the gospel visible to the world. God get’s very passionate about that, and so should we. If God is calling you to adopt, don’t worry about where you will get the money, God already has and He will provide in His timing and His way. Maybe the greatest encouragement is the fact that God knows the cost of adoption – it cost Him the death of His son to adopt you and I. Begin by praying and then talk to your church about an adoption fund, and talk to your friends and family. Invite them to join you in the story that God is writing for your family to make His gospel visible to a watching world!

by Jim Cannon on August 31st, 2010


September’s guest post is from Jim Cannon of Cap City Kids. CapCityKids is a non-profit organization created to help children facing homelessness beat the odds and get a quality education. CapCityKids develops innovative programs and provides direct resources to help these students stay in school. We met Jim about two years ago, and it has been exciting to see how this non-profit has blossomed into a force of hope of kids who seem to have deck stacked against them. We’ll let Jim tell you more:

Homelessness is a lack of permanent housing resulting from extreme poverty, or, in the case of unaccompanied youth, the lack of a safe and stable living environment. Over 1.35 million children and youth experience homelessness in a year. Families are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population in the United States, accounting for approximately 40 percent of those in homeless situations. Two trends are largely responsible for the rise in family homelessness over the past 15–20 years: a growing shortage of affordable rental housing and a simultaneous increase in poverty. There is an increasing gap between income and housing costs for low-income individuals. Children and youth in homeless situations often do not fit society’s stereotypical images. For example, many children who are homeless are very young; in fact, over 40 percent of children living in homeless shelters are under the age of five.

Natural disasters and other unexpected tragic circumstances place children and their families in very traumatic situations. Simply being in a homeless situation is often very traumatic. Trauma causes children and families to feel out of control. Their day-to-day existence becomes unpredictable and chaotic. They often feel that they are helpless to bring order and a semblance of “normalcy” into their own lives. It is of the utmost importance for them to feel a sense of safety, security, and community support.

Research shows that it is often not the trauma itself, but rather what occurs in response to the trauma, that determines the amount of time and completeness of recovery. School personnel are in the unique position of being able to help children and families make choices that bring a sense of control, address feeling needs, and achieves some sense of normalcy and routine in their lives.

Local homeless education liaisons are Local Educational Agency (LEA) staff responsible for ensuring the identification, school enrollment, attendance, and opportunities for academic success of students in homeless situations. Some of these activities may be performed by the local liaison himself or herself, while others are accomplished by coordinating the efforts of other staff. National evaluations have found that local liaisons are an important factor contributing to the success of a school district’s homeless education program; therefore, the McKinney-Vento Act now requires every LEA to appoint a local homeless education liaison and specifies his or her legal responsibilities. By linking students and their families to school and community services, local liaisons play a critical role in stabilizing students and promoting academic achievement at the individual, school, and district level.

CapCityKids began their collaboration with local (LEA) staff as a way to work directly with Homeless Children and to Piggyback off the existing infrastructure of AISD. CapCityKids develops innovative programs and provides direct resources in Central Texas to help these students stay in school. Administrative costs for our programs are absorbed by the Austin Independent School District. Thanks to this close partnership, 100% of donations go directly to the students. Donations not only provide basic school supplies, but also support campus based specialist for at-risk students, after-school tutoring at homeless shelters, and help connect kids with social services.

Our short-term goal is to help serve these families in crisis. Our long-term goal is to develop a proven set of “best practices” for supporting these children in their pursuit of an education. Another unique and innovative methodology pioneered by CapCityKids is the use of AISD’s existing administration, personnel and facilities for our programs to the maximum extent feasible. Partly as a result of this strategy, CapCityKids has no salaried staff or administrative overhead. Volunteer groups such as Austin New Church are critical to our continued success by provider a large donor base of volunteers for our Empowerment Academies and other events.

First, thank you Jim for taking the time to write this post, we are humbled to have the opportunity to serve with you all. If you have any desire to work with at-risk children, and help change the trajectory of their life, please email CapCityKids at: info@capcitykids.org.

by Kevin Austin on July 30th, 2010

This month’s guest blog is by a new friend to Restore Austin and Austin New Church, Kevin Austin. Kevin is the director of the Abolitionist Faith Community, of Not for Sale Campaign. Over the past two months Restore Austin and Austin New Church has spent a lot of time building a partnership with Not For Sale. We are excited to see this relationship develop deeper as we work together for a Slave Free Austin and a Slave Free World!


Here is Kevin’s blog:

There are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history. Real slaves – unable to walk away – forced to work under the threat of violence or provide services without pay. Slavery permeates everything from our cell phones, to our clothing, to our coffee, chocolate, and tires. Slavery is not just an “over there” issue of poor Thai girls in forced prostitution or child soldiers in Uganda. It exists in our backyards, in our own cities and suburbs. The U.S. State Department, in their annual Trafficking In Persons Report, states that at least 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States every year.

Slavery certainly exists in and around Austin. What then is to be done?

First, denial of slavery is unacceptable. Equally unacceptable is the thought that we are powerless against it. Slavery exists. The horror of the situation should not leave us numb, shocked out of our senses, but should instead propel us into action. We can do something about it. The abolitionist movement of the 19th century, in one generation, challenged the enormous, entrenched business of slavery and abolished it. We can do the same. We can re-abolish slavery in our lifetime.

Second, learning more and being fully aware is necessary. Visiting a website like the Not For Sale Campaign is a good beginning. There are many good books and sources of information available. Not everyone will want to study and learn everything there is to know, but we do need some who can speak with knowledge about the issues.

Third, being a voice in the community is necessary. Chambers of Commerce, our faith communities, politicians, business leaders, friends, family, and our public schools should all be challenged to explore the issues and take concrete steps to protect the vulnerable, prosecute the perpetrators, create just laws, and unite our entire society against this evil. It will take everyone working together to create new futures for the vulnerable.

Fourth, moving beyond awareness and talk to action is imperative. Talk will not change things. Books will not change things. Statistics are cold and lifeless. Churches preaching and singing, soccer moms casting votes, politicians creating laws, neighbors changing their lifestyles, city counsels providing services – these things create change. Slow but steady change is necessary.

Fifth, meeting with those who are deeply concerned and ready to take action may be the first step of all the steps to take. Faith Communities should be encouraged to create opportunities during the year to gather everyone together and strategize how best to make Austin slave free. What does that look like? How do you do it? When? Who are the major players?

The issue of modern slavery affects us all. Our businesses are deeply impacted, our families are at risk, and our morality is challenged. Slavery is one of the highest money making criminal activities in the world. We are, essentially at war. Having this frame of thought and the actions that accompany it will help us all win the battle. For the sake of our communities and families; for the sake of all God’s created ones everywhere, let us fix our mind and shape our actions. Let us re-abolish slavery in our cities, counties, states, and nation and oppose the evil overseas as well.

Let us be a community characterized by these words: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31: 8 & 9)

For more see: www.notforsalecampaign.org and www.freedomsunday.org. Also take a few seconds and download the Modern-Slavery.



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