But the HOPE of Jesus

For the past two weeks, God has been doing a mighty work in the life and ministry of SOS. Four of our partners on the ground from Moldova have been here to share stories of hope, joy, and freedom. We are thankful for the time that we have had to speak about our passion and how God is furthering His kingdom through Moldova Mission. Some of these opportunities included luncheons, our home church’s Global Impact Conference, and a screening of the documentary Nefarious.

We were especially excited to spend time with Ana*, a woman previously trafficked from Moldova to Russia. She shared her testimony for the first time here after her dramatic rescue from trafficking seven years ago. Her story reflects that of 400,000 women that have been trafficked from this country is the last few decades. We were blown away to see her gain strength in sharing her story and by yesterday’s luncheon, she was sharing with complete confidence and grace. If you are interested in hearing the details of her story, please follow this link:http://www.c2athisweek.org/CMS/podcast/georgetaavictimofhumantrafficking

We were also blessed to travel to Moorhead city to speak with Parkview Baptist Church. They graciously dedicated their entire Sunday morning service to Moldova Mission. Two of our Moldovan team members shared their testimonies and SOS shared briefly of how God has interwoven these two ministries for His divine purpose. The congregation welcomed us graciously and we pray that they will continue in the fight against slavery.  

Yesterday, we spoke at a luncheon courtesy of Stu Epperson. It astounds us how God works everything together, truly bringing his investment in our ministry full circle. Four years ago, when we began the ministry of SOS, Mr. Stu was the first person to allow us to share our hearts via his radio talk show. Our ages ranged from fourteen, thirteen, and twelve at the time, thus his investment was taking quite some faith in teenage girls. But he allowed us to share our hearts, despite our inexperience or young age. For us yesterday to share our hearts again was immensely encouraging. This time we had our four friends from Moldova, the Moldova Mission Leadership Board, and a full presentation of our project. Purely by the grace of God has he allowed us to continue in this work against trafficking.

God has shown us that He is always working, even when we cannot see the connections that He is forming. Like He says in Isaiah 61, “They will be called Oaks of Righteousness, a planting of the Lord, for the display of His Splendor…” Notice the LORD didn’t say flowers or grass, but rather strong, enduring oaks. Trees take a long to mature and flourish. They are growing even when you can’t see the progress because the roots must take hold. In the same way, God has established these “roots” in Moldova for us to join at such a time as this. Throughout this journey, we have learned that God is always good and that He is always, always, always ever faithful.

 

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[EXCITING NEWS] SOS Spring Trip To MOLDOVA

In addition to all God has been doing through our last event, we are so excited to announce that Save Our Sisters will be taking a team trip to Cahul, Moldova this spring! This will be the first time for three of our team members to travel to Moldova and we are thrilled to visit the land of the future SOS home. This is such a sweet opportunity, a day we’ve been dreaming of since the beginning of this project is finally giving way to becoming reality! We would like to give YOU the opportunity to join our experience and impact in Moldova by helping to SEND OUR TEAM in April through prayers and financial support. During our time in Moldova, we will be ministering to our partner church in Cahul, collecting video footage and photos of the camp land, and speaking in local schools about Save Our Sisters. Two of our moms have graciously offered to travel with us as we all embrace this endeavor. The dates of the trip will be April 17th -23rd. We ask that you would pray for us and with us as we fundraise and even consider donating towards our trip. Each donation is tax-deductible and a part of bringing freedom to the captives. If you are interested in donating towards our trip, please send us an email at info@saveoursisterstoday.com. God is so good and we can’t wait to join Him in His work in Moldova! 

 

AUTUMN ABOLITION UPDATE

We are so thankful to all those who participated in our last event Autumn Abolition. Close to 200 people attended the event, enjoying a wonderful night of fellowship and fundraising on behalf of the SOS home! Many donated cakes towards the bake sale, pots of chili for dinner, and a wonderful selection of items for the silent auction. We praise God for His provision through $3,600.00 raised through Autumn Abolition! He continues to confirm His will and purpose for Save Our Sisters and events like these encourage us greatly. Please enjoy a few picture highlights from the event:

 

So, what have we been doing?

As the leaves change and Fall rolls in, refreshing change floats through the air. The time for all things pumpkin, tea, and cozy has arrived as summer officially draws to close. This change brings hope, excitement for the next season, and joy for what is to come.

In the same way, there has been much change for the land of the SOS Safe Home and the ministry of Save Our Sisters. Working alongside Dr. Alvin Reid from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, we have been working diligently to finish an eBook—a simple re-telling of our story and of His Faithfulness. Through months of churning out sentences, critiquing every detail, and seeking His guidance, we are excited to announce that we will be publishing “Save Our Sisters” within the next couple of months! We are hopeful for God’s purpose and plan to use our story to magnify Him through every story of grace.

Along with the eBook coming out soon, we are thrilled to host another fundraiser next month. SOS is hosting a Chili Fellowship & Art Auction on November 16th to raise funds for the water line put in THIS WEEK(!) in Moldova for the safe home. Dreams are becoming reality bit by bit, His grace abounding to teach us through each step of this journey. The Moldovans are working diligently to run the water to the land and electricity will be the next step, would you join us in praying for provision for those funds as well?

We anticipate the Fellowship to be a rich time together—full of advocacy, hot chocolate, singing around the bonfire, auctioning off Freedom focused items, praying for the captives, and raising funds for the water! Our goal is to raise $4,500.00 at this event. For more specifics on this event, please see the flyer on the event page.

 

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While you may not be able to be physically present at the Chili Fellowship, we encourage you to get involved in YOUR community. Maybe you would like to host a prayer gathering, car wash event, or chili cookoff at your home. Maybe you are creatively gifted and would like to donate a piece to auction off at the event? Please contact us (info@saveoursisterstoday.com) with your information and we would absolutely love to partner with you!

Finally, be in prayer for this December as four members from our partner church in Moldova will be coming to give testimony and share about the project. They will be in the US for approximately 10 days, speaking and sharing testimony of God’s goodness. He is surely doing a new thing in Moldova. We trust that the Lord will iron out every detail of travel as they venture here. We praise God for the abolition that is rising up out of both America and Moldova. We believe he time for reviving change is today.

 

It is not those who merely acknowledge the darkness that bring change, but rather those who march directly into the darkness with their lives to bring life.” ~Jefferson Bethke

Water Line Progress on the Land:

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Cool things are coming soon!

God’s faithfulness never fails.

We are been honored to work on penning our story and the problem of sex trafficking into an ebook that will hopefully be published within the next few months! Our dear friend and mentor, Doctor Alvin Reid has been diligently aiding us in this process and guiding our efforts. We are so thankful!

It is amazing the lengths to which God will go to make His name known. We count this opportunity as a blessing and we are incredibly excited to watch how God will use this proclamation of His mission and heart for the world and individuals to encourage and enlighten readers.  As the Church, the continue of the advance of the Kingdom here on earth should be our greatest, most urgent priority.

Will you take a few moments today to look at your own heart? What stirs in you the urgency to action?

Let it be Christ.

Merry Christmas 2012

Merry Christmas from the SOS girls! Our days have been full of caroling, wrapping, hot chocolate sipping, and enjoying time with family! We’ve stayed busy working on the eBook with Doctor Reid, as well as sending out our first SOS Christmas Card. Even though much is swirling with activity and parties here, our partners in Moldova have worked incredibly hard over the past few months…..

Ruslan, the project manager, keeps our inboxes current with the events and happenings on the land property. His emails constantly remind us of his faithfulness and zest for the Lord! Collectively, members of Immanuel Baptist Church, campers and villagers have worked extremely hard, as they plant the trees the Lord provided through SOS. As you see in the pictures, they have worked “joyfully, as unto the Lord.”(Colossians 3:23) We are so grateful for the ways God has allowed the village surrounding the camp to flourish through this work opportunity. Many villagers have found employment through this project, which we praise God for as well.

The grading has reached its conclusion and the topography is finished! The blueprints are being drawn soon— it is so exciting to see the project continue to grow into reality! The drawings and completed grading plans are such wonderful “Christmas gifts” for our ministry!

Beyond the land updates, the Lord has pressed on my heart to share what He has been teaching me this Christmas season. I’ve seemed to reasonate much with innkeeper and the shepherds of the Christmas Story.The innkeeper, as I love people, but have learned much from his seemingly insignicant role in Christ’s coming. The shepherds, as I simply have a preoccupation for sheep and farms:)

When I first thought about it, the innkeeper seemed to do nothing but refuse a place for Mary and anxious Joseph. He hurries them off to a stable, and then drops off the scene. Yet, as I thought about it more, what happened to this unsuspecting innkeeper was more than just a sudden baby delivery. He not only missed the birth of the Savior of the universe, but shoved this divine Child and family into his stable muck. The more this resonated in my heart, the faster I became completely convicted. How often do we wrap ourselves in the flurry of this season, yet we completely miss ChristmasWe’re absorbed into our phones, presents, football games, even sometimes Church activities. These distractions cause us to fully miss the season of advent, resting and waiting. in Christ’s coming. This realization has allowed me to breathe, allowing the joyful anticipation of our Lord to invade my heart instead of Christmas antics and stress… These lyrics perfectly capture these thoughts….

I don’t want you to miss it, I know I have before

Like the innkeeper who missed the wonder right outside his door

So open up your heart as Christmas passes through

Just in time to wake the child asleep inside of you

 

 

Yet, the Lord has revealed to me truths from the Shepherds. One of my favorite scenes of Moldova is the shepherds dotting the countryside. The live in a very much agrarian lifestyle, in which they must work off the land to provide for themselves. By experiencing shepherds firsthand, the story of the shepherds in Christ’s birth leaps off the page for me. Their experience of the angels, a seemingly horrifying experience, could not have been a clearer sign of the Savior.  They soon realized this host of angels came not to harm, but to announce the birth of the long-awaited Messiah. With haste, the Shepherds left their flocks in search of this Christ-child. They humbly came to adore their Savior, despite their position as nearly the lowest of men.  

The innkeeper provides quite a contrast. Mary and Joseph stood oustide his door, begging for a place of rest. He ignored their plea and ushered them into his last option of His cave. The Shepherds, however, left their sheep, their livelihood, everything— to find their Savior. After finding Him, they worshipped and exclaimed His arrival to everyone they saw.

“When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.” (Luke 2)

The choice is now ours– will we embrace our families, communities, this world for our King? Or leave this precious  Savior- Child at the door-step of our hearts? Will we rest in the gift of Christ?  Or will we trade His presence for the presents of this world? Will we abandon our flesh in obedience like shepherds? Or miss the opportunities He has given us? Christ awaits you with a heart of mercy and compassion. May you find your JOY in His birth and ressurection this Christmas season.

Christmas cannot be bought. Christmas cannot be created. Christmas cannot be made by hand. Christmas can only be found —In the creche, in the cradling trough, in the mire and the stench and the unexpected and unlikely and only in the person of Christ.” ~Ann Voskamp

 

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