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Episode 39 Youth in Advocacy–Elena and Courtney 10-8-12

October 8th, 2012 · Comments

Youth can be such strong advocates and energetic workers for justice! In this episode, Elena and Courtney, both senior high young women, share with us their experience teaching their peers about such issues as human trafficking, domestic violence, and cyberbullying. We hope you're inspired to help youth in your area become involved in advocacy and world-changing!

For more information on the Break the Chains project that Elena and Courtney reference, visit our Break the Chains website.


Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Girls · Advocacy · Leadership development · Domestic violence

Episode 38 Survivors–Interview with Sandra Uwiringiy’imana 8-27-12

August 27th, 2012 · Comments

Sandra Uwiringiy'imana and her family are survivors of a massacre that occured in a UN-sponsored refugee camp named "Gatumba," in Burundi, Africa, August 13, 2004. Now living in the United States, Sandra, a high school senior, put together a multi-media exhibition entitled "Survivors" that lifts up the story of the massacre and expresses a passionate prayer for peace. In our conversation, Sandra shares her story of growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo and what led her family to be living as refugees in Gatumba, describes the events of the night of the massacre and the months following it, and what she nows plans to do with her life.

For more information about the Gatumba massacre, visit Gatumba Refugees Survivors Foundation website at

For more information about the Foundation of Hope, visit their website at


Tags: Interviews · Girls · Advocacy · Refugees

Episode 36 Girls Right of Passage Program with Rev. Barbara Jim-George 7-30-12

July 30th, 2012 · Comments

Rev. Barbara Jim-George was led by God during her doctor of ministry studies to delve into issues putting girls at risk for sex trafficking. Out of that research and a whole lot of prayer, the Girls Rite of Passage program at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, California, was born. In this episode, we hear about Rev. Jim-George's call to ministry, how she came to the realization that God was particularly calling her to work in the issue of trafficking and vulnerable young women, and how the Girls Rite of Passage program seeks to address these issues.

For more information on the Girls Right of Passage ministry at Allen Temple, visit their web page.


Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Children in Poverty · Girls · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy

Episode 32: Somalian Women and Girls–Sadiya Omar 6-4-12

June 4th, 2012 · Comments

I'm back from sabbatical and so pleased to be able to bring you a conversation I had with Sadiya Omar, a leader in the Somalian community in my hometown. Sadiya shares with us issues facing women and girls in Somalian refugee camps, as well as the life of refugees relocated to the U.S.

In this conversation, Sadiya references several organizations. Here are the links if you would like more information

United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR):

Lutheran World Federation's involvement with Somalian refugees:

Office of Refugee Resettlement (U.S. federal government): (Look on the left-hand side of the page for the interactive U.S. map that will help you find nearby resettlement agencies.)


Tags: Interviews · Children in Poverty · Girls · Advocacy · Refugees · Leadership development

Episode 026 Ethnic Minority Women of Thailand–Karen Smith

November 14th, 2011 · Comments

Karen Smith, program director of the New Life Center Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand, talks with AB Women's Ministries executive director Virginia Holmstrom about the challenges facing ethnic minority women in Thailand and what New Life Center is doing to help women meet those challenges.

For more information about the New Life Center, visit

For more information about the Break the Chains and Stop the Pain national mission project of AB Women's Ministries, visit


Tags: Interviews · Girls · Economic empowerment · Advocacy · Leadership development

Episode 23: Teens and Healthy Relationships–Debra Fields Oct 3 2011

October 3rd, 2011 · Comments

Debra-Fields.jpgDebra Fields, Community Education & Prevention Supervisor at the Sojourner Family Peace Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, draws on her experience working with both victims and perpetrators of domestic violence in the workshops and seminars that she leads on the issue. Debra and I spoke particularly about helping teens learn about healthy relationships early--how to draw boundaries, giving and expecting respect, and other behaviors and attitudes that will help protect them from becoming abusers or abused themselves.

For more information about the Sojourner Family Peace Center:

To find materials on the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Campaign, visit

For "Domestic Violence: What Churches Can Do," visit


Tags: Interviews · Girls · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy · Domestic violence

Episode 22: Women of Italy Sept 19 2011

September 19th, 2011 · Comments

Debbie-Kelsey_02.jpgDebbie and Jim Kelsey are American Baptist missionaries in Italy, engaged in cross-cultural ministries and theological training in Italian churches. Additionally, Debbie is in ministry with young women at risk for, or victimized by, human trafficking. Debbie and I had the opportunity to speak together during the ICAP Global Conference in Wisconsin last May; in our conversation, she describes the situation facing immigrant women in Italy as well as her ministry with Italian Christian churches around an outreach to women in prostitution and preventative education in the congregations.

For more information on Debbie and Jim's ministry in Italy, including journal entries and photos, visit and click on "People"--you'll see the Kelseys in the list that appears there.


Tags: Interviews · Missionaries · Human trafficking · Girls · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy

Episode 21: Women of Ethiopia Sept 5 2011

September 5th, 2011 · Comments

Cherry-Freidmeyer.jpgSerawit (Cherry) Teketel Friedmeyer is founder of Women at Risk Ethiopia, established in 1996 to work with women in prostitution in Addis Ababa. Women at Risk has a variety of programs to rehabilitate women coming out of prostitution and give them an education and marketable skills to be self-supporting in a life affirming way. Additionally, Women at Risk engages in education with vulnerable groups and advocates for women, including preventative education with men. Cherry is also the team leader for the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution--Africa.

For more information about Women at Risk Ethiopia, visit their website at


Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Children in Poverty · Girls · Economic empowerment · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy

Episode 016: Interview with Author Nita Belles of “In Our Backyard”–June 6 2011

June 6th, 2011 · Comments

nita-belles.jpgNita Belles, author of In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States, talks with Sandy about human trafficking, why and how Christian churches should become engaged in this issue, and the power of community.

You may contact Nita Belles at, or through Facebook--search Facebook for "In Our Backyard."

In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States may be found on Amazon.

The petition that Nita references in this interview may be found at


Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Girls · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy · Resource Recommendations

Episode 15: Podcasts on Global Women’s Issues May 23 2011

May 23rd, 2011 · Comments

There are a few other podcasts out there that may help you learn more about global issues facing women and girls. In this episode, I share with you what my research has turned up. I also discovered that In Their Shoes: Women Walking with Women Worldwide is pretty unique in what it does! There is also information in the episode about how to spread the news about your favorite podcasts with others--you can easily tell your friends, family members, fellow church-goers, and anyone else which podcasts you find most helpful and interesting to listen to!

Mentioned in this episode (all available through iTunes; direct links provided here, or just search iTunes for the titles):

Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe (podcast)

Forced Migration Online (podcast)

Forced Migration Online Documentaries (vidcast)

UNICEF (podcast)

(Not mentioned in episode but also available: UNICEF Television Vodcast (vidcast))

United Nations Radio (podcast)

Ending Human Trafficking (podcast)

Global Women's Network (podcast)

Say No to Violence Against Women (podcast)

UNIFEM (vidcast)


Tags: Human trafficking · Maternal Health · Children in Poverty · Girls · Economic empowerment · At-Risk Youth · Advocacy · Refugees · Leadership development · Social enterprise · Resource Recommendations