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Episode 53 Ministry at a Motorcycle Rally–LaVonna Cline 6-13-14

June 13th, 2014 · Comments

Every year, over 400,000 motorcyclists descend upon Sturgis, South Dakota, for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The rally, the largest motorcycle rally in the world and one of the longest-running, nearly doubles the population of the state for that week in August. In this episode, we hear from LaVonna Cline who volunteers with the ABC Emergency Services Center, set up each year at the rally, to provide services, transportation, and counseling to rally attendees.

Links mentioned in this episode:

ABC Emergency Services Center: http://www.sturgisaid.com/abcesc.htm

BeFree58--a ministry committed to ending human trafficking: www.befree58.org

Christian Motorcyclists Association: http://www.cmausa.org/

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Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Events · Domestic violence

Episode 45 Update on Haiti with Peggy Burke 10-21-13

October 21st, 2013 · Comments

In this episode, Peggy Burke gives us an update on her experience of Haiti now, over three years after the devastating earthquake of January, 2010. She shares with us what has improved and the work that remains to be done.

To hear Peggy's story of the earthquake itself, click here. (The file is uploaded to our website so you may listen to it directly on your computer.)

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Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Children in Poverty · Economic empowerment · Advocacy

Episode 43: Interview with Author Nita Belles 8-26-13

August 26th, 2013 · Comments


It's time to check in with author Nita Belles again! Publication of her book In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States, has taken Nita on a journey all over the United States, meeting people and hearing stories about abolition work and victim care. In this episode, we find out what Nita has going on today, as well as some key steps to take when we're inspired to become more deeply engaged ourselves.

In Our Backyard: A Christian Perspective on Human Trafficking in the United States may be found on Amazon, or look for it in your local bookstore.

Like In Our Backyard on Facebook to stay up-to-date with news and stories about trafficking, survivors, and abolitionists.

Missed our first conversation? Find it here.


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Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Advocacy · Resource Recommendations

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.

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

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.

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

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 www.internationalministries.org and click on "People"--you'll see the Kelseys in the list that appears there.

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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 www.w-a-r-e.org.

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

Episode 18: Women in Sierra Leone July 4 2011

July 4th, 2011 · Comments

DSCN0571.jpgAt the recent ICAP Global conference, I had the privilege of getting to know the Rev. Agnes Lamin of Sierra Leone. Agnes works with the Women at Risk organization to provide outreach to women in prostitution. In our conversation, Agnes discusses the relationship of war, poverty, and prostitution. Plus, we address issues of gender roles, girls' access to education, and the work of her Women at Risk organization.

For more information about the Women at Risk organization in Sierra Leone, you may email edithlamin@yahoo.com.

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Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Economic empowerment · Advocacy

Episode 017–Reflections on ICAP Global Conference June 20 2011

June 20th, 2011 · Comments

ABWM-at-ICAP.jpg Here we are...some of the American Baptist women at the ICAP Global Conference! ICAP Global, or the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution Global, held it's international conference at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wisconsin, this past May.

In this episode, you'll hear me talk with Barbara Anderson (not pictured), Peggy Burke (first row, center, in pink blouse), Virginia Holmstrom (far first row, far left, in black jacket), and Debbie Kelsey (not pictured) about our experiences before and after the conference week. (I'm in the second row, far left.)

Here's a party game for you: There are three other people in this picture who have been featured in past episodes of In Their Shoes. Can you find Lauran Bethell, Susan Omanson, and Margaret Rose?

For more information about ICAP Global, its events, or the issue of trafficking, visit www.icapglobal.org.

Don't forget about the drawing for an autographed copy of In Our Backyard, by author Nita Belles! Post a comment to this episode or the last one to have your name entered in the drawing. I can't wait to share this book with someone!

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Tags: Interviews · Human trafficking · Advocacy · Events

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 www.nitabelles.com, 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 change.org.

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