Archives for September 2017

September 18, 2017 - No Comments!

To Dance or to Bike…that is the Question!

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.

Dance, is also a wonderful creative expression, an art form indeed. We’ve learned from trafficking survivors that dance can be very healing.

On October 2nd, we will be launching the Dance 4 Freedom Challengewww.gozoe.org/dance.

Even if you don’t consider yourself a dancer, you can still be a part of this challenge!

If you’ve been following ZOE for more than a year, you’ve probably seen or heard that about our Annual ZOE Rescue Walk. This year we decided not to host the Walk but we still need your involvement to keep ZOE going. Therefore we are hosting this Dance 4 Freedom Challenge as well as the  Road of Justice Coast 2 Coast Bike Ride. We hope that you can engage with us in one or both events. We need your assistance to be able to continue doing prevention work, rescue children and help bring restoration to those that are hurting.

This late summer we were a part of the Step of Hope Dance Benefit that Word in Motion Dance Company out of Life150 Church in North Hollywood hosted for the 6th year in a row. At this event I felt so many emotions. Mostly good, but I must admit, I also felt nervous, frustrated and sad. Nervous, because I was speaking at the event. Frustrated because through the dances and artistic expressions, it was clear that human trafficking is a growing problem. Sad, because the reality of slavery is heartbreaking.

This years event started off with a spoken word by DJ Baluyot. His message was so well prepared and executed with so many facts.

He talked about the reality of kids and teens today seeking acceptance through social media and starving for real love and attention, and how some take advantage of this and prey on the youth in our society. We hope to continue educating our youth about the dangers of human trafficking. But we need your help to do so. We hope you will join us for the Dance 4 Freedom challenge or Road of Justice Bike Ride.

Watch the spoken word here:

September 11, 2017 - 2 comments

Even in the Midst of Transition

By Karen Miyamoto

If you have been following ZOE long enough, you know by now that there are things always happening at the ZOE USA office.  From going to conferences to meeting with church pastors to big projects like opening up ZOE Children’s Homes Los Angeles, the USA staff is always on their toes keeping busy with the various projects.  Currently the USA office is going through a big transition.  The office in which we called home for the past 14 years is no longer our home.  We are moving!  Though we have not found a permanent office location yet, we are super excited and very much looking forward to a new office space that we will be able to grow with.  Great things are to come for the USA office!

Every month, our faithful volunteers trek to our office to assist us with prepping and assembling the newsletters and postcards many of you receive in the mail.  Well now without an office for our volunteers to come to, this was going to be a big challenge.  Where could we go that would hold the many volunteers that come out to lend a helping hand and in addition, have a large enough space where we had room to work?

Here’s a photo of just a few of our dedicated volunteers

It was then that God provided.  One of our dear and generous volunteers offered to open up her home on a monthly basis until we find an office so that our volunteers had a place to work and also so that we can continue to stay connected with you all with our mailings!  It was such a huge blessing!  I must admit that I was a bit worried in the beginning since the home was in the valley and many of our volunteers lived in Santa Clarita.  Would our volunteers drive to the valley just to help us with our mailings?  To my surprise, many if not all of our volunteers said the would make the drive because they wanted to help!  I was so humbled and honored.  We have the best volunteers in the whole universe!

Thank you ZOE volunteers for going above and beyond the call of duty and lending a hand during this transition.  You guys are the BEST!