June 21, 2017 - No Comments!

My Voice Being Heard

Hello! My name is Jessica Murphy and this year I had the pleasure of interning with ZOE International. I also had the opportunity to transfer to CSU Channel Islands in Ventura County where I am currently studying Business and Nonprofit Communications.

My journey with the fight against human trafficking began in the Fall of 2016 when I was attending College of the Canyons. My dear friend and now fellow intern, Breezy Thompson, reached out for help with starting a MyGenMyFight club at our community college. Although I knew very little about human trafficking, I felt a strong calling to get involved in this cause. Through raising awareness and educating other students, faculty, and staff at my school, I found myself learning about so many different layers of trafficking, being introduced to new ideas and solutions, and meeting amazing people with similar passions. I found that the more I taught others, the more I learned about the depth of this atrocity.

While diving into my involvement with MyGenMyFight COC, I met the wonderful ZOE International crew who took me in as if I was family. I expressed my interest in interning for their organization, and since then things have never been the same. I was brought to county-wide meetings where the reality of human trafficking set in. I continued to meet people who were passionate about saving children, caring for their volunteers, and open minded to the numerous ways we could make a change in this world. For the first time ever, I felt that my voice was being heard.

My passion started with understanding the basics of how to run a nonprofit organization, but it became so much more. God strategically placed me here at this time to teach me that there is something much bigger than myself. From the moment I sat through orientation, I realized that ZOE is not just about saving these children, but also about finding unity and love for your community along the way.

I hope that this never ends. ZOE is not only a comfortable place to learn, but a safe place to grow. My ultimate goal is to use my platform to spread the word that God wanted me too. I plan on starting a MyGenMyFight club at CSU Channel Islands in the Fall and I am praying that I will meet people along the way who recognize how serious this issue is. At the end of the day, ZOE doesn't care where you've come from or what you have done, they focus on what you can bring to the table and where your intentions truly lie. Because of this internship, I reflect on these key concepts every day: how am I making a difference in someone's life? Who am I reaching out to that may potentially need my help? How can I help to heal others while healing my own heart in the process? I may not know the answers to any of these questions yet. But I recognize that God wants me to be involved in this fight, right now, and I will fulfill His plans for me until it is time for me to pass on the torch.

By simply talking about this problem or expressing why you choose to get involved, it doesn't matter. All that matters is that you are using your voice to raise higher consciousness of an issue that affects every single one of us. We are all meant to use our light in this way. To heal others. This is serving humanity. This is love.

How will you be the change that you want to see in the world?

 

 

June 19, 2017 - No Comments!

We Need Each Other

“Not one of these kids who have succeeded has done it without connection to at least one supportive adult.”

     Nola Brantley
     Human Trafficking Survivor, Advocate, and Educator

An amazing survivor of child trafficking made this statement recently. Her words confirm a basic, well-known truth:

We need each other.

Young survivors of human trafficking can experience success - but they need the support of caring adults throughout the healing process. They need love and acceptance. They need us to listen. They need encouragement, mentoring, shared experiences, and shared laughter.

They need caring adults to live life with them for a long time.

ZOE is preparing to build ZOE Children’s Homes – Los Angeles so we can live life with children as they begin the overcoming process. Will you help make this home a reality by giving your time, talent, or finances? Will you pray about becoming a foster parent or mentor who walks alongside a young person throughout the long and valuable journey toward lasting freedom?

One caring adult can make all the difference.

 

For more information, please contact the ZOE office at (661) 255-7963 or info@gozoe.org.

June 13, 2017 - 1 comment.

Little Heroes Making a Big Impact!

Written By:   Karen Miyamoto


I love highlighting our little heroes that are doing big things!  This months’ little hero is Hope Zazueta.   Hope is 11 years old and has always had loved helping others.  In the past, she and her family have attended ZOE’s Rescue Walk, raised money for ZOE International and donated items like socks during Christmas time.  I had the honor of interviewing this amazing little girl. 

Why do you want to help others that are less fortunate?

I want to help others because I feel bad for the kids that are trafficked and I want to help them by showing God's love.

Aside from helping ZOE, what other things have you done to help people?

I am an ambassador at my church so I serve with the younger kids and help with the media during services.  I have done lots of outreaches at elderly homes and helped in communities that are less fortunate.

What do you enjoy the most when helping others?

I like to make them feel loved and happy. It makes me feel good by bringing joy to others.

And lastly…what is your all-time favorite ice cream flavor?

Cherry amaretto

Thank you so much, Hope, for making a difference and sharing God’s love to those around you.  You are a true hero worth highlighting!  A special thanks to Hope’s parents as well for training up and raising a loving and giving hearted child.  We are so grateful for the impact the Zazueta family is making.

May 31, 2017 - No Comments!

From the Field

written by Abigail Jennerson

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wonder what ZOE’s been up to”? Well ask no more! Here’s what’s been happening at ZOE Thailand this month!

The kids were out of school for summer break! Which means camps and activities and fun. We had four camps - two Bible camps, Purity Week and Around the World.
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May 10, 2017 - No Comments!

Prevention in America

This spring we’ve been very busy. Locally, in California, we’ve  shared with over 2000 people about our fight to end Human Trafficking. We are so excited that we are now having more conversations with people who say: “Yes, I know about human trafficking. How can I help?”
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May 1, 2017 - No Comments!

Eating Out at ZOE

The front entrance to the 3 restaurant booths.

While ZOE is in the mountains of Thailand, we are actually fairly close to a small village near some mom and pop restaurants. It only takes about 10 minutes by car from ZOE and you can have a quick sit down meal. It isn’t very fancy, but the food is GREAT! Staff and missionaries will go out from time to time and this is a great place for fast, inexpensive, tasty food.
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April 17, 2017 - 1 comment.

Finding ZOE International

¡Hola a todos!

¡Mi nombre es Cristina Amaro y yo soy una pasante de ZOE!

English translation: My name is Cristina Amaro and I am currently an intern at ZOE! I graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in International Studies and an emphasis in Latin-American Studies (I really love tacos). I have also completed two years of Theology studies through Portland Bible College.

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April 3, 2017 - No Comments!

Camp at ZOE

Here at ZOE we have two major school breaks a year. One in October and the other in March-May. This year we are running three different week long camps simultaneously for our children, pre-teens and teens. By separating them into three different age groups, we can develop more age appropriate lessons and activities.  Needless to say, it is a whirlwind at ZOE!  Wherever you look there are activities going on non-stop. From games on the lawn to excursions to various locations, the coordination is simply AWESOME! Between Thai staff, missionaries and our Leadership Training Program students, everyone is going all out!
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March 27, 2017 - No Comments!

See. Care. Act.

Between 2013 and 2015, over 1,000 children were referred to government officials as confirmed or suspected victims of human trafficking – right here in Los Angeles County.

God sees each precious child who is being harmed. He hears every cry.

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March 20, 2017 - No Comments!

God Uses It All

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely week. My name is Brianna Thompson, though I am referred to by my nickname, Breezy. I am pleased to say as of this spring I am one of ZOE’s new interns. I am currently in the application process for College of the Canyon’s respected and highly competitive Nursing program, where I will receive the critical training I need in my future career.

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