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March 13, 2017 - No Comments!

Music Touches All Hearts

by Karen Miyamoto

Several months ago, I had the honor of connecting with an amazing girl named Denae Holler. She heard about ZOE through a friend of a friend and came up with the idea to collect instruments for the children at ZOE Children’s Home in Thailand as a part of her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Karen & Denae with the donated instruments.

Through a series of email conversations with our office, she inquired what some of the needs were and one of the things mentioned was that ZOE was really short on instruments for music therapy. Denae is a musician herself so she thought this was the perfect project for her and that it would be an awesome way to be able to use her passion and skill for doing good.

She shares, “I had to do an 80 hour project that made a lasting impact, so along with collecting the instruments for ZOE International, I created a website that entails the causes and effects of human trafficking. I was really happy with the instruments I collected. It was incredible to see the way the community responded with generous donations when I put out flyers. Of course I would have always wanted to collect more but I am happy with the work I put in.”

Denae also told us that she learned a lot about how human trafficking happens in the United States and globally by doing a lot of research online which was needed for her website. In addition to the new education she gained about trafficking, she learned how to network and use her resources in order to collect the instruments.

Now a junior in high school, Denae has been a Girl Scout since she was in kindergarten. That’s 12 years! Why has she continued being a Girl Scout for so long? She answered, “What I like the most about Girl Scouts is that it teaches young girls to believe that they can be whatever they put their minds to. It inspires girls to follow their dreams and shows them how they can make an impact in their community and beyond.”

Thank you, Denae from the entire ZOE family. Your dedication, hard work and passion to make a difference in the lives of our precious children means so much to us! Great job!

March 1, 2017 - No Comments!

Hot Stuff

We are in the last stages of finishing our new vegetable green house, also known as a garden hut by the Thai staff.

This new development is important because it allows us to grow vegetables in the off season which also means we do not have to pay higher prices for these types of crops. With the garden hut, we can grow higher value crops and give our kids a wider variety of food without paying the higher prices. One vegetable that ZOE will appreciate the green house for is chili. 

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ZOE loves chili. In fact, we use up to 6 pounds of chili per week! Chili is a spice, and like most spices, they tend to be more expensive per pound than regular vegetables.  While we consider chili something that is only used occasionally, and sometimes never, it is a basic ingredient for many foods here in Thailand. This led us to the decision to grow our own!

Chili plants can be very delicate because they require both sun and rain, but not too much of either. Unfortunately, Thailand has excessive amounts of rain in the rainy season and way too much sun in the hot season. This is where the green houses come in. It allows us to give sunlight, but not too much, and it protects the plants from too much rain.

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Our second week of chili harvest.

The plants have been growing for several months now, and we have finally began to harvest chili. During this time, the chili plants are flowering and producing like crazy! We harvest chili once a week and send fresh chili to the kitchen. Then with the leftovers, we dry and store them for use later in the year.

During the first two weeks, we harvested 30 kilos of fresh chili each week!

 

March 1, 2017 - No Comments!

A Lazy Day at ZOE

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Staff playing dominos.

Sometimes our kids just need some time to unwind and chill!  With school, homework, chores, special events, short term teams, visitors, intercessory prayer, weekly bible study, and more, it can get hectic for our kids. 

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Boys playing soccer.

Recently, we just had a day at ZOE where we did NOTHING!  What a treat! The kids were able to just play, run around and sleep!  What a great day it was!

March 1, 2017 - No Comments!

Caring for Kids in LA and Preparing to Serve More

During 2016, ZOE’s Los Angeles team:

  • Provided support for young survivors of trafficking in response to several requests from federal law enforcement
  • Attended a Child and Family Team Meeting to provide insights about human trafficking for a 15-year-old and her parents
  • Provided training to several dozen Supervising Social Workers from the Department of Children and Family Services
  • Provided backpacks, school supplies, Christmas gifts, and conference gifts for Commercially Sexually Exploited Children here in LA County

We also launched two new trainings in 2016. Both were developed for people who want to consider serving as foster parents; people interested in volunteering to work with young survivors of human trafficking; and people interested in pursuing employment with ZOE in the future. The team trained nearly 200 individuals throughout the year and look forward to training many more in 2017. 

ZOE’s staff and supporters are so very excited that we were able to purchase 50 acres of land in northern Los Angeles County this year. The land will serve as the site for our children’s home. Thank you to all of you who helped to make this possible.

2017 is going to be an amazing year for ZOE’s ministry in Los Angeles. We hope to break ground on the ZOE Children’s Homes – Los Angeles campus this fall.

Please continue to pray for kids in the U.S. and around the world who are trapped in slavery. May God bring freedom and restoration to every one.

February 13, 2017 - No Comments!

Being the Change

anthony sandersHi all! My name is Anthony Sanders and I am one of the new interns at ZOE for the Spring 2017 semester. I am currently in my last semester at California Lutheran University, with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Ethnic Studies. Throughout some classes at my university, I have realized how big of an issue human trafficking has become and how I want to be part of something to help fight the issue.

I was introduced to ZOE through a friend and former ZOE intern, Nicole Bird. She told me about how great the internship was and how she felt like she was making a difference by helping the victims of trafficking. Knowing this, I didn't think twice about wanting to be a part of ZOE and making a difference myself.

So far during my internship, I have realized the importance of being aware of human trafficking and that if more people know about this horrific crime, then more people will be willing to fight. I’m beyond grateful for ZOE allowing me to raise awareness about this issue, while contributing to the fight through different research projects.

ZOE has also allowed me to make great connections for my future in law enforcement. After school I plan on becoming a police officer in Southern California so I can continue to make a difference in our communities. As a law enforcement officer I want to help people in many different ways by being a role model, and fixing the broken relationship between law enforcement and the communities they patrol.

This internship is something that has become truly important to me and plays into my passion to help people and by the grace of God, I am thankful He lead me down this path.

February 1, 2017 - No Comments!

307 Children Trafficked in California

The National Human Trafficking Hotline reported that 307 cases of child trafficking were identified in California during 2016 [http://humantraffickinghotline.org/state/California].

Some children who have been trafficked are able to return to loving families – families who can help them heal from the trauma. Research indicates, though, that home is not a safe place for many young survivors of trafficking.

This information confirms the need to open ZOE Children’s Homes – Los Angeles. The home will be a place where children who have endured the trauma of trafficking can experience safety, love, and hope – a place where their restoration can begin.

Please keep ZOE in prayer as we move forward with fundraising and licensing efforts to make ZOE Children’s Homes – Los Angeles a reality.

 

January 5, 2017 - No Comments!

Dear ZOE Ministries… from the Heart of a Child.

We recently received a letter from a boy named Kado Kliewer, in Hastings, Nebraska. This is a great reminder that it doesn't matter how old (or young) you are. Everyone can do something to make a difference in the lives of others.

Dear ZOE Ministries,

My name is Kado Kliewer, and I live in Hastings, NE. I became interested in your ministry after looking for a good, christan ministry for human trafficking. I think that your ministry is doing really good in other countries like China, Thailand, and Austrilia. I appreciate that a ministry like this one is well known for preventing human trafficking. I honestly think that human trafficking is a problem we avoid sometimes, cause it is one of the biggest problems in the world. Enclosed in this letter is $50.00 that I want you to use where ever it is needed most. I earned this money by doing a paper route for a year.

Kado kliewerSincerely,

Kado Kliewer

November 9, 2016 - No Comments!

Everyone Can Do Something!

A big THANK YOU to Julia Wang and the youth at Chinese Baptist Church of Orange Country (CBCOC) in Anaheim, CA for hosting a rummage sale to raise funds for ZOE International. Julia’s church heard about ZOE through a few of their church members who work at Liferay, a software company that also supports ZOE. After hearing about ZOE, they were interested in learning more about how they could get involved as well.

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October 17, 2016 - No Comments!

A Passion to Make a Difference


Hi there! My name is Nicole Bird and I am one of the new interns at ZOE for the semester. I am a senior at California Lutheran University and am studying Criminal Justice. Most of my professors have incorporated human trafficking into their courses. They have realized that this understated crime is in desperate need of attention and solutions.

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