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February 19, 2018 - No Comments!

Bringing Young Leaders Together

by Hanne Fellers

The beginning of the year is usually a busy time for our U.S. office due to January being human trafficking awareness month. We were able to help spread awareness about human trafficking to over 500 people just on January 11th - which is the national human trafficking day in the US declared by the President since 2010.

We hosted a MyGenMyFight Leaders meeting at the end of January and had several students ranging from middle school to college age attending. It is always so exciting to hear from these student leaders. Many of them are planning a bigger initiative during their spring semester, such as hosting an assembly for their whole school, movie screenings, community fundraisers, art shows etc. Through these leaders, thousands of their own peers will hear about human trafficking on their school campus.  

Thanks to technology, we were even able to video call a MyGenMyFight student leader all the way in Atlanta, GA! The students are always so full of life and share great ideas. We started our meeting off by playing the “egg drop” icebreaker game. We divided the leaders into 3 groups and gave each group one raw egg. The point of the game is to prevent the egg from breaking when dropped from the top of a small ladder or chair. The team has to find something to break the fall of the egg. They were given 5 minutes to find materials outside or in our meeting space to break the fall and they all did amazing. None of the eggs broke! They were creative and worked well together. Watch the videos below to see the action.

Our stateside missionary, Vickie McCoy, shared about some current events happening at ZOE and also encouraged and inspired the leaders to keep going. New clubs are getting started and we are so grateful for all the leaders that lead MyGenMyFight clubs all around the U.S. These young leaders are true world changers. Please reach out to us if you or someone you know is interested in starting a justice club at your school, community group or church:

January 15, 2018 - No Comments!

Prayer is POWERFUL

By Vickie McCoy – Director of Aftercare – Los Angeles

We needed a new well since the current well did not have permit papers, due to how old it is.  Our water design firm received three bids and we were happy the local company where our home will be built had the lowest quote.  You don’t know how far they will have to dig before hitting water.  I was hearing that we could have to drill as low as 1,200 ft. or as high as 500 ft.  The cost difference was tremendous. 

After I heard this, I sent an email to our prayer team and I started to pray, “Lord I pray in Jesus Name that Mr. Vic (our well guy), hits water at 500 ft. and not more than 700 ft., In Jesus Name. Amen!”  Any time I thought about the well, several times a day, seven days a week, I would just pray this simple prayer.  Then it was time to drill, Tuesday, December 5th.  I stopped and prayed again the simple prayer above.  By Wednesday, December 6th in the afternoon Mr. Vic hit water.  Guess, at how many feet down?  Yes, that is correct, 500 ft., and then another 200 ft. to plan for any drought that may occur, not more than 700 ft.

What?!  God answered my exact prayer?  John 15:7 (NIV) If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Thank you Jesus that you hear our prayers and are faithful.

If you would like to join our prayer team please email and we will add you to the list.  So many requests to be answered this year.  It is the year of building!

Thank you for praying for us.

Watch our Well Project video!

December 21, 2017 - No Comments!

Take a Tag!

by Karen Miyamoto

This year, ZOE decided to launch our very own Giving Tree!  15 churches, schools and businesses are currently taking part in this project.  To date, we have raised over $1500 through this project.  Just like other Giving Tree projects, participants are given tags to hang on their tree of choice and invite members in their church or employees to take a tag off the tree of a ZOE need and make a donation.

Some of our needs this year that are highlighted on the tags are funds for our Los Angeles home, our Child Rescue Center in Thailand and to fight child slavery.  Being able to give donors the choice to take a tag that resonates with them is a really exciting opportunity!

We are praying that not only will donors be able to choose the area they would like to make an impact in but also spread the word about human trafficking.

We hope to incorporate our Giving Tree project allowing churches, businesses and schools to adopt ZOE during the holidays every year.  So plan ahead!  If you are interested in bringing ZOE’s Giving Tree to you, keep us on your calendar for 2018!

Didn’t get a chance to participate in ZOE’s Giving Tree this year but still want to make a donation?  No problem, CLICK HERE to pick a virtual tag online to give.  We pray that you and your family have a blessed Christmas!

December 5, 2017 - No Comments!

Relentless Leaders

by Marji Iacovetti

ZOE representatives were invited to speak briefly at the last two meetings of the LA County Board of Supervisors as our top county officials considered motions related to human trafficking. We were honored to share insights based on ZOE’s experience. 
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October 2, 2017 - 2 comments

Duct Tape, Some Change and ZOE!

By Karen Miyamoto

This past summer, Higher Vision Church located in Santa Clarita, CA decided to adopt ZOE for their 2017 Vacation Bible School missions focus.  They gave each child plastic tubes to collect change through our Kids Helping Kids program.  The VBS was over the course of 5 days and the theme was Maker Fun Factory.
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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!

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July 17, 2017 - No Comments!

Combating Trafficking in the U.S.

written by, Hanne Fellers

Every summer, The U.S. State Department releases the Trafficking In Persons Report. Many of our ZOE staff anticipate the release of this report every year. We’re always curious to which angle the report will take. This years report did not disappoint. It is filled with heart wrenching stories, but also inspiring progress and victories of good people who fought the good fight and won. It’s encouraging to read about what people are doing all over the world to combat trafficking.
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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.

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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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