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October 23, 2018 - No Comments!

ZOE Rescue Walk Comes to Hawaii

Contact: Gaile Nitta - ZOE Rescue Walk Hawaii Coordinator
808 542-0850
gailenitta@gmail.com

ZOE International (www.goZOE.org), a non-profit organization that rescues and cares for child victims of human trafficking, is pleased to announce Hawaii’s first-ever ZOE Rescue Walk.

Begun six years ago in Los Angeles, this year’s annual ZOE Rescue Walk will also see participants in Hawaii and Tennessee walking to raise awareness and funds for human trafficking prevention, rescue, and restoration for children in the U.S. and Southeast Asia.

The walk takes place on Saturday, November 3 from 7-9 a.m. at the Mililani High School Track, located at 95-1200 Meheula Parkway in Mililani. This is a non-competitive, family-friendly, all-ages, at-your-own-pace, FUN event! The walk is just under 2 miles. All walkers who register by October 29 will receive a ZOE Walk t-shirt, a hand-crafted ZOE “Hope” bracelet, and a ZOE sticker. Registration is $25 (twenty-five dollars) for walkers 13 years and older. Walkers 12 and under are free, need not register, and will receive a free glow-in-the-dark rubber bracelet while supplies last. (A limited number of youth size t-shirts will also be available on walk day for $5.)

Advance online registration and more information is available at www.ZOERescueWalk.com. Same-day on-site registration is from 6-7 a.m. Be sure to sign up to walk with or support Team No Ka Oi Hawaii! (At this time, our Hawaii team is leading the way nationally in donations raised so far! https://give2.gozoe.org/event/zoe-rescue-walk-2018/e191953 Let’s show our Mainland cousins that Hawaii really is No Ka Oi!

Together, let’s be the UNSTOPPABLE HOPE to children waiting to be rescued from human trafficking and to bring full restoration and healing to those who have been rescued!

(ZOE is the Greek word for “life.”)

October 19, 2018 - No Comments!

Businesses That Care

By Karen Miyamoto

The 6th annual ZOE Rescue Walk is just a few weeks away.  This year's Walk theme is Unstoppable Hope...our hope is unstoppable as we strive to rescue every child and care for them with the love to Jesus!  The event will be on November 3rd, Saturday at LA Mission College/El Cariso Park Sylmar, CA.  Our goal this year is to raise $150,000 and to have 1000 people walking to join the fight against human trafficking.  It’s going to be an amazing day!

Don’t you love businesses that care?  Currently we have 5 Corporate Sponsors that have donated funds to support our Walk.  It’s a great way to show people that your business is doing something to make a difference.  It’s also a great opportunity to gain exposure while supporting a great cause.  Do you own a business or know someone that may want to help sponsor our event?

Sponsorship opportunities start at $250.00.  Below are the different sponsorship levels and benefits:

  • Bronze Level $250.00 – Mention of your business once a month on ZOE social media sites
  • Silver Level $500.00 – Mention of your business once a month on ZOE social media sites, your company logo on the ZOE Rescue Walk website
  • Gold Level $1,000.00 – Mention of your business once a month on ZOE social media sites, your company logo on the ZOE Rescue Walk website, signage at the Rescue Walk
  • Platinum Level $2,500.00+ – Mention of your business once a month on ZOE social media sites, your company logo on the ZOE Rescue Walk website, signage at the Rescue Walk and your company logo in Rescue Walk newsletter (post Walk)

It’s not too late to become a Corporate Sponsor.  We thank you in advance for your consideration!  Check out our Walk website for more info!

October 1, 2018 - No Comments!

Barista Training in Full Effect

by Andrea Cross

I admit it; I’m probably a little bit of a fussy coffee drinker. I’m not knowledgeable enough about all-things-coffee to be called a coffee-snob but high maintenance enough to not just drink anything.  

I know people who can drink any type of coffee: filtered, drip, percolated, cold brew, and they’re not picky about how strong it is, or whether it has a burnt, bitter or smooth taste – they just need coffee! But not me… I would rather go without coffee altogether and suffer the consequences of a caffeine-withdrawal-headache than drink coffee that I don’t like.

So aside from all the obvious benefits of ZOE’s vocational training program, like equipping students with marketable educational and vocational skills, I get so excited when I see the commitment from our Vocational School teachers who are helping to prepare children to enter adulthood with the skills necessary to provide a decent and honorable living.

can testify to the fact that the barista training, which takes students on a journey of learning all about different types of coffee beans, the machines involved (grinder and roaster), milk frothing techniques and money handling skills, is successfully helping to provide a marketable job skill in a hands-on way.

Unfortunately, over the years, I have tasted a lot of not-so-good coffees as I have been out and about, but not at ZOE! The training is spot on and the coffees they are producing are delicious.

What’s also good about the barista training, as well as most of the other vocational training courses, is that they can take place on the ZOE campus. This ensures that all of the children in ZOE’s care – including those with higher levels of safety risk – have the opportunity to learn. This also enables ZOE to provide the training in a cost-effective manner. Each 20-week training unit has been designed to serve as either a stand-alone vocational training resource or as a component of a broader vocational education.

What’s not to love about that?

But back to drinking coffee… there are actually many health benefits, which I’m sure you know, but even if there wasn’t, I’d be happy to sample the ZOE Vocational School’s coffee-making efforts any day!

October 1, 2018 - No Comments!

Freedom Frees Others

by Abigail Jennerson

Sometimes people ask me what compelled us to move to Thailand to work with ZOE… They ask how we gained this passion to see an end to human trafficking…

After meeting with a woman named Rosi Orozco, I finally have my answer.

I wanted to share about the unique experience my husband and I had with Rosi Orozco. We had the privilege of meeting with Rosi to interview her about trafficking in Mexico. She is a human rights activist in Latin America, with her main focus being human trafficking.

This woman is friends with top political leaders, making amazing strides in policy and restoration. She had just gotten back from a trip to meet with the pope. She is no joke. And so inspiring!

Rosi inspired me to continue fighting for the victims of human trafficking, and to continue fighting in humility.  She brought everyone in our meeting to tears with her powerful words.

When the interview came to a quiet moment, the pastor asking the interview questions tried to thank and compliment Rosi for everything she does for human trafficking victims in Latin America, to which she quickly interrupted him with, “No! We are just blessed. It is just justice.”

Which then led into the greatest monologue I’ve ever had the privilege of hearing. And my answer to anyone who wonders why we decided to move across the world to fight human trafficking:
“The people around us, the victims of human trafficking, have experienced injustice, on top of injustice, on top of injustice. It’s so terrible what they have lived. When we give, we are just doing an act of justice. We are not good people, we are not generous...We are just...just…

From a home where my parents are now 60 years married, a lot of love, I lived in the United States, I lived in Europe, I have everything a person could dream. So when I stand beside [a trafficking victim], I realize that not one of us chose where to be born. So why do I believe I am better or being “generous” to her? It is only justice!

If you were a bank, receiving the deposits of love, of generosity, of blessing, and you feel you are good because you give a check with money? No. They were an empty bank that received zero, and after that they took away their dignity. So, it’s not an act of goodness...no we are not special. We are just conscious of how responsible we are living in this world with so much.”

She said it all! Everything I feel, everything I have wanted to say but never knew how to say!

I grew up in a wonderfully loving family, parents 30+ years married, a loving church community, an amazing husband. So when I stood next to victims of such abuse, neglect and injustice, I knew that all the blessings, all the protection of God on my life, were for the very purpose of helping others experience freedom and blessing!

Friends, we––me, you, ZOE––give because it is our responsibility.
We give because we were given SO much.
We give because we are blessed.

“To be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” ––Nelson Mandela