Category "USA"

Efforts in Los Angeles

September 10, 2018

Efforts in Los Angeles by Ester Yu In July, an undercover human trafficking operation in Compton recovered 2 girls from commercial sexual exploitation and arrested 36 adults. The 2 girls were 16 and 17 years old and identified as victims of sexual exploitation. One woman who was arrested is actually from Santa Clarita and was […]

Understanding Your Child’s Apps

September 4, 2018

Understanding Your Child’s Apps by ZOE Intern, Elizabeth Leathers How Well Do You Understand the Apps on your Child’s Phone? The popular app, LiveMe, is proving to be a breeding ground for the distribution of child pornography and grooming for future sexual exploitation. While LiveMe is marketed for ages thirteen and up, there are thousands of users […]

In Our Backyard

August 22, 2018

In Our Backyard by Ester Yu Last month, ZOE was invited to participate in a roundtable discussion about federal and local efforts to combat human trafficking and the ongoing opioid epidemic. This meeting was hosted by Representative Steve Knight (R-CA) and House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and included local government officials, state […]

A Dollar and Then Some!

July 30, 2018

A Dollar and Then Some! by Karen Miyamoto Summer always brings back fond memories…memories of spending time with friends, camp, beach and fun!  During the summer months at ZOE equals Kids Helping Kids. This program is often adopted during Vacation Bible School for churches as a missions/outreach tool.   This year, Cerritos Baptist Church, a […]

A Wake-Up Call

July 16, 2018

A Wake-Up Call by Marji Iacovetti Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice held a Human Trafficking Summit in Washington D.C. During the summit, Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, expressed the department’s active commitment to continue to combat the violent crime of human trafficking. https://www.c-span.org/video/?440609-101/attorney-general-sessions-remarks-human-trafficking&start=365 Mr. Sessions reported several successful law enforcement efforts including prosecutions, long […]

The Last Two Miles

July 9, 2018

The Last Two Miles A journey through the desert by Betsy Meenk Facing challenges in our lives are often the best times to learn valuable lessons for living life to its fullest.  It was during a recent 4-day cycling challenge that I learned lessons in selflessness that I hope will help equip me to overcome […]

From the Road

June 25, 2018

From the Road After 64 days and 3700 miles on the road, 20 Road of Justice cyclists crossed the finish line in Santa Monica Beach on JUNE 23rd, Saturday.  This cycling challenge was started by two of our ZOE missionaries, Brad and Lori Ortenzi. The ride officially kicked off on April 21st in Virginia.  Along […]

How far would you go?

June 20, 2018

How far would you go? by Lori-Ann Tsang Are you familiar with the song by The Proclaimers, “I’m Gonna Be?” It’s a catchy tune and the chorus goes… But I would walk 500 miles And I would walk 500 more Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles To fall down at your […]

The End of Backpage

June 4, 2018

The End of Backpage On April 11, 2018, President Trump signed into law the House bill named Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA), also known as the Senate billStop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA). The bill targets websites like Backpage, advertisers, and social media networks that unlawfully promote and facilitate […]

CMTA 2018

May 30, 2018

CMTA 2018 by Karen Miyamoto  Recently, I was blessed to be able to attend the Annual Children’s Ministry conference that was held in Pasadena, CA.  ZOE has attended this event that is open to Children’s Ministry leaders for the past 7 years.   Being surrounded by leaders and volunteers that are eager to learn how to […]

Why Short Term Missions?

May 7, 2018

Why Short Term Missions? by Betsy Meenk (STM Global Missions Manager) At ZOE, we have been conducting short term mission trips since 2004.  Hundreds of people have traveled to Thailand to see and participate in the work God has called us to do. They have come from all countries, all ethnicities, and all walks of […]