Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Partnering Together to Change Lives luncheon

Saturday, October 25, 2008, I had the opportunity to attend a fundraising luncheon for the Tronie Foundation and Northwest Family Life.
First, Northwest Family Life and the Tronie Foundation are partnering together to open a shelter to house victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. What an endeavor! As of Saturday afternoon, they needed another $10,000 by Tuesday (today) and the shelter would be theirs. I haven't heard if they reached that goal with Saturday's donations but I have been praying they did!

It will mean a shelter in the Northgate/Seattle area and will be the second shelter in Washington State geared to assist those victims rescued from human trafficking. Rani Hong told her story and shared with us the video from her and Trong's appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show (Personal aside - it was all I could do to keep from monopolizing Rani Hong after the luncheon. How much I hope to talk with her about opening a shelter in the Everett/north area!).

What an amazing undertaking this is and I am still so thrilled to see how God is moving people to rise up against this issue. In addition to now helping those rescued from human trafficking, Northwest Family Life has been helping victims of domestic violence since 1989. They are unique in a couple of ways. First, they began and continue as an organization who assists Christian families deal with domestic violence. Second, they treat not only the victims but the perpetrators as well. It was wonderful to listen to the story of a woman who turned to Northwest Family Life and because of their help is still with her husband today, their family is intact.

I also had the privilege of meeting a few more SPU students who are part of The Abolition and speak to a young woman who is heading up the Washington screening tour of The SOLD Project. We hope to make The SOLD Project one of the films in our Film Festival. More details on that event to come shortly. One of the SPU students I met, Jennifer, performed a song she had written just two days before the event. What an incredible, amazing talent she is! The song was moving and thought provoking and I look forward to hearing Jennifer again.

Next up - Linda Smith of Shared Hope International will be in the Seattle/Bellevue area November 20-23rd. Stay tuned for specifics on her visit. As soon as I have them, I'll put them here.

Also - keep November 20th on your radar. That is the day of SPU's day of fasting and prayer and prayer labryinth. I will mention it a time or two more before it arrives.

That is it for today, I believe. Remember - comments and information are welcome here!

Proverbs 31:8-9

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