Spring/Summer Projects

Posted by on Aug 5, 2017 in Stop Slavery Update | No Comments

Thanks so much for everyone that was involved in the Stop Slavery ride this year.  This year we raised money for the following projects.

1. “Baan Duang Dao (or Molding Stars) is an after school program for at-risk kids in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The factors which place these children ‘at-risk’ include poverty, statelessness, and broken families. Each situation is different, but we strive to strengthen both individuals and families. The goal of the program is to provide education, activities, and relationships that will help guide these children into healthy adult living- free from trafficking and abuse. HUG staff members meet with the group (approximately 20 children) twice a week to study English, art, science, sports, Bible, and team-building. One Saturday per month, the kids are treated to a field trip experience or just hanging out together at the Children’s Advocacy Center. Funding needs include an additional language translator, sports equipment, and field trip expenses such as museum admission. A small investment goes a long way toward educating and encouraging these kids!”

2. 1/2 College Degree $2500 This is half the cost of tuition and living expenses for a college degree for one girl that has been rescued from a trafficking situation. This need is immediate and we would love to be able to fund half of a girl’s degree and help her get started on the right track and perhaps fund the other half of the degree next year. This will allow her to get the skills to get a higher paying job than she would otherwise be able to get.

3. Social Worker to Assist with girls involved in prosecutions $3600 This will provide the social worker costs for one year for the social workers involved in working with girls that are involved in court cases.

4. Investigative Equipment $1100 Investigative Equipment including GPS trackers, hidden cameras and recording devices, investigation expenses and stationary recording devices.

CEO Shortcut a Project of Stop Slavery

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Stop Slavery Update | No Comments

We are launching a new project of Stop Slavery this year called CEO Shortcut.  We want to help Christ-Centered Entrepreneurs launch their own business to make a Kingdom difference wherever it is that the Lord is calling them.  We are looking for some sponsors to help us get off the ground this first year to hire an assistant and for scholarships for students that need a little push.  If you’d like to help please reach out and I’ll let you know personally what the needs are.  Also, if you know of anyone that should join our program please pass it on.  It is going to be life changing for those that are able to attend.

Congratulations to Boom Mosby

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Slavery in the News | No Comments

Congratulations to Boom Mosby for being awarded one of the Heroes for the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report.  She heads the Hug project in Chiang Mai, Thailand that some of our missionaries help to build and one of them still works with her.  The last few years we have funded some of the needs for their office specifically through the Stop Slavery Bike ride on Okinawa, Japan.

Stop Slavery Ride 2017

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Stop Slavery Update | No Comments

Thanks so much to Calvary Chapel everyone who was a part of the Stop Slavery Ride and thanks heaps, Andre Trinidad, for documenting everything for us.  If you would like to organize your own Stop Slavery Ride as a fundraiser/awareness building event let us know.  The best numbers say there are 48.5 million slaves in the world today.  I think 48.5 would be great for a Saturday morning ride event.

Stop Slavery Ride Okinawa 2017

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Stop Slavery Update | No Comments

Stop Slavery Ride in Okinawa

2017 Stop Slavery Bike Ride in Okinawa

Last year we raised just over $10,000 from the Stop Slavery Ride in Okinawa. It was the largest fundraiser for projects that we have ever had. This year we are hoping to reach that goal again. If we do, below are the projects that we will be supporting in 2017.

1. “Baan Duang Dao (or Molding Stars) is an after school program for at-risk kids in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The factors which place these children ‘at-risk’ include poverty, statelessness, and broken families. Each situation is different, but we strive to strengthen both individuals and families. The goal of the program is to provide education, activities, and relationships that will help guide these children into healthy adult living- free from trafficking and abuse. HUG staff members meet with the group (approximately 20 children) twice a week to study English, art, science, sports, Bible, and team-building. One Saturday per month, the kids are treated to a field trip experience or just hanging out together at the Children’s Advocacy Center. Funding needs include an additional language translator, sports equipment, and field trip expenses such as museum admission. A small investment goes a long way toward educating and encouraging these kids!”

2. 1/2 College Degree $2500 This is half the cost of tuition and living expenses for a college degree for one girl that has been rescued from a trafficking situation. This need is immediate and we would love to be able to fund half of a girl’s degree and help her get started on the right track and perhaps fund the other half of the degree next year. This will allow her to get the skills to get a higher paying job than she would otherwise be able to get.

3. Social Worker to Assist with girls involved in prosecutions $3600 This will provide the social worker costs for one year for the social workers involved in working with girls that are involved in court cases.

4. Investigative Equipment $2700 Investigative Equipment including GPS trackers, hidden cameras and recording devices, investigation expenses and stationary recording devices.

Visit the Donation page to support a specific rider, or make a general donation. Thank you for your support!

Statement of Faith

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Stop Slavery Statement of Faith

The Bible

The Bible is the inspired word of God. The 66 books which constitute the Bible are entirely reliable and truthful, and the Bible stands as the central authority over our lives, our faith and the direction of our church.

We are committed to standard formulations of biblical inspiration such as the “Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, and Hermeneutics.” (2 Timothy 3:16; Matthew 5:18)

The Trinity

Three persons eternally share the Divine Nature. The Bible refers to these persons as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is both self-existent and personal. (John 14:10, 26; 15:26)

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ, the Son, is fully God and fully human. He lived a sinless life, died for the sins of humankind, was resurrected bodily on the third day, ascended into heaven and is coming again as King and Judge.

Jesus Christ is the only provision that God has given for people to be reconciled to Him. Jesus’ life on earth also serves as the model for the Christian life. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God. He indwells us at the moment we place our faith in Christ. He empowers us to live an effective Christian life by affirming our salvation, encouraging us and giving us the strength to live a life that is pleasing to God. The Holy Spirit also endows each believer with a unique spiritual ability to serve the church and the world. (John 14:16; Ephesians 1:19-20; 1 Corinthians 12)

Salvation

Salvation is reconciliation with God through the atoning work of Jesus Christ. God offers us salvation by His grace alone and we receive it as a gift through personal faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. This right standing before God must be received and cannot be earned. God freely offers salvation to all people, and our salvation is secure. (Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 8:38,39; Ephesians 1:13; 2:4)

Humanity

Human beings are created in the image of God. As such, we are unique among all of God’s creation. We have turned against God and this has resulted in spiritual death for all humankind. Humanity lives in a state of alienation and profound need which can only be satisfied by reconciliation with God through Christ. Without this reconciliation, all people stand under God’s righteous judgment.

Humanity, although fallen, maintains the image of God and is, therefore, still dignified and unique. God continues to love us and reach out to us, even though we are hostile to Him. Believers in Jesus Christ receive a new nature that becomes the foundation for a process of transformation. (John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:17)

The Church

The church is composed of all those throughout history who place saving faith in Jesus Christ. The church is not an institution, but a people. God wants all Christians to live out their spiritual lives in a corporate context. This context of Christian love relationships is a crucial feature of our witness for Christ as it reflects God’s character to the world.

The church is God’s chosen instrument through which the message of salvation is spread to all people. This mission is the central purpose for the church. We are to carry the good news locally and worldwide and demonstrate the gospel by relevant social action and lives marked by love and sacrifice with Jesus as our primary model. (John 13:34, 35; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26; Matthew 28:19)

Satan

Satan is the personal, spiritual adversary of God and God’s followers. Satan actively opposes the work of the church and the spiritual vitality of Christians. We therefore take seriously, but in a balanced way, the reality of personal, spiritual opposition. Satan is doomed to final defeat and judgment when Christ returns. (Ephesians 6:12; Revelation 20)

Second Coming

This age will conclude with the personal, bodily return of Christ. At that time, He will complete God’s plan to reestablish His just and righteous rule over all humanity. (Matthew 24:29-31; Revelation 20)

The Afterlife

At the final judgment, God will assign all people their eternal destinies-either life or judgment. Those who have responded to Jesus Christ with saving faith will receive the eternal life they have already been promised (John 5:24), while others will live under eternal judgment.

Therefore

Therefore, because eternal issues are at stake, there is an urgency to communicate the gospel. We believe in doing something about it—that we should “walk worthy of the calling” to which we have been called. (Eph. 4:1; Titus 2:11-14; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8).

Clean Water

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | No Comments

We have had a partnership with a small village outside of Siem Reap for a couple of years.  Last year I delivered Shoe Boxes of love there and as I was leaving the village saw this guy struggling to ride a bike with no tires and thought,

Cambodian Boy on Bike“Wouldn’t it be like Jesus to get every kid in this village a bike.”  So we partnered with a couple of others and what started out as a dream to give 50 kids in one village a bike resulted in 122 kids in two villages and two orphanages receiving new bikes.

When I visited this village a few months after my students had delivered the bikes our orphanage director was introducing us to people in the village and he remarked that many of them would get sick because their pump water wasn’t clean.  That was a fallacy I had fallen victim to before.  I keep assuming that because the water is coming out of the ground from a pump that it is clean and that isn’t always the case.

water pump in Cambodian Village

 

Our director asked us if we could get them a $25 water filter so that they could have clean water in the village.  I wish I had known that 2 years ago when we started coming to this village.  Perhaps in the future we will be able to offer something a little more permanent that doesn’t require them to go through the additional step of running the water through a filter before drinking it.

Water is something we totally take for granted in the west.  Our house in South East Asia often goes without water.  We have 3 water tanks to try to avert the problem but inevitably we run out of water.  Generally we have drinking water because we get that delivered weekly.  Last time I was back in the United States I remember thinking, “Wow, Americans have so much good water they can use it to wash cars and water the lawn.”  I have lived my whole life virtually not even thinking about water but after 3 + years of making sure that bad water doesn’t get into my mouth in the shower or wondering about ice at a restaurant and going about 4 months in the last two years without water in our house to do the dishes, take showers and most importantly, flush toilets, I no longer take it for granted.

Anyway, just wanted to share with you a tiny little project of Stop Slavery and bringing a water filter to a village in Cambodia.  Thanks for all of you who are a part of our support team.  If you aren’t already you should go to the Donate page and choose 1000 Heroes and become one of the 1000 Heroes we are looking to have join us in 2014.

 

Oki Stop Slavery Ride

Posted by on Feb 12, 2014 in Take Action | No Comments

People often ask what they can do to help in the fight against human trafficking.  Sometimes I know them and have an idea of how they can bring value.  Other times it’s hard.  Many people here about the issue and want to help for about 2 days and then they are on to something else.  Then there are people that just make things happen.  They look for evidence of human trafficking in their own neighborhood.   They take responsibility for those around them.  Some jump in with both feet like Jason Migliore & Brian Layton who started the Oki Stop Slavery Ride and which Brian continues to run.

Oki Stop Slavery RideAt the end of 2013 this group of guys raised over $4200 in support of Stop Slavery’s anti trafficking work and work with orphans and the poor in Cambodia.  Each year the amount they raise continues to increase.  Thanks so much, Brian for continuing to challenge others to live for things bigger than themselves.  Having spent all but 8 years of my life connected to the U.S. military I continue to be encouraged by the heart of those who make up the U.S. Armed Forces.

 

Stop Slavery Oki Orphan Ride

Posted by on Sep 28, 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments

If you are in Okinawa and would like to help Stop Slavery and Orphans in Okinawa, Japan take a look at the Oki Orphan Ride Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/411507542220106/ or Contact Brian Layton at https://www.facebook.com/brian.layton.184

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