|Posted by Tina kadolph on October 8, 2013 at 10:15 PM||comments (95)|
As I pray about the horrors of human trafficking, my heart is always heavy.
God does not want his children to be raped, drugged, beaten, and sold for sex. He does not want his children to have all their human rights ripped away from them. He doesn’t want for them held in the bondage of slavery.
It is beyond my comprehension that there are people who would do these horrors to women, men, and helpless children.
The United Nations definition is: “Trafficking in persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”
I have an organization that is fighting human trafficking. “Love Missions” which has two safe houses and will soon house up to 40 children. When you look in the eyes of a child that has been trafficked you will never be the same. And you will never be able to again look the other way.
My prayer is this: that everyone will join together and help take a stand against this horrible evil. I feel it is the very darkest there is.
But we know where there is darkness, all it takes is a little light and it cannot be dark any more. Jesus says we are the light. So if we will go into the dark places and shed the light of Christ into the darkness we can expose this evil with Jesus’ love.
So let’s pray for more awareness.
Let’s pray for the demand to end. There would not be human trafficking if there wasn’t a demand.
Let’s pray for the victims of child labor and let’s pray for the victims of child trafficking.
Let’s pray for all victims to be rescued.
Let’s pray that all victims will be restored.
Let’s pray for justice for the traffickers.
Let’s pray for repentance of those who hurt, rape, torture, and abuse children, women, and men.
Let’s unite and STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING!
That’s why I’m a modern day abolitionist and why you should be too!
|Posted by Tina kadolph on December 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM||comments (9)|
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Couldn’t wait to share the amazing “Greater” work God is doing!
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28 NIV
As I reflect on this verse, it is hard at times to think this way.
When we see the whole picture, we can look back and say "Wow, God worked this bad thing out for my greater in the end." But when we are in it, we don’t usually see that.
When I was 4, I was raped by a man that my mom was seeing. It's a long story, but the result was that I grew up feeling as if I had no hope. I felt like I was worthless, insecure, defeated, and depressed. I couldn’t see how this could ever be turned into my good. I didn’t understand how or why God would allow this to happen to me, let alone how I would be able to say all things worked together for my good.
But now, as bad as that was, I can say I see how God took this horrible experience and used it for my good. I bet you are wondering now, aren’t you???? It’s a really cool huge “God Greater” story.
A few weeks ago, I shared that God called my husband and I into missions. We have a small mission organization, “Love Missions”. Missions has been our lives, our loves. Our youngest was married and, a month later, they went into full time missions. We as a family have been doing mission work for 12 years now. Through these years God has done some great healing of my heart and has even helped me to forgive. This has been a process over many years but God has started showing me how this bad thing was going to be used for good.
I have gone to other countries to speak and share my testimony. I could have never dreamed this could happen to me or that my testimony could help other women. I’m not a speaker and I’ve never had much confidence in myself, so I can say it is all God. I gave my testimony in one of these countries and gave an alter call. Hundreds of woman came forward because they had gone through similar horrors. I was overwhelmed that God could use my testimony to show other woman His love and mercy and that, through Him, there could be forgiveness and hope. Only our amazing, loving God could do this. It not only showed these beautiful hurting ladies, but it showed me how he was always with me even in my darkest days!
This brings us to today. This past July, we went on one of our mission trips that we have taken every year for the past 7 years. This year, we found out something that was beyond our comprehension. Some of the children we have been ministering to had been sold into human trafficking! SEX SLAVERY!. My heart was more than broken for these beautiful girls. It brought me back to when I was four and the pain. One of the girls had been sold at the age of 7 years old. She had to do hard labor as well as have continual sex with the man who purchased her from her own mother. I understood, to a point, some of her pain. This is why these girls opened up to me; I had shared my testimony. Again, it was all God! All part of his big and Greater plan.
Do you know that the average child sold into sex slavery is 4 years old? Did you know that, at any given time, these children might have as many as 40 men in line to abuse them in ways beyond our comprehension? Did you know that their average age life expectancy is 2 years? They die from abuse, disease, or drug over dose that is forced on them. Did you know that only 1 in a 100 are ever rescued because there are not enough of us doing anything to help? There can never be too many ministries that are helping battle this horrible evil. It is too big! Humans are trafficked more than drugs because criminals can only sell drugs once but they can sell a human over and over again.
Knowing what I now know, it was very clear that I couldn’t just go back and do VBS and pretend that this wasn’t going on. We had to do something. I couldn’t go to church, sit and talk about doing greater for God, and then not do anything for these victims, knowing what had happened to them or was still happening to others. But what could I do? This is so big and so horrible! So I prayed and prayed and God brought the answer.
I knew we needed to start a safe house and rescue children. What I didn’t know was how or where the money would come from. How could we build a house? It would cost so much. I knew God had all the money in the world, but it was still too big for me to grasp. So I needed more praying for God’s direction. I knew this was from Him and he would show me the way.
He told me to start small and not look at the big yet. I had just a few fish and a couple loves of bread to offer and was I willing to take that step of faith and offer what I had and let him do the rest.
The reason the study “Greater” came at the perfect time in my life is that it is all about what is happening in my life right now.
Finally, one morning as I was praying, it came to me (I know it was God). “Why wait to build? You can rent a house.” What? Rent? OH MY GOSH!!! Why didn’t I think of that? (Ha ha) Of course we can rent!!!"
I was so excited. To rent a house was doable. It wouldn’t take nearly as long to raise money to rent a house as it would to build. So again I prayed. Okay God. I will rent, but we will still have to raise money. Lord, show me. It was at this point that He reminded me of my friend and assistant in “Love Missions.” She had made jewelry and raised $1000.00 for her personal mission trip just a couple of months prior.
So that was the plan. We would start raising money to rent a house. I was willing to do whatever I needed to do to rescue Children and give them a safe place to live. We would make jewelry and sell it to support a safe house.
We immediately began making jewelry out of glass tiles (the ones my friend made) and necklaces made from dominos. Dominos are the perfect symbol for this project because of the domino effect. We are praying that, as we begin this project, many others will join in with us and will fall in line to make a change in the world, thus creating a domino effect. Together we will be saving lives, physically as well as eternally.
We planned a party to introduce God’s plan and to bring awareness to this evil of Human Trafficking. We would sell our jewelry to raise money for our first house. The fundraising ministry would be called Dove Designs. The dove was from the dove with Noah who brought back new life after the flood. We would be bringing new life.
But, as usual, God was way ahead of us. Before we had our first introduction party, we got the news that God had gaven us two houses. What?? Yes, we had two rental homes donated for our use for the next 2 years. Two homes!!! Not one! Two!!! Did you read what I said? God gave us two!! I was so shocked and amazed. We hadn’t even had a chance to ask for help and God was showing us we were on the right path. God was doing more than I could have asked or even dreamed or even hoped for. He was doing the greater! The big greater! The HUGE GREATER! Just what we had been learning in our study “Greater” by Steven Furtick.
So now, back to what I asked about how God would use what happened to me and make it into good? Can you see how he works? The experience I had gave me a heart for hurting woman and children. And now If I can be a part of telling them about Jesus and showing them he can heal their hearts like he did mine. If I can be a part of saving one life from what I have been through it will have been worth it.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28 NIV
I love Him and have been called to His purpose. It is huge, but God is doing amazing things in this ministry already. I’m taking the baby steps and he is filling the gap, as Steven Furtrick says.
There is so much more and I know God is going to use me and he is going to bring others to help so that together, we can begin the domino effect. We can allow God to do Greater through us. Who will help? Who will he bring? Will it be you? I’m praying that through this study God will show you that you are to be a part of something Greater also!
Christmas is behind us with the New Year just around the corner. We think about our Savior who came to this earth as a baby and lived a life of love, healing, giving, and sacrifice. He then died on the cross for all of our sins in the ultimate act of love, healing, giving and sacrifice. This all leads me reflect. Are we living the life that He would want for us?
Through Christmas did we honor our Lord and Savior? Are we showing love, giving of ourselves and helping to heal the hurting in the world? Are we willing to really sacrifice even if it takes us way out of our comfort zone?
We must trust Him and step out in whatever he has called us to do. It will be different for each of us. But just be willing.
As the New Year approaches, let it be a new year of honoring our Savior.
Now the rest of the story…
I wrote this blog on Thursday Dec. 20th, but never got a chance to post it. On Friday, Dec. 21st, I was at the reveal party with my OBS sisters and I received a call informing me that our organization (Love Missions) has rescued our first child. She is 7 years old.
Again, God is moving faster than we planned. He does that a lot. (Lol) I had prayed God would allow me to be a part of saving one life and we have already saved one little, sweet child. I know it is just the beginning.
I began to write this on Thursday, pouring out my heart to my OBS sisters and Friday, even though I never posted it God answered my prayer.
I was able to share the news with my OBS sisters online at the very moment this all happened and already Lisa Kramp, and Melissa Taylor are asking how they can help. So many answers to prayer.
Our God is so much greater than we can even think or understand. Thank you to P31 ministries and OBS sisters and thank you, Steven Furtick, and the "Greater" book for sharing this amazing journey with me and writing this book. I know God had this planned from the beginning. God is clearly doing greater. One child is safe!!! It is one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given. I believe that now those who were with me that night and those who will read this have been chosen by God to be a part of this special gift. Merry Christmas,
P.S. Since writing the update, we have found out we have not only saved one child, but two! Again, what more can I say about how great our God is? One 7 year old girl and one 8 year old boy. I’m truly speechless! So much more to share. But that will have to be later!
|Posted by Tina kadolph on November 17, 2012 at 12:40 AM||comments (2)|
Human Trafficking is one of the world’s greatest evils. It is the second largest organized crime in the world, next only to drugs. If caught trafficking humans, the sentence is less than if you are caught trafficking drugs. But, human trafficking is more profitable to criminals than any other crime. A person or child can be used over and over again. There are more slaves today than at any other time in history! Shocking right? Most of us don’t know much about this evil. We actually would probably rather pretend it doesn’t exist because it is too ugly to comprehend. But if we all pretend it is not happening then children and woman will continue to be oppressed and abused and sold to the scum of the earth.
We didn’t know much about human slavery until almost a year ago. But now that we have become aware, we can’t stop being a voice for those who have no voice. In July of this year we went on a trip to South America and were faced with young people we had worked with in youth ministry and children’s ministry that had been trafficked. When it is right in your face you can’t pretend it doesn’t exist. That’s what happened to us and now we can’t ignore it and we must help to stop this horrific evil. “To do nothing in the face of evil is to become part of that evil." (Author unknown) We want no part of this evil other than to stop it.
This kind of slavery and abuse goes on all over the world, including in the United States. Children are sold from two years old on up. The average age in foreign countries is four years old. In the United States, the national average is eleven years old, and in Florida it is nine years old. 10,000 to 30,000 American children are taken in and out of the United States and sold into slavery. We have to do something. They are taking our children and using them for sex, drugging them, and then disposing of them as if they were garbage. Life expectancy for these children is only two years, as they die of disease, abuse, or drug over dose at the hands of their traffickers.
Has that sunk in? These children, our children here and around the world, are taken for sex and hard labor. This could be your child or your grandchild. If it was, wouldn’t you do everything you could to rescue them? This is sickening and heart breaking, and It must be stopped! Why aren’t we doing more? Maybe we just don’t understand. I hope after you read, and become more aware of this horror, you will do anything and everything to help stop this evil. Human beings, children and women, are being entangled in this daily horror. They are praying that someone, anyone, will come rescue them. They need help! Will you help?
We have a way you can help. Even if we rescue just one person it will be worth it! But I believe God has a bigger plan than that.
So, we started praying about how we could help! Before we could even begin we were donated two rescue houses in another country. This is totally amazing in a third world country! So we are now in the process of raising $3000 for repairs that need to be done, so we can begin taking in children and women. Then we will have on going expenses of security, food, counseling, training, etc. Our first phase is in South America. The house will be called the “Rapha House” ('Rapha' means 'healing' in Hebrew, so it is "the healing house"). The second house will be called the “Butterfly House,” for when those we help at Rapha House are transformed into what God created them to be; not slaves, but the beautiful children and women that they were meant to be – filled with hope and a future! We also hope, in the future, to have houses in the United States and more around the world, as God provides.
So how can you help? There are three ways! Please take note, this part is very important!
- Host parties in their houses, churches, and schools, and to let us speak and sell our jewelry.
- Donate to a project or donate an old cell phone.
- Join us on one of our life changing trips!
If we can’t keep this going, we won’t have the money we need to move forward. So thank you for caring enough to be one of the voices for the voiceless, stepping out, and making a life saving difference. This is probably one of the most important causes you will hear about.
So shop, book a party, and help stop this evil. Spread the word to whoever will listen! Even if they won’t listen, still speak! It’s too important to keep our mouths shut.
You can also like us on our Facebook page and keep up to date on what is happening with this project. Thanks again for your help and support.
|Posted by dove-webmaster on November 1, 2012 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
Fifteen-year-old C.G. was hanging out with friends in Tampa's popular Ybor City when she met a man, several years her senior, who offered her a ride home.
FBI agents say C.G. accepted the ride, but Weylin Rodriguez didn't take her to her house. Instead, he headed to Orlando with big plans for the girl: He was going to force her to become a prostitute.
Authorities say that like C.G., teenage girls across the country are forced into the sex industry. Sometimes, they end up in Central Florida because of the area's conventions and special events, which make it a lucrative region.
|Posted by dove-webmaster on October 9, 2012 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
Born in a village deep in the Cambodian forest, Somaly Mam was sold into sexual slavery by her grandfather when she was twelve years old. For the next decade she was shuttled through the brothels that make up the sprawling sex trade of Southeast Asia.
She suffered unspeakable acts of brutality and witnessed horrors that would haunt her for the rest of her life – until, in her early twenties, she managed to escape. Unable to forget the girls she left behind, Mam became a tenacious and brave leader in the fight against human trafficking, rescuing sex workers – some as young as five and six – offering them shelter, rehabilitation, healing, and love and leading them into new life.
She proves how one person can make a difference in so many lives. Learn more about Somaly Mam.
|Posted by dove-webmaster on September 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM||comments (0)|