Open Hearts Conference

One of the common threads in sex trafficking is that children are being “tricked.” I spoke a little bit about this in my last blog post, and I think it’s important to understand a couple of the reasons behind that. Of course the biggest reason is that their brains are not fully developed until mid to late twenties. That is …

Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Human Trafficking Awareness: Prevention Starts With a Conversation.

Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day, something two years ago I had never heard of but now consumes my life. I remember in high school when I got a VW Jetta and at that time, I had never seen one before. It didn’t take long before I saw them every single time I went out on the road. Maybe you’ve …

Setting goals, dreaming big, being intentional, cultivating what matters

Setting Goals, Dreaming Big, Being Intentional & Cultivating What Matters

Setting goals, dreaming big, being intentional, cultivating what matters. These are all the things I’m working on in my personal life and for beLydia. Having taken a month off on blogging and posting on social media to give me clarity on what path to take in 2018, I’m excited about what God has placed in front of me. I did …

Sabbath Rest for December

As we prepare to celebrate Jesus … “For to us a child is born, To us a Son is given, And the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of His government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s …

government spending on human trafficking

Government Spending on Trafficking

Government Spending on trafficking is something that we need to think about. Why does the U.S. government spends more on the drug war than they do on fighting human trafficking? Is it because drug abuse is something every tax payer can relate to? Is it easier to discuss drugs than it is to discuss the 11 year old girl that is …

Human Trafficking

Sex Trafficking is Happening In Texas and No One is Talking About It

Wait, there’s sex trafficking happening in Texas? I can’t imagine anyone not having a broken heart when you hear about a little girl or boy in a far away country being sold into sex slavery. It is AWFUL. Painful. Sickening. But when it’s in your backyard, it’s a different kind of awful. When I had my dream last March and woke …

Child sex trafficking: where are the parents?

Child Sex Trafficking: Where are the Parents?

I am nowhere near being an expert on child sex trafficking, in fact, this is a whole new world to me but I have learned a lot in a short amount of time. One of the questions I get asked the most is… “Where are the Parents?” What I learned at the JuST Conference back in November is that there …

The Bottom Girl

The Bottom Girl

One of the workshops I went to at the JuST Conference was about “The Bottom Girl.” What or who is “The Bottom Girl?” Bottom Shared Hope International’s definition: female appointed by the trafficker/pimp to supervise the others and report rule violations. Operating as his “right hand,” the Bottom may help instruct victims, collect money, book hotel rooms, post ads, or …

beLydia Events Fight Sex Trafficking: 5 Lessons Learned

Five Lessons I learned from the Girls Night Out Event to Fight Sex Trafficking: 1. Spiritual Warfare is no joke.  If you only knew the spiritual attacks the beLydia team encountered getting ready for this event, you wouldn’t believe it! One example: You know how the week before you’re hosting a party, you have a list a mile long of things …

beLydia: The Day After

{beLydia Gathering} I had hoped that I would wake up the day after our first beLydia Gathering with a game plan but I’m still trying to process what happened and what God is doing in my life. Honestly, I planned on scrapbooking and organizing my office this summer. I have no agenda but if I did, it would be more …