Restore One

Combating human trafficking and human exploitation by means of public awareness, practical prevention, restorative care and building domestic and international partnerships.


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Looking for a Change Purse intern

What is Change Purse? Change Purse is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization committed to fighting sex trafficking through raising awareness and financially supporting faith based organizations that provide hope, healing, and restoration, through their direct work with victims and survivors of sex trafficking. Change Purse donates profits generated through collecting donated purses that are new or in like-new condition and selling them via the onlinestoreawareness events, and home parties. It’s an opportunity for women to buy a designer bag for a fraction of the original price and the charity or non-profit selling the purse to receive 75% off the funds.  (Souce:  Change Purse website)

Want to use your selling skills to help raise funds for Restore One?

Here is what the position involves:

Need to be available to come to Change Purse events including Change Purse Parties.

If Restore One will be at an event and wants Change Purse to come then need to be available.

Need to be able to collaborate with others about Change Purse including but not limited to, forms and polices, what change purse does, how to host a change purse party.

Need to talk with the Change Purse organization in Greensboro.

Be able to create a Facebook event for Change Purse parties.

Attend meetings to present on Change Purse.

Contact: press@restoreonelife if interested and visit our internship site to find out more.

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Second annual gala: date, presenters and speakers

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On Friday September 26th, 2014 at Rock Springs Center in Greenville, North Carolina, Restore One will be hosting our second annual benefit Gala titled, “Stand for One.”  Cusick, Founder and President of Restoring the Soul Ministries, who serves as an adjunct professor at Denver Seminary and author of Surfing for God, will be our keynote speaker for the evening. Cusick’s personal testimony and heart for healing from sexual baggage and brokenness parallels with Restore One’s mission to restore sex trafficked boys and men. The night of the Gala will be filled with music, dinner, and a silent auction. For more information on Cusick, please visit www.restoringthesoul.com

This years Master of Ceremonies for the Stand for One Gala will Rebecca Bender founder of Rebecca Bender Ministries.  Bender was lured out of a small town in Oregon at the vulnerable age of 18. Forced into a life of sex trafficking, Bender was sold around the country for nearly six years. It was in a local church that Bender found healing and restoration. She is an award winning, internationally recognized speaker, author and Survivor Leader in the movement to eradicate modern day slavery. Last year, Rebecca and her husband founded Rebecca Bender Ministries, which brings a message of hope to the masses with a radical and fresh perspective on what it means to live in alignment with God’s will in a modern culture like today. Bender’s remarkable story of overcoming a life of sex trafficking has led her to dedicate her life to positively impacting the world. They live in the Pacific Northwest with their four lively daughters.
http://www.rebeccabender.org/
 

 


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RO apparel, coming soon!

Our new clothing line will release on May 1st under the name RO Apparel. Clothing will have designs related to human trafficking, freedom and motivational quotes for both men and women. Follow our social sites for more info and updates: Twitter & Facebook.


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Seeking summer and fall interns!

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Not majoring in social work? No problem. At Restore One, we seek people who are passionate about ending slavery and are enthusiastic, regardless of field of study. We offer first-hand experience that is tailored to students’ majors in a positive environment. Volunteer your time or intern with us for course credit.

We are entering a special, but busy time at Restore One as we prepare for our first shelter for boys who have been victims of trafficking. We are in need of talented individuals to come alongside us for this journey.

Here are some things we need help with:

Fundraising

Grant Writing

Event planning

Media/ Production

Administration

Public Relations

Marketing

Outreach

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If there’s a skill set you can use for us or can think of some other way to become involved not listed above, great! Come aboard! Fill out our internship and volunteer application at our website. Become a freedom fighter and be the hope for that one.


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University of Mount Olive holding day of awareness, art– and Restore One President to speak

MOUNT OLIVE – The University of Mount Olive Campus Ministry is joining the effort to educate and stop human trafficking. On March 18, the day will begin at 11 a.m. in the Teresa Pelt Grubbs Art Gallery with a meditative walk through a “Sabbatical Exhibition” by Cheryl Hooks which features among other themes, stark images of human trafficking.

At 3 p.m., RestoreOne, a non-profit group out of Greenville North Carolina, will present the documentary Nefarious: Merchant of Souls in Southern Bank Auditorium located at 652 R B Butler Drive on the University Campus. Restore One President, Chris Smith will speak following the showing.

“Scripture teaches us that we are to be the voice for the voiceless. Those entrapped within the human trafficking realm are without voice or power,” said UMO Campus Chaplain Carla Williamson. “The University of Mount Olive is a liberal arts university founded by the Original Free Will Baptist Church therefore, the Office of Campus Ministry understands our role as Christians as well as citizens to educate ourselves about social injustices and to speak out against them. We invite the community to join us as we learn about human trafficking and what we can do to stop this atrocity.”

“Among the wounded of the world, are the victims of human trafficking. Their weeping has reached my heart! May their weeping reach your heart as well.  Together we can work to offer them healing and hope. Please join me as I share art images and information on this travicity, as well as other social and spiritual issues,” said Cheryl Hooks whose artwork will be shown in the gallery.

Source: MOC press release


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Drinking Deeply from the Well– and what it taught me about Justice

Guest post by Zach Pomeroy, Restore One volunteer and abolitionist. Check out his blog here

“She was sold as a child.”

As those solemn words traveled down a concrete hall, I was certain that my fifteen-year-old ears had deceived me.  Each word became a reality as the story unraveled before me.

As I listened with more intent and hopes that those words were not true, the story became even more horrific. This girl had in fact been sold. Her parents were lured into a scheme of darkness to trade their daughter for a fleeting monetary value.

The people who offered a monetary exchange for this little girl’s life practiced Wicca. They wanted to perform rituals on an actual person and this girl was the victim.

For the first time in 2007, I realized the significance of that concrete building which was purposefully situated in that small mountain village of Nicaragua. It was those concrete walls that delivered that message to my ears with such clarity, but it was also those concrete walls that provided a safe refuge for children who had been sold, abandoned, forgotten, and abused.

That evening, I closed my eyes with the intent of crying out to God in frustration, “Where O God is the justice in this moment?”

Before I could let out that cry, my mind flooded with images of the scars this beautiful girl bore. On her arms and face were burn marks that were purposefully inflicted on her. I became nauseous and opened my eyes. Focused on each breath that my lungs expanded to let in, I opened my devotional.

My eyes immediately focused on the word:

“Bienaventuras los que tienen hambre y

sed de justicia, porque ellos serán saciados.”

“Blessed are those who hunger and

thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.”

I cried out, “O God I am starving and parched for justice.”

But in that moment, God began to reveal a very specific truth to me as he did with the Samaritan woman in John 4. I was standing beside an empty hole in the ground looking for water. As much as those hunger pangs made me nauseous, I could not take away the injustice done to that beautiful girl. Even though my mouth was dry, I could not provide the healing water that she or I needed.

Dear brothers and sisters, if you have also reached a place where the hunger pangs are nauseating and your mouth is so dry it is cracking, I urge you, do NOT give up.

Maybe you are on the front lines fighting injustice yet you are standing beside a hole in the ground. Time after time you lower your pail into the hole expecting to get an abundance of water. Yet each time you pull it out, with disappointment, only to discover it is as empty as it was when you first lowered it.

Maybe the fight for justice has overwhelmed you so much you decided to give up. You abandoned your empty pail a while ago. You have settled for a self-satisfying life, because if we’re honest, all you ever got from fighting injustice was exhaustion.

Maybe fear has crippled you. You look inwardly and see shame, guilt and doubt. You ask yourself, “How can I bring healing to others, when all I see in my life is brokenness?” This fear has kept you at a distance from the Well of Living Water, because there is a deep lie telling you, “Jesus can’t heal you and even if He could, why would He choose you?”

Take some time to go back to the first time you discovered you were standing beside an empty hole in the ground. Do you hear the voice of Jesus saying:

“But whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.

Indeed, the water that I give them will become a

spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

What I found that evening in Nicaragua was a promise, “If you drink deeply from the waters that I give, you will never grow thirsty. In fact, the water that you drink from will become a deep well of water that springs up to eternal life.” I found a Well of Living Water who understood the anger and tears of injustice and invited me to join Him on the mission of His heart. Just like the Samaritan woman, I found purpose to pray for that beautiful girl and to share the love of Jesus with her. “Then the woman left her water jar went into town, and told the men, ‘Come see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could this be the Messiah?’ They left the town and made their way to Him.”

Maybe it is time for you to abandon that empty hole and drink deeply from the Well of Living Water.

Below are just a few practical steps:

Do not forsake the Well of Living Water. He longs to sustain and fill you continually. If you walk away, remember that His grace-filled arms long for you to come back.

You are not created to do this alone. Get involved with a local organization working on the front lines of injustice. Ask your community to support and pray for you. Encourage your community to get involved with you.

Stay informed. Do not underestimate the power of knowledge in this fight against darkness. Study the words of Jesus so they are ingrained in your heart and flow off your tongue. Read blogs, articles and books written by other Freedom Fighters.

Get involved. You have a unique role in the Kingdom of God. Do not believe for a minute that you are insignificant and cannot make an impact. If you are unsure about your role, ask the Well, you’re community and local organizations how you can get involved.

An excerpt from the Franciscan Prayer of Discomfort:

“May God bless you with holy anger at injustice,

oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may

work for justice, freedom and peace.

May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those

who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war,

so that you may reach out your hand to comfort

them and to turn their pain into joy.”