Don’t Look Away

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“You may choose to look the other way but you may never say again you didn’t know” -William Wilberforce. When the truth and reality of a matter hits my heart in a significant way, I am moved to action. I cannot look the other direction. The reality of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation is difficult to face, and yet we …

Be A Part Of Her Story

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Leaving is hard, staying out is harder. 89% of women in the sex industry said they want to escape, but see no other means of survival. Even for those who do leave, most end up going right back. Whether it is dealing with the impact of trauma in their lives, a lack of employable job skills and work experience, financial …

Breaking News: Backpage.com Adult Classified Section Shuts Down

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Due to overwhelming pressure from members of Congress, Backpage executives shut down the “adult” classifieds section of its website. This news comes after a US Senate investigation issued a report which contained overwhelming evidence that Backpage.com concealed advertisements for prostitution and the selling of children for sex. Polaris, an anti-human trafficking and research organization praised the move in a statement …

Will You Open the Door?

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Recently, we received notice from our building manager that we needed to move out of our current space. This decision was made by the manager to accommodate a tenant who will pay the current market rate. The abrupt news put Treasures in a predicament, but we decided to use this as an opportunity to move Treasures to a place where …

Dream Big!

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Dream Big Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.?Proverbs 19:20-22.   I love this scripture because in it I find the freedom to dream big and think outside the box. Each year I set personal goals and goals for Treasures.  Some of them seem completely impossible.  But I write them down …

Tips for caring well: Grace & Truth Over Time

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Tips for caring well 7 & 8   7. GRACE AND TRUTH OVER TIME My recovery heroes, Cloud and Townsend often talk about the importance of grace and truth over time as key ingredients in the healing journey. We need grace.  We need truth. And we need time to heal.   For God’s system to work, you have to have …

Tips for caring well: Grace & Truth Over Time

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Tips for caring well 7 & 8   7. GRACE AND TRUTH OVER TIME My recovery heroes, Cloud and Townsend often talk about the importance of grace and truth over time as key ingredients in the healing journey. We need grace.  We need truth. And we need time to heal.   For God’s system to work, you have to have …

Qualities of a Great Leader

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Qualities of a Great Leader   I have heard it said that everything rises and falls on great leadership and I am inclined to believe it.   I follow the example of great leaders.  Phillip and Holly Wagner have been pastoring the Oasis Church for more than a quarter of a century!  They have stayed at their post in good …

Tips for caring well 6: Keep a strength-based perspective

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Tips for caring well 6 KEEP A STRENGTH-BASED PERPECTIVE   The women we serve often come to us with layers of trauma, challenges, and perhaps even substance abuse issues and existing mental health diagnoses.  It might be tempting to get focused on the “problems” or overwhelmed by obstacles she faces.   If we are going to help them move from …