Past Events

PAST EVENTS

Thank you to the Modesto Bee for highlighting the #iamchange Freedom Walk! 

Read the Modesto Bee Article

#iam change MEN’S MOVEMENT

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to the WP #iamchange Freedom Walk on April 7, 2018! Despite the rainy weather and change of location, we had around 250 people come out to join us for a public stand against the evil that is sex trafficking. The biggest achievement – 90% of those participants and volunteers were MEN!

This event was not only organized for the men but also BY men. Leaders and members from local churches met with us for months prior to the walk to make important decisions and shape the message and event. They sent their men to the walk, who showed up ready to work IN THE RAIN before the sun even came up! God was at work through their hands. 

Pastor Brian Hunt from Crossroads Grace Community Church in Manteca shared meaningful words about what God is calling us all to do and staying engaged in the battle. Guest speaker Remi Adeleke, an actor and former Navy SEAL, spoke to the crowd with transparency about the struggles he and so many other men face. We were able to touch the lives of those attending the walk – and even those driving down busy McHenry Avenue. The Holy Spirit was there in full force. 

Much more is in the works for the #iamchange Men’s Movement. Make sure to follow the page on Facebook to stay up to date. 

CSA Community Trainings

Through the Community Services Agency of Stanislaus County, we’ve been able to hold two community trainings in 2018.  These events were free to the public and gave professionals in the community the chance to learn how to better serve Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC). In April, Dr. Jodi Quas shared useful information on communicating with children who have experienced trauma. 

In June, Russell Wilson shared his heart-wrenching stories of surviving “The Life” from the perspective of a survivor of sex trafficking. Both trainings were well-received and incredibly enriching for those in attendance. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for upcoming events. 

Quarterly Reach – Newsletter 2018 Vol 2 – June 2018


Photo Credit Modesto Bee

FOUNDER’S MESSAGE

Ecclesiastes 3 says, “For everything under heaven there is a season.”

I can recall praying and asking God to give me proof of human trafficking here in Modesto. People want proof. God answered my prayer, and I sat in my church office with an 18-year-old young woman who, the night prior, had been beaten up at a hotel on McHenry Avenue by her pimp. Her PIMP, who she had met for the first time walking down 10th Street while doing some personal business.

I have asked God to send laborers to fund and remodel the Just His House and He answered. God supplied nearly $38,000 and 40 volunteers back in October of 2014, and we transformed the run-down building. Now, weekly at JHH we provide survivors and parents love, life skills, Bible study, counseling and so much more.

I share this to say in the season of Without Permission, God has been faithful every time. As I sense the shifting of the Lord in preparation for a new season at WP, I can only say, “not my will but your will be done.” It is my prayer that in each season of Without Permission, Jesus is glorified, darkness is exposed and love never fails!

I am filled with gratitude today and every day for the WP team. Be sure and read up about the Community Brunch fundraiser on September 23rd in this newsletter. I hope to see you there.

Because He Lives,

Debbie Johnson

Founder and CEO