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

The Community Brunch

Brunch Tickets Or call (209) 622–0156 for tickets.

When

Sunday, September 23, 2018
9:00am – 2:00pm

Where
Modesto Centre Plaza – 1000 L St, Modesto, CA 95354 – View Map
About the Event
Local Chefs from some of the Central Valley’s finest restaurants are partnering with the participating charities to bring the community an incredible brunch experience.  

The Chefs are:

Vincent Alvarado: Executive Chef, Surla’s Restaurant
Jaime Alderete: Owner, Verona’s
Leroy Walker: Executive Chef, Bistro 234
Stanley Dimond: Corporate Chef, Chef’s Menu
John Surla: Executive Chef, Surla’s Restaurant
Vince Vasquez, Co-Owner of Native Mobile Kitchen

For more information about The Community Brunch

#iamchange Freedom Walk

Thank you to the Modesto Bee for highlighting this event!

Click here to Read the Modesto Bee Article 

 

#iamchange MEN’S MOVEMENT exists to mobilize the MEN of the community in the sex trafficking battle as collaborative partners in bringing awareness to all in hopes for significant change.

The #iamchange Freedom Walk is the first event in this Men’s Movement. Men from 15 local churches are building this movement and mobilizing their communities for the walk. 

Q&A with Pastor Lance Lowell
Modesto’s Neighborhood Church

Why are you as man committed to this “freedom walk”?
As a man I feel that it is important for me to acknowledge the truth that the sex trafficking industry is driven by demand. The freedom walk gives me the opportunity to say to my family, my church and my community that I will commit to walking in integrity and purity and be part of the solution to this darkness that is taking place in our culture. Most other walks or demonstrations are focused on wanting others to solve the problem. I feel it is important for men to take a stand and demonstrate that we want to lead and be the change in our homes, in our culture and even in the issue of sex trafficking.

How will a walk end sex trafficking? 
I feel like it is time for us as men to encourage each other that our actions matter and together we can have a positive impact on the world. We have to call each other up to be the best man we can be for our families and the world around us.  If one person connects the dots that their choice to live a life of honor, integrity and purity will reduce the demand for sex trafficking then we have made a difference.

 

Volunteer Appreciation

On Saturday March 24th, we gathered our Volunteer Team together to celebrate Easter and learn about our upcoming events. It was a wonderful time with a great group of dedicated volunteers! If you’ve been thinking about become involved, NOW IS THE TIME! Click below to fill out a volunteer application and begin the process of becoming a Without Permission Volunteer.

 

Volunteer Application

Hear Russell’s Story: a male survivor, the perspective from a CSEC – June 20th, 2018

Registration Full

We are so excited for the upcoming training, at this time seating is full. We invite you to attend our next training. Please visit our website or call our office for future dates.


Event Details

June 20th, 2018
9:00AM – 4:00PM
Registration opens at 8:30AM


Location:
The Seasons
945 McHenry Ave. Modesto
Lunch is provided


Who Should Attend:

  • Social Workers
  • Law Enforcement
  • Educators
  • Behavioral Health Advocates
  • Community Members

Guest Speaker: Russell Wilson

Russell spent his first nine years as a gypsy/carny, traveling up and down the state with his mother — who worked at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. Russell’s mother would sell him to pedophiles to pay for her drug habit or other necessities. By the time Russell was nine years old, parental responsibilities had become too much for Russell’s mother, and she abandoned him leaving him to fend for himself to navigate the foster care system, only to return intermittently, forcing him to relive the trauma of his abandonment each time.

Russell is currently a student at Golden Gate University School of Law and recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Anthropology and South & Southeast Asian Studies. As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Russell completed a research project in Cambodia looking at the factors of resiliency for male survivors of commercial sexual exploitation.

Mission 360 Ride (M360)

Thank you Horizon Community Church, the cyclists, the support crew, and everyone who sponsored us to achieve this success!

This year M360 rose over $55,000 to help Without Permission fight Human Trafficking in the Central Valley.

Day 1 in Paso Robles. Just before we got started.
Day 2 on top of Ragged point.
Debbie sharing a devotional on the morning of Day 4 in Pismo Beach.
Pastor Kevin Brown going over the map details for the day.
Riding into Ventura on Day 5.
Day 6 we have arrived in Malibu!
Crossing the finish line on Day 6.