I have witnessed the evil of human trafficking

After I sat at the table and shared a meal with those being human trafficked, I knew I would never stop fighting for justice.

This is not social justice!

This is God’s justice!

God made every person in His image, and all have value, great value…no matter what others say and how they act.

I did not set out eight years ago when I started Boaz for us to be involved in a battle for the lives of teens and children impacted by trafficking. I simply started out to bring value and dignity and provide safe and affordable housing for at risk teens and their families where needed.

I didn’t really know much about human trafficking almost a decade ago, but I began to see how vulnerability led to a number of things, and human trafficking became one of those areas we knew we had to get involved in, to protect teens and children from this horrible industry.

Today was another day where we were going to face the reality: either we save a young family from imminent danger or we turn our hearts away and let another family be destroyed.

It would be easier to not get involved, but again, once you have met trafficking victims face to face and know their stories and feel their pain, it isn’t an option.

At this point we have been able to prevent 5 families from walking this horrible road and have protected 7 children.

Today we began a journey with another family and another girl. We will fight for this family and stand with them!

If you would like to help this family, or get involved in impacting lives specific to human trafficking, please send me an email at boazlighthouse@gmail.com

I will be able to update this particular story tomorrow. We are dealing with the crisis today and the development plan for this family has already been put into motion.

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She couldn’t go to school, so she came every day to help others until she could

“My mom told me that I can’t go to school because she is not working and there is no money for school supplies.”

This story is shared by Anna, one of our partners in Honduras. She explains how sponsorship changed the life of Estephanie and her sponsor!

It has been 2 years since I first met Estephanie. The new school year had started and I was visiting one of the Manos Extendidas pre-school in Honduras. As I entered the class room, I saw a youth helping the students. I went to her and she knew my name. She said “Anna, my brother is sponsored he is in grade 2. I have never had the opportunity to be sponsored.” My mom told me that I can’t go to school because she is not working and there is no money for school supplies.

I went home that night and cried. Here is a youth that loves school and without support from a sponsor her education has ended. Estephanie had completed her grade 6 with high honors. Her dream to be a doctor was shattered.

I needed to tell her story to see if I could find her a sponsor. When I found a sponsor it was too late for her to start school two years ago, because she missed too much time.

This didn’t upset Estephanie she knew that the following year she would be back in class if she could receive a sponsor. In the meantime she received a hot meal each day as she helped the other children.

The other night I was talking to Estephaine. She said “Anna I am so blessed to have someone to help me. My life has

changed because of my sponsor! I look forward to hearing from him. I know that he is praying for me and my family.

I have many friends in school. My mother whom I love so much is truly a warrior. She provides for the family as best she can. She is there for me and my brother. She is so thankful that my sponsor is there to help with my education.

On the wall in my house I have all the letters that my sponsor sent me. I know that he is proud of me!

He is helping me to fulfill my dream to become a Doctor… I want to save many lives!”

Boaz Global would love to have you join us in helping more Estephanie’s. We have opportunities for child sponsorship in Haiti and Honduras, to feed kids through our initiative to provide 200,000 meals, to provide school fees for kids that have no one able to assist them. any amount from $5.00 to $50,000.00 would be incredible!

If you would like to help, click the link provided (it takes about 30 seconds to make a donation): https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/m/34146/donation

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What does Boaz mean to her? I feel like I belong!

When I moved to Canada, my most challenging thing was not understanding the language and having no friends.

My name is “sunshine”, and I am 16 years old. I am the last of eleven children in my family and I come from one of the smallest countries in Africa, Burundi.

We asked this young lady what our local BOAZ MOSAIC program meant to her? MOSAIC is designed to create a safe place for teens to come together and live life together, and learn about each other’s customs, building friendships with those from other cultures.

Mosaic means alot to me because I got to make new friends from everywhere and they were open to talk whenever I had a question or was facing a hard time. It is also a place where everyone belongs and you can share anything and no one will judge you. Because of this group, I feel like I belong and am facing less challenges because of it!

We are proud of you Lucy!

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No shoes, no socks… it can be a problem

She came to our attention about a week ago. Here in our city was a teen without a pair of shoes to wear, other than her sneakers with the soles ripped in half.

I will come back to her story in a moment….

Last year I heard the story of a young man in need of shoes that went to school each day having very low self esteem. His mom, though she wanted to, was not able to buy him shoes.

The people around saw his vulnerability and some people decided they would get this boy some shoes if he would simply pick up an extortion envelope from a business. It was that easy, he would serve the g_ng by getting their money, and in return he would get nice shoes.

The next day when he went to school and had on nice new “kicks”, lots of kids noticed and told him how nice they were, and his self esteem was on the mend. It was the beginning of a life of pain that led to jail and nearly destroyed his life.

It all started with a pair of shoes!

Since I heard that story I have always had my heart attuned to this specific need. The need for basics like footwear and clothing.

So when we saw this need, I shared with some friends . They stepped into this space to take care of this need.

We went to the shoe store and the teen bought socks, shoes and new sandals. We got her sushi for lunch, her choice! We bought her some needed clothing. She dint have socks either!

I would rather have her self esteem lifted up, and have her remember that there are people who care, no strings attached. She has value and God loves her!

Thank you to all who made this possible!

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National Holiday Celebrations

No matter how difficult life can be there can be moments to celebrate!

Tomorrow is Haiti Flag Day, the day set aside to celebrate the culture and heritage of the Haitian flag. The key elements in their flag are the weapons, that show their readiness to defend their freedom and a royal palm tree that represents their independence.

We want our kids to be proud of the fact that they are Haitian and that their country truly is beautiful.

The Haitian people are beautiful people, we love them and are proud to call them friends.

Let’s celebrate with them!

Our kids and staff celebrated today!

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The truly desperate cries of a loving mom

I just want my daughter and I to….

A 30 year old mom who loves her beautiful nine year old daughter is absolutely desperate. She and her daughter have not eaten in two days, and they are very unwell physically, mentally and emotionally because of their situation, starvation is real.

As she approached another young mom, Paola, in one of our ministry locations, she said these words through many tears, ” I am thinking about giving my daughter and I poison, so that we can die and stop this pain.”

I often ask myself this question, what does not having food to eat do to a person? What is the impact on our ability to make decisions, at what level does it impair our judgements? I believe not being able to eat robs a person of so much and creates extreme, yes extreme vulnerability.

For those who have never experienced food insecurity, we simply have no capacity to understand that pain, stress and hopelessness. It is devastating!

I instructed Paola to feed this mom and her sweet daughter. We sent money in to help meet this immediate need. Paola also is extremely poor, and she knows first hand how lack of food destroys lives and causes vulnerability.

The Word of God is clear, Matt. 25:35 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat” and Matt 25:40 “The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me ”

Paola was trafficked and prostituted beginning at age 12 herself. Why? because she had no food and needed to eat, she needed to eat!

Yes you can get to that point, the place where you have to eat or die.

If you would like to help feed Mary and Ashley and others like them, please give generously unto God. I will be sending more money for Mary, Ashley and Paola later today.

You can do so through Boaz at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/m/34146/donation

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Food for thought…one woman’s journey

I want to use my blog to tell other people’s stories of victories and challenges. I hope you will read this account from a friend of mine, when it comes to food insecurity because of health and prices.

“I have been following your food journey and it has made me think.

I have some health challenges so I am looking at your experiment from a different angle … from my own personal perspective.

Your challenge would affect me quite negatively. Because of my illnesses I cannot eat how you have been eating and I cannot eat whatever I would like yet cost is not the problem. I have many food intolerances; not allergies and these foods cause me physical harm/discomfort. I have IBS and IBD and food is a big part of my treatment.

If I am being strict I am not supposed to consume MSG, wheat, dairy, caffeine, cinnamon, or alcohol. And many fruits and vegetables bother my system unless they are cooked. So as I have watched you post about the foods you have purchased and used to try and feed yourself, my thoughts kept coming back to these questions, “what would I do if I could not afford the foods I eat regularly? and “what is happening to the people who are struggling with food insecurity AND have health issues affect their food choices?”.

You see most of the alternative foods I buy are in the specialty food section of most grocery stores. I buy a lot of things that are made from rice and other substitutes for wheat. These products are almost always more expensive. A loaf of bread is 2-3 times more expensive and only half the size of a regular loaf of bread. I can eat very little that comes out of a can or package because it almost always has MSG in it. I read a lot of labels! It either says monosodium glutamate or when spices are not listed separately you can safely assume MSG is included to help the food last longer on those shelves. Dairy is in many savoury dishes and desserts so it is also difficult to avoid and the alternatives like almond and soy milk take some getting used to and are not cheap. I don’t have a problem avoiding caffeine or alcohol. I just drink a lot of water.

However, I struggle with the food/health connection and as I said, watching your progress during the last month has given me much *food for thought*.

How can we help those who are fighting to feed themselves when they also have food allergies/intolerances? They should not be forgotten and/or given the largest cheapest bag of pasta one can buy. Just my thoughts. Thanks for listening and being an advocate.” M-L

$5.09 for four hamburger buns

$5.39 for a loaf of bread, and look at the size of the loaf and size of the bread

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