<![CDATA[Micah Mandate - Stories]]>Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:24:15 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Three Trevecaa students travel to D.C. to speak on DACA]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:47:00 GMThttp://micahmandate.com/stories/three-trevecaa-students-travel-to-dc-to-speak-on-daca
By Blake Stewart

​​Three Trevecca students were chosen by an immigration-reform lobbying group to tell their stories to lawmakers in Washington, D.C.
Arturo Prieto, Berenice Olivia and Yenin Echeveria on Oct. 5 joined more than 125 other college students from 20 states to urge lawmakers to pass legislation that will allow them to continue studying in the United States.
The three are DACA students, or students who came to the United States as children and are currently protected under an executive order that President Donald Trump plans to end.  Trump has asked Congress to act on the issue.
The deadline to file for renewal status of the DACA program was on Oct. 5.  Recipients whose renewal status falls between October and March are eligible for renewal. Those outside of those months are not allowed to renew. 
“What I hoped from the trip is for politicians to know the urgency of passing a legislation that will allow Dreamers the opportunity to continue their education,” said Prieto, a junior international business major.
Prieto came to the U.S. with his parents when he was 4-years-old where he began school in Nashville shortly after. He says Tennessee is him home. 
“It’s all that I know,” he said. 
Preto, Oliva and  Echeveria were invited on the trip by FWD.us, a lobbying group that advocates comprehensive immigration reform. FWD.us paid the way for the trip including flight, hotel and food. 
“For the past three years, I’ve been really involved in my community with getting more informed with immigration and refugees,” said Oliva. “This was an experience that I really wanted to be a part of.”
Oliva’s renewal exprires in May 2018, so she is not eligible to apply for renewal status. 
"Knowing this brought up so many fears and made me want to get out there and share my story with our politicians,” she said. 
Arriving into the nation’s capital, Prieto, Oliva and Echeveria along with the rest of the group got together to discuss their lives and what their hopes and dreams were after college.
“Knowing that others across the nation share the same dreams as we do and hearing the impact we are making in our communities made us stronger as a group,” said Prieto.
During the trip students spoke with members of the senate and congress. All three students visited with Tennessee lawmakers; Rep. Jim Cooper, Sen. Lamar Alexander, Sen. Bob Corker and Rep. David Castoff. They also spoke with Rep. Kamala Harris from California. 
The 125 dreamers participated in a press conference with close to 30 different media outlets that included Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsay Graham who are co-sponsors for the Dream Act.
All three Trevecca students shared their stories personally with politicians that represent the state that they call home. 
“Listening to my story and the DACA neighbors we have here on campus is important because we have so much uncertainty in our future, all while trying to be a good student and citizen,” said Oliva. 
Preto agrees. 
“I want students to know that we are not much different, we are your neighbors, we are involved, we contribute and we just want an equal opportunity because we believe that we deserve it,” he said.
<![CDATA[Social Justice Club looks to add new members]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 18:02:05 GMThttp://micahmandate.com/stories/social-justice-club-looks-to-add-new-membersTrevecca’s Social Justice Club offers opportunities for students of all majors interested in making a difference on campus and in the community.
Lindsey Stine, president of the club, says she joined because of her interest in mission work inside the United States.
“This was a good way to get involved and work with people and minister to them,” said Stine.
Stine says one of the clubs missions is to bring awareness of social injustices onto the campus and take that message into the community.
In its eighth year, the Social Justice Club has been involved in raising money for charities, campaigning for human rights and bringing awareness to human trafficking.
The club focuses on human trafficking and has worked with Rest Stop Ministries, a faith-based organization in Nashville dedicated to helping female survivor of domestic sex-trafficking.
Last year the club volunteered at Trevecca’s community health fair, raised money through clean water initiatives, participated in MLK service day and hosted an event on campus to raise awareness on human trafficking with End Slavery Tennessee.
“The club is looking to put on a fundraiser for different charities this year and host a documentary showing on human trafficking and child soldiers,” said Anna Turpin, vice president.
Club members also plan to get involved in the community this year by volunteering with different non-profits and charities.
“We want to look at the disparities in the criminal justice system and a goal for the year is to plan a trip to a prison in Nashville,” said Stine.
The club has eight active members and is actively recruiting new members.

“This is an opportunity for students to bring to the table anything that they are worried about and we can see what we can do with our small impact,” said Turpin.

The club meets at the fireside room in CLCS every Friday at 3p.m. For more information contact Stine at LDStine@trevecca.edu]]>
<![CDATA[The aftermath of Harvey hits home for Trevecca student]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:34:43 GMThttp://micahmandate.com/stories/the-aftermath-of-harvey-hits-home-for-trevecca-studentPicturePhoto courtesy of Gabby Smith

Gabby Smith spent her first week of classes frantically sifting through texts and photos sent from her family, while her grand-parents waited for someone to come rescue them from their flooded Texas home.
Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, and many members of Smith's family, just as she was getting her semester started.
“I didn’t sleep the first two weeks of school because I was receiving texts about my grand-parents,” said Smith. "Their house was on the verge of flooding."
Smith, a sophomore worship arts major, couldn't wait any longer to go home and check on her family.  Just seven days after the hurricane hit, she loaded her car and made the 12-hour drive. 
After making the drive from Nashville to Texas on Thursday afternoon after class, she arrived home at 4 a.m. and went straight to work with her family and hometown church, First Church of the Nazarene
During her two days there, she helped gut her grand-parent’s home and helped clean up all the debris. She worked with her church cleaning up the rubble in the community and bringing supplies to the church like diapers, food and water.
Orange Texas, a small town along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico that borders Louisiana was flooded by Hurricane Harvey’s waters in late August. Orange Country officials declared an evacuation for residents ahead of severe flooding predictions on Thursday Aug. 31.
“I had been through hurricanes before when I was younger, but didn’t realize the severity of the situation back then,” said Smith. "I was there for Hurricane Ike, but the difference between the two was the need to evacuate.”
 Smith’s sister lives two streets away from their grand-parent’s home that flooded and like many in the area were without flood insurance. Smith’s sister was left with over two feet of water in her home.
Orange Texas sits near a bayou; the area is surrounded by waterways and many of the locals have boats for fishing and crabbing. 
Smith said her grand-parents live far out in a rural area of the town and were waiting to be rescued from their flooding home that had close to four feet of water. 
​“Social media was a big aspect for a lot of the rescues that took place in the area,” says Smith. "My grand-parents were saved by total strangers."
 Some of the people that came into Orange Texas were a group of volunteers known as the Cajun Navy. Formed in 2008 after Hurricane Katrina to assist in the rescue efforts in Louisiana and surrounding areas.
 Smith says she was overwhelmed by the number of students that reached out to her on campus during this difficult time. 
 “Strangers have come up to me and asked how I was,” says Smith. "The quick response and lack of hesitation has affirmed where I need to be."
The relief effort has expanded on campus in response to the aftermath of Harvey.
 The chaplain’s office and student government scheduled a relief trip to Texas during fall break and will be going to Smith’s hometown of Orange Texas.  The trip filled up quickly, with 22 students planning to go. 
Joshua Ray, student body chaplain, grew up in Woodlands Texas, a community just 28 miles north of the Houston area, where Hurricane Harvey caused destruction.
 “Being from Texas is a big part of me wanting to go down there," said Ray. "I moved there right before Hurricane Ike and saw first-hand the devastation that is done from these disasters. As student body chaplain, it is my duty to create a community that helps others and to be faithful to those in need."

Photo courtesy of Gabby Smith
<![CDATA[Spiritual Deepening Week features guest speaker]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:51:09 GMThttp://micahmandate.com/stories/spiritual-deepening-week-features-guest-speakerPicture

​Spiritual Deepening Week kicks off today and a 30-year veteran of compassionate ministry in the Nazarene Church will be speaking at several sessions over the next few days. 

Phil Stout, a pastor for more than 30 years has focused his leadership in the church on ministries of compassion and justice. Stout did his graduate work in Peace studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and would move on to receive his Doctorate of Ministry degree at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.

“I know Phil to be a failthful preacher of the gospel. Jesus is the Prince of Peace and reconciliation is a sign of the coming Kingdom of God,” said Shawna Gaines, university chaplain and assistant professor of Christian worship. 
In addition to being the lead pastor at First Church of the Nazarene in Jackson, Michigan, Stout is an adjunct professor at Spring Arbor University and Olivet Nazarene University where he serves in the ministry department. 
Stout is also an author who has written for various publications and authored one book, Beyond Dissapointment…Hope
Stout says his purpose in life comes from the book of Acts 20:24 that says, “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”
“Phil has an ability to see peace and reconciliation naturally flowing from the good news of the gospel,” said Gaines. "In the midst of an anxious time, Phil will bring a word of good news to us."
In addition to speaking in chapel, Stout on Tuesday will lead a Seek Justice lecture in Quick Lecture Hall from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

"Dr. Stout’s talk as part of the “Seek Justice” speaker series is to help us live into the  “alternative community” which reflects  the portion of the Lord’s Prayer where we pray, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven," said Jamie Casler, director, J.V. Morsch social justice center. "I pray that Dr. Stout’s  time on campus will help us understand what it means to reflect this “alternative community”  into the Trevecca community, the city of Nashville and around the globe." 

Stout says his prayer comes from the book of Matthew 6:10, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Spiritual Deepening Week Activities
Chapel Service Monday at 6:30 pm
Chapel Services Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and  6:30 pm
Seek Justice Lecture Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in Quick Lecture Hall 
Chapel Service Wednesday at  10 a.m. and  6:30 pm
Chapel Service Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Communion will be served

<![CDATA[Social Justice Events on Campus]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:24:44 GMThttp://micahmandate.com/stories/social-justice-events-on-campus
  • GOAT YOGA: Every Saturday 10:45-11:45  (5.00 for TNU Students)
  •  TNU Farm Stand: Thursdays from 12-3 TNU Fountain  
  • Sept 25    Ministry Chapel – 8 nonprofit org. represented.
  • Sept. 25-28 Phil Stout-  Spiritual Deepening Week-  Read more at www.philstout.org
  • Peace, Justice and Reconciliation - Chapel 
  • Sept 26, Phil Stout- Seek Justice Lecture – Quick Lecture Hall 1:30-3pm
  • Oct. 17. Chi Chi Okwa- World Vision – Children and Poverty – Chapel 
  • Oct 31. Teanna  Sunberg- Refugees in Eastern Europe – Chapel
  • Oct 31.. Teanna Sunberg- Seek Justice Lecture-  Quick Lecture Hall 1:30-3pm
  • Nov. 9-12. Unchained Human Trafficking Experience – TSAC   This is a human trafficking simulation experience where you will see first hand how a young girl is trafficked
<![CDATA[Survivor tells story in chapel]]>Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:53:31 GMThttp://micahmandate.com/stories/survivor-to-speak-in-chapel
By Blake Stewart

A survivor of one the longest lasting civil wars on record on Tuesday spoke to Trevecca students in chapel.  
James Baak, founder of Solidarity Ministries Africa for Reconciliation and Development, is in Nashville to tell his story of survival of redemption.
"By inviting Mr. Baak to share his story, I hope that students will learn of today’s refugee struggles and begin asking how they can be the hands and feet of Christ as we strive to answer the call of Mathew 25:35 which states 'For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, … I was sick and you visited me,' " said James Casler, director, J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice.
 The outbreak of war in southern Sudan altered the lives of thousands of young Sudanese men and children more than 25 years ago. Between 1983 and 1987, civil war in southern Sudan caused an estimated 20,000 young boys to flee their homes and villages. 
 The civil war broke out in 1983 in southern Sudan causing government forces of Norther Sudan to continue its campaign against the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army, where rebel based groups began initiating boys into the war.
 The boys were forced to flee and seek refuge in Ethiopia to avoid death and being inducted into the northern Army. The journey to Ethiopia turned out to be a 1,000-mile trek to escape the harsh reality of what their homeland had become.
 On their journey, many of the young men would die from hunger, dehydration and exhaustion. The survivors are known as the Lost Boys of Sudan.
 James Baak was one of the survivors.
Baak says that after fleeing his community he wanted to get a gun and return to his village to defend it from the aggression. That aggression changed when he arrived to his new destination.
 At 13, Baak arrived at a refugee camp in Ethiopia where a friend asked to join him at a church where he would hear the gospel for the first time. 
Baak heard the verse John 3:16 which states, “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
 “That was a turning point in my life to know that there is a God who loves me and if I believe in him I will not die,” said Baak. "After I believed in Christ that changed everything in my life, I wanted to know more about this God.”
 Baak would eventually meet a missionary man, begin his educational journey and earn his high-school degree at a refugee in Kenya where he would later start a ministry.
James now leads the organization, Solidarity Ministries Africa for Reconciliation and Development. The organization works in the south-Sudan and internationally, where he addresses the spiritual needs of his people.
“James has taken on a leadership role that is lacking in the South Sudan," said Meredith Wheeler, long-time friend of Baak's and employee of Just Act Now, an organization that works with war trauma victims in the South Sudan.
“There are about 3 million refugees or internally displaced people in the South Sudan. The scale of need here is dire," said Wheeler.
“I left home as a boy in search of a way to defend my community, I returned as a man with God’s message of eternal security and everlasting peace,” said Baak.
<![CDATA[Trevecca leaders to meet with members of the Napier and Chestnut Hill community]]>Fri, 07 Apr 2017 21:27:43 GMThttp://micahmandate.com/stories/trevecca-leaders-to-meet-with-members-of-the-napier-and-chestnut-hill-communityPicture
by Olivia Kelley

Tomorrow, Trevecca faculty and students will be heading to Napier Community Center to meet with leaders and community members from Napier and Chestnut Hill in what is being called the Trevecca Community Initiative. 

The idea for the Initiative came from senior social work major Jessica Kyle after she chose to move off campus to live in the Napier community.

“I originally got the idea in a class that talks a lot about community development and awareness and Trevecca’s own community awareness,” she said. “I was tired of sitting in class and talking about these things. I wanted to get out and talk with some people about it.”

The first part of the day will be a meeting between the leadership teams from Trevecca, Napier, and Chestnut Hill to talk about what needs the community has and what Trevecca can offer, according to Kyle. 

Brodrick Thomas, coordinator of student engagement and diversity, said this is what makes this meeting stand out from any that Trevecca has hosted in the past. 

“The foundation of where [Jessica] started with this was ‘let’s just listen,’” he said. “She didn’t try to do anything else. She didn’t try to build something so we could say, ‘Trevecca gave this to you.’ She didn’t try to send us to do community service. I think we want to go and have this event to build a relationship. I can not think of a time that Trevecca has attempted to do this — to go to their place and sit down and just listen.”

Senior social justice major Tabitha Sookdeo said she agrees that this is the most important aspect of what they are attempting to accomplish. She compared it to doing missions work without really knowing what the people need. She said they can build a well for someone in a third-world country, but if the people never use it, because they didn’t really need it, then nothing has really been accomplished. 

“It’s really toxic for us to go into communities and for us to assert ourselves and say ‘this is what you need.’ We want to set the precedent for us to listen,” said Sookdeo. 

The second half of the day will be open to students and to the community. There will be a panel of people who are living and working in the Napier and Chestnut Hill communities that will answer questions and discuss what ways students can help and get involved. 

Sookdeo said she thinks it’s important for students to not be scared to get involved in helping and getting to know members of the community. 

“I think sometimes we just need to get out of our comfort zones,” she said. “That’s all that it takes and we have this really great opportunity to take the bus for free with our ID cards. There’s no reason to not try using the bus and I think that would be a really great first step to trying something new and interact with people who are sitting next to you. I think we have more similarities with people than differences.”

Thomas said this sense of leadership and service within the community is not new to Trevecca and has been an important part of the mission since the University first opened.

“The whole foundation of Trevecca was established off of J.L. McClurkan helping prostitutes and civil war veterans and that’s the spirit that's kept this University alive for so long,” said Thomas. “I think the mission is the same [today] but our focus shifts.”

Thomas also said he hopes that the amount of faculty attending will set an example for students to “practice what they want to eventually preach.”

“Leadership and service is the cornerstone from which we preach everything. It’s good that a whole bunch of faculty are going, because we need to reflect that leadership that we’re always talking about,” he said. 

Kyle said her hope is that this will strengthen the bond between Trevecca and the surrounding community by opening the door to conversation. 

“My biggest hope for this meeting is to get information out — to have the leadership of Trevecca and the leadership of the community hear more about each others’ heart and break down misconceptions that might be there,” she said. “A true partnership is both sides and I would love for it to be such a vital partnership that if anyone in the community needs anything then they can come to Trevecca and if Trevecca ever needs anything then they know they can go to the community.”

Trevecca Leadership Team:
Dr. Dan Boone, president of Trevecca University
Shawna Gaines, university chaplain
Brodrick Thomas, coordinator of student engagement and diversity
Elizabeth Nunley, assistant professor of social work 
Dr. Sarah Bollinger, assistant professor of social work and program director
Don Kintner, psychology professor, involved in community 

Panel Speakers:
Don Kintner, has been involved in community for years
Odessa Kelly, head of Napier community center, member of community
Dr. Lawless, Principle at Napier Elementary
Julie Dimick, teacher at Napier, lives in community
J’ael Fuentes, works at Harvest Hands, lives in Chestnut Hill
Mitch Singer, works at Harvest Hands, lives in Napier
Keita Braden, member of Napier community

<![CDATA[Speaker from International Justice Mission speaks in chapel]]>Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:40:01 GMThttp://micahmandate.com/stories/speaker-from-international-justice-mission-speaks-in-chapelPicture
by Mary Eaton
Even while in college, students can help in the fight against human trafficking and slavery.
Michelle Conn, senior director of strategic partnership of International Justice Mission (IJM), on Thursday encouraged Trevecca students to be aware of slavery, sign petitions, and pray for those in need of rescue. 
IJM is a global organization that protects the poor from violence, and is the leading nonprofit addressing the issue of human trafficking on a global level.
IJM works with more than 21 million people in 17 communities.
Conn spoke in chapel as part of Social Justice Week.
In addition to rescuing captives, IJM also focuses on the restoration of survivors.
Restoration for survivors is not limited to assisting in recovery, but includes the restraint of the abuser, Conn said.
Most of the countries where slavery is prominent have laws set in place against these crimes.
“We go into these countries and say, ‘You say these things are wrong, yet they are happening,’” said Conn. 
After four years of IJM partnership with local law enforcement in Cebu, Philippines, the availability of minors for sex decreased by 79 percent, says the U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons Report of 2012.
Jamie Casler, director of the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice, chose to include IJM in this week’s chapel schedule because, although IJM is a global organization, it is locally connected.
“Conn runs the Nashville office for IJM. Well, she is the office,” said Casler. “She was also the fifth employee to the organization, which now has over 600 employees.”
Casler adds to Conn’s list of student involvement and suggests students follow IJM on their social media accounts, which IJM uses to spread the word about captives being rescued.
“Seeing these stories on your social media feeds makes the issues real,” said Casler. 
Casler also suggests Trevecca students who are interested in being more conscious shoppers consider the information available on slaveryfootprint.org that can answer the question, “How many slaves work for you?”.  

<![CDATA[Former Guatemalan child soldier speaks in chapel]]>Mon, 03 Apr 2017 16:46:27 GMThttp://micahmandate.com/stories/former-guatemalan-child-soldier-speaks-in-chapelPicture
by Mary Eaton
A former child soldier on Tuesday told Trevecca students how God changed his life. 
Reverend Luis Quinonez, former child soldier and current Hispanic ministries director of Kansas District Church of the Nazarene, spoke in chapel this morning as a part of social justice awareness week.
The service followed a community conversation Monday night including both Quinonez and Rondy Smith, Trevecca alumni and founder of Rest Stop Ministry - the first human trafficking safe house in Nashville, TN.
Quinonez was born in Escuintla, Guatemala and turned child soldier during the rebellion against the government of Guatemala. 
He can recall his time as a child soldier and describes it as a time of confusion. 
As a child soldier, he delivered guns to other soldiers in the rebellion. 
"I didn't know what I was doing," said Quinonez. "We were told not to look inside what we were carrying. I had no idea."
Quinonez was a member of the Guatemalan National Soccer team during his time in the rebellion. 
At the age of 18, when he was fully convinced of the rebellion and claimed to be a part of the Red Army, his mother had a conversation with him about Jesus.
"She told me, Jesus Christ changed my life Luis," said Quinonez. "...and when I am gone, and you die, I want to see you in heaven."
This conversation changed his life and he believes that by surviving his time with the rebel soldiers, God has a plan for him.
Quinonez was called into full-time ministry and has since been a part of planting many churches in Guatemala.  
“I don’t have time to talk to you about all of the churches we’ve planted in Guatemala, but I do want you to know that without Jesus we have nothing.”
Jamie Casler, director of the J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice, chose the theme and speakers for social justice awareness week.
"Child slavery is an issue that if we don't see it happening on our social media feeds, we don't think it's happening anywhere," said Casler. 
Casler hopes that through social justice awareness week, students become more aware of social justice issues and how God can use college students to make a difference.

<![CDATA[Social justice awareness week brings speakers on human trafficking and child soldiersĀ ]]>Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:17:02 GMThttp://micahmandate.com/stories/social-justice-awareness-week-brings-speakers-on-human-trafficking-and-child-soldiersPicture
by Olivia Kelley 

Speakers on human trafficking and child soldiers are coming to Trevecca this week as a part of the annual social justice awareness week. The week kicks off with a film forum and panel discussion about child soldiers.

Social Justice awareness week has existed throughout the history of the JV Morsch Center for Social Justice. The purpose, according to the director of the Center, Jamie Casler, is to bring a broad awareness of social justice issues to the student body.

“Child soldiers and human trafficking are invisible social justices,” said Casler. “We don’t see it on the news or in the streets like we used to. A lot of it happens behind closed doors and through the internet.”

Events will be taking place on campus Monday through Thursday of this week. Speakers from International Justice Mission, Rest Stop Ministries, and End Slavery will be sharing with students about human trafficking locally in Nashville and globally. Most events will take place during chapel times, with the exception of an event on Wednesday night. 

Anna Turpin, president of the social justice club, is hosting the Wednesday night event called “Slavery Today: Human trafficking and what you can do about it.” She thinks it will be a good way for students to learn about how they can contribute to the cause. 

“A lot of times when you hear awful things about human rights, you think you can’t do anything about it,” she said. “So I think this will be really helpful.”

Casler said this is an important aspect of what the center for social justice is trying to communicate. 

“We need the body of Christ to come together to solve these complex issues,” he said. “How can [students] use their major God-given talents to address the injustices in our world?”

Turpin hopes these events will not only bring awareness to students about social injustices, but will make them care about them. 

“Human trafficking is an epidemic. We should sympathize with the plight of other people,” she said. “It’s important to be aware of the human rights violations happening around you and its important that you care.”

Social Justice Awareness Week Events:

Community Conversation
When: March 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Boone Convocation Center
What: Film Forum and Panel on Child Soldiers and Child Slavery. Two credit chapel. Guest Panel speakers: Luis Quinonez, former child soldier and Rondy Smith, founder of Rest Stop Ministry

Child Soldiers Chapel
When: March 28, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Boone Convocation Center
What: Luis Quinonez will be sharing about his experience as a child soldier. 

Slavery Today: Human Trafficking and what you can do about it
When: March 29, 6-7 p.m. 
Where: McClurkan 200
What: A guest speaker from End Slavery in TN will share about how students can participate in being part of the solution. Pizza and drinks will be provided. 

Chapel: Michelle Conn with International Justice Mission
When: March 30, 9:30 a.m.
Where: Boone Convocation Center
What: Michelle Conn will share in chapel about the girls who have been rescued from the sex trade and their journey toward healing and restoration.