Hi Friends, this is the last podcast of the year! I will be taking December off from posting podcasts but will return in January with many amazing stories to share! Please reach out to me if you have a story you would like to tell or you know someone who has said “YES!” to a greater calling on their lives!
I am thrilled to be able to introduce you to Brooke Crowder. Brooke is the founder of The Refuge. The Refuge for DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) has a very specific mission: To provide trauma-informed, long-term restoration shelter and services to girls 11-17 years old, who have been exploited through sex trafficking.
I first met Brooke when I saw a video in our church of a survivor sharing her story and I couldn’t get her off my mind. Brooke and I met for coffee and talked about the plans for The Refuge and the possibility of me teaching Holy Yoga there. Listen in to the podcast to hear Brooke’s story of how God called her to create The Refuge!
Visit the website at: https://therefugeaustin.org There are many ways to donate and volunteer and support The Refuge. Please join us in prayer as they are in the building stage now and eager to be able to have beds available for girls who need one. I’m so grateful to Brooke for her work and for sharing her story here!
I’m excited for you to listen to the latest podcast. I had the best time meeting Avery Harris! She went on a mission trip and her heart broke for the victims of slavery. She decided to do something about it so she opened a food truck in Austin, Texas and called it SAvery Grilled Cheese. (Tune in to the podcast and find out why the SA is capitalized.) She gives 10% of the profits to organizations that are fighting to end slavery and human trafficking.
Find out where the truck is each day on their website www.saverygrilledcheese.com. The food is delicious!
Here are some pictures from our time together. It was my first “live” interview. We had so much fun! The audio is kind of wacky being “live” and all. 🙂 We were outside. The food truck was parked in front of an office building and the people that work there were lining up to buy lunch at the truck. So cool! The truck travels to different spots and events so if you want to book it- check on the website for contact information. Enjoy the podcast!
Today on the podcast, I talk to Sunny Reed! Sunny is the founder of RESTORE. Restore is a movement in the Lake Travis community (in Austin, TX). Restore of Lake Travis was created to come alongside groups that are working to abolish human trafficking around the world. Restore hosts events to bring awareness to modern day slavery and to raise money to contribute to the efforts to abolish it.
If you are in the Austin area we hope you will attend some of the upcoming Restore events and get involved!
Ways to get involved:
- There is a Restore of Lake Travis Facebook page. The page is “closed” but you can request to be a member to stay informed about what is going on in the group.
- Follow restoreoflaketravis on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/restoreoflaketravis/
- Come to see SOLD the movie at the Lake Travis Library on September 22nd at 6 pm.
- Donate at http://mycause.worldvision.org/team/restore
- Visit A21.org to learn more about the ways they are fighting human trafficking
- If you suspect suspicious activity or you are a victim, you can call the Human Trafficking Hot Line at 1-888-373-7888