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Podcast 23: Greg Hoyte-Immigration, Violence and Grace: An American Story

I am so honored to post this podcast! Listen in as Greg Hoyte shares his story with us.  (Greg is next to his sister in the above picture.)

You will be fascinated by Greg’s story. He shares his journey from his childhood in Guyana, South America to Brooklyn, New York. He moved to New York when he was 14 years old after his parents worked in the US for years to earn enough money for the kids to join them. Initially excited and feeling like a dream came true, he found himself caught up in the violence of the Brooklyn streets as a teenager, filled with fear and rage and thinking there was no way out. But God showed up and provided a way. Looking back Greg can see that God never left him. This is a story of family, immigration, violence, fear, grace and hope. This is an American story.

As he talked, I just sat listening, fascinated.  He “puts skin on” so many things we talk about today – immigration, violence, public education in American cities, gangs, family, friendship, God, faith, race, respect, discipline, the American dream, fear, hope.

Greg lives in Wisconsin now with his beautiful wife Amy and their three amazing kids.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.  -Psalm 23:4

 

 

 

Talking with Sunny Reed – Founder of Restore Lake Travis! Fighting against Human Trafficking

 

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Follow restoreoflaketravis on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/restoreoflaketravis/
  3. Come to see SOLD the movie at the Lake Travis Library on September 22nd at 6 pm.
  4. Donate at http://mycause.worldvision.org/team/restore 
  5. Visit A21.org to learn more about the ways they are fighting human trafficking
  6. If you suspect suspicious activity or you are a victim, you can call the Human Trafficking Hot Line at  1-888-373-7888