Empower Women, Empower Everyone by Sandie Morgan


Empower Women, Empower Everyone

by Sandie Morgan

267 school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. Hundreds of Yazidi women sold into slavery by ISIS. Thousands of war rapes in Congo. Millions trafficked globally. The global issues facing women are clear.

International Women’s Day, March 8, focuses on empowering women. In 2014. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said: “Countries with more equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: Equality for women means progress for all.”

Three simple strategies can empower women: create space, model value and nurture gifts. These three methods to empower the women in your life are not new. Jesus practiced them.

Look at the story of Jesus visiting Lazarus, Martha and Mary (Luke 10: 38-42). Jesus made room for Mary with the other learners, the disciples. Her sister, Martha, tried to correct the situation. There is much to learn in that simple story, but let’s say Martha’s remarks were about more than wanting help chopping the carrots for dinner. We often focus on Mary’s decision, but that decision was possible because Jesus created space for her. He modeled value for her as a disciple, which nurtured her gifts. I’m sure you can think of other examples where Jesus turned culture around to create space for women, model value and nurture their gifts.

I experienced this personally during an academic partnership between Vanguard University and a university in Iraq to empower women. Our team included renowned Federal Judge David Carter.  Carter created space for me in a culture that did not traditionally allow this, valued me as a professional and nurtured my growing skills in the field. He instructed me to stay with him even if our hosts offered me a seat in a different room. When entering the chambers of the Chief Judge, Carter was ushered to a seat of honor. He thanked our hosts, walked me to that seat and said, “Dr. Morgan, here’s your place.” He included me in the dialogue; it was never spurious. Carter actively empowered me as a leader, because he saw me as such.

Women are vital to the mission of the Church. To see women empowered to lead and contribute, everyone must be strategic. Create space. Model value for your daughters and sisters. Nurture their gifts. The result will be progress that men and women will celebrate together.


January Events for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month!


Dont forget to check out our TOP 10 ENDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING PODCAST!

January 8th: Freedom Sunday at Westminster Christian Assembly. For the 2017 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Dr Sandie Morgan will speak on Joy & Justice: Rescue and the Path to Freedom. 10:30am this Sunday. Address: 14642 Bushard St. Westminster CA.

January 11th: Join Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign for National Wear Blue Day
This January, as part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we encourage you to join us for National Wear Blue Day. On January 11 – which is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day – wear blue clothing and post a photo of yourself to Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #WearBlueDay. Encourage your colleagues, friends, and family to participate too! National #WearBlueDay encourages greater public awareness about human trafficking and will generate additional conversation about this heinous crime.

January 21: Abolitionists Conference at Aldersgate United Methodist Church
1201 Irvine Blvd, Tustin, CA 92780

January 24-26thHidden in the Crowd A Human Trafficking Symposium

January 26th: Night of Hope by Live2free. 8:30pm in the Cove at Vanguard University
Vanguard’s anti-human trafficking student mobilization club puts on an event for their college peers to learn and internalize the serious of human trafficking. Open to the public. 8pm at Vanguard University.

January 28th: Pray for Freedom at Vanguard University
3-5pm “Prayer is not a substitute for work, thinking, watching, suffering, or giving; prayer is a support for all other efforts.” -George Buttrick
Tune in to livestream the event!

January 29th: Justice Matters Conference at Calvary Chapel Murrieta
7:30 AM | 9:30 AM | 11:30 AM   Exploring The Risk Factors That Lead to Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

February 2nd: Global Center for Women and Justice Open House! If you ever wanted to see our center and what we are all about at Vanguard University, stop by at 2-4pm!
55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Scott Building #226



Merry Christmas 2016!


Pray for Freedom: Challenging Slavery 2017



Pray for Freedom in Partnership with FAAST INTERNATIONAL
3-5pm PST Saturday, January 28th at Vanguard University/Newport Mesa Church

3:00pm-4:30pm: Prayers
Our communities will gather to pray for freedom for victims of labor and sex trafficking. Partner organizations and community leaders will open the prayer with a worldwide prayer for wisdom, resources, and divine intervention to free captives.

We will pray for the unique issues of widows, single mothers, refugees, foster kids, immigrants and vulnerable communities because of poverty, gender, conflict, and violence. We will also pray for wisdom to make a difference for community leaders that represent government, ethnic minorities, and churches.

Our final focus will reflect on prayers for change in our own hearts and communities that will reduce demand driven by greed, pornography, and violence.

4:30pm-5:00pm: Call to Action
The final call to action will focus a call to action to help us recognize victims, understand how we can serve, and engage the local church community in everyday responses that make a difference.




Ministry of Higher Education: Iraq Women in Leadership Training


Life Without Parole


The Global Center for Women & Justice and American Coast Theater Company are teaming up to bring awareness to domestic violence, and we’d like you to join us.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and American Coast Theater Company, Vanguard University’s resident professional company, in collaboration with the Global Center for Women & Justice, are proud to present the West Coast Premiere of Life Without Parole, a play that takes a look at domestic violence from the perspectives of women serving long prison sentences for killing their abusive partners. The play will be presented at the Edgemar Theater in Los Angeles and will run from October 21st – Nov. 6th. Featuring actors and designers from the greater L.A. area, this will be the first fully realized professional production of this contemporary and cutting edge play.

This show will be featured in LA for 3 weekends
October 21 & 22 || 8pm
October 28 & 29 || 8pm
November 4 & 5 || 8pm

Tickets now on sale! $35


Edgemar Center for the Arts
2437 Main St. Santa Monica, CA 90405

More about the play:

In the mid-1990s, Dr. Elizabeth Dermody Leonard entered the gates of the California Institution for Women at Chino with the purpose of interviewing forty-two women serving long sentences for killing their abusive partners. The result of this research was Dr. Leonard’s book, Convicted Survivors: The Imprisonment of Battered Women Who Kill. Ten years later, playwright Warren Doody transformed this work into Life Without Parole, a play that tells the story of Helen Broker as she faces a parole board hearing for the first time, and who takes the audience on a journey through the tragic underworld of domestic violence.

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Pentecostal Leadership Series: Dr. Beth Grant

Every semester the Lewis Wilson Institute for Pentecostal Studies puts on seminars that seeks to encourage and support the study of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements. The theme for this semester’s seminars is “Your Daughters Shall Prophecy: Women of the Spirit.”


At 7pm on Thursday, March 31st, Dr. Elizabeth Grant will be speaking at Newport Mesa Church as part of the 7th Annual Pentecostal Leaders Series. Dr. Elizabeth Grant is  Executive Presbyter on behalf of The General Council of the Assemblies of God. She is also an Associate Professor of Intercultural Education at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield, Missouri.

Dr. Grant and her husband serve as Assemblies of God World Missionaries. While their 32 year career has focused on India, their heart for people has carried them to over 30 nations of the world. Dr. Grant is the co-founder of Project Rescue, an AGWM ministry to survivors of sex slavery. She has co-authored “Hands that Heal” (2007), an international curriculum to help train caregivers to provide transformational care to victims of sexual exploitation. Dr. Grant’s calling and passion is that of a teacher. She has served as faculty and guest lecturer in missions in colleges and seminaries in India, Europe, South Africa and the US. She earned her Ph.D. in Intercultural Education from Biola University School of Intercultural Studies.

We welcome you to hear Dr. Beth Grant speak on Pentecostal Women in Ministry: Spirit Empowerment for Courageous Leadership in a Spiritually-Dynamic World.  It will be on Thursday, March 31st at Newport Mesa Church at 7pm.


Pray for Freedom

“Prayer moves the arm that moves the world.” C.H. Spurgeon


Join the Global Center for Women and Justice in partnership with the Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking for Pray for Freedom! With over 21 million people living in slavery today we need to ask the author of freedom, Christ, to end human trafficking. Join with abolitionists around the globe as we challenge slavery through prayer.

Attend in Person: The live event is at the Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University (*at the Newport Mesa Church on campus*)
Attend Online: Join us online for the live streaming event. Link: http://www.vanguard.edu/gcwj/prayforfreedom/


Pray for Freedom
January 23, 2016 Starting at 3 PM PST/ 6PM EST.
Newport Mesa Church
Vanguard University Campus
55 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

RSVP by joining the Facebook Event

Would you like to host a simulcast? Email: faast@faastinternational.org.





Student Post: 4 reasons students should join Ensure Justice 2015

Janell Koide is a senior Psychology major at Vanguard University. She became a Women’s Studies Minor when she joined the 2014 Summer Study Abroad course in Medellin, Colombia, and interns in the GCWJ offices.

Human trafficking can go by many names and include many faces. The Federal Strategic Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking defines human trafficking as “a crime that involves the exploitation or a person for the purpose of compelled labor or a commercial sex act,” or modern day slavery.

As a student, the thought of this injustice angers me, and its growing prevalence in the United States brings heaviness to my heart. The International Labour Organization states that it is difficult to accurately measure the magnitude of human trafficking worldwide, but the minimum begins at 20 million. That’s 20 million fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, daughters, and sons “victimized by forced labor and sex trafficking worldwide,” and the United States is not exempt (Federal Strategic Action Plan).

So what do we as students do upon hearing this tragic news? We can learn more about the issue. We must educate ourselves so that we may be able to effectively offer our services to help cure this disease at its core, rather than hastily provide short-term band-aid solutions. Removing the victim is only a step in the process. Aiding the survivor in their recovery and introduction to a life free of exploitation is just as important. It is a complex, multifaceted issue that may overwhelm you with wonders of “What can I do?”

This year, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice welcomes experts on the issue for the 2015 Ensure Justice Conference on March 6-7. The theme of the conference this year is Coordination, Collaboration, Capacity, and Compassion: What’s your role in the plan?, based on the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States. The purpose of the Plan is to provide government and community agencies with tangible steps to provide services to victims of human trafficking in the United States, which “includes steps to create a victim services network that is comprehensive, trauma-informed, and responsive to the needs of all victims” (Federal Strategic Action Plan).

So, why should students join Ensure Justice this year?

  1. Meet and Network with leaders and members of organizations combatting human trafficking – Ensure Justice provides students one-on-one opportunities to connect with leaders fighting this issue locally, nationally, and globally.
  2. Fulfill the requirement for Women’s Studies Minor – The Women’s Studies minor at Vanguard offers us as students a chance to learn from professionals in the community – professionals who will be our supervisors, mentors, and colleagues when we leave VU.
  3. Get a unit – Register for the 1 unit course! One weekend commitment with some pre- and post-conference reading and assignments.
  4. Find YOUR place in the fight to end human trafficking – This conference gives us a chance to see what is going on in the community, and where our skills and passions can be used. What does it mean to counsel victims or work in law enforcement? What do human trafficking ministries look like? The conference offers the chance to discover what the right place is for each of us.