Compassion Night is a part of the Ensure Justice Conference – our annual conference on human trafficking and child exploitation- but it is FREE and open to all to attend. We encourage youth groups, high school groups, college students, and community members interested in the issue of human trafficking to join us. Join us this year for a special launch of BRAVE, featuring Danielle Strickland from The Salvation Army.
Friday, March 3 6:30-8:00 pm Newport Mesa Church, Vanguard University Campus
The Salvation Army is very excited to announce a new human trafficking prevention initiative for foster care girls: BRAVE — The beginning of hope towards the end of human trafficking. Come, be inspired, and learn how to join us in making a dent in human trafficking by empowering foster girls and hosting BRAVE at your church.
What’s BRAVE? It’s a foster-informed catalytic event specific for foster girls, where they can be celebrated for who they are and reminded of their strength, identity, and worth.
Why BRAVE? An astonishingly high number of domestic human trafficking survivors are coming from the foster care system. BRAVE is the and this is just a first step to intercept that. Why can’t the Church reach them before the traffickers?
How BRAVE works: A church will host a BRAVE event and invite current foster girls and share empowerment themes and hopeful messages:
GATHER: We see you; you matter
INSPIRE: We believe you; you can do it
CONNECT: We are with you; you’re not alone
The Salvation Army has put together a DYI Manuel to help Churches plan a BRAVE event and a foster-grad written journal for each of the foster girls who attend the event. Because we believe #GirlsareBrave. Join the BRAVE Facebook Event Page
Danielle Strickland loves Jesus. And she loves people. Her aggressive compassion has loved people firsthand in countries all over the world where she has embraced, learned, cared, evangelized, taught, and exhorted individuals and crowds to surrender to the boundless love of our great God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. She loves the more fragile in communities around the world. Over the years that has led her to back alleys and late night streets to partner with Jesus in rescuing those caught up in drugs and homelessness and prostitution and despair. And it has led her to the halls of government and corridors of commercial power to see laws changed and practices transformed so that people aren’t trafficked and children aren’t enslaved. She has sought to cultivate authentic Christian community in deprived neighborhoods on the way to loving the last and the lost and the least into God’s Kingdom. Danielle loves the Body of Christ. God is using her to help equip followers of Jesus in discipleship, holiness, justice, and evangelism by teaching, preaching, and writing. And Strickland loves her family – redeemed from the clutches of the enemy, generational addiction and violence, she and her husband are bringing up their children in the fear and friendship of the Lord. Danielle is passionately committed to seeing God’s Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven, is married, and is the mother of three boys.
Additional speakers & guests:
Lisa Barnes: Foster Grad, Speaker & Salvation Army Officer (Pastor). Lisa’s Bio: Captain Lisa Barnes is an Ordained Minister who came to The Salvation Army through a food box as her mother was caught in the grip of addiction. Lisa is passionate about Social Justice, loving those in the margins, fully being herself, while living and sharing Jesus. She has ministered in Portland, San Francisco, Phoenix, and Salinas. As of seven months ago, she started her new ministry, running a Salvation Army in the Settle White Center neighborhood. It is a community crippled by poverty and addiction. If Lisa could serve in any capacity- this is the type that she would choose.She has her Bachelor’s degree in Counseling for Christian Ministries. She loves art; both in creating it and enjoy others creations. Lisa also is the author of a book called Love to a Whore’s Daughter; Life and Faith Through the Lens of Grace and Redemption. She also wrote and designed a guided journal as part of Social Justice empowerment project specifically for girls in foster care. This journal called ‘Brave’ was released this Summer.
Noemi Chavez, Speaker and Pastor at 7th Street Church. Noemi’s bio: Noemi is Co Lead Pastor at 7th StreetChurch in Long Beach, CA. She is a national conference speaker and serves on various boards some of which include Brave, a movement which focuses on reaching out to girls that are on probation and in the foster care system and also serves on the Student Outreach Board at Biola University. Noemi is committed to raising leaders and bridging generations to serve the future of the church and their communities.