#155: Initiate (Part 1)

#155: Initiate (Part 1)

#155: Initiate (Part 1)

by HopeNet Radio | Podcast

Who’s on this episode?

Jeff Strommen @jstrommen
Terra Kay @terrakfree

Jeff and Terra Kay kick off a new series called Initiate this week. This is all about looking at the building blocks of the Christian faith. Terra shares her story about how she got into anti-human trafficking work. Happy 2017, too!

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Show Notes

Become a Live Coach | Damascus Road | Recharge 2017 | Silver Birch Ranch’s 50th Summer!

Human Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transporting, obtaining or maintaining of a person by means of…

FORCE (rape, beatings, constraint, confinement, torture)
FRAUD (false, or deceptive offers)
COERCION (threats of serious harm; any threat intended to make victim believe that failure to comply would result in retaliation) for the purpose of a commercial sex act, or in which the person induced to perform such an act is under 18 years of age.


Human Trafficking is simply a politically correct phrase for what is Modern Day Slavery

Human Trafficking includes:

Sex Trafficking – victim forced into commercial sex trade against their will.
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) – forced sexual services of children
Labor Trafficking – forced labor or services in Domestic Servitude, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Construction, Factories, Service Industry, Hotels, Restaurants, Nail Salons and more.

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#071: Love is Kind

#071: Love is Kind

The Love Is series continues this week. Being kind to someone who is kind to us is pretty easy. But what about being kind to people who aren’t kind to us or others? How are we to respond?

SERIES EPISODES: Love is Patient | Love Is Kind | Love Is Honest | Love Is Hopeful

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Plus, Terra Kay is back on the show this week and has an update from her human trafficking awareness tour during Super Bowl week! Learn more and support local human trafficking efforts in Wisconsin through Damascus Road Project. (Link)



[Tweet “Random acts of kindness is like jumbo shrimp. Not compatible. @wagerdaw #HNRTB”]

Today wraps up Random Acts of Kindness Week. But don’t worry! Random Acts of Kindness Day is coming in November. Don’t wait for a good reason to be kind, though. Live kindly today!

[Tweet “It got to the point where I didn’t want to accept his gift. @wagerdaw #HNRTB”]

Is there ever a time where you should say no to someone’s act of kindness? Yes, unfortunately. Whenever there are strings attached, you know it’s no good. But is anyone really kind without getting something in return?

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.

– Chinese Proverb

[Tweet “When we love, kindness becomes primary rather than reactionary. #HNRTB”]

We are kind because Jesus is kind first.

KindnessThe Challenge

Do one kind thing for someone who you don’t like, who isn’t kind to you, or who you haven’t done something kind for in a long time. Don’t accept anything in return.


#066: End Slavery

#066: End Slavery

Note: This show may be sensitive for younger listeners.

sarah and terraJanuary is National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Tonight, Jeff & DW welcome Terra Kay back and she’s bringing friends! Sarah Boes from More Precious Than Rubies joins the Hope Panel on the show to talk about the realities of human trafficking and modern-day slavery this week. Today marks National Human Trafficking Prevention Day and campaigns across the country took to the streets and social media to bring the conversation to the forefront.

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The Facts

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will.

Red Flags for Trafficking (moreprecious.org)


I want more info on how I can get involved.

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Links & Resources

Damascus Road Project

Damascus Road is dedicated to fighting the evil of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. We are committed to bring awareness through education, restoring and empowering the abused and advocating for the prevention and abolition of human trafficking.

More Precious Than Rubies

An organization that reaches, serves, & equips women in the sex industry in the Green Bay Area.

National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline (NHTRC)

100% Anonymous! 1-888-373-7888 | Text HELP to BeFree (233733) | Email

More resources on our NSHTP page

Sex trafficking, a growing problem in Milwaukee

Sex trafficking, a growing problem in Milwaukee

Think it doesn’t happen in your neighborhood? Think again. Wisconsin is seeing a rise in young people under 18 being exposed to the kinds of evils we would expect never to hear of in our community, namely, sex trafficking. TMJ4 just released a story this week about what’s happening in Milwaukee:

MILWAUKEE — Children, forced to become sex slaves. You wouldn’t think it’s a problem in Milwaukee, but it is. The FBI says it’s one of the biggest issues facing the Milwaukee area.

It isn’t just a prostitution problem, but an exploitation problem. Teenagers are being turned into sex slaves under false financial promises. It happened to Juana’s 15-year-old daughter.

“They were making her work.  They were making her have customers with no control.  She was locked in a room,” said Juana to TODAY’S TMJ4’s Charles Benson. “She was beaten. For sex.” Maria knows her two daughters were living separate lives. She says she knows they were being sold for sex. “She was a part of the human trafficking world,” Maria told Charles. Maria just learned her 18-year-old daughter is back on the streets, but she doesn’t know where she is.

Those parents will tell you human trafficking is very real in Milwaukee.

“It can be very violent,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Teresa Carlson. Carlson tells Charles human trafficking is a big priority for the FBI – and it’s not just a concern in the city.

“They’re looking or people who are vulnerable, the most vulnerable people in our society. That vulnerability can come from a broken family, they’re financially vulnerable, they’re emotionally vulnerable, they’re isolated, they are looking for a safe place.” Carlson says her team has a special squad dedicated to human trafficking.

“The new squad is really designed to deal with child exploitation issues so they deal with child pornography.  Civil rights and human trafficking are a big part of the squad.” In 2012, the FBI launched Operations Cross Country, a sweeping nationwide effort to bust up the child sex trafficking business. In Milwaukee, 58 people were arrested, and seven children were recovered. That’s more than any city in America.”

Read the article and see the video story here.

Sex Trafficking Resources

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) – Where to go if you suspect someone may be involved in human sex trafficking.

Wikipedia – list of organizations committed to ending human trafficking.

Honorable Mention

International Justice Mission

International Rescue Committee

Polaris Project