Most of you have heard at least a little about how God has broken my heart for those caught in the sex trafficking trade. One of Cedar Creek’s first steps to fight this global giant was to partner with a home in South Asia that takes in minor girls after they are rescued from this terrible life. Below is an excerpt from their most recent newsletter, names and locations have been changed for security, but we still invite you to pray for the workers and girls you will read about.
“Working at the home is full of joy, most of the time. But there are also times of sadness, of loss, of wondering, “What if…” and “If only….” We found out in January that, as we suspected, our two runaway girls returned home. Home to the same houses out of which they were engaged in prostitution after school. The same homes from which they came to us so lice infested, the bathroom floor was littered with more black dots than I could count.
We have learned that one of the girls, “Lydia,” gave birth in December to a beautiful baby that, tragically, died of neglect. The details are fuzzy, but we know that “Lydia’s” health was also in danger and a local non-profit in the area stepped in and assisted her, taking her to a hospital and they are now trying to get her back into school. The second girl, “Mara,” returned home, but her family was forced to leave their rented house, so we do not know what has become of her or the baby she carried.
When we received the news about our girls, we began making plans to travel to their region to investigate. However, this area is very insecure and some recent events are making it unsafe for us to go at this time.
Please continue to pray for “Lydia” and “Mara” that the local nonprofit working with “Lydia” would return her to our home where she is safe, and that “Mara” will be found.
On a happier note, we received 3 new volunteers in January. They will be with us from 6 months – 2 years. We are excited to have them. We have also heard of 2 girls from our region that have recently been rescued in other areas of our country and we are hoping that they will be sent to our home to begin their recovery.
Thank you for sharing in this journey with us.”
This is why we are doing Momentum. To unleash the generosity of Cedar Creek Church to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the “least of these” in our community and around the world.
If you would like to know how we are partnering locally or globally against sex trafficking please send an email to email@example.com.
Thanks for joining the battle!
Cedar Creek Church On The Ridge- Global Outreach Opportunities
Global trips- Now taking applications for summer outreach trips. Please complete the trip application online at www.cedarcreekchurch.net under Outreach for any campus. If you have any questions, please firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well drilling to Guatemala: July 19-26. Deadline to apply March 23.
Well drilling/Medical to Sierra Leone: July 29-August 9. Deadline to apply March 30.
There is also a possibility that we could do a FAMILY Trip to Belize from August 9-16 if we have enough interest. Please email email@example.com if you or your family would be interested in this trip.
Believe it or not, we are at the half-way point of Momentum. I have been blown away by your enthusiasm for and participation in Financial Peace University. However, I know at this point in the process it can be easy to get discouraged and to begin to feel like its not working. I want to encourage you to keep on working the process because God is at work. To help you stay encouraged, I want to share with you this article from the Hilton Head Island Packet Newspaper. Jamie and Liz Bodie are former Cedar Creeker’s who moved to Bluffton, SC several years ago. In 2008, they were $100,000 in debt and in a financial crisis. They signed up for an FPU class and in twenty-five months they were debt free. Now they are teaching their three kids how to handle money God’s way.
Check out this great article and watch the video at the end of the article of their “Debt Free” scream on the Dave Ramsey Radio Show.
Well, it’s official…we are now streaming the Sunday morning messages “live” to all of our campuses! That means that everybody who calls Cedar Creek Church home is watching the same message at the same time. What a gift to be able to all be together as a family and on the same page each and every week!! Of course, as with all technology, there’s a learning curve and glitches occur. For those of you at our West and Ridge campuses, I want to thank you for your patience as we work through these issues. Our goal is to provide a seamless, high-quality message each and every week so that people far from God can find their way back to Him. Please bear with us and continue to pray that God would use this technology for His glory. I also want to say a very special thank you to the staff and the amazing media volunteers at all of our campuses who are working so hard behind the scenes to make this dream a reality. You rock!
It’s my joy to introduce all of you to our new Banks Mill Campus Pastor, Danny Wilson. He and his wife Kellie, along with their daughter Brooke, are joining the Cedar Creek Team from Columbia, SC. Danny has served as Student and Associate Pastor at North Trenholm Baptist Church for the past nineteen years and brings a lot of experience, excitement and passion to our church. Please join me in praying for them as they transition to a new community, a new chapter of ministry and to becoming a part of our church family.