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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!
Saturday March 1st from 9:00-12:00
*Meet at Cedar Creek West at 9:00 and disperse teams to areas requested.
*Bring saws (including fuel), gloves, rakes, tarps/wheelbarrows (to move piles more efficiently)
*We will not be removing debris or cutting down trees – cut up & pile up only
A great way for families & HOME Groups to serve together to make an impact on our community!
Priority will be given to those that have immediate needs (house/steps/cars/building blocked) and go from there.
If you have a need that one of our teams can address, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you Saturday!
Good morning Cedar Creek West,
Due to the forecast for winter weather, we will not have FPU at CCW Tuesday or Wednesday.
FPU on Thursday at 6:30 is as scheduled.
If you plan to attend Thursday night to make up your missed session, please contact Kevin at Kevin@cedarcreekchurch.net or 392-7053 along with the ages of any children requiring childcare during the session.
If you’d like to see a preview of what session 1 is all about, you can see that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLX3wUY1xGg
The most important part of session 1 is the homework assignment, which is completing the “Quick-Start Budget” form before week 2. If you are unable to attend a week 1 make-up session, you can find the form to complete before week 2 for free at this address: https://www.daveramsey.com/media/pdf/fpu_qbudget.pdf
Have a great day and stay safe!
The Staff of Cedar Creek West
For pastors, Mondays are often difficult days. Fatigue, complaint e-mails and wondering if your message the day before connected with anybody are all part of the mix. But today, I arrived in the office to some amazing and encouraging news.
I also got an e-mail from our partners in Pakistan. Nasreen, the young widow, who along with her children, was enslaved to her late husband’s employer because of a debt he owed, is now (thanks to your generosity) free.
On top of all that, we also had the opportunity to send financial assistance to the Philippines, a nation devastated by the recent storm. First, we sent money to some of our global partners who are on the ground. Then we discovered a direct and personal need within our church that we were able to meet. One of our members has family living in the Philippines and desperately needed to get to her aging parents to help them recover emotionally and physically. We were able to provide her with a plane ticket and she’s there right now.
I share all of this with you because I never want you to lose sight of the direct connection between your generosity and the impact it has not only in this community, but around the world. God has truly blessed our church and we know that we are blessed to be a blessing. Thank you for being “all in” with the mission and vision of Cedar Creek Church. I love you more than you’ll ever know and I’m overwhelmed with gratitude to Jesus that I get to be a part of this amazing place.
With Much Love,