Aug 20, 2018

Freedom Van!

Dear Supporter,

A lot has been happening at Compassion First. In June, one of our young women graduated our program! This is a wonderful time for the whole house as we all celebrate together the new life our friend and sister is stepping into. It is also an inspiration and encouragement for the other girls, especially those new to the program. We wish her the best of luck in her new endeavors and look forward to her visiting us often!

Also, after a successful funding campaign, we are now able to buy a brand new van for Grace House, our newest aftercare shelter for survivors of trafficking. This large van is an essential piece of equipment at our shelters. We could not operate effectively without secure transportation. It is necessary for many of our vital operations such as rescues and safely escorting girls to sensitive appointments like court appearances. We are very excited for this important addition to Grace House!

At Sarah's House, a team of dedicated volunteers from the U.S. helped finish a massive remodel of the kitchen. Along with fresh paint and new surfaces, the cabinentry was replaced with stainless steel cabinents better suited to the heat and humidity of Indonesia. Thank you to all our wonderful, hardworking volunteers. We could not do what we do without you!

Finally, you may have heard in the news that a major eathquake hit central Indonesia in early August. Tens of thousands were left homeless and many were injured or killed in the aftermath. A few of our staff were in nearby Bali at the time but none were injured and neither of our homes were affected. We are grateful to have been spared the damage but continue to pray for the many communities still reeling from it's devestation.

As an organization, we recieved record donations in July and look forward to another quarter of continued growth for this project. Thank you again for your continued support of Compassion First!

- The CF Team

Jul 31, 2018

Recognition Ceremony at Sarah's House

Recognition Ceremony
Recognition Ceremony

Our team at Sarah’s House knows that it takes incredible strength and perseverance to journey with us on the road to recovery. It is important for every young woman we serve to know that we recognize each accomplishment, big and small, in her healing process. For this reason, the staff annually dedicate an entire day to celebrate all of the residents’ achievements over the past year. This year, the fifth annual Recognition Ceremony was held in March. Here are a few of the achievements we celebrated:

Ana has consistently been teaching herself dance routines from dance videos since February 2017 and actively participated in all of her classes (both in school and extracurricular activities). Her persistence is shown in her high attendance.

Kristal has been exploring her passions and pursuing her dreams by attending courses outside the shelter, such as extra English lessons, Math, and Chemistry. We value her taking responsibility and gaining more confidence in setting goals.

Icha has been channeling her love for food through baking and making desserts. She has been experimenting and trying out new recipes. Her confidence is growing as she makes delicious food for other residents to enjoy.

Vanessa displayed incredible resilience by taking on the challenge of adjusting to formal schooling in one of the best local private schools in the province. She quickly built a community for herself outside of our care program and is keeping up with her lessons.

We are amazed by Rachel’s persistence and determination to stick with the program, even when life has been hard. This year, she progressed greatly, and is pursuing her passions in athletics, notably tennis and swimming.

This was Saviola’s first ever recognition ceremony! We celebrated her first year with us. From the point of intake, we have loved seeing her grow. Today, she is proudly taking the lead in setting her own goals to learn guitar and English.

We honor Sarry’s strength as she makes choices to plan her future. This year, she graduated from ministry training school and explored college and internship options. She will begin college this fall!

Glory steadily shows increased progress and independence. We recognized her success in university, as she nears the end of her Theology degree program. Glory will be graduating from our program this June!

Glauben plans to begin her English Literature program at a local university this fall! She actively takes the lead in pursuing her interests in dance and English.

Brigit has shown enthusiasm in improving her typing and English skills. In addition to that, she has also been taking baking classes and enjoying them.

Jul 27, 2018

The East Java Shelter has a Name

Entering Grace House
Entering Grace House

One year ago, we had an invitation and a dream to open an aftercare shelter for children rescued from the horrors of sex trafficking in East Java, Indonesia. Fresh from a visit to East Java, I am very encouraged by the progress I see toward this dream becoming reality. We are moving forward on every front and I am humbled by it all.

I arrived at the shelter property and found local contractors barefoot and busy, raising the height of the exterior wall surrounding the house, one new layer of concrete at a time. Inside, the East Java Shelter Director was interviewing a candidate for a house mom position as my team from Dallas, Oregon attacked interior walls with fresh coats of sky blue paint. We are getting ready and we are getting close.

We are aware of children currently needing rescue, but without a safe place to take them in, police are hesitant to go for them. It feels like the entire city is waiting and watching. We feel the urgency and are giving our all to move forward.

In a conversation a few months ago, our Executive Director in Indonesia asked if we had a name for the new shelter. She had one: Grace House.

I believe she was hearing from God. The journey toward the opening of shelter doors has been undeniably guided along by the extreme favor, provision, and kindness of God. We have encountered His grace at every turn and count on it for every step into the future.

I am confident hundreds of children will find healing and refuge at Grace House, but I believe God’s intention for our presence in East Java extends far beyond the sky blue walls. He is offering Himself to a region of the world mostly unaware of his pursuing love and scandalous grace. He rescues the helpless and seeks out the wandering one. God is coming for the children and for the hearts of East Java. He loves them. We do too.

Please pray God brings just the right individuals to fill our staff positions. We need security guards, house moms, teachers, case coordinators, counselors and others. The work is challenging, and we will be the first to establish residential aftercare in East Java. We need compassionate and courageous Indonesian women and men who will carry the heavy weight of this healing work.

Thank you for your friendship and partnership in it all. It is pure joy giving ourselves to God and to this work alongside each of you. Please know every dollar you are giving, and every prayer you are whispering on this side of the planet is being multiplied and springing up grace on the other side.

I can’t believe we get to do this!

Grace House Bedroom
Grace House Bedroom
Grace House Garden
Grace House Garden
 
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