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Fundraising Update

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At the end of September, we reached $1.3 Million towards our goal of $1.5 Million to build a therapeutic treatment center for girls 12-17.

From Bobbi Starr, Executive Director of Micah's Promise :

Dear Freedom Fighters,

I am excited about the updates and progress I have to share with you! The Lord has been moving in mighty ways and bringing strategic advocates who have helped us reach $1.3 Million of the $1.5 Million dollars we need to break ground on our therapeutic treatment facility!! Once we complete our Capital Campaign, we expect to be providing care to child survivors within a year. This is the most exciting time in my 10 year journey of studying and fighting the issue of DMST. Micah’s Promise is actively engaging at the state level with the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force as well as continuing to provide evidenced based, trauma informed trainings to our community.

Along with our encouragement and excitement is also the hard reality that the need for this therapeutic treatment center is only growing greater by the day. Already this year, over 1,000 children in Georgia, have been identified as victims of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. I know these numbers make this issue seem daunting, but I also know the power of one person’s persistence and the change that is possible when caring people engage and work together for the good of the most vulnerable and worthy amongst us…our children.

We have many exciting events on the horizon and will be hosting an “On the Table” event at 8:30 am on October 22nd at Christ Community Church and would love to see you and would appreciate you sharing with friends, family and colleagues about our work.

In closing I pray that each of you remain blessed, protected, and especially encouraged that you have played a role in the advancement of our mission to see the Restoration of Stolen Childhoods.

Blessings,

Bobbi Starr

Hebrews 10:35-36

So do not throw away your confidence (hope); it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.

WE PRESS ON!!!!


July Newsletter

TEAM SPOTLIGHTS!

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Board Member Spotlight: Dr. Kim Glass

Growing up on a farm in Alabama, I have loved animals from an early age. Since becoming a veterinarian, I, unfortunately, have seen so many abused animals and have always done whatever I can to help them. It has always been my goal to be a voice for those who don’t have one. When I first heard about Micah’s Promise, I knew God was telling me that these girls needed someone to advocate for them. I simply do not understand how someone can hurt and take advantage of young children, especially in this way of DMST. Micah’s Promise is working so hard to raise awareness for this issue and to rehabilitate victims of this horrible industry. I am honored to be a part of this organization and am so grateful to God for all the doors He is opening for Micah’s Promise.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Olivia Perkins

I'm Olivia Perkins, and I am from Columbus, Georgia. I have wanted to fight human trafficking for years, and a few months ago, multiple people told me that I needed to contact Micah's Promise executive director, Bobbi Starr because she needed someone to help write newsletters. I was excited about the opportunity because I love to write, and I am passionate about fighting human trafficking, especially in my hometown! I was able to attend the April training lead by survivor Keisha Head, and afterward, I felt this calling even stronger than ever. I was able to meet with Bobbi eventually and began working on a newsletter just a few weeks later! This is the second one I've had the opportunity to write, and I look forward to many more to come! Micah's Promise is an incredible ministry that the Lord is powerfully moving through, and it is my privilege to share what He is doing with the people that are supporting us!  

COMING UP! 

Be on the lookout for some excellent opportunities to support Micah's Promise in the next few months!

Starting in August, Micah's Promise will start our "Engaging the Body" campaign. We will be reaching out to churches in Columbus with hopes of gaining the support of the local Christian communities. This is an incredible opportunity for churches to answer God's call in Isaiah 61:1, to proclaim freedom to the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.

We have a super exciting bowling fundraiser coming up this October so be on the lookout for more information about that!

Finally, the Big Dog Jingle Run for Freedom will be on December 15th! Please run and support Micah's Promise! More details will be headed your way shortly, but mark your calendars!

UPDATES!

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Columbus State University

Columbus State University has now added a course in their Criminal Justice department dedicated to educating students about human trafficking. It will be taught by Micah's Promise Executive Director, Bobbi Starr, who says, "It is a gross celebration, we are so grateful to CSU's Criminal Justice Department for creating this course due to the fact that human trafficking has grown exponentially in the past few years, but this provides us another avenue in the fight for the restoration of stolen childhoods".

Love 146 and Project Change

Last month, Bobbi Starr and Dr. Brett Murphy-Dawson earned their certification to teach the Love 146 curriculum that educates young teenagers about the dangers of trafficking. In the past few weeks, they have been teaching this curriculum to a group of teenagers in a program called Project Change that is based out of New Horizons Behavioral Health. Please keep Bobbi and Dr. Brett in your prayers as they conclude this class over the next few weeks. It is a very difficult topic, but God has been moving in a lot of these kids' hearts!

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Micah's Promise on the Air!

We want to celebrate our partnership with PMB broadcasting! They invited Bobbi Starr to the station for an interview that will be airing on Saturday and Sunday so be listening to any of their stations! Q107.3, Kissin' 93.3, 103.7 Lite FM, Boomer 102.5, 106.9 Rocks, Hip Hop 106.5, Classic Rock 105.5, and 95.3 Kissin' Legends will all be raising awareness for Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking and highlighting what Micah's Promise is doing in the community! We are so grateful for PMB broadcasting for everything they are doing to restore stolen childhoods! 
"And who knows but that you were put in your position for such a time as this" Esther 4:14

PRAISES AND PRAYER REQUESTS!

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Praises!

Thanks to a generous donor, we have now acquired office space in a fantastic location! We will hopefully be moving in within the next few weeks! Pictured above is our Executive Director, Bobbi Starr, signing the lease agreement!

We are now $25,000 closer to our capital campaign goal! Thank you so much to everyone who continues to support us, even the smallest amount puts us closer to restoring stolen childhoods! If 1,000 people donated $10 a month, it would add up to $120,000 annually! If you would like to donate, Micah's Promise has the incredible opportunity to raise new monthly support! Every dollar that YOU donate or pledge by September 1st will be matched up to $25,000!

Prayer Requests

Please pray for the kids who are receiving the Love 146 training now and for the kids who will receive it in the future! That doors of foundations and the philanthropic community in Columbus would open as we feel a sense of urgency to reach our campaign goal and meet the needs of girls across the state and farther.
Please also pray against the devil's schemes! That hearts would be broken over this fight and that traffickers and buyers would turn away, "For we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:12
We are reaching out to the prayer warriors in the community to join us in the fight against the real enemy!

May Newsletter

THE EXCHANGE CLUB

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Bobbi Starr and Dr. Brett Murphy-Dawson had the privilege of speaking with the Exchange Club of Columbus this month! The Exchange Club is an organization dedicated to building a better community in Columbus, Georgia. Our executive director, Bobbi Starr, spoke about the mission of Micah's Promise and encouraged the members to learn more about Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. The Exchange Club gave a generous donation from their Child Abuse Prevention Committee and we are so grateful!


COLUMBUS METRO BLACK NURSES ASSOCIATION

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Micah's Promise board member, Dr. Brett Murphy-Dawson, acted as the keynote speaker at the recent Columbus Metro Black Nurses Association, where she presented on the Commercial Exploitation of Children and received a proclamation!


NEW HORIZONS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

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New Horizons Behavioral Health recently held their second annual Children's Mental Health Symposium at the Columbus Regional Library. Board members Elizabeth Glass and Dr. Kim Glass had the opportunity to present about Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking to professionals in the System of Care.


NOT A #NUMBER

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Micah's Promise team members, Bobbi Starr and Dr. Brett Murphy-Dawson, have recently been certified by Love 146 to teach the Not a #Number curriculum to middle and high school students! This curriculum is designed to prevent trafficking by teaching vulnerable teens about the danger of trafficking and how to protect themselves. Bobbi and Dr. Brett will begin teaching very soon!


COMMUNITY TRAINING!

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Micah's Promise recently hosted a community training at Christ Community Church. Keisha Head, a survivor of human trafficking and a nationally recognized speaker, gave her powerful testimony and explained what the problems are in our area. Afterward, she led a breakout session where social workers and more brainstormed what it would take to protect the children of Columbus. Dr. Brett Murphy-Dawson and Sandy Chavira also led Stewards of Children breakout sessions for educators who attended the training.


BE ON THE LOOKOUT

Micah's Promise has a booth at Junque Yard Antiques and we are asking for donations to sell!
 

If you have books, lamps, furniture or other things in nice condition, please email or call Elizabeth Glass and we can schedule a pick-up! We will give you a donation letter for things that you donate!
This is a great way to help Micah's Promise and finish up that summer cleaning!!!


FREEDOM RUN!

Be on the lookout for a Freedom Run coming your way this August!

BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Congratulations to our director, Bobbi Starr, for her recognition by the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy as the Stewards of Children facilitator of the month!  Each month, the staff from GCCA selects one of our state’s facilitators to be in the spotlight. They were very impressed with what they witnessed on April 12th  and all they have heard about her over the past several months.  The GCCA is the child advocacy center in Atlanta that is leading the child abuse prevention initiative for our state with the Stewards of Children training. To learn more, go to https://madmimi.com/p/391b1c/preview

We now have the architectural plans finalized for the Girls Therapeutic Treatment Facility! We are currently presenting these plans to funders and would love your continued prayer and support for both this facility as well as office space for our team. We are so grateful to our supporters for helping us reach $760,000 of our $1,500,000 goal! If you are considering supporting us, please remember that every donation has an impact and regular givers (of any amount) sustain the work of restoring stolen childhoods! Because Micah's Promise now has 501c3 status, all donations are tax-deductible!