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April, 2014
 
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Recovery, Restoration and Release from the nightmare of human trafficking.
A Survivor's Poem
The taste of death is in my mouth, 
No escape from this pain and fear,
Despair is all I feel.  
   Each day passing becomes so real,
I look up to the sky above 
    And pray, to a God of love,
"Save me, Father, from my fate!" 
    "Make me whole before it's late!"
Here He comes! My Savior's grace! 
   He engulfs with the warmest brace,
Never again to look back 
    at my captors face,
I'm free, He says: "It is finished!" 
He declares, as He sits 
    upon His white horse,
I rejoice in this, and this I know 
   His grace will be my course! 
(by Katrina)

 
 
Volunteers Needed!!

We have an On-Line
Volunteer Application
We need volunteers in several areas
at the moment: 
Babysitting, for survivors with young children so they can take a break, run errands, go to job interviews, etc.
Transportation, for survivors that do not have vehicles.
Prayer: Monday nights at 7:00, and sign-up for weekly emails with specifics.
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As the Horse Farm comes into our hands,
we will have many more opportunities:
Painting the barn and white board fences
Landscaping the premises
Repairing broken down fencing
Cleaning the property
Mucking stalls
Exercising & grooming horses
Maintaining tack
Weekly blogger
for Equestrian Activities
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All volunteer opportunities for Hepzibah House start with the application, so fill it out & let us know where you want to contribute! 

 


 
 
            This book was perhaps the most disturbing treatise I have read to date in regards to modern day slavery. Malerek does an amazing job of explaining the core issues that create, support and protect the world wide sex industry. This wanton disregard for the most basic of human rights – the right to our own sexual integrity – is without question the most lucrative and fastest growing money maker for organized crime around the world. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most invisible for a number of reasons.
            Numerous factors contribute to the profitability, escalating demand, and invisibility of this issue. For one, the large majority of slaves – mostly women and children – are also the most powerless in any culture. Factors such as economic desperation, sexual discrimination, physical vulnerability and racism form an unholy alliance maintaining the status quo. For two, governmental and social indifference create cultures that are unwilling to enact and enforce legislation that would address this issue from local to international levels. The very nature of the business – requiring that it be visible enough to gain clientele almost requires complicity of local officials and law enforcement to continue. For three, the sexual revolution, coupled with the internet, have created an almost insatiable demand. Organized crime, nimbly responsive to market pressures, has been only too willing to provide fodder for the depraved exercise of sexual entitlement that fuels the trade.
            Speaking personally, what was so disturbing about the book is that I came away feeling helpless. Changing both governmental attitudes and cultural norms are way beyond my personal, individual effectiveness. HOWEVER! I believe that William Wilberforce and others in the abolitionist movement in the 1800’s faced the very same situation – and yet legal slavery, in fact, ended in the 1800’s due to their collective efforts! So that gives me hope that it CAN be done! My personal efforts, raising  awareness, praying and reaching out to survivors all make a difference in changing the cultural and eventually governmental tide - and so can yours!! In fact there is a group, Exodus Cry, that started as a prayer movement to end modern day slavery. Check out their website & learn more about how you can get involved!
Becky spoke at four morning chapels, and two evening events at Palm Beach Atlantic University for their 2014 Justice Week. There is an article on the PBAU website about it. 
(And no... she didn't send anyone to their room...)
Tax deductible gifts can be made to
Hepzibah House through our website,
or by check mailed to:
1530 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, #3863 FL 33424
In This Issue: 

Survivor's Poem

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Hepzibah House 
Volunteer Application

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The Natashas:
The New Global
Sex Trade,
 
by Victor Malarek

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Barn Dance
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Palm Beach Atlantic University
Justice Week

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Freedom Week at Florida International University
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Exodus Cry:
A Prayer Movement to End Human Trafficking
Head Line News
Horse Farm Update
   The property should be on the market in the next few weeks. The list price will likely be between $400 & $450k. We will need approximately $125,000 for down payment and closing costs - about $35,000 more than we have at present. Please agree with us in prayer for the finances to place the winning offer! And of course, it is OK to contribute to this effort as well! 
Check out 
Hepzibah House FaceBook 
for more fun, fabulous photos of our
Fourth Annual Benefit BBQ & Barn Dance!!
The above photos are compliments of 
Hilary Williams,
our 
phenomenal photographer!!

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(BTW, if you need professional photography, let us know & we will put her in contact
with you!)

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Also, 
if you had children at the event, we have photos - but didn't post them online for
privacy sake.
Please email us 
& we will share electronic files
with parents.
The photos above are from Freedom Week at FIU, where Dave, Suzette & Christa spoke about modern day slavery. 
This was the third year Hepzibah house has been represented at this event! 
The FIU student newspaper had an article about the event which is on line here:
FIU News.

Calendar!!
Upcoming speaking events and Shadow Industry showings are below as we work to raise awareness of this issue in our backyard here in Florida. Feel free to join us for any of these:
 
Kaiser University,
Victim’s Rights Panel,

April 10th
10:00 to 12:00, Becky

Association of University Women’s
Luncheon,

            April 26th, 11:45 to 1:45 (Becky & Christa)

YWCA Breakfast
May 14th, 7:30 am - 8:30 am
West Palm Beach Airport Hilton
Cost: $25.00 per person

 
Thanks again for your interest in Hepzibah House 
and what is perhaps the foremost justice issue of our time: 
human trafficking and the restoration of individual lives
impacted by this horror.
 
Sincerely,
 
Becky Dymond
Founder & President, Hepzibah House 
MS Counseling Psychology, LMHC

Contact Us:
1530 W. Boynton Beach Blvd, #3863, Boynton Beach, FL 33424
info@hepzibahhouse.org

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