Justice Ministries Blog

No meeting in December. See you in January!

By: Kelly Bell

Hey, Team!
Thank you to all who came out to the meeting this past week to help plan and volunteer to help at this year’s Justice Matters Sunday on Feb. 4th, 2024.  We appreciate you all.  If you weren’t able to attend but would like to help that day, please email me and let me know and I’ll plug you in!  We need help in many areas.

We have a great line up for the day. Harmony Dust will be our main speaker, along with many great workshop speakers, such as Derek Marsh (Assistant Director of the GCWJ, as well as an impressive bio), Investigator Brian Robertson (Riv. County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force) Jason Polanco (Senior Investigator for Riv. County DA), Cory Nickols, Dr. Brenda Navarrete, and Chris Lick. More info coming soon!

I also wanted to let you know that we are collecting gift cards to Amazon, Target, and Walmart for some of our local HT survivors for Christmas. If you want to be involved, let me know or drop them off in the office! The ladies will be blessed!

We are still partnering with Calif. Family Life Center for their Christmas Toy Drive! Pick up a card in our office or go to [email protected] if you’d like to donate a gift for a local foster child! They also have a wrapping party on Dec. 19th if you are interested! It’s from 5-8 pm, at their office at 930 N. State Street, Hemet.  Rsvp to Zach at [email protected]. Dinner and wrapping supplies provided!

Also, our December “At Risk” meeting will be cancelled for Christmas, but will resume on Sunday, Jan. 21st from 3-5 in the Agape Room at Church.

I read this quote and I’ve been pondering it all week:
 “Since when do you have to agree with people to defend them from injustice?”  (Lillian Hellman)

Happy Thanksgiving!

“Blessed are they who maintain justice, who constantly do what is right.” Psalm 106:3
“For the righteous Lord loves justice. The virtuous will see His face.” Psalm 11:7
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” (Martin Luther King)

 At Risk Meeting in November

By: Kelly Bell

Hey everyone!

A big thank you to Mary Jo Ramirez who came out last month and talked about the link between human trafficking and foster care. So informative.  Appreciate her and California Family Life Center so much! Our next meeting is Sunday, Nov. 19th at 3:00 pm in the Agape Room at Calvary Murrieta.  Our 13th Justice Matters Sunday is coming soon … Feb. 4th to be exact.  We are making plans! If you’d like to give comments, opinions, and especially if you’d like to know how you can be involved, please come to this meeting. There are several ways you can help that day. I’ve already been reaching out to our local task force and others to make sure they are available. Please be praying for open hearts to hear the truth from each speaker, clarity to understand how each person in the audience can be involved, and then a resolve to follow through with action!

I recently read a quote by Matt Parker, Co-Founder of The Exodus Road, “We must make human trafficking dangerous.  Our mission is to disrupt the darkness of modern-day slavery by partnering with law enforcement to fight human trafficking crime, equipping communities to protect the vulnerable, and empowering survivors as they walk into freedom.” Ponder those words. Which part of that statement can you personally be involved with?  Hopefully Our Conference on Feb. 4th can help give some insight and suggestions. See you, hopefully, on Sunday, Nov. 19

Also, beginning on Nov. 19th, we will be hosting a Toy Drive For CFLC.  These toys are for foster kids, kin care kids, and transitional age kids in our County.  We will have a Christmas tree set up at Church after all three services where you can choose a child’s card off the tree and the item on their “wish list.” Choose one, two, three …. or however many cards you want! Take your kids and/or grandkids shopping and let them pick a gift!  Then join us at their office in Hemet on Dec. 19th to help wrap them all! More details to follow on that! If you want to donate wrapping paper, that would be great too! You can drop it off here at Church anytime.

Fighting Together,
Kelly Bell

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
Benjamin Franklin

Next At Risk Meeting

By: Kelly Bell

Hey All!
Looking forward to our next “At Risk” meeting on Sunday, Oct. 15th, from 3:00-5:00 pm in the Agape Room. Mary Jo Ramirez from California Family Life Center will be sharing on the connection between Foster Care and Human Trafficking. It’s going to be very informative, educational, and enlightening, I’m sure. I’m excited to learn more about how we can help prevent that from happening and how to better support the families who are fostering.

Speaking about Foster Care, if you aren’t aware of it, we host a monthly support group meeting for families who foster kids or have adopted.  It’s the third Wednesday night of the month during the Mid-Week Bible study, at 7:00 pm in the Agape Room. You can bring your kids and check them into Calvary Kids as well!

I wanted to also remind you about Rebirth Homes yearly Fundraising Gala on Nov. 9th at 6:00 pm at the Grove Community Church in Riverside.  Buy a ticket or maybe sponsor a table! It’s a great way to support the work they are doing with survivors in our county, as well as learn more ways to be involved. You can read about it or buy tickets at www.rebirthhomes.com  They exist to “combat human trafficking through education, awareness, and by providing a holistic healing program for survivors.”
Brian and I were privileged to attend the 20 Year Anniversary of TREASURES, an organization that fights to empower women from the sex industry as well as trafficking survivors to find healing and freedom by outreach, care, and training. It was a blessing to celebrate with them. They are one of the few survivor-led, trauma-informed organizations in the nation. You can read about all they’ve accomplished at www.iamatreasure.com  To God be the glory! And, we are excited that Harmony Dust, the founder of TREASURES, will be our main speaker for our next Justice Conference on Sunday, Feb. 4th! More to come on that!

Hope to see you on Oct 15th!

Fighting Together,

“Dare to enter the darkness to bring another into the light.” (Tony Kirwan, Destiny Rescue Founder)
“Defend the cause of the weak and the fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.”  (Asaph, Psalm 82:3)

Next At Risk Meeting

By: Kelly Bell

Hello Team!
Thanks for coming to our August meeting about what you can do help in the fight against human trafficking. I’ve attached the handout with many things we discussed if you’re interested in reading it, especially the one that’s titled “How Can I Make A Difference.” I also wanted to invite you to our next meeting on Sunday, Sept. 17th, from 3:00-5:00 pm in the Agape Room at Calvary Murrieta. We will be taking most of the time to pray for the issue together. We know how important prayer is and often we get busy “helping” that we forget to come boldly before the throne of God and intercede on behalf of the millions of victims, as well as front line organizations, exploiters, and more.  This is so important!

 I also wanted to let you know that, sadly, the A21 Walk For Freedom on Oct. 14th is NOT happening in Temecula like we thought it was.  We then tried to join the Fallbrook walk, but that got cancelled to.  The closet one to us is in San Diego or Orange. I’m bummed because many of us aren’t able to go that far because of previous commitments, but if you can, you can find the details for each one at www.A21.org

Rebirth Homes is having their yearly Gala on November 9th at 6:00 pm at the Grove Church in Riverside, Ca. You can purchase individual tickets or sponsor a table.  The evening will consist of a survivor panel, inspiring speakers, auction items, and a fabulous dinner!  Go to rebirthhomes.com to get more details or buy tickets! All funds raised will go into the mission and vision of Rebirth Homes, providing holistic healing resources to survivors of human trafficking. Hope to see you there! If you’d like to volunteer at the Gala, or in the planning of it, contact them as well. They are looking for volunteers in many categories!
Hope to see you all soon!

Fighting Together,
Kelly Bell

“What if every church in America had a ministry to stand against modern slavery?” (Dillion Burroughs)
Amen, Dillion!

How You Can Engage in the Fight Against Human Trafficking

By: Kelly Bell

Dear “At Risk” Team!
Hope your summer was great! Gone are the days until summer lasted until September, right?

Hey, I want to remind you about our next meeting on Sunday, Aug. 20th, from 3-5 pm.  The Film “Sound of Freedom” has raised a lot of awareness and people are trying to find ways to get involved.  We wanted to jump on that so at our meeting, I will be sharing many ways that you and I can engage in the fight against human trafficking. I look forward to discussing some of the real, practical ways we have been involved, as well as hearing your suggestions! Please invite any family or friends that would like some ideas as well. Spread the word!

Hope to see you all there!

Fighting Together,
Kelly Bell

Thoughts To Consider
“People do not only have souls that we register for Heaven; they also have bodies that need to be taken care of. They have not only ears to hear what we have to say, they also have eyes to observe whether we truly live according to what we proclaim. There is no authentic mission without the motivation of love and the practice of compassion.” (Chester, 2002)

“Justice happens when power is abused and people cannot fully live the life that God has intended. Injustice results in poverty, oppression, and persons being marginalized by society. It keeps people from living in harmony with God and with each other.” (Haugen, 1999)

“The word “Shalom” often simply translated as “peace” has a much broader meaning in the Hebrew context. It includes peace, but also depicts social justice, well-being, and prosperity. It is a declaration of right-relationships between people and between people and God.” (Butrin)

Upcoming Events 

By: Kelly Bell

Hope your 4th of July was great!  I just wanted to send out a reminder of a few things coming up:

  • Our next “At Risk” meeting is Sunday, July 16th from 3-5 pm in the Agape Room.  You won’t want to miss it. Elsinore Valley Pregnancy Resource Center will be joining us and sharing about what they do, the difference ultrasounds can make in their client care, and ways we all can help. They are happy to also answer any questions you have! Unborn babies are definitely “at risk” so come out and help support those on the front line that are fighting this injustice and find ways to join the fight as well. 
  • California Family Life Center's Back to School drive is a practical way to invest in Foster and Kin Care kids throughout our county. For the month of July, CFLC is collecting school supplies but is giving you a few ways to get involved. Start a fundraiser, donate money, or shop CFLC's  Walmart registry at cflckids.givecloud.co/back2school
  • I also wanted to remind you we have a support group for families who have adopted and/or are fostering children and would love to connect with others.  We meet the third Wednesday night of the month at 7:00 pm during our regular midweek service. You can bring your kids and put them in Calvary Kids! Please pass the word! We also have a swim party coming up in August if you are interested!
If you have any questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [email protected].  See you next Sunday!

Kelly Bell

“Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity.”  Mother Teresa

Mark Your Calendars!

By: Kelly Bell

Hey everyone!
The Licks did such a great job at our meeting on Sunday! Their time in Belize with the Human Trafficking Institute was so fruitful! We are so proud of the way they stepped out in faith and journeyed to the unknown to help those who are being, and have been, trafficked. Please pray for their family as they wait on the Lord to show them what’s next.
Just wanted to give you a reminder that our June meeting will be cancelled due to Father’s Day but we will see you on Sunday, July16th. I also want to give you some dates of things coming up to mark your calendars and some ways you can be involved with some great organizations:

  • October 14th: A21 Walk For Freedom in Temecula: More details soon
  • September 14th: Big Brother Big Sister Cornhole Tourney to raise money and awareness: So fun! Get a team together! Such a great organization
  • California Family Life Center: Send a Foster kid to camp!!  Click on the link to donate and see the details.
  • Camp Alandale is a camp for foster kids. They are in need of some summer counselors. Contact Tyler for details at  [email protected]  or go to www.campalandale.org
  • Interested in Refugee Care? Contact International Christian Adoptions or Charlotte at [email protected]
  • Are you a Foster Mom? There is a retreat coming up called Joy in the Journey Sept. 29-Oct 1st, 2023. Cost is $330 with scholarships available. Email me for details!
  • Thank you all who donated gift cards for our Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force! We were able to send them $1,500 in gift cards to use for their clients. Thanks so much! They are so valuable to them.  Such a great way to help a survivor.
  • Not sure where it’s playing yet, but there’s a new movie out called Wake Up… a suspense crime thriller shattering a darkness hiding in plain sight, inspired by true events. It was inspired by the life of Rachel C. Thomas, who spoke at one of our JM events some years ago. She was an advisor for the film and a Presidential Appointee to the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. It’s supposed to be one of the best movies that brings awareness to Human Trafficking. If you can find it, see it! Visit their website at www.officialWAKEUPmovie.com

Talk to you all soon!
Kelly Bell

“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” - Cornel West

At Risk Meeting in May

By: Kelly Bell

Hey everyone!
Just wanted to send a reminder about our next “At Risk” meeting on Sunday, May 21, from 3-5 pm in the Agape Room.  We are excited to welcome the Lick family home from Belize and get an update on their work with the Human Trafficking Institute, as well as hear and pray with them about their future plans.  Also, Dr. Brenda Navarrete will be there to share about the amazing opportunity she has been given through Vanguard University and the Global Center for Women and Justice.  She will be traveling to Spain to work on a collaboration between Vanguard Missions and the US Embassy. We are thrilled to be able to support her in this endeavor, so come on out and hear about it firsthand!
We’ve been excited to strengthen our partnership with our local task force, as well as be involved in some other adventures, so I’m looking forward to seeing you at the meeting.

Hope to see you there!
Love in Him,

“We praise God for this movement of the Spirit, and long to see a church standing for justice become the norm rather than the exception!”  (Live Justly)

At Risk Meeting in April

By: Kelly Bell

Hey everyone!
Happy almost Easter everyone! We had a great meeting in March with Jeff Thompson sharing about what’s happening in Ukraine and ways people can help. Thank you, Jeff, for coming and sharing your heart with us. Besides marking your calendar for our next meeting on Sunday, April 16th at 3:00 pm, there’s a few great events happening that I want to make you aware of! All these organizations are working hard to help children and adults be safe, and help prevent them from becoming even more at risk. Take a minute and see how you may want to help!

First, This Saturday, April 1st, ICA (International Christian Adoptions) will be hosting an Easter Family Fun Day at Kenny’s Strawberry Farm from 10 am to 6 pm. There will be an Easter Bunny, crafts, face painting, photo booth, strawberry picking, and more! It’s a great way to both celebrate Easter and create awareness for foster youth!  The address of the farm is 953 Rainbow Valley Blvd, Fallbrook, Ca, 92028.

Second, California Family Life Center is hosting their annual Gala to raise money and awareness for vulnerable children, youth, and families throughout Riverside County! It’s a Hawaiian-themed night of fun, music, dinner, dancing, and a silent auction. This will be at Pechanga on Saturday night, April 22. You can buy individual tickets or a table if you’d like to bring your peeps!  All the proceeds benefit those served by CFLC. Learn more at https://cflc2023.givesmart.com

Next, on April 29th, from 9 am-12 pm, Camp Alandale is hosting a Ladies Brunch in Menifee, obviously, for you women! It’s a free event which includes fellowship, food, speakers, camp stories, and a basket raffle to raise funds for camp sponsorships.  You can find all the details at www.campalandale.org/j127.  Such a great event to also raise awareness and funds for Camp Alandale which offers both winter and summer camps for Foster Youth.

If you’d like to come back that night to Calvary Murrieta, we are hosting Elsinore Valley’s Pregnancy Resource Center’s (EVPRC) annual Gala!  This is their biggest fund raiser of the year and is critical in sustaining daily operations of the center. They are currently working on opening their medical suite which will house their medical staff and ultrasound. There will be a Mediterranean dinner, dessert bar, and a keynote speaker. See our Events page to buy tickets or go to www.evprc.org for more info.

I covet your prayers as I’ve been asked to teach various workshops on Human Trafficking and how people can be involved.  The next one is Saturday, April 15th in Colorado. I am grateful for the opportunities and the doors the Lord has opened for me to do that. We’ve had a lot of feedback from the movie we showed in February and the awareness that was created. Thanks again to our wonderful panel of experts!
Happy Easter! He is Risen indeed!

Fighting Together,

At Risk Meeting in March

By: Kelly Bell

Hey team! Hopefully you were able to come to the movie last month and hear from our panel of experts! It was a great turnout and alot of information was given out! Our thanks to Brenda, Debbie, Kendra, and Investigator Robertson for being there!

     Our next ‘At risk’ meeting will be on Sunday, March 19th from 3-5 pm. Jeff and Paula Thompson will just be returning from Ukraine and will be giving us an update on what’s happening, what they were able to accomplish, and how we can partner with them to help. The Ukrainian people are very definitely ‘at risk’ and they need our support and our prayers! Looking forward to this special meeting. Please invite your family and friends!

Fighting Together,

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At Risk Meeting: February 19

By: Kelly Bell

Hey everyone!
Thanks so much to all who helped out and worked at JM 12, attended, listened online, and continue to support anti-trafficking work! It was such an awesome day. Connections, networking, education, healing, and literally miracles happened. Brian and I were overwhelmed at what the Lord did and is still doing.  It was truly one for the books. The education and awareness was fantastic, the workshops were wonderful, and the renewed partnership with our own County Task Force was phenomenal and we are grateful. You can listen to most of the workshops on our church website or our church app. You can find them under Sermons or on the Justice Ministries page. (You can also click on the JM banner that will also take you to the Justice Page and then the Workshop banner.) You can also find more resources there as well.

This Sunday, February 19th, we have the opportunity to continue where we left off by showing a new film called “Sextortion: The Hidden Pandemic.” We moved our “At Risk” meeting that day to 5:00 pm and into the Main Sanctuary. We also will be having a panel of experts afterwards for a Q and A time. Joining us with be Dr. Brenda Navarrete, Debbie Martis, Investigator Brian Robertson, and Kendra Tankersley-Davis from Vanguard University.

I hope you can join us for this valuable learning experience that will shed light on what are youth are experiencing right now! In my humble opinion, it’s crucial to know and understand what they are facing in order to better protect them. Thank you and hope to see you there. Perhaps consider bringing a friend, family member, or neighbor?

Fighting Together,
Kelly Bell

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Save the Date: Justice Matters Sunday

By: Kelly Bell

Hey everyone!
Hope your Christmas and New Years was fantastic! I love the break, but I always seem to struggle to get back in the swing of things! But we are back. And our Justice Matters Sunday is right around the corner.  We are excited about our theme and our speaker! Our theme is: Human Trafficking: Prevention is Key.  Prevention is so important, and we want to focus on that this year. Our main speaker is Leah Albright-Byrd, and you can read her bio, as well as see all the workshops, exhibitors, and resources, on our JM12 web page.   Although the major things are all in place, there’s still lots to do! At our next At-Risk meeting on Sunday, January 15th, we will be talking about ways you can be involved and help facilitate this wonderful day!  We will also spend time praying over this event … that hearts would be touched, stirred, and motivated to get involved. Prevention should be everyone’s business!

We are very excited that our Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force is taking a major part in this year’s event. They will not only be hosting an exhibitor table and be available for questions, but they will also be teaching a workshop as well. We are very honored they will be joining us this year!  All the workshops will be taught by subject-matter experts, so you won’t want to miss it! We’ll be hosting a free lunch throughout the day to encourage people to stay, fellowship, and spend time getting to know all the exhibitor to learn more about what they do and how to partner with them!

Looking forward to this amazing day and I hope to see you there! If you’d like to help, please join us at the meeting on the 15th and we will get you plugged in. Or if you can’t make it, shoot me an email!

Fighting Together,
Kelly Bell

CAR December Meeting Cancelled

By: Kelly Bell

Hey team!
We had a great meeting on Sunday.  We were small but had some really great conversation about various topics.  We missed you!  A few of us went over 2 chapters in our book (Live Justly), then we spent time discussing the role of prevention in the field of human trafficking. Very sad, thought provoking, and extremely challenging. I love to learn how we can be better equipped to use our talents and resources to help others. We decided to CANCEL our December meeting since it’s on the 18th and everyone is busy with Christmas, but we plan to have two meetings in January since our conference is Feb. 5th.  Early January I’ll be sending out ideas of ways you can help on Justice Sunday and be a part of that day, so watch for that!

I also wanted to take a minute and thank you all for supporting the Justice Ministry, whether it’s through prayer, finances, or showing up!  I was reflecting on different events and things we’ve done this year and as I started to write them down, I was so encouraged. The Lord has done great things. Thanks for being a part of it. I thought I’d list some of them to encourage you as well. This list is not exhaustive, but it will give you a glimpse into what we’ve all been doing!

Besides Justice Matters Sunday, we hosted a Trafficking 101 class, a Fair-Trade Class, showed a movie with a panel discussion, had a Fair-Trade Sale at church, supported local foster children with gifts through CFLC at Christmas and in their Kincare program, held a baby bottle fundraiser for Elsinore Valley Pregnancy Center, had a presentation by Camp Alandale to help raise support and find counselors, helped weekly/monthly at the Murrieta Pantry with food, backpacks and manpower, participated in A21’s Walk for Freedom, participated in a cornhole tourney to raise money for BBBS Mentoring program, made Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas baskets for survivors, mentored a few survivors, started a foster/adopt support group, attended fundraising Gala’s for CFLC ,Rebirth Homes, etc., collected for Project Touch, taught a few classes myself on Social Justice and the Church……. And the list goes on. There’s always something happening, and, again, thanks for all your help and support!

I wanted to end with a quote that is probably very familiar to you all, but I love it.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”

Happy Thanksgiving friends!
Kelly Bell

CAR November Meeting

By: Kelly Bell

Hi Team!
Hope to see you THIS Sunday, November 20th, for our next “At-Risk” meeting here at Calvary in the Agape Room from 3:00-5:00 pm.  We will be brainstorming ideas and discussing our next Justice Matters Sunday which is February 5th. I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas! Also, for those of you who are doing the study through “Live Justly” with us an hour earlier, don’t forget we will be meeting at 2:00 pm and going over sessions two and three, pages 18 through 30. Come prepared for a great discussion!

A few of us were able to go to the Gala for Rebirth Homes last week to celebrate their 10th anniversary. It was so fun to be part of their celebration. God has done some really amazing things through this organization and we are happy to be able to partner with them! They will be participating in our craft boutique on December 3rd and selling the products that are made by survivors. Great stuff!

We have lots to talk about and I’m excited to see you this Sunday!  As I bought my Advent Calendar to do with the grandkids, I intentionally chose the Fair-Trade version put out by Divine Chocolate.  It’s a bit more expensive than most, but this quote reminded me of why I support Fair Trade Organizations: “Every dollar you spend … or don’t spend … is a vote you cast for the world you want.” L.N. Smith.  

Love always,

CAR October Meeting: Special Movie Showing

By: Kelly Bell

Hey Team!
Excited to let you know that we’ll be showing the movie, California’s Forgotten Children: Let Their Voices Be Heard, at our next meeting on Sunday, Oct. 16th at 3:00 pm. We will be moving into the sanctuary and inviting our church, friends, and whoever wants to come! This is a feature documentary that follows a diverse group of resilient survivors who have overcome commercial sexual exploitation as children and are changing the world by ensuring no child is forgotten.  It’s about an hour and a half and I’d say it would be appropriate for high school and above, at the parent’s discretion. I think it’s a really great movie. Various survivors share how they were trafficked, specifically here in California.  It will wrench your heart for sure, but also will provide much needed education on the various ways traffickers will use to exploit their victims. We will also be having a panel discussion following the film. Watch the trailer below.

There are a few more things coming up! California Family Life Center is looking to provide turkey thanksgiving dinners for families in their Kin Care program. These families have stepped in as care givers for their young relatives, keeping them out of foster care. CFLC believes in strengthening and supporting the family unit. Donate online today through Nov. 11th.  Go to www.cflckids.givecloud.co/holiday. Beginning Nov. 20th, we will also be providing Christmas gifts for foster kids here in Riverside County through CFLC.  More details on that soon!

We are collecting canned pumpkin and cranberries for the Murrieta Pantry on Oct 9th and 16th to help them with their Thanksgiving Baskets for the community. The cans can be dropped off here at church.

Hopefully we will see you at the A21 Walk for Freedom on Oct. 15th!
So much going on! I pray you are all healthy, well, and finding ways to fight for freedom in our world!

Fighting Together,
Kelly Bell

Reach Hurting Kids

By: Kelly Bell

Hey there!
We had a great meeting on Sunday learning about Fair-Trade. It was really enlightening, challenging, and convicting.  Kelsey did a great job encouraging us to spend our money more ethically and responsibly. Thanks to all who came, and those who purchased Fair Trade items as well to support Jubilee Exchange!

I wanted to let you know of a few things coming up and remind you of a few more. A few meetings ago, we decided that we would go through a book together an hour before our meetings, beginning in September, for those who were interested. The book is a new workbook by Tearfund USA that looks at questions like: What is Biblical Justice, What’s our Mission in the World, and What Does Justice In Action Look Like?  For those who want to join us, you can order the book, Live Justly, edited by Jason Fileta (2021, don’t get the 2014 version) for $14.95  at www.tearfundusa.org/livejustly   Our next meeting is Sunday, September 18th is at 3:00 pm, so we will discuss the book at 2:00 pm. Mark your calendar!

Don’t forget to get signed up for A21’s Walk For Freedom on Saturday, Oct. 15 at Vail Headquarters in Temecula. It’s a day of Global Awareness and Local Action in the fight against human trafficking Register and get more info at A21.org/walk

I wanted to invite you to a free workshop we are hosting here at Calvary on Saturday, Sept. 17th from 8:30am to 12:30 pm.  It’s called “The Reach Hurting Kids Workshop.”
“This interactive, research-based workshop will prepare you to reach the hurting kids in your church and community. Make sense of the most frustrating, confusing, and heartbreaking child behaviors, and discover some practical, research-based strategies to help children who have experienced trauma heal and feel loved!”  Please feel free to invite anyone you feel would benefit and appreciate a class like this! If you have any questions, please contact me or Jasmine at [email protected].

Praying you all continue in the role you have taken in this fight, whether it be through education, raising awareness, raising money, donating money, working with survivors, volunteering with organizations, buying Fair Trade and shopping ethically, or praying.  All of us can do something! I appreciate you all!  And thank you for your generosity as well. I read this quote and thought you may appreciate it too; “Every time we give generously, and even sacrificially, we are putting our trust in God rather than our wealth.”
(Gaston Slanwa)

Fighting Together,
Kelly Bell

September CAR Meeting

By: Kelly Bell

Just a quick reminder about our next “At Risk” meeting on Sunday, September 18th, from 3:00pm-5:00pm in the Agape Room at church. Debbie from Rebirth Homes is going to join us, and I’ve asked her to walk us through… “A day in the life of a survivor” from her experience of overseeing Women’s Homes.  She will also share about the new home they are opening. We will then have the opportunity to go into prayer and pray through the requests and issues that we learn about, as well as praying for the entire issue. I’m looking forward to it.  Hope you can join us.

Also, don’t forget, those of you who are meeting an hour early (2:00pm) to go over chapter one in the book we’ve been talking about, we start on Sunday as well. (Pages 16 and 17) See ya soon!

In His Love,

P.S. I’ve been thinking a lot about our Fair-Trade discussion last month. I heard a phrase recently that really spoke to my heart.  Starfish Project, a company that employees trafficking survivors by making jewelry … jewelry they call  “transforming” jewelry…  made a statement about “Celebrating Dignified Labor.”  I’m also writing a Bible Study from the Book of James, and in chapter 5, he deals with the issue of the rich exploiting those who were poor, in the form of not paying them for their work, etc. which still happens today. As ordinary consumers, we have the power to change this. Everybody’s labor should be “dignified” and we can do our part in helping to make that happen! Together, lets make decisions that value people over products!

Walk For Freedom

By: Kelly Bell

Hey Team!
I hope your summer has been fantastic and you’ve been enjoying the sun, friends, and family! I wanted to remind you of our next meeting, Sunday, August 21st, from 3:00pm-5:00 pm in the Agape Room at Church. I’m so excited that Kelsey Johnson, from ICA, will be sharing about Fair-Trade … answering questions like …” What is Fair Trade? Why Should I buy Fair Trade? And how does it helps fight Human Trafficking?” She did a great workshop on this topic at the Justice Matters Conference but if you missed it, come on out! Learn how Fair Trade and other organizations can literally help change lives. To quote from her workshop, “We all shop daily, so let’s do it justly!”

We will also have the opportunity to buy from their Fair-Trade Local Store, Jubilee Exchange, after all 3 services that morning. She will be bringing various products from several vendors so bring your check book! (Does anyone besides me still use checks??) A credit card will be fine, too. Ha!

I just watched a Global A21 Broadcast about Trafficking and they reminded me of an unsettling statistic. Less than 1% of Human Trafficking is from “stranger abduction.” That’s scary, because that means 99% comes from someone the victim knows. We must teach our kids more than just “stranger danger.” If you are interested in watching this hour-long broadcast, see the details and register at A21.org/broadcast.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for A21’s “Walk For Freedom” on Saturday, October 15th, at Vail Headquarters in Temecula.  (We will be joining the city of Temecula for their walk!) It is a day of global awareness and local action in the fight against human trafficking. Register and get more info at A21.org/walk

See you soon!
Fighting Together,

“Lives centered in the love and justice of God will make room for the poor, the widow, the orphan, and the slave. That changes everything, which is just what Jesus said we should anticipate. Individual and social cries for justice go out for transformation of people and of systems; justice in the real world means both, not either/or. “Justice is what love looks like in public” is the way Cornel West captures it.”
(Mark Labberton)

For Our Next Meeting in August

By: Kelly Bell

Hi everyone!
We had a small meeting yesterday, but we so enjoyed our time together. Great conversation and great prayer time. You were missed! There’s something new we are going to do, if you are interested. I’m personally going through a new workbook by Tearfund USA that has been very challenging.  It looks at questions like: What is Biblical Justice, What’s our Mission in the world, and what does Justice in Action looks like. We’ve decided to go through this book together, whoever is interested.  For those who are interested, we will meet an hour before our scheduled monthly meeting and go over a chapter and discuss it. I guarantee it will challenge your thinking in some areas, and you might not agree with everything. That’s ok! This, hopefully, will be a safe place to discuss things, ask questions, and search Scripture for answers! No fighting allowed!
Instead of beginning in August, I decided to wait and give you time to get the book and read the first chapter. So we won’t start this until September. If you want to join us for that, here’s where you get the book. (At the meeting I said I would try to get a deal, but I didn’t, so everyone can order their own!)

Live Justly, edited by Jason Fileta (2021, don’t get the 2014 version) $14.95
Order it at www.tearfundusa.org/livejustly/

So … mark your calendars for our next monthly meeting on Sunday, August 21st, from 3:00pm-5:00pm. And we will begin the book before our NEXT meeting in September!

In His love,

P.S.  Email me if you have any questions!

July Updates

By: Kelly Bell

Hello everyone!
Happy fourth of July! I hope you’re all having a great summer. I just wanted to remind you of our next meeting on Sunday, July 17th from 3-5 pm at Calvary Murrieta.   There are also a few things going on that I thought you may want to participate in and be part of!

First of all, GenerateHope, a home for women survivors of trafficking that we have supported for years, is hosting an event called “A Story of Freedom” on Sept. 22 t Birch Aquarium at 6:00 pm. This is their biggest fundraiser of the year! The evening includes a private dinner, auction, and an amazing live concert, all with a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean. It’s a great way to support the women they serve.  For more info or to buy tickets, visit www.GenerateHope.org.  They also have some job opportunities with their program. Check it out!

Next, we are partnering with California Family Life Center in their “Back to School Drive” for local foster kids. There are several ways to help.  You can donate, buy gifts from their registry and have them sent directly to them, or drop them off at one of their drop-off centers, including the church.  Visit www.cflckids.org/back2school for more info!

Rebirth Homes, our local Women’s home for trafficking survivors, has a few job opportunities available. If you’re interested or want more information, contact [email protected]

In our last email blast, I shared that we had made a few thousand dollars for Elsinore Valley Pregnancy Resource Center in our Baby Bottle Project.  As of now, we have collected about $6,000.00, and that’s still without all the change that hasn’t been counted yet! We are really excited about that! Thanks to all of you who have donated, prayed, and volunteered at the Center! And one more thing … thank you for donating and partnering with us to support Rebirth Homes. Our Justice Ministry was able to donate money that you all gave to help support the women they serve!

Thanks for all you do in the fight … for praying, for donating, for serving, for educating yourself, for spreading awareness … for everything! See you on the 17th!
Love in Him,

“Vinoth Ramachandra wrote, “Jesus and the Biblical prophets did not think of rendering assistance to the needy in the world in terms of charity, but in terms of justice.”

“Let Justice Roll Like a River” (Amos 5:23-24)

Updates In June

By: Kelly Bell

Hey Team!
Just wanted to remind you that since our June meeting falls on Father’s Day, we’ll be taking the day off.  Please mark your calendars for the next one on Sunday, July17th from 3-5 pm.

I wanted to update you on a few things.  Many of you participated in a fund raiser through the month of May to support Elsinore Valley Pregnancy Resource Center. We handed out baby bottles to collect change, along with offering the opportunity to donate online. At this point, without even counting the change, we’ve collected over 3,500 dollars! I dumped all the change into a bucket, which I couldn’t even carry! I’m dropping it off tomorrow and I can’t wait to see how much it is. Thanks to ALL of you who supported this fundraiser……. It’s not to late if you still want to give! This is an easy way to speak up for the lives of the unborn.

I have some great news! Many of you are familiar with Rebirth Homes, here in Riverside County. They have a home for survivors of human trafficking, and they work tirelessly to combat human trafficking through education, awareness, and by providing a holistic healing program for their girls. The good news is that they are expanding their program into Nevada by opening another home by the end of June. Please pray for them as they embark on this new endeavor.  We are so proud of them and excited to see what God is doing. If you’d like to read more about them and what they do, visit www.rebirthhomes.com  Also, if you’d like to volunteer, there are many ways you can help.

Another one of our partners is GenerateHope in San Diego. They were the first survivor home we ever supported. We are celebrating with them for receiving a generous grant from the Rancho Santa Fee Women’s Foundation! Way to go guys!

On a not so happy note, I wanted to bring up a few facts to remind us of WHY we do what we do. This comes from “Jars of Hope” … “Who are the most vulnerable children for sex trafficking?  African American and Latino Youth are overrepresented in child sex trafficking cases. According to the FBI, 52% of all juvenile arrests for commercial sex acts are African American children. Studies also report that 50-90% of child sex trafficking victims have been involved in the child welfare system. Instability creates opportunities for traffickers to reach out and bond with vulnerable children. These relationships are then used against the child to initiate sexual activity.  40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, although they are 7% of the population. It’s estimated that more than one in four homeless LGBTQ children, and nearly half of gay or bisexual boys, are CSEC victims. It’s also been estimated that 1/5 of the homeless youth that they surveyed in the US and Canada were victims of human trafficking. In 2018, an estimated 1 out of 7 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims.”

These statistics are staggering. Let’s keep praying, keep fighting, keep doing whatever we can, whenever we can, to end this horrendous crime against humanity. Thanks for reading this every month!

Fighting Together,
Kelly Bell

May Children At Risk Meeting: Camp Alandale

By: Kelly Bell

Hey Team!

Looking forward to our next “At Risk” Meeting on Sunday, May 15th from 3-5 pm at Calvary Murrieta. The Directors from Camp Alandale, Tyler and Irene Bernheisel, will be sharing about their camp programs. Camp Alandale is a Christian Non-profit organization that serves abused and neglected children, ages 4th-12 the grade, through a mountain camp program. They exist to “introduce abused children to the life-changing reality of Jesus Christ and equip them to lead meaningful and productive lives.” I’d love for you all to come and hear their stories on how camp started so many years ago, and how it continues to change lives of so many kids within the foster care system. This is such a great organization to support. They obviously are always looking for financial partners, but for camp helpers and counselors as well. Come on out, take a listen, and see how you can be involved! For more information, go to www.campalandale.org

We are excited that some of our missionaries were able to get back out on the field in Southeast Asia. While they were here during the pandemic, they were able to attend Justice Matters Sunday and did me a huge favor by picking Bella Hounakey up from the airport. Since they were in the car for quite a bit of time, Bella openly shared her journey as a trafficking survivor. Mike and Lorie were very touched. This encounter really seemed to stir their hearts, and we found an organization called Blue Dragon that works in the very city they were returning to live in. They already were able to meet with them and I’m praying that they have many opportunities to work with all the children and young adults that Blue Dragon serves in their community. It seems to be a great organization and I’m excited to see what the Lord’s going to do!
Since this email and ministry deals with injustices and people who are at risk, unborn babies obviously fit into this category. Therefore, through the month of May, we are coming alongside Elsinore Valley Pregnancy and Resource Center as they add ultrasound capabilities to their clients when their medical suite is complete! If you’d like to help us help them, you can pick up a bottle at church, fill it up with change or bills, and return it to Calvary. You can also go online to our GIVE page, and there is a “drop down” line for Baby Bottles/Preg. Center that you can donate to as well.

Thanks for donating, volunteering, and partnering with us in so many ways as we do our best to speak up and help those who are most vulnerable. Thanks for wanting to make a difference and be the ones to make a change! I love what former U.S. President Barack Obama said, “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

"Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity.”
 Pope Francis

Fighting Together,
Kelly Bell

March Children At Risk Meeting

By: Kelly Bell

Just wanted to send out a reminder about our meeting THIS Sunday, March 20th, from 3:00-5:00 pm here at Calvary Murrieta in the Agape Room. We are so excited that Debbie Martis from ReBirth Homes will be here to share about some of the basics of Human Trafficking.  On Justice Sunday, she taught the workshop on “Human Trafficking 101.”  She will be sharing about things like how we can identify victims, what to do if we meet someone in trouble, and various ways we can be involved and help. It’ll will be a great time to hear about what trends they are seeing here in our county, as well as updates on our local task force.  I hope you take advantage of this great opportunity to get some of your questions answered as well. To see more about Rebirth Homes, visit them at www.rebirthhomes.com

Don’t forget to get your tickets for California Family Life Center’s 40th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, April 30th  at the Pechanga Grand Ballroom. All proceeds benefit the kids in their program.

See you next week!

Fighting Together,

Fact: NCMEC (National Center For Missing and Exploited Children) reported a 93% increase in online enticement reports during COVID-19.  (NCMEC leads the fight against abduction, abuse and exploitation, because EVERY child deserves a safe childhood.) Learn more about them at www.missingkids.org

Justice Matters Sunday Recap

By: Kelly Bell

Hello Team!

I hope you were able to come last weekend to Justice Matters Sunday. Oh, my heavens, it was so good! If you couldn’t join us, you can go to our website and listen to both John Cotton Richmond and Bella Hounakey, as well as 5 of the 7 workshops. It’ll be worth your while, I promise! I just wanted to let you know about a few things coming up.

  1. Our February “at risk” meeting will be cancelled, but please mark your calendars for Sunday, March 20th, from 3:00pm-5:00pm.  I’ll let you know what we’ll be doing at that meeting soon! ( I’m hoping that we will have a Human Trafficking 101 class that night, but I’ll keep you posted.)
  2. Please pray for all the organizations involved in the anti-trafficking campaign at the Super Bowl called It’s a Penalty. Our good friend Harmony Dust Grillo is on that team, as well as representatives from A21, The Hotel and Lodging Association, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, and more.
  3. California Family Life Center (CFLC) is excited to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year. While they started out of a garage and focused primarily on running group foster homes, they have grown their programs and have become a county-wide organization that works with families and youth of all ages. With that said, they are inviting us to celebrate with them this Spring! There are a few ways we can do that:
  • April 30th, CFLC will host a ticket dinner at Pechanga with a DJ/dancing, silent auction, and meeting CFLC alumni staff and families.  (Hope you can join Brian and I!)
  • CFLC’s goal is to raise 40k. Can’t go to the dinner? Be a “CFLC Champion” and start a fundraising page before the event. Team up with a friend if you like!

Tickets, info, and the “Become a Champion” fundraisers are all available now at www.cflc40.givesmart.com.  For any other info, reach out to Zach at [email protected]
We love this organization and all the work they do with “at risk” kids in our own county. Prayerfully consider coming to the dinner and learning more about them. I can’t wait!

I also want to invite you to a support/encouragement group we’ve started called “Fostering a Hope Community” that meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm. It’s a gathering for our foster/adoption community to allow time to learn, grow, and support one another. Childcare is available here through Calvary Kids. If you want more info, please contact me. I’d love to talk to you about it!

If you’re interested in reading 10 Ways to Take Action Against Human Trafficking by John Cotton Richmond, you can download them at www.johncottonrichmond.com

See you in March everyone!

In His love,
Kelly Bell

Upcoming Justice Matters Sunday

By: Kelly Bell

Hey Team!
Hope your Christmas and New Year celebrations were wonderful and filled with hope for the year ahead! I wanted to pop in and first remind you of our next “at risk” meeting date, which is Sunday, Jan. 16th, from 3:00-5:00 pm here at Church. Hope we will see you there. We are exactly one month away from our 11th Justice Matters Sunday, and if you follow us on social media, you’ll see promo adds just about every day.  We are really trying to reach our communities and invite them to come and hear from experts John Cotton Richmond and Bella Hounakey. Go to our website at www.calvarymurrieta.com and you can get all the details, read all the bios, and see what workshops we will be offering.  We will also be providing a BBQ lunch for everyone that day to encourage families to hang out, go to a main service, visit a workshop or two, and explore ways to get involved with some of our awesome exhibitors. Please invite a friend, neighbor, or a co-worker!  

At our January meeting we will be discussing ways to be involved on Feb. 6th .  We have been talking about it a little, but we will be hitting it hard. We will need people to help with lunch, host exhibitors, serve at the dinner the night before, and help workshop teachers.  We also are looking for people to donate and help in the Green Room. If you already know what you’d like to do, please drop me an email and let me know!

I also want to give you two opportunities that were sent to me. One is a job opportunity at GenerateHope, which is a faith-based organization that provides long-term, comprehensive, housing and recovery programs to women who have been sexually trafficked. If you want to know more details, please call Kimberly Hariman at (619) 344-0344 ext 704 or email her at [email protected]

Also, because it’s Human Trafficking Awareness Month, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Dept. is hosting a series of webinars to help educate communities regarding the risks of youth exploitation and trafficking in a post covid era. If you’d like to attend or for more info, please click on the link: https://bit.ly/3DVsHVL

Thanks for partnering with us in the fight against Human Trafficking and other injustices. Thank you for helping to be a voice for them and continue to fight for their freedom!

Fighting Together,

“Here in the land of the free, up to 300,000 underage youth are at risk of sexual exploitation every year. They come from urban areas, suburbs, and rural communities, and span all ages, genders, and family economic levels. Children are forced into this secret world by people they know and trust. Over 90% of traffickers are known to their victim. Trauma, shame, and fear silence their cried for help.”  
(Women at Risk International… www.warinternational.org)

An Opportunity To Serve

By: Kelly Bell

Hi Team!
We had a great time praying together at our meeting this past Sunday. We prayed for the people who are still enslaved, for victims to be rescued, for justice to be done, for the salvation of the exploiters, for our local and federal government, and for our faith community to know how to better “speak up” for those who can’t speak for themselves. It was a small group, but we stormed the gates!

I wanted to remind you that our meeting in December will be cancelled, but will resume on the third Sunday of January, which is the 17th.

Also, there is a great opportunity to help California Life Center with their Christmas Giving Tree. This is a toy drive for foster kids in Riverside County to help provide wonderful Christmas memories! There are drop off boxes all over our county to drop gifts off. They are specifically looking for volunteers to help with the Christmas at the Temecula Promenade Mall. The tree doesn’t have to be manned constantly, but they’d like to have people there as much as possible.  Is anyone interested in donating some time here and there to hang out by the tree, be a friendly face, and answer a few questions? You would be stationed at the table by the tree, which is upstairs in front of Penny’s and the Vans Store. You would talk to people who walk by about the toy drive, etc.  They are looking for volunteers November 20-December 17, any days, nights, and times you can! Even once would be appreciated! If you have more questions or would like to volunteer, you can email or call Zach Bell at 951-970-6873 or [email protected]  He can also explain more about the toy drive if you are interested.

I read a quote this week that was a great reminder to me … “One rescued is a reason to celebrate. One enslaved is a reason to fight.”  Let’s keep fighting, team! I’m grateful for all of you who continue to pray, work, volunteer, and give to the victims, frontline organizations, and after care programs. Thanks for being in it for the long haul!
Happy Thanksgiving!

In His love,
Kelly Bell

Fighting Together

By: Kelly Bell

Hello everyone! It was fun to see some of you at the A21 Walk for Freedom a few weeks ago. Hopefully people took notice and were reminded that people are still enslaved all over the world, and it’s time to fight for freedom. I waned to make mention of our next meeting on Sunday, Nov. 21st. I know it’s a busy week with Thanksgiving around the corner, but we will still be meeting and spend our time praying together about this injustice … praying for freedom… praying for chains to be broken … praying for healing and restoration … praying for repentance from the exploiters … praying for those working on the  front lines … praying, praying, praying! We will be meeting in the Agape Room at Calvary Murrieta from 3:00pm - 5:00pm on the 21st.

I want to remind everyone to mark your calendars for Sunday, February 6th, as we host our 11th Justice Matters Sunday. We are actively working on all the details. We are excited and blessed that John and Bella are coming all the way to Murrieta to share with us. John Cotton Richmond was unanimously appointed by the U.S. Senate to be the Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons from 2018-2021. It’s a privilege and an honor to welcome him at Calvary, as well as Bella Hounakey, a survivor and fierce advocate for the vulnerable. She was appointed by former President Trump to the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking. You can read more about them on our website, specifically on the Justice Page.

We are committed to this fight against injustice for the long haul. I am constantly praying about ways to sustain our engagement as a community for the vulnerable.  I also want to thank so many of you who have worked and partnered with us for the last 13 years as we’ve tried to educate ourselves, create awareness in our community, and find ways to do “whatever” we can, to help. You rock. Thank you all!

Fighting Together,

“Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his humanity.” Mother Teresa

Stay In The Fight!

By: Kelly Bell

Hey everyone! Hope you’re doing well! Thanks again to Charlotte Paulsen for sharing about refugee care, she did a great job! I was both enlightened… and more confused.  Not by Charlotte, but about the crisis at hand. So difficult to understand. Charlotte brought clarity to the situation for us, but the realization of the magnitude of the problem was evident.  But … God, right??!! Nothing is impossible with Him.  And we can all do our part, whatever that is. We are looking forward to a call from Charlotte when the opportunities arise to find out what we can do. Stay tuned!

One such opportunity that Brian has been sharing about is to volunteer with Save our Alliance and travel to a US base and help for a week. For more info or to volunteer, please see www.saveourallies.org. They have info on volunteering, but they’ve also started a “wish list” on Amazon for people to purchase items to help Afghan families transition into their new lives. The link is on their site.

We are continuing to raise money for a vehicle for the Trafficking Unit in Belize. Chris Lick made this need known to us, and we’d love to be part of the solution. One vehicle to work cases in the whole country is unbelievable and unacceptable.  If you’re interested in donating for that need, either email me for more info, or go to our church website or app, click on Give, find " Human Trafficking Institute" in the drop-down window.

Mark your calendars for our next meeting on Sunday, October 17 at 3:00 pm.  We will be more actively planning our Justice Matters Conference and presenting practical ways to be involved. It’s actually time to volunteer!

Last but not least, A21 is hosting their Walk For Freedom on Saturday, Oct. 16th. Join thousands of abolitionists in hundreds of cities across the globe to reach our cities with the awareness of human trafficking and how to end it. Go to A21.org/walk and choose “Temecula” as your city (if you’re local). This walk starts at 7:00 am and meets at Vail Headquarters. More info on that website.  See you there!!

Stay in the fight against injustice! Pray for our leaders, pray for the exploiters, pray for the frontline workers, and most of all… pray for the victims who are still held captive, and pray for the survivors to thrive! In other words, pray, pray, pray!

Love to you all!

Why We Should Care About Refugees

By: Kelly Bell
Date: 09/07/2021

Hey all! Excited to get together again for our next “At-Risk” Meeting on Sunday, Sept. 19th, from 3-5 in the Agape Room at Church! Charlotte Paulsen from ICA will be sharing with us on the topic of Refugees. We will hopefully discuss things like … why we should care about refugees, how should we care for them, why they are even more vulnerable to exploitation, and what we PERSONALLY do to help. We are all watching the news and are heartbroken over what’s happening to the Afghan people, as well as other people in our world. Charlotte has a lot of first-hand experience on the front lines of this issue, and I look forward to gleaning all I can from her insight.

I love this quote: “In troubling times, I will close my eyes and pray for my eyes to be open to what I can do.” (Morgan Harper Nichols) On Instagram I follow a group called We welcome refugees, and one of their posts says this, regarding the question of what “welcome” looks like…. “Welcome isn’t political. Welcome is bigger than that. Welcome recognizes the sacredness of everyone. Welcome isn’t blinded by borders or by differences in race or religion. Welcome transcends. And when we welcome, we transcend all of the fear society pushes on us. Welcome simply connects and reconnects.” Let’s choose welcome!

We are planning (Lord willing) to do a type of human trafficking training (HT 101) at our October meeting. Many have been asking so we thought why wait? I’ll keep you posted.  Until then, a few facts to know about trafficking:
** Did you know that most human trafficking survivors are first trafficked by   someone in their family, or someone they trust?
**Did you know that in nearly a third of all active sex trafficking cases, defendants controlled their victims without using violence?

Quote from a survivor: “You will do anything to feel like his everything. And he promises you everything. And the thing he convinces you to do, they don’t seem that bad if afterwards he shows you how much he loves you … And as long as your profits meet his expectation, you will have what you’ve wanted your whole life: LOVE.”

“For I, the Lord, love justice.” Isaiah 61:8

Love from your fellow justice-lover,

The Worst Thing to Do Is Do Nothing 

By: Kelly Bell
Date: 08/01/2021

Hi all!

If you were able to come to the meeting on Sunday, I hope you were… challenged, disturbed, encouraged…. All or any of the above! I wanted to apologize for cutting everyone off before asking Chris to share. I should have realized we would all need more time to process and discuss the things we heard and saw, as well as pray about it.  Chris and Kelsey just “happened” to be here for this meeting and we felt very strongly that he needed to share about Belize since we’ve all been praying! (You did a great job, by the way, Chris!) So I think I tried to pack a lot into our time together. My prayer and my hope is that now YOU take the time to pray about what to do with what you learned.  For you, personally.  For men globally.  It probably would have been helpful to have a white board and list practical things we got out of the video about ways to engage men in the battle. The worst thing that can happen is if we walk away and do nothing.  So, even though we didn’t do this together, take some time to do it yourself! Ask yourself the questions, spend time in prayer over the issue, generally and specifically. Take the time to answer the question … so what do I do now?
The book that was referred to by Patrick is called Fight For Me by Alan Smyth, forward by John Richmond. Order it at www.fightforme.net  It looks good!
Thanks again guys! See you at the next meeting on Sunday, August 15th!

Read AIM (Agape Int'l Missions) Second Quarterly Update!

Fighting Together,
Kelly Bell

Blog updated 08/03/21:
Hey team!

Looking forward to seeing you at the next meeting n Sunday, Aug. 15th from 3-5 pm in the Agape Room at Calvary Murrieta. We’ll be talking about a few things: a little more follow up on the video we saw (Bring some “practical” ideas and suggestions on how men can be involved), brainstorm ideas for our next Justice Matters Conference in 2022 (JM11), and spend time praying together. We so often forget that this is also a spiritual battle that should be fought on our knees.  Don’t let the fact that it’s a “prayer meeting” scare you away from coming.  If you don’t feel comfortable praying out loud, it’s totally fine. You can just agree in your Spirit as others pray.

I also want to ask those of you who came to see the movie “Tending Clouds” that we showed a few months ago to pray. If you remember, the predator, Michael Pepe, has asked for a re-trial based on a technicality. The trial is this week, beginning August 3-6th. Please pray for the girls as they all have to testify again, which is very traumatic. Please pray for justice and a quick and easy trial for the girls.  Don and Bridget are with them in Los Angeles.
Schedule for girls testifying:
Wednesday: Kunthea and Reaksmey (The one in the movie)
Thursday: Sokha and Chanthy
Friday: Sochea
Thanks for praying! See you all soon!
In His love,

Next Meeting in July

By: Kelly Bell
Date: 07/01/2021

Hey everyone! Hope your summer is going wonderful! I just wanted to let you know what we’ll be doing at our next meeting on Sunday, July 18th. I was able to be part of an online event called “Engaging Men: The Key to Ending Sex Trafficking.” (I sent you all the link) It was led by a panel of 8 men who are active in the fight against trafficking and have a wide variety of experience. I’d love for you all to be able to hear it, so I will be showing it at our next meeting. I think you’ll be challenged and encouraged by what these men are doing and how they are doing it. I learned a lot. So mark your calendars, invite a friend, and come out on July 18th from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm.  

On this special night, we will also get to hear updates from our own … Chris Lick. Chris and his wife Kelsey moved to Belize this year to work for the Human Trafficking Institute as Belize’ first Law Enforcement Advisor.  Victor Boutros, HTI’s CEO, wrote this about Chris; “Chris’s presence in the field will allow him to share his experience as a human trafficking investigator and empower local law enforcement to bring traffickers to justice.” He’s doing a great job! They will be home for their daughter’s wedding, so we will have the opportunity to hear from him how things are going, alive and in person! See you on the 18th!

Fighting Together,
Kelly Bell

Fun Fact: The Human Trafficking Institute (HTI) also has been working in Uganda. During the pandemic, many nonprofits had to do what they could to simply survive, but the Lord blessed the work of HTI. Although the pandemic represented a surge in the sea of vulnerable individuals to exploit all over the world, in Uganda, between July and October, they saw a 1200% increase  in the number of traffickers arrested and a 1300% increase in the number of victims protected!  Way to go guys!

CFLC: Back to School Supply Drive 

June 23, 2021 - July 23, 2021

Join us as we help California Family Life Center's Back to School Supply Drive! CFLC will be accepting school supplies for our foster and Kincare children and youth. With your help, each child can go back to school with the supplies to help them succeed.

To donate items, scan the QR code or visit https://CFLCDonate.givesmart.com
If preferred, school supplies may be dropped off at the church office Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am-4:30 pm.

Thank You For Your Help in the Rescue of Two Girls!

By: Kelly Bell
Date: 06/01/2021

Blog updated 06/11/2021:

Hey everyone!

I wanted to let you know that the Riverside County Task Force is hosting a zoom meeting this Wednesday, June 16th, at 10:30 am.  If you’re interested in joining, there’s a link below! Should be very informative. 

Join RCAHT Zoom Meeting:
 Meeting ID: 883 5572 5684
Passcode: 996621

Also, don’t forget the zoom meeting this Saturday from 8-10 am about getting men involved in the fight against sex trafficking. An outstanding panel of men will be hosting this. The info was sent out on the last email. You can visit 
www.throughGodsgrace.com for more information if you are interested.
Have a great weekend!

Fighting Together,

From SafeHouse Project: “What do truck stops, motels, hotels, private homes, trailer parks, gas stations, convenience stores, businesses and schools all have in common? All are places individuals are trafficked through.  Are you watching when you go to these places? Would you know what to look for? If someone was being trafficked right under your nose, would you be able to pick up the signs?  If you answered no to any of these questions, you should go to 
www.IAmOnWatch.org to take our free training on how to spot and report trafficking.” 

Hi Justice Team!

Thanks to everyone who came out to support the movie “Tending Clouds” last weekend and meet our friend Vincent Latteri who shared about his vision to help the homeless.  We had a great turn out for sure! Although we didn’t promote it as a fund raiser, an invitation to give was definitely presented. Thank you to all who responded. If you’d still like to give to Aim, you can go to our website or church app and designate it for Aim (Agape International Missions): Tending Clouds.

Matt, the Director of Relational Advancement at Aim, says that one girl is rescued for every $1,000 given.  I asked Matt exactly how they came up with that amount.  This is his response, “This amount is based on an average cost of a raid which is $5,000, and on average, we rescue five girls per raid. The $5,000 cost for a raid includes investigation into the place suspected of trafficking (Surveillance, confidential informers), obtaining court orders for the raid, the raid and rescue by the SWAT team, initial care by social workers who are on site during the raid and with the girls for the first 24 to 48 hours, until they go to the Restoration Home. This also includes follow-up legal work to protect the girls from any prosecution and to prosecute the traffickers.”

This is a great break down. Notice, though, this doesn’t even factor in the continued care for the girls in the Restoration Home. This comes from individual donors, churches, etc. Thanks for helping us help them rescue girls and bring them to full freedom! We appreciate every penny that is donated! As a result of the movie, so far we’ve donated enough to rescue 2 girls.  I’m already praying for them!

Please note that our June “At risk” meeting is cancelled due to Father’s Day. We will resume on July 18th from 3-5 in the Agape Room.

For those who are interested, there is a zoom event called “Engaging Men is The Key to Ending Sex Trafficking.”  Male leaders will be addressing key dynamics and the lineup of speakers looks great! This will be on June 12th from 8-10 am (PST) I’ve included the eventbrite link if you’d like to register. You can also learn more about it at Through God’s Grace Ministry at https://throughgodsgrace.com or check out the event flyer.

Thanks everyone! I Appreciate each of you so much!

For Justice,
Kelly Bell

Did you know:  40% of child trafficking survivors are sold by a family member?
Do you know what to do if you suspect or spot trafficking?

Contact: National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-3737-888
233733(BEFREE) Text “Help”  
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-THE-LOST (missingkids.org)
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (childhelp.org)

Upcoming Children At Risk Meeting: Private Movie Showing

By: Kelly Bell
Date: 05/01/2021

Hey everyone!

Thanks for coming to April’s “at risk” meeting about trauma informed care. Many of you asked Brenda, our speaker, if you could have a copy of her presentation, so I’ve included the link below. It was so good! A huge thanks to Brenda for taking the time to share her knowledge, resources, experience, and passion with us! I know I learned a lot.
Tending Clouds Movie
There’s a slight time change for our next meeting in May. Instead of 3:00 pm-5:00 pm, we will be meeting on Sunday, May 16th, from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm in the main sanctuary. We will be hosting a private screening of a film made by AIM (Agape International Missions), whom many of you are well acquainted with. It’s called Tending Clouds and it’s the true story of one of the girls who was rescued, grew up in their Restoration Home in Cambodia, and is now sharing her story to help girls heal from their abuse. She testified against her abuser, who was an American Pedophile, working as a professor in a Cambodian University. His trial resulted in a 210-year prison term.  His attorney found a loophole and is now fighting for an appeal. This story will not only touch your heart but will give you a glimpse inside the reality of the dark world of human trafficking. I hope you can join us and hear her story. I’ve included a link to the 2-minute trailer, but to be honest, the trailer doesn’t do it justice!
Hito Pak
Last but not least, at our meeting we will also have the privilege of meeting a young man named Vincent Latteri. He’s a local guy with a huge heart to help the homeless in our area. He’s starting a ministry called Hito Pak that provides backpacks to the homeless packed with essentials such as socks, blankets, food, etc. I’d rather have him tell you his story, so I hope you can come and be a part of this “grassroots” organization! I’ve included a link to his organization as well, and his contact info is included. Learn more at hitopak.com

Help launch this local movement via Indiegogo
I’m looking forward to seeing you on May 16th! Thanks for being willing to learn, come alongside organizations both local and abroad, and speak up for justice. Thanks for supporting us as we seek to support those on the front lines, as well as the survivors of human trafficking and other justice related issues.  You’re the best!

Serving Together,
Kelly Bell

Next Topic: Trauma Informed Care

By: Kelly Bell
Date: 04/01/2021

Hey everyone!

Thanks for coming out to the prayer meeting last month. I was hanging with the grandkids but I heard it was great! I’d like to invite you to our next meeting on Sunday, April 18th from 3-5 pm in the Agape Room at Calvary Murrieta. We are thrilled to have Dr. Brenda Navarrette with us that day! She is an Adjunct Professor at Vanguard University and recently taught a workshop at the Ensure Justice Conference hosted by the Global Center for Women and Justice. She will actually be sharing some of that information with us at our meeting. Her topic will be Trauma Informed Care.  She’ll be sharing some basic information on how trauma impacts a person’s brain, behavior, and relationships, and how we, as a community, can respond with a more trauma informed approach. Not only will this help us understand how to better support and serve survivors of trauma, it also will equip us to better care for all people with more compassion and empathy. You won’t want to miss this meeting!
 I also wanted to let you know that Rebirth Homes is hiring for a few positions. You can go to their website at www.rebirthhomes.com.  They are also looking for people to host candle parties! Contact me for more info! GenerateHope is also hiring an Education and Career Readiness Specialist for their San Diego location. Visit GenerateHope.org/dreamteam to learn more about that position. Since we are talking about GenerateHope, they have some exciting news! They are opening a new Recovery Program in Colorado! They are excited to help more survivors experience healing and freedom.  Way to go guys!
Thank you all for continuing to pray, serve, help educate, and get educated on Human Trafficking and what we can do about it.  Thanks for praying for freedom and healing. Thanks for choosing to shop wisely and ethically and make a difference with your money. Thanks for speaking up and showing up. We can all do something. Thank you!
Serving together,
Kelly Bell

One Person Can Make A Difference

By: Kelly Bell
Date: 03/03/2021

Hey Everyone!

It was great to see so many of you at the February “At-risk” meeting.  We had lots of new faces! If you were unable to go and would like a copy of our handout, just let me know and I’m happy to forward it to you! I wanted to let you know of a few opportunities coming up.

Rebirth Homes has many ways to get involved as volunteers. Go to their website at www.rebirthhomes.com and look under Volunteers. Not only are they looking for specific donations, there are mentoring opportunities and other ways to help the women at their homes. There’s opportunities for men to be involved as well. I personally just applied to be a mentor and I’m looking forward to the zoom training!
Chris Lick contacted me from Belize to let me know that the Human Trafficking Institute is looking for a Law Enforcement Advisor at their office in Uganda. Obviously you’d have to be willing to move, but I thought I’d throw that out there if anyone feels the Lord leading them in that way! Contact me for details.

If you’re looking for ways to get involved in the fight against trafficking and need some help figuring out how, I’d love to help! I love sitting down with people and figuring out how they can use their specific gifts, talents, and resources. Our next meeting is Sunday, March 21st from 3-5 pm at Calvary Murrieta in the Agape Room.  One way we can all help is by praying over the issue, including the victims, the perpetrators, the abusers, the front line workers, the service providers, and everyone else involved in the fight. Join us as we dedicate that meeting to prayer!

Thanks for caring about justice and this issue. I believe that we are called to look at and love all people as God does, since we are all created in His image. To say we love God and don’t love people … well, we can’t. 1 John 5:20-21 reminds us of that. Thanks for choosing to love and care about the exploited, the vulnerable, and the hurting. Thanks for loving through your giving, praying, and serving.

Until all are free,

“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” - John F. Kennedy

“The highest use of capital is not to make more money but to make money do more service for the betterment of life.”  - Henry Ford

Be An Advocate

By: Kelly Bell
Date: 02/01/2021

Hey everyone!

I hope you all got to hear Dr. Sandra Morgan from the Global Center for Women and Justice share about Human Trafficking on Sunday, Jan. 31st. If not, it’s available on our website. Brian also shared some thoughts on Amos 5:24 which says, “Let justice roll like a river.” We’ve also posted on the Justice Page on our website 8 videos of different organizations that we support to provide even more ideas and opportunities for people to get involved.  Along with that, we’ve listed additional organizations, ministries, and resources that may be helpful to those of you who would like to get more education and develop an even deeper understanding of the issue.

At our next meeting, which is Feb. 21st, we will be discussing some additional ideas and practical ways you can get involved.  We’ve love the opportunity to meet you and help you figure out how to use your gifts, talents, and resources in the fight against trafficking.

Sandie does weekly podcasts about this topic that are an excellent resource for education, etc.  Find them at www.endinghumantrafficking.org/podcast
 The Global Center also hosts a yearly conference in March called “Ensure Justice.” This year it is on March 5-6 and will be virtual! The theme is “Being Crushed” and will focus on early intervention solutions that build resilience, strengthen communities, and provide hope.  Use code CARE21 to receive a 25% discount off your ticket. Sign up at www.ensurejustice.com

Thanks for partnering with us in the fight against this horrible injustice.  We appreciate you all. Just a thought … an activist is a person who campaigns to bring about political or social change.  We all don’t have to become “activists” but we can all be advocates, which is one who publically supports or recommends a particular cause or policy. Let’s all be advocates of  justice!

Serving Together,
Kelly Bell

January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

By: Kelly Bell
Date: 01/03/2021

Hey Team,

Happy New Year! I pray your holidays were wonderful … full of Jesus, friends, and family! I wanted to invite you to our next Children at Risk meeting on Sunday, Jan. 17th, from 3-5 pm at Calvary Murrieta.  January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month so we will be discussing ways to help “prevent” people from becoming victims.  We will also spend time praying for our Justice Matters Conference (JM10) which is on Sunday, Jan. 31st, at both services.  Because of covid restrictions, etc., this year’s Justice Sunday will look a lot different. But our sermon that morning will still be focused on God’s heart for justice and Human Trafficking. The title of JM10 is “Let Justice Roll” from Amos 5:24 .  Brian will be sharing a few thoughts and then our speaker will be none other than Dr. Sandra Morgan.  Dr. Morgan is usually our MC, but we are privileged to have her as our guest speaker. She was appointed Co-Chair of the Public-Private Partnership Advisory Council in Washington DC in December 2019 and she has a lot to share about what she learned this year. Invite your friends, family, and neighbors and join us on Sunday, Jan. 31st at either the 9 am or 11 am service!
I wanted to share Dr. Morgan’s bio with you, not only because it is quite impressive, but I want you to understand that she really is an expert in the field. “Dr. Sandra Morgan is recognized globally for her expertise on combating human trafficking and working to end violence against women. She is the director of the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University in Southern California. She is passionate about the role of education  in fighting trafficking. She launched a 12-unit Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate that is totally online. She believes everyone can do something. But first, they need to study and understand the issue. Then they can be a voice and make a difference.”

See you all on Jan. 17th at the meeting, and then at JM10 on Jan. 31st!

Until all are free,
Kelly Bell

“He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. The Lord frees the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down. The Lord loves the godly. The Lord protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but He frustrates the plans of the wicked.”
Psalm 146:7-9

A Message From Kelly

By: Kelly Bell
Date: 12/01/2020

Hey Team,

I wanted to let everyone know that our December “at-risk” meeting will be cancelled and we will resume on Sunday, Jan. 17th. A big thank you and shout out to all of you who volunteered to buy gifts for all the task force and Rebirth Home clients! They all were taken! If you are still looking for a way to make a difference and bless a child for Christmas, California Family Life Center is still collecting gifts for foster and disadvantaged kids right here in our valley. If you are interested, visit them at www.cflcgivingtree.org ; You can choose a child, buy a gift, and return it to the church or you can ship it directly to them!

Thank you all for being engaged in the fight against trafficking. Thank you for the many things you do, from praying, spreading awareness, continuing to get educated, to supporting many groups financially. You all are a blessing to many, in ways you’ll probably never know. Just buying a gift for someone speaks volumes of love and support. This fight literally “takes a village” and we appreciate each and every one of you.

I like this poem written by Helen Kromer. Ronald Reagan once used it as a challenge to us all.

One man can awaken another. The second can awaken his next door brother. The three can rouse the town, Turning the whole place upside down. And the many awake make such a fuss, They finally awake the rest of us!

Let’s awake this place! Praying you all have a wonderful, safe, Jesus-filled Christmas. Be careful, be safe, enjoy your family, and remember why you’re celebrating. Love you all!

Serving Together,

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.