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Photo of the Week: Project Spotlight – Water

November 10th, 2014

Lack of safe, clean water affects everyone. Drought and increased agriculture demand for water is steering India toward a crisis, especially in communities that are dependent on contaminated surface water or unreliable groundwater from shallow wells. Woman and child walk on average of 3 miles a day collecting water for their families. It is a common sight to see bottles and jugs of dirty water stored around huts – this contaminated water is what many families must use to drink, cook and clean. SOS is partnering with local Indian churches to provide safe, clean drinking water to communities and families in need.

“When the poor and needy search for water and there is none, and their tongues are parched from thirst, then I, the Lord, will answer them.” – Isaiah 41:17 (NLV)

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Project Spotlight: Destiny India Schools

November 6th, 2014

This month we will be spotlighting all of our ground projects in India. We are so thankful for the work we get to do and the impact the local church is having on the community! This week we will take a peak into our Destiny India Schools.

Destiny India 

It is estimated that one out of three malnourished children* and one third of the world’s poor live in India*. India’s largest city, Mumbai, is home to the largest slum population in the country. Some of the city’s poorest and most desperate families end up here. These slums are also places of hope, where a small investment of resources can take a child out of crushing poverty and into a life he or she only could have hoped and dreamed for.

It only takes a small investment at the right time in a child’s life, to change their entire destiny.

The Destiny India program strives to unlock the doors of opportunity for slum children so that they have a chance of escaping the trap of poverty by providing the keys to overcoming some of their greatest challenges, namely pre-school education, nutrition, medical care, and mentoring. The program offers practically free schooling for children between the ages of 3 and 6 in some of Mumbai’s poorest slums. In these small pre-schools, children are instructed in the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. They receive uniforms, are fed a hot meal daily, undergo regular medical check-ups, are given the opportunity to learn, giving them hope and access to a bright future.


Meet 4 of our Destiny India students, Athi RajaHaleenaSriyya and Abishek. It is hard to say all the ways that this school has impacted these children’s lives, and in many ways we cannot measure its impact, but one thing is for certain – without Destiny India Schools these children had a slim chance of changing their situations. All of them come from impossible backgrounds and all of them are now excelling in areas their families never dreamed possible.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

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[left to right] Athi Raja, Haleena, Sriyya and Abishek

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Photo of the Week: Project spotlight- Destiny India

November 3rd, 2014

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela 

India’s largest city, Mumbai, is home to the largest slum population in the country. Some of the city’s poorest and most desperate families end up here. With population estaminets between 20 to 24 million people, competition for jobs and education is fierce. Destiny India Schools open the door to education for a people and generation that may otherwise be locked out. Destiny India schools provide uniforms, daily nutritious meals, regular medical check-ups, an opportunity to learn and access to a brighter future.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

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Chalk, Cullum, & Associates – A Business Rescuing Girls From Slavery

October 30th, 2014

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The Tenth Annual Sower of Seeds International Ministries Golf Tournament will take place on November 3rd, 2014 at Trophy Club Country Club in Trophy Club, TX. 100% of funds raised at this event will go straight towards those in need of them most, the girls. This is made possible thanks to our amazing sponsors! REGISTER TO PLAY OR BECOME A TOURNAMENT SPONSOR HERE

SOS is so thankful to partner with amazing business men and woman to help further the work in India. We have the privilege of partnering with many incredible businesses to see lives transformed and projects completed. One of these companies is Chalk, Cullum, & Associates.


Chalk, Cullum, & Associates began partnering with SOS in 2008, sponsoring the annual golf tournament that raises awareness and funds for Red Light Rescue, a project that focuses on fighting human trafficking in India. By helping cover the cost of the tournament, CCA allows all of the funds raised at this event to go straight towards the rescue and rehabilitation of those trapped in a life of slavery.

“In a country where we are afforded certain freedoms it is foolish to ignore some of the atrocities that take place around the globe. Our firm has made a conscious decision to keep our eyes open and our hearts sensitive to needs both locally and around the world. SOS is a great fit with our philanthropic philosophy. Whether it is schools in the slums of Mumbai, rescuing young girls from the red light district, or distributing school supplies to disadvantaged American school children, SOS is reaching children. Our relatively small gifts to SOS, through sponsorships of the annual Golf Tournament and Evening of Hope, allow our gifts to be leveraged into even greater gifts from others who are exposed to the causes of SOS and given an opportunity to join the team. Together we can change the world! – John A. Chalk, Jr, CPA, JD, CFP

Since 2008 our relationship has grown and CCA now sponsors two major fund raisers every year, the Annual Golf Tournament and Evening of Hope. Thanks to their partnership, SOS has been able rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of girls from a life of slavery. There are a number of ways to get your company involved with what is happening at SOS. Contact us to find out more. 

From the standpoint of a business owner it’s important to be faithful in your benevolence.  Your employees, clients and other business owners are watching and it sets the example.  As an employee, knowing that your day to day activities are making money that will be spent on the greater good, simply takes the aches and pains out of the day.  Watching your company stand up for something that affects so many, makes you proud. It quite simply makes it the best place in the world to work.” – Jeri Liedl, COO Chalk, Cullum, & Associates. 

 

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Photo of the Week: Born in the Brothels

October 27th, 2014

“I am grateful that I am not in the red light district, that I didn’t have to go through what my mom went through. I am grateful that I have been saved and that I know Jesus Christ.  I think God made me because he wants to fulfill His plan through my life. And I also want to fulfill his plan through what I can offer… whatever I have, what I am today, is because of God.” – Born in the red light district. 

95% of children born inside the brothel system must be rescued if they ever wish to live a life different from their mothers. With girls between the ages of 10 and 12 fetching the highest price, every young child born into a red light district faces almost certain slavery. SOS helps rescue both trafficked woman and their children.

“He reached down from heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me.” - 2 Samuel 22:17-18 

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Photo by: Janice Meyer

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10th Annual Golf Tournament – Play Golf, Save A Life

October 23rd, 2014
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SAVE THE DATE:

The Tenth Annual Sower of Seeds International Ministries Golf Tournament will take place on November 3rd, 2014 at Trophy Club Country Club in Trophy Club, TX.

Join SOS and other like-minded individuals and teams as we support the rescue of trafficked women and girls in India. Now in its tenth year, the tournament is one not to be missed as we play on two excellent courses at Trophy Club Country Club, enjoy outstanding door prizes and excellent food. Join us at this year’s golf tournament and fundraising dinner. Come play golf and save a life! REGISTER TO PLAY OR BECOME A TOURNAMENT SPONSOR HERE

THE CAUSE: 

Poverty has many expressions of abuse but none are perhaps as devastating to the human heart as “sex slavery”. Little girls are bought, stolen or sold by people who prey upon them as a source of livelihood.

S.O.S.International is partnering with LIFE Outreach International and BTC Mumbai in a response to the devastation forced on the lives of these girls and their families.

Project Red Light Rescue works to prevent child sex trafficking and to rescue and rehabilitate trafficking victims after the rescue. This initiative provides for each girl’s needs, provides care for children of women trafficked into the sex trade and rescues children before they can be trafficked. We do not merely hope to temporarily relieve the suffering of women and children, but to help put an end to this form of slavery.

OUR SPONSORS:

100% of funds raised at this event will go straight towards those in need of them most, the girls. This is made possible thanks to our amazing sponsors!

 Title Sponsors

Charley’s Concrete
Chalk, Cullum & Assocaites.

Contributing Sponsors

Syracuse’s Sausage Company
Callaway Golf
PowerTech Golf
Integrity Custom Homes
Driver’s Edge
Merit Card Solutions
Hope for North Texas
LIFE Outreach International
Hawkeye Printing
Cross Timbers Community Church
Gateway Church
Weir’s Furniture

Want to get your business involved? Contact us.

 

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Photo of the Week: My Refuge, My Fortress

October 20th, 2014

“There is no pit so deep, that He is not deeper still.” – Corrie Ten Boom.

“Psalm 91:1-2 are my favorite bible verses: Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” – Married at age 10, trafficked, rescued from the red light district.

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Proper Nutrition and Education – Key to Fighting Poverty in Mumbai’s Slums

October 16th, 2014

 

According to a study by the International Food Policy Research Institute, “India is home to 42 percent of the world’s underweight children and 31 percent of its stunted children.”

Nowhere is this clearer than in Mumbai, India’s largest city with population estimates ranging between 20 and 24 million people.  As many as 60% of people live in poverty in slums.

The 2008 movie, Slumdog Millionaire drew attention to the lives many children lead in the slums. It was touted as the “Feel-good film of the decade”, but behind the romantic plot, it helped reveal the challenges that kids face when growing up in abject poverty.  There are literally millions of children growing up in Mumbai’s slums – the odds of them breaking the cycle of poverty, slim, at best.

Aside from the obvious symptoms of hunger that must be addressed, there is a direct link between poverty, hunger and education that can only be addressed by proper nutrition.

“The locus of poverty and undernutrition among children appears to be gradually shifting from rural to urban areas, as the number of the poor and undernourished increases more quickly in urban than in rural areas. Hunger is a clear manifestation of failure in social protection. It is difficult to behold, especially when it afflicts children. However, even the apparently well fed – those who receive sufficient calories to fuel their daily activities – can suffer the ‘hidden hunger’ of micronutrient malnutrition.” – UNICF 2012 “The State Of The Worlds Children.”

The destinies of children hang in the balance and with them, the destiny of a nation.

With India catching up to China as the world’s most populous nation, it is urgent that we intervene to avert a humanitarian disaster.

SOS has made feeding a critical part of our Destiny India Program. With the help of partners on the ground and in the US, SOS helps educate and feed over a thousand children between the ages of 3 and 6 in slum schools in Mumbai.  These daily hot meals are often the only meals they receive. Nutritional Food Development/Feeding is one of the areas we are focusing our attention in the next decade. Please stand with us in prayer and support as we implement expansions of this project.

If you or your business or church would like to get involved in Destiny India or feeding in India, please contact us. Partnership is critical in helping to address this issue on a large scale. It is possible and we invite you to join us.

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How To Spot a Trafficking Victim at an Airport | TIME

October 14th, 2014

Every time a new horror story about sex trafficking pops up on our radars, about women held for years against their will, or forced to be child brides, or ensnared in a prostitution ring, the same question also surfaces: why didn’t anyone notice anything?

One of the reasons sex trafficking is frequently overlooked is that it’s hiding in plain sight. Victims are not always bundled across borders in cars vans with blacked out windows or transported in shipping containers. Sometimes they’re simply brought in with thousands of other international travelers on an airplane, and forced to service johns at a local hotel.

Read full article: http://time.com/3445807/how-to-spot-a-trafficking-victim-at-an-airport/#3445807/how-to-spot-a-trafficking-victim-at-an-airport/

Photo of the Week: Hope In Dark Places

October 13th, 2014

“There is hope in dark places because the local church exists.” – Dwayne Weehunt

SOS is partnering with the Indian local church to bring hope to the children of India. Through these partnerships SOS has been able to rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of girls trapped in slavery. Whether trafficked or born into a red light district, SOS provides a means of escape and the promise of a better future for daughters and mothers alike. None of this would be possible without the Indian local church choosing to see and reach out to those marginalized in their communities.

 “You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14 

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