#WELOVEFREEDOM WEDNESDAY. Our partnership with Bags of Hope Ministries.

As we finish up a week that started on July 4th, with many of us having a DAY OFF, because of freedom, I wanted to talk about freedom, in a very different, yet similar way.

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We have a beautiful partnership with a ministry out of Massachusetts called Bags Of Hope Ministries. Founded and Run by Sex Trafficking Survivor Jasmine Marino, who is also an Activist, Speaker, Writer & Advocate ; Bringing hope & speaking for those who are currently enslaved in sex trafficking situations.

Learn MORE about Jasmine and her organization HERE:  https://jasminegrace.org/

“Jasmine founded BOHM as a way to reach out in a practical way to women living on the streets or in programs throughout the Boston area. In collaboration with programs serving women affected by trafficking, prostitution, addiction and homelessness, Bags of Hope Ministries is driven by the community. Many different groups of people are donating the items, filling the bags and handing them out! By doing this we let the women know there is a better way, they are treasured, and we are here to help. Our goal is to bring awareness as well as provide basic needs to these women. What many do not know is that homeless women are not just victims of poor decisions but often times are victims of unforeseen circumstances. Many have been traumatized, victimized and suffer from untreated mental illness and substance abuse. There are resource cards in every Bag to let them know, there is another way. And that they can have Hope because, if Jasmine can make it off the streets and find a New Life – So can they. As the saying goes.. “Many hands make light work.” This is true because of the generosity within the community, schools, churches and other groups – As they have donated and filled over 1,300 bags! We are #hopedealers. Let’s keep it going!”

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**In the past few weeks alone, and THANKS to the New Orleans and New England Chapters of WOYH,  I have sent over 75 cards to Jasmine and her ministry. Jasmine inserts our letters and encouraging cards into the BAGS OF HOPE that she distributes with help from her team and community partners, to women on the streets, women in safe-houses after freedom from modern day slavery, women in recovery houses for addiction and any and all women she can reach beyond that.

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We have been working together for over a year and a half now, and it has been a productive, world-changing and evolving partnership.

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Far Left ; Jasmine Marino (Founder of BOHM), Melanie (Board member and official blogger for WOYH, Calyssa (Board member WOYH), and Lauren Lisembee (Founder of WOYH).

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~ Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. Together, we’re a force that can shake the whole world.

Until Next time,

~Melanie S ♥

What kind of difference does a simple card make?

You gave me meaning and purpose, also reminded me of loving me, just ’cause I’m me…. what a gift.

*As an organization that primarily writes and sends cards to survivors of human trafficking, we are often asked “What kind of difference will writing and sending a card make?, and we sometimes hear things like “I am not creative, I don’t have any good quotes or anything inspirational to write”.

BUT we are here to tell you, ALL IT TAKES IS a few simple words, or quotes, or pictures, nothing out of reach for every single person to be capable of.

 The quote above, from a woman who received our cards is a prime example of WHY we do what we do. And, pictured below is the card WOYH recieved from DAWN’s PLACE, one of our partners in Pennsylvania.

Link to Dawn’s Place website

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Stay tuned for MORE

~Melanie S ♥

When What’s Written on Your Heart, Becomes your Voice (OneVOICE).

A perspective from WOYH founder, Lauren Lisembee

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On April 9th, 2014, During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, OneVOICE Enterprises/OneVoice4Freedom, Nicole Braddock Bromley, Melanie Sachs, Rachel and Greg Croteau, Praxis Church (Monadnock Vineyard Church), Keene State College (+affiliates), and Written On Your Heart Ministries, collaborated together to offer college students the opportunity to listen and speak about sexual abuse and trafficking.

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Nicole Braddock Bromley,

FOUNDER and Director of OneVOICE Enterprises

http://iamonevoice.org/aboutus

and OneVoice4Freedom

http://onevoice4freedom.org/the-story

Author of ….

“HUSH”: Moving from Silence to Healing After Childhood Sexual Abuse.

“BREATHE”: Finding Freedom to Thrive in Relationships after Childhood Sexual Abuse

and “SOAR”: A companion workbook for HUSH, for personal and group study.

To buy books, click here: http://onevoice.bigcartel.com/

Nicole flew to NH from her home state of Ohio, to eloquently speak to students at Keene State College about childhood sexual abuse and also, how it is linked to human trafficking around the world. And, to being a message of hope and healing to those who’ve survived, and may be accepting/sharing their stories for the first time. She bravely shared her personal story of survivorship and triumph over childhood sexual abuse. She then,  through a gut-wrenching documentary of her time with an undercover film crew, she captured the devastation of Child Sex Trafficking internationally, displaying her previous and current work with victims, as well as survivors of human trafficking in Southeast Asia!

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IF NO-ONE SHEDS LIGHT OF WHAT’S BEING DONE IN THE DARKNESS, IT WILL NEVER STOP. ~Nicole

I BELIEVE THAT THE FIRST STEP TO HEALING IS SHARING YOUR SECRET, MAY THE SILENCE BE BROKEN. ~Nicole

Students were encouraged to write cards and letters of encouragement to survivors of human trafficking after the speaking engagement through the local New England Chapter of Written On Your Heart.  Then a follow-up event, put on by Praxis Church and Written On Your Heart, for students and the community to take further action on campus was announced on this night.

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The Keene State College Counseling Center was also present and available to offer additional support to students if needed.


This night was particuarly powerful, inspiring, meaningful and life changing for me, your blogger, Melanie.

WHY?  I waited 7 years to make it happen. (Thank you to Nicole, her Sister-In-Law Rachel, and her husband Greg for making this dream happen for me)

Keene Equinox Newspaper Article that featured us  http://kscequinox.com/2014/04/healing-starts-with-speaking/

You see, Nicole Braddock Bromley was so much more to me than just a random speaker we flew in to raise awareness about something crucial to be concerned about in our communities and around the world. Nicole and I had become email “penpals”, or I guess you would call it “typepals”, 7 years prior. I was 12/13 years old. Through the years, she’s inspired me, challenged me, changed me and has believed and encouraged me numerous times on my own survivor healing journey throughout the years. So, as you can imagine, getting to plan this event, see it come to life and to introduce Nicole on Stage, it was an absolute honor, an absolute dream come true.

HERE ARE SOME PICTURES THAT I’D LIKE TO SHARE TO ENCOMPASS THE MEANING OF THE EVENT TO ME and some Wisdom I’ve learned/encouragement I’ve received from Nicole Over the Years….

“I am so proud of you — so blessed to know you and be a part of something so much bigger than the past and the pain — you are amazing and I admire your work and your hope and your journey. Share this with the world!”.

“Love that chooses to walk with us,no matter what the cost – We have to Allow it, Believe in it , and Hold onto it”

“Many people suffer & become victims; its heart-breaking. But what I find heart-inspiring are the ones willing to suffer for a cause & become victors.”

“Pain draws us into hiding, purpose calls us out.”

“You have so much to live for and so much ahead of you that the past pales in comparison.”

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To this day, and I’m sure I can speak for myself and Written On Your Heart As A Whole, Nicole and her mission, inspires the work WOYH does every single day/ time we host an event to raise awareness and to empower survivors of human trafficking, those who love them and the community who cares about them.

Check out Nicole’s Latest FB POST on one of her pages. This was posted on  Human Trafficking Awareness day (January 11th, 2016)

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“Like” US and Check Us All Out on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/writtenonyourheart/?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/NicoleBraddockBromley/?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/OneVOICE4freedom/?fref=ts

Until next time,

What’s Written on My Heart, HAS become my VOICE.

~Melanie S ♥

New Year, Same Goals. To raise awareness, encourage survivor-ship, and to create change in the world of Human Trafficking. Revisiting Past Events.

Hello Everyone. Mel here. We (meaning I), have been on a little hiatus in regards to this BLOG.

For many reasons… A lot of change in WOYH’s world, but also in my own.

BUT we (and I) are starting FRESH in this NEW year with some exciting BLOGS about past events, AND what’s happened the past 7 months in regards to WOYH, and in the world. It’s been a year of recreating , learning, growing, and trusting that everything will be taken care of in it’s time.

Amazing things have happened, amazing things are happening, and I am super excited to tell you about it.

“BE fearless in the PURSUIT of what SETS YOUR SOUL ON FIRE”

Get ready to go back in time,

WOYH style.

Until next time,

All our best,

<3 WOYH TEAM <3

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