NOLA Church partnered with Free-NOLA and on March 5th hosted an awareness event for individuals who want to personally get involved in local rescue efforts. A human trafficking film, Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, was screened followed by the honored guest and speaker Diane Amos. Written on Your Heart hosted a card making table at the event and collected 44 cards from the guests. These cards will be sent to Eden House in New Orleans and two other safe houses in Ohio and Colorado. Continue reading
A perspective from WOYH founder, Lauren Lisembee
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.
Nicole Braddock Bromley,
FOUNDER and Director of OneVOICE Enterprises
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!
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.
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.”
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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Until next time,
What’s Written on My Heart, HAS become my VOICE.
~Melanie S ♥
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,
Until next time,
All our best,
<3 WOYH TEAM <3
Blurb by Lauren Lisembee , FOUNDER.
This beautiful box signifies our very first card delivery to establish our first safe house partnership with Freedom Place, under Arrow Ministries in Texas.
About: Freedom Place
Freedom Place is a residential facility for minor survivors of human trafficking, primarily of sex trafficking.
Since WOYH was co-founded inside of an anti-human trafficking coffee shop called A 2nd Cup.
About: A 2nd Cup
We were connected to a volunteer coffee barista who was also a direct service provider at Freedom Place. We were able to hand deliver this box of cards to her & the cards were directly delivered to the girls who were living at Freedom Place at that time. The girls made is thank you cards and sent them back to us, thanking us for the cards we made for them.
Prove I’m alright song
My power’s turned on
(Starting right now) I’ll be strong
I’ll play my fight song
And I don’t really care if nobody else believes
‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me”.
Just a little bit about us….
Written On Your Heart exists to unite & engage the community to encourage & inspire survivorship.
2. We started in September 2012
3. We partner with safe houses/organizations around the country who serve survivors of human trafficking.
1. Donate in-kind materials (card supplies):
scrap-booking paper, scissors, glue, pens, sharpies).
2. Get a group together to make cards and send them to us to deliver.
3. Let us know about other organizations that house survivors of trafficking (shelters or refuges).
Check out our Facebook page and updates for updates and events as we plan them!
and our pinterest, instagram and twitter just for fun!
Twitter: @wonyourheart && Instagram : @writtenonyourheart_ministries
Thursday, 29th 2015 from 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Part 1: 6-8 P.M.
Documentary Screening: Sex + Money
Part 2: 8-9 P.M.
Panel & Community Q&A
Part 3: 9-10 P.M.
Card making & letter writing for survivors of human trafficking