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IJM March Action Meeting

Posted: March 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hello IJM!

Our March Action Meeting was awesome and we’re really excited as we come up to a week of justice events leading up to the Fashion Show in April! So… calendars/phones/planners out and ready? Here comes some important dates you won’t want to miss: 

  1. Model Try-outs: (Guys & Girls welcome). Girls bring a pair of flats AND heels. Guys bring a pair of non-athletic shoes. (If you’d wear it working out, leave it at the gym :p) Library Balcony. Come to EITHER of the following (no need for both unless you’d really like to strut your stuff)
    1. a.   Saturday, March 10th (yup, this Saturday) from 2-4pm
    2. b.   Wednesday, March 14th 4-7pm

*You will be notified one way or another if you made it or not on Monday, March 19th.

  1. Model Training: Saturday, March 31st. 4-7pm. Library Balcony. This training is mandatory. Please and thank you
  2. Tuesday, April 10th: Tom’s Shoes’ “One Day Without Shoes” as a way to advocate for children who do not own a pair of shoes. http://www.onedaywithoutshoes.com/splash I will be going for a pedicure on April 9th if anyone would care to join hehe
  3. Wednesday, April 11th: Push Against Slavery. A group of guys will be working out on the Library Plaza from 9am-5pm to show the brutality of forced slave labor. Stop by to donate to the cause, get some information, do a few sit ups, and cheer on these amazing men!
  4. Thursday, April 12th: Coffee For A Cause (cooler name to come… don’t judge ;)). In the Ordinary, after UnChapel. 10-midnight! If you would like to perform a poem, song, interpretive dance, mime, group song, etc. please email ijm@regent.edu by Friday, April 6th
  5. Saturday, April 14th: Fashion Fights Back. 7-8:30pm in the Library Atrium. If you would like to volunteer for set up, during, or after the show, please email ijm@regent.edu

Thanks for reading! As always, if you have questions or would like to be removed from our email list, please don’t hesitate to email me back.

Beth

 

This week’s IJM meeting taught me a great lesson and one that I will never forget. Jen had brought up in the meeting that there was a great opportunity for those interested in missions to be able to go to a missions trip to Mexico that would be paid in full. I immediately raised my hand because missions is something that I definitely want to do. She told those who were interested in going to follow Beth outside so we could get more information on the trip. I thought it was kind of weird that we were leaving the room to get information when we would usually sign up to have an email sent to us or sign up for it on the sign-up sheet. What happened next confused me because we were not given information on the mission trip but a piece of red duct tape to put on our lips and a sticker that said, “Trafficked”. We had unknowingly been tricked to believe that we were actually going on a missions trip paid in full; instead, we were tricked and became victims of sex trafficking. At that moment, I felt used, dumb, and disappointed that I fell for something like that. How could I not have seen this coming? For one, I really wanted to go on that missions trip to Mexico but this demo allowed me to be in the place of other girls that also fell victim to a false ad. This could have happened to anyone and has happened to so many girls. It is so easy to fall victim to ads or find comfort in a great opportunity and soon be taken advantage of and subjected to a fate in sex trafficking. Although we were able to return to the room and take off the duct tape and sticker, for many other girls, they aren’t able to leave and return to their homes. This quick demonstration definitely opened my eyes and made me realize how careful I should be. All of us should take the time to research information and not just take someone’s word. I am thankful for Jen and Beth and anyone else that came up this idea because it was a valuable lesson to learn and one that I will not forget.

Christine Rutherford

 

 

Photo Credit: Brandon Cordon

IJM President goes to NYC!

Posted: October 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

For anyone that knows me, it is common knowledge that I served 5 years in the United States Navy. During this time, I had the amazing opportunity to visit 5 continents while serving. Although I have been all over the world in many different countries, I have barley explored my own continent, the United States.

Recently, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to New York City. This trip was filled with many first time experiences for me.

A good friend of mine is a fabulous clothing designer, not only is her product amazing but she too fights injustice. Her company is called Elegantees, the marriage between Elegant and T-shirts. Katie makes comfortable, affordable and versatile tops that are suitable for all body types, ages, and styles.

Katie makes modest, fashionable clothing to fight again sex trafficking. Elegantees is a growing business, soon all profits from sales will go towards the fight against injustice. Even though it is only about one year old, this company is being noticed and supported by many. The short term goal of Katie and the Elegantees team is to travel to Nepal and set up sustainable sewing employment for women rescued from sex trafficking. In Nepal, they will be teaming up with the Nepali Rescue Project. This amazing twenty year old organization rescues thousands of women each year from dark world of sex trafficking.

While in NYC, I was not only able to see her new line, I actually walked in her fall fashion show. What an amazing experience! I met many amazing women, supported a great cause, and even explored the big apple for the first time.

This experience was terrifying for me, I have never traveled alone. Even in the military, you must always have three people when traveling. I took a bus, which was also a first. I traveled on the subway alone, but did not get lost (surprisingly). I even spent an entire day exploring the city alone, total self reliance. I had no plan, I just had little bit of money, my cell phone, and a subway pass.

The one site I really wanted to see was the 9-11 memorial. Not just because I am a Veteran, but because I am an American. Even for those who were not affected directly, it changed history, and our country. The museum was beautiful; there were pictures of the victims from wall to wall. What hit me the most was the wall of missing posters. Initially, they were missing people until they were found in the collapsed building. I just couldn’t imagine experiencing that. There were books of little notes different visitors to the museum wrote. I found it wonderful that they notes were written in all different languages from people all around the world. They all supported American, they were all affected, and they were sharing love and support to the families left behind. This was simply beautiful to me.

During my trip, I saw the Wall Street protesters. Without getting into my personal opinion on their protest, I did want to talk to some people. I wanted to understand. Why are you here? Why are over 1000 people living in this small park with music and signs? I listened, which honestly is all they want. These citizens just want someone to listen, someone to care, and someone to understand. I do understand; I hope that the people they are trying to reach do too. I admire their compassion and their dedication. I do not know many people that would live in the park to take a stand on any cause.

My first trip to NYC was not just about a fashion show, or even the cause that God has placed on my heart. This trip was about fear; the good kind of fear. The kind that makes you grow and teaches you to trust yourself. I knew that it wouldn’t be easy to make this trip; I struggled with the decision in so many ways. I knew I needed to go, and I am so glad that I did. I made new friendships, strengthened others, showed Gods love, and became more confidence In myself. I would most definitely call that a success three days.

 

What is your life like right now?  What has God been stirring in your heart?  Are you pursuing it? Have you laid your dreams off to the side because your dream is too big or difficult?

I recently have been reading the Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson, and the Lord has been confirming in my heart His call for me to dig deeper into His presence and will for my life. There are many obstacles in our lives that can hinder us for being all that God has called us to be.

Lately, I feel as though I have continually been knocked over, without motivation, or without passion. Yet the Lord has lovingly pursued me, encouraging me to honor Him in all I do. Part of this has been going to Him for healing in areas of my life. Another part has been a longing in my heart to be used by God. Specifically, this longing relates to my ultimate desire to work with victims of human trafficking and provide counseling to those individuals. Part of me has wanted to lay this dream aside until all of the right things come into place. Yet something stirs deep within me that God can use me now.

Amidst my weakness and difficulties, I am saying yes to God’s longing for me to be used in making change in this area of injustice.   I am asking God to show me how He wants to use me. And I’m getting back up again when I fall off course, as I do often.

If you’re reading this, you probably have passion for the ending of human trafficking. Something inside you wants to make a difference. Maybe another part believes you cannot make a difference, have no gifts or talents to offer, or have no time to confront this massive issue. Yet I believe the Lord says, “I can use you in many ways, big or small. Just step forward,
say yes to me, and I will show you how.”

May God direct you in all areas of your life and show you how He wants to use you in combating injustice.

~Marie

Regent IJM recently toured the IJM Headquarters in Washington D.C.

IJM Regent recently toured IJM Headquarters in DC.

Gary Haugen, founder of IJM.


 

Patrick, our Life Group Leader.

Beth, our Secretary.

 

 

 

Jen, our Volunteer Coordinator.

Stephanie, our President.

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