Archives For April 2015

 

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Hello my friends!

I am taking this quick moment to share something with you….

A ministry opportunity with Nea Zoi Ministries in Greece.

Its coming up this summer and I’m prepping for it now. I have mixed feelings to be honest. I am soooooo thankful for the opportunity and yet at the same time I know I will see some people who are caught up in prostitution, poverty and hardship. That will be tough because it is tragic. I have put details on my GoFundMe page if you want to help me get there. GoFundMe is a new website to me that actually a youth at our church recommended to me =) So much of my life is influenced by what I learn from young people. =)

Here is my GoFundMe page to learn more to PRAY or donate:

http://www.gofundme.com/NewLifeInGreece:

This July 3-15th, I have a unique ministry opportunity to serve with Nea Zoi (New Life) Ministries in Athens, Greece.

This group serves as a refuge to women and men enslaved in the human trafficking industry through the “local church and community… where those in prostitution in Athens can find restoration and new life”. Greece is a key transit and destination country for many women and children who are being trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation originating primarily from Eastern Europe and Soviet Bloc countries Nigeria, and Brazil. Close to 800,000 individuals are trafficked for various purposes every year across the borders of Greece. The organization also serves others in need including youth which I believe is wonderful and vitally needed. 

…One main reason I applied for this trip goes back to how God tends to use me…
to help empower people, to help them get set free from what hinders them and to encourage them walk with God in His power to change their lives and the world.  If we are already friends you know that this is what motivates and drives me to help and uplift those God puts in my path. To be honest it is painful, tearful work at times and very difficult… but I believe it’s worth it when I have the privilege of watching a person take steps to turn their lives around. That is exhilarating!

To impact a life is a priceless lifelong endeavor I  only attempt when I partner with God and go where He leads… this time it is Greece. I realize there will be deep pain there and ask for your prayers.

In this trip, our group from Liberty University hope to not only help the victims but those volunteers who serve to help them throughout the year.

 

This GoFundMe is an earnest appeal for your prayer support.

Secondly, $2,800 to defray a portion of the costs toward my flight, passport, and fees.

Updated  Deadlines: 
$2,800 by June 20th

As a thank you:
1.  If your church or organization needs empowering training sessions for your parents or youth group … please let me know so we can discuss. 

2. In collaboration with JWear we will send a “Not In My City” t-shirt to take a stand against Human Trafficking. This T-shirt is part of a movement of individuals working together to see a change in this trend domestically. Any donation over $30 is welcome to get this shirt as a special thank you =) Please just let me know =)

 

Not In My City T-Shirt  By JWear

Not In My City T-Shirt
By JWear

 

Enough is enough
Kid Safe YouTube App News from Enough is Enough

Hello hello hello parents and caretakers!!!

I know it has been a long while since I last posted since I went back to graduate school. Lots of late nights studying after the minis go to bed. Anyway, I just opened up my inbox and email from Enough is Enough. I count on Donna Rice Hughes and her organization to keep me informed on the latest in internet safety for families. The have extensive internet safety data at  internetsafety101.org

Their latest is that we have good news from Google. We parents and caretakers now have a safer option for our children who enjoy the rich free video content available on YouTube. As a homeschooler, I love to show my kids educational videos on the topics that come up. I have been often frustrated by the slimy content that has popped up at the same time.

Have you? Yuck!

Well now there is an option for us caregivers available for free on Google Play or the App Store to filter what their children are exposed to and better yet, set parenting controls.

Enough is enough shared a few tips from Google on their YouTube new parental controls from the Google Blog… go there for details:

Family-focused content

… Now, parents can rest a little easier knowing that videos in the YouTube Kids app are narrowed down to content appropriate for kids, You can browse channels and playlists in four categories: Shows, Music, Learning and Explore.”

“Parental controls

We realize every family is different, so we’ve built options into the app that help you control the experience for your kids:

 

  • Timer: Let the app be the bad guy with a built-in timer that lets you limit kids’ screen time. The app alerts your child when the session is over, so you don’t have to. (You’re welcome ;-))
  • Sound settings:  Sometimes you need a little peace and quiet! You have an option to turn off background music and sound effects, so your kids can keep watching while you catch a breather.
  • Search settings:  If you’d rather limit your children to just the pre-selected videos available on the home screen, you can turn off search.
  • Product feedback: Our goal is to improve YouTube Kids all the time, so we’ve included for you to give us your feedback.

I am not sure how you feel about YouTube for your children. I know a lot of parents who do not trust the website. Now, they have a new opportunity to reevaluate YouTube. I for one am grateful…

So we can look up more cool educational facts.

Like “How does an astronaut eat and go potty mom?”

Enjoy & Blessings,

-Heloise

What do you think about the new YouTube app?