We are thrilled to be a part of the Ignite Justice Conference to be held in Charlotte, NC at Forest Hill Church, January 11-12, 2013! The Ignite Justice Conference is designed to EDUCATE, EMPOWER & ENGAGE Christians in the Biblical fight against poverty and injustice. Celestin Muekura will be a keynote speaker along with several other justice leaders from around the word including Stephan Bauman, President and CEO of World Relief. Celestin and ALARM International Director, Meredith Wheeler will participate in several of the 17 breakout sessions designed to help participants determine how God is calling them to engage in the fight against injustice.

In addition, HOPE HOUSE has the opportunity to win one of several grants up to $7,500 that conference participants will help select.  We hope that you will come to Ignite Justice to visit with us, learn more about how to fight poverty and injustice and help HOPE HOUSE win one of the grants!

Exclusive Offer for HOPE HOUSE Friends:

When you use code HOPE to register, you’ll receive $25 off the registration price, making the 2-day conference only $50 to attend! To register, please visit
We look forward to seeing you at Ignite Justice!

Emily Fitchpatrick


On Eagles Wings Ministries/The Hope House

Limited tickets for the showing of BARK! to help Hope House

When: Thursday, February 21, 2013

Time: 7:30pm

Where: Asheville Community Theater

BARK! tickets have arrived! Thanks to Charlotte Street Computers we have been given 30 tickets for the showing of BARK! They are $20 each and Hope House keeps 100% of the profit. Please email if you want a ticket.

BARK! follows six canine characters for one day at Deena’s Doggie Daycare, and the entire show is presented from a dog’s point of view. BARK! opened in Los Angeles at The Coast Playhouse in 2004 to rave reviews including Critic’s Choice from the Los Angeles Times. The show went on to play for two years becoming the 3rd longest running show in Los Angeles history. The memorable songs and dance of BARK! resulted in nominations for Best Musical Score & Best Choreography from the prestigious LA Critics’ Drama Circle Awards.

Email for tickets (as long as they last):

Ignite Justice Conference 2013

When: Friday, January 11, 2013 – Saturday, January 12, 2013

Time: Begins at 8am on Friday (refer to link for full schedule)

Where: Forest Hill Church, 7224 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28210

The goal of the conference is to EDUCATE, EMPOWER & ENGAGE the Charlotte region in the fight against injustice. You can learn more about the conference and register at

Bianca Olthoff, the Chief Storyteller for The A21 Campaign, will be one of the keynote speakers and there will be many other local and global organizations present that are fighting sex-trafficking including IJM, World Relief, Compassion to Act, Justice Ministries, All We Want is L.O.V.E, Neet’s Sweets, Exodus Road and several others. There will also be a break our session with a panel of sex-trafficking experts. As I’m sure you know, January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

GROUP DISCOUNTS – Groups of 8 that register together get $25 OFF PER PERSON! The discount will be automatically applied when all participants register together.
YOUTH SESSION – SATURDAY MORNING FROM 9-NOON, $5 fee covers lunch – Registration REQUIRED!

Link for full details:

New Directory Resource

On behalf of OVC and BJA, we are pleased to share with you the Directory of TTA Resources for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces and Service Providers. This directory includes TTA opportunities available on topics ranging from building strong cases for prosecution to providing comprehensive victim services.

This directory is a resource that allows you to:

• Strategically plan for your staff to obtain the TTA they need

• Refer your colleagues to TTA that meets their needs

Directory of Training and Technical Assistance Resources for Anti-Human Trafficking Task Forces and Service Providers

Justice Ministries – Weekly Prayer Vigil

When: Every Thursday

Time: 4 – 6 pm

Where: 516 E 15th St, Charlotte, NC 28206 – 24/7 Prayer Room

You’ve heard some of the stats on Human Trafficking. Now what?  You want to get involved, but aren’t sure how – or where to start.

Start by praying.

Join us during rush hour every Thursday to intercede for trafficked persons in Charlotte. Pray with representatives from the anti-trafficking movement in our city, including Justice Ministries and Rise Up. Stop in for all or part of this weekly vigil & pray alongside the anti-human trafficking team & other city-dwellers wanting to make a difference.

Link: Stuck in Traffick

An Evening of Education

When: Saturday, January 19, 2013

Time: 6:30 – 10:30pm

Where: Blake Hotel, 555 South McDowell Street, Charlotte, NC

An evening gala with a 3 course plated meal, open bar, silent auction, and raffles with education on human trafficking. Come get educated on the 2nd largest illicit business in the world. Want to understand how this industry flourishes? Why is it growing so rapidly? How to identify a victim? We have speakers discussing the ins and outs of the industry and give ways you can help.

For tickets please click on the link below. You can pay securely with PayPal:

Facebook link:!/events/429918300390696/

FBI honors Asheville nonprofit founder

Emily Fitchpatrick and On Eagles Wings Ministry in Asheville received recognition for their support extended to teen victims of sex trafficking.

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Proposition 35, an effort to increase prison sentences and fines for human traffickers, has passed.

“Proponents drafted it to make sex trafficking of a minor with force or fraud punishable with up to a life term in prison. They wanted to increase the fine for the offense to as much as $1.5 million from a maximum of $100,000, and to expand the definition of human trafficking to include creation and distribution of child pornography.”

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Sex trafficking of children: Las Vegas’ deep, dark secret

“Prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas because ClarkCounty has more than 400,000 residents, but authorities say the city’s sex-infused landscape and anything-goes perception make it a hub for the vice.”

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A Call to Men Creates New PSA: The Next Generation of Manhood

A Call to Men has a new PSA aimed at raising awareness about the role of men in ending violence against girls and women.

Click here to watch the PSA!