Grow in Hope, We're In it to End It!

Yesterday, February 22nd, was National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Canada. It was also recognized as the day when hundreds of pictures of men and women post photos of a red X on their hands to join the "End It Movement". Many declaring the slogan: "We're in it to end it!"

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We’re in it to end it!

A bold statement, but when you are called to step into this arena, boldness comes when you step out in faith and hope arises within.  Hope that our voices matter, our service matters, and that we truly become the change we want to see in the world. True, when faced with the stats of human trafficking and all forms of sexual exploitation, it seems utterly hopeless on the surface.  Considering such a dark issue with such depressing statistics, it seems that the natural response is to either sweep it under the rug or throw our hands up in despair. But we at Hope Restored believe that there is always hope. We are committed to holding on to our hope-filled vision of the restoration and renewal of healthy relationships for all of humanity.

Sound cheesy or naïve? Maybe too idealistic? Before you roll your eyes, let’s further explain the hope that we are talking about. Hope isn’t just a wishy-washy, half-hearted “maybe this will happen” type of word. One definition of hope we grab hold of is a “strong and confident expectation“ where hope is referred to as “an anchor for the soul, firm and steadfast.”

Hope anchors and encourages us to keep going even when it’s tough, slow-going, and progress seems impossible. When it seems like the odds are stacked against us, we can persevere with joy because we are holding on to a hope. Winters are cold here in Canada (this year is no exception!) but as we head into March and spring is just around the corner, we can have the confident expectation that the days will get longer, the temperatures will rise, and that flowers will come back into bloom.

As we commit to become rooted in hope, how can we learn how to grow and flourish in hope?

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Come and join us at our first annual Summit on Saturday March 3rd,  from 10am-5pm in Rawlco Radio Hall at the Remai Arts Centre (Home of Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon, SK). Be inspired by the hope-filled stories of Natasha Falle of Ontario, Beatrice Wallace Littlechief from Regina, and Shona Stewart from Winnipeg—  survivor leaders who are and continue to experience transformation from their broken pasts into something beautiful. They each bring their unique strengths and are a voice to those who are still caught in sex trafficking. Listen also to Gene McConnell from Alaska, one of our featured keynote speakers and the leader of Authentic Relationships International, speaking of breaking the bondage of shame and becoming equipped with hope. To learn more, and to purchase tickets, visit our website!

Together, we can grow in hope, be equipped and respond to the call of eradicating sexual exploitation and trafficking in Canada!

And together, as a community, as a nation, we can be growing in hope and unity in this cause as we are better together!

 Saskatoon is the host site for our first annual Summit. 1 week prior, HRC Leaders join the "End it Movement" as hundreds post with a red "x" on their hands declaring "We're in it to end it".

Saskatoon is the host site for our first annual Summit. 1 week prior, HRC Leaders join the "End it Movement" as hundreds post with a red "x" on their hands declaring "We're in it to end it".

We are committed to holding on to our hope-filled vision of the restoration and renewal of healthy  relationships for all of humanity.