2020 Christmas Letter

Dear Friend, I pray that you are well as we turn the corner toward Christmas. I further pray that these times only prove to bring your family closer together than ever before – that we find ourselves more “together” as we’re gathered around dining room tables, Christmas trees, and traditions better than we have ever[…]

2019 Annual Report Letter

Greetings! On more than one occasion in the last year, I have found myself sitting against the wall in one of our aftercare centers just watching it all: the life and vibrance, the flow of the activity and work, the singing and dancing, and the preparations for whatever was next. I tried to take it[…]

2019 Christmas Letter

Greetings and Merry Christmas. I feel like I’ve been thinking about this Christmas since about the time we packed it all up from last year. It’s a little bit of a reach back to childhood when we would count down the days. Release from school for Christmas break would accelerate the excitement. The days leading[…]

2017 Annual Report

Dear Friends of Compassion First, In 2017, we experienced significant donor growth for the first time in several years. With our strong emphasis on the field, this kind of growth can be a sincere challenge. For the most part, our donor base grew out of partnerships with modest-sized churches in small town America. While it[…]

2018 Annual Report Letter

Greetings from the Compassion First Family. It is an honor to compile this report for you every year. A year-over-year examination would demonstrate growth and maturity, at least on some level, for every year that we’ve been privileged to produce one. This year is no exception. While we’re realistic that the growth for our new[…]

Recognition Ceremony at Sarah’s House

Our team at Sarah’s House knows that it takes incredible strength and perseverance to journey with us on the road to recovery. It is important for every young woman we serve to know that we recognize each accomplishment, big and small, in her healing process. For this reason, the staff annually dedicate an entire day[…]

A Rescue Fund Update

A couple of weeks ago, I returned from a trip to Indonesia. As I reflect on the work Compassion First has been engaged in, I believe we are making very favorable progress on all fronts in both East Java and North Sulawesi. This trip focused on two key areas; law enforcement relations and the ongoing[…]

An Invitation to Dream

My wife Korie and I have always desired to be involved firsthand in the wonderful work Compassion First has been doing in Indonesia. It was exciting to read updates, hear testimonies, and meet some of the Indonesian staff on their visits to the U.S., but there is nothing like personally experiencing the cities, culture, aftercare[…]

Family Camp 2018

  Dancing. Tie-dying. Confiding. Singing. Storytelling. Swimming. Water-sliding. Laughing. Lots and lots of laughing.     Some days are unforgettable.   65 families from our beloved cemetery community participated in Compassion First’s fourth annual family camp in East Java.     Everyone joined in…wide-eyed toddlers, cool teens, grandmothers in wheelchairs, 71 excited children, mothers and[…]

A Sacred Journey: Grace House

Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people! (Ps 66:5) I love this verse. You can almost hear the excitement in the psalmist’s voice as he can’t wait to tell of what he has witnessed God do. I especially love this verse because it’s how I feel as[…]

The East Java Shelter Has a Name

One year ago, we had an invitation and a dream to open an aftercare shelter for children rescued from the horrors of sex trafficking in East Java, Indonesia. Fresh from a visit to East Java, I am very encouraged by the progress I see toward this dream becoming reality. We are moving forward on every[…]

Five Reasons to Spread the Love this Valentines Day

Spread the Love Today   1. Show your significant other that love is about more than chocolate and flowers.   2. Teach your kids that we all have so much love to give.     3. Make your Galentine’s Day celebration empowering and impactful this year.     4. Donate in honor of yourself because[…]

A Message for the Founders (Video)

Valerie Bellamy is in East Java making preparations for our new shelter for survivors of child sex trafficking. We missed her terribly at our recent Founders events, but we wanted to pass along her message to all of you.

Oregon East Java Founders Tour Recap

The Compassion First headquarters team in Oregon held five events this fall. In place of one large annual banquet, we introduced the East Java Founders Tour–a series of small events hosted by local church partners. The purpose of the tour was to secure the funding to open a new shelter for child survivors of sex[…]

Disrupting Pipelines

Earlier this year, I journeyed to Papua with our National Director in Indonesia, and our Director of Law Enforcement Training. It was our first visit to this place where so many of our girls have been rescued. Papua is on the destination side of a pipeline where minor girls are trafficked from North Sulawesi. So[…]

“I am one of a kind.”

Watching little girls grow up in the cemetery is not for the faint of heart. We hold our breath and hold on tight as she goes from 8 to 9 to 10 years old. We know the odds of her being targeted, taken and sold grow as she does. Neighbors sell each other’s children as[…]

She’s Twelve

Most of the day today has been spent assisting with a rescue in East Java. She’s twelve. I found myself saying this throughout the evening tonight. I just couldn’t believe it. It is a girl who we know. She’s from the cemetery community. She has been away from home for about a year. Last night,[…]

Building Partnerships, Sharing Training

It’s hard to put into words an experience when God invites you to participate in something so big you can’t even wrap your mind around it. A time when you are willing to say “Yes, Lord” and you feel surrounded by His loving arms in such a way that you know you are part of[…]

A Police Training Update and Vlog

Watch Ret. Sgt. Mike Geiger’s Video Updates from his Trip: What is the Rescue Fund? An Important Meeting A Precious Encounter   Of all the trips I have made to Indonesia since 2012, this seemed to me one of the most important. Our work in both North Sulawesi and East Java has reached a critical[…]

The Search Begins

We have all experienced things that feel too big and too heavy to communicate. After a trip to Indonesia this week, my words feel more important than ever before as I write to tell you the story of our journey to open a new shelter in East Java, Indonesia. God is moving, breathing life into[…]