April 11th, 2022

An Easter Letter

Easter Greetings from Jakarta! I just walked through what will be the next aftercare facility that will come online for Compassion First in Indonesia. It’s fitting that we are considering her imminent open date as we look toward this Holy Week. The shelter was an unexpected gift but clearly part of a promise and fulfillment[…]

When I held my oldest daughter for the first time, I thought: “I could be the father of only girls.” And that was a welcome thought. In the manner that I tend to do, I started daydreaming about the subject at hand and envisioning myself as a “girl-dad.” My heart was warmed, and I was[…]

June 17th, 2021

Going Back to Indonesia

Disorienting and put in order. That’s how the 17 months of physical separation from my friends in Indonesia has felt to me. I’ve missed them, but not more than I’ve marveled at all they have endured and accomplished. We’ve seen God in our personal and collective cemeteries even as CF staff adaptively came alongside families[…]

Every year at Sarah’s House, we take time as a staff to celebrate all the girls in our care in a Recognition Ceremony. It is a time to stop, reflect, celebrate one another, and to be inspired together. There were many dark days before they walked through the doors of the shelter. And even after[…]

We’ve been talking about Bali a lot lately. It’s our next place of expansion – and a place we would already be working except for hard shutdowns due to Covid-19. The purpose of this communication is to let you know where we are at in our progress towards full operations in Bali – progress in[…]

March 3rd, 2021

We’re Dreaming Bigger!

We are so excited to announce that we have already reached our goal of raising $5,000 for the technological needs in our field! Because of you, our staff and girls will have access to new laptops and the equipment needed to run video calls at Sarah’s House. Your generosity has inspired us to dream bigger.[…]

February 25th, 2021

Three Opportunities for You

As Covid-19 and its restrictions moved into the cemetery communities of East Java this past year, the felt presence of God came too. When suffering comes close, God moves in even closer. And it seems, more often than not, he comes dressed in human flesh. Lately, he has come looking a lot like you. Since[…]

November 19th, 2020

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[…]

September 1st, 2020

Doing the Impossible With You

2020 has brought opportunity for new depths of resilience discovery in all of us. I’m not sure challenges make us stronger as much as awaken dormant strength that’s already there. Every year through friendship, entrepreneurship, and education opportunities, we have historically served about 50 families living in East Java cemeteries. Then COVID-19 came and things changed.[…]

July 21st, 2020

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[…]

March 18th, 2020

Isaiah 45

And I will give you treasure hidden in the darkness- secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name. Isaiah 45:3 There are treasures in the darkness. Treasures that dissolve as the sun rises again. And the sun[…]

December 23rd, 2019

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[…]

June 29th, 2018

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[…]

June 29th, 2018

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[…]

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[…]

April 20th, 2018

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[…]

March 19th, 2018

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[…]

March 16th, 2018

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[…]

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[…]

February 23rd, 2018

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[…]

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[…]

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.

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[…]

September 20th, 2017

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[…]

August 10th, 2017

“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[…]

July 25th, 2017

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,[…]

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[…]

March 16th, 2017


By Valerie Bellamy, Director of Cemetery Outreach I’ve been thinking a lot about shelters. What is takes to build them and what it means to be one. I’ve got much more to learn about both of these. We chased down a girl stolen from her home, brought here and handed out to men in a jungle brothel. I’ve sat[…]

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[…]

February 1st, 2017

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[…]

November 14th, 2016

Made Known

Knock, knock, knock. The innkeeper opens the door. With a downcast face and a shake of his head he answers the desperate plea of the young couple. “Sorry, there is no room.” This mythical exchange is so entwined with the telling of our Savior’s birth; we hardly realize that the innkeeper does not appear in scripture.[…]

August 25th, 2016

Love is at Work

Love. It greets her at the door. She enters Sarah’s House defeated by insecurities which are often masked by a forced smile, a strife for extreme perfection or rages of anger. She comes in feeling like a stranger. She thinks her past, her struggles, her hurts are things that no one can relate to, and[…]

We are dedicated to serving adult survivors of sex trafficking in Oregon. It is our goal to work in a collaborative manner with authoritative local organizations like Safety Compass to create a program that offers services to the exploited and vulnerable living in Oregon. Safety Compass is a new, crucial organization for survivors of sex trafficking[…]