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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

“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,[…]

Shelter

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[…]

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[…]