Check here regularly for monthly updates on what our amazing community is doing to serve one another, to impact the world with the resources in their hands and to challenge the injustice of human trafficking and sexual exploitation in our world today! This is hope in action, because #itstartswithme!
Thankful for you all this Fall! (Sept-Nov 2021)
Hello Champions! Well, Fall has certainly seen rewarding and unexpected blessings alongside the trials and crisis our province has and continues to endure. Our hearts and prayers are with all affected by the ongoing devastating flooding. There has been much uncertainty, grief and loss, on top of an already difficult time. We are with you and for you. We are so grateful for our emergency response workers rising to the challenge to protect and serve these communities in need.
As we all know, the mission of freeing women from sex trafficking doesn’t ever stop, so we are grateful for all the ways that you have journeyed alongside us this challenging year. We are very thankful particularly this month for all you incredible champions that watched and participated in this year’s Fall Gala event. What an absolutely beautiful and unique time we shared. Because of each of YOU, we raised nearly $47,000. We are beyond grateful as we know that through YOU the legacy of light from our founder to the rest of the nations has and will continue to impact thousands of lives with freedom. Not only that, as a mother in our program heals, she becomes a generation changer, stopping cycles of abuse from continuing! This legacy of light, life and freedom is truly exponential.
Thanks to Suite Genius for the beautiful space to film within, AMJ Productions for producing such a beautiful and high-quality event and live stream, Jonah from YLLW Media for producing awesome film content, and Elaine- Food Connections, Emma- Vancouver Foodie, Jenna and Claudia, for creating our spectacular and delicious charcuterie story masterpiece. Thanks to the fabulous makeup artist, Margaret Lai, who donated her time and talents to do the makeup for our Global Wonders (GW) films and made our team “camera ready” for the live show. Thanks to Le Marche St George café for letting us film outside their location and being such a lovely and thoughtful team. Thanks to Gloria from the Flower Factory for the beautiful floral centerpiece she donated. We are also so grateful to The Intersection: Fair Trade, and The Inn at the Quay, for providing generous prizes for our social media competition.
Thanks to our team of volunteers that worked hard to bring this beautiful event to your homes including, Lee Tracie Stockburger our forever flawless emcee, Sandra Leung from Yaletown Photography, for all your talents, including the making of the awesome Global Wonders videos, Marielle for her passion and servant heart, Marie V Sharp for her modeling expertise and Thomas for helping with the GW film along with their dog Timber. Thanks, Brendyn and Ferdinand, for modeling some of the new apparel too! Thanks to Melonie, our Alberta Ambassador, a fearless advocate, and a faithful Champion. We could not have done this without each of you bringing your talents and sharing in the hope that light will overcome the darkness as we shine bright to illuminate her hope.
A big thanks to Gracepoint Community Church for welcoming us to meet your wonderful community and share our Global Wonders Product of Hope at their Fall Block Party. That was such a fun start to the season! We are also so grateful for the wonderful churches of Alberta that opened up their doors and arms this October to receive our leaders and ambassadors as they shared the hope of our SA program and how they, as a community, could come alongside us in seeing the captives set free. Thanks to Church of Christ in Grande Prairie, Joyful House of Prayer, Westminster Chapel and Grace Reformed Church for the opportunity to reconnect with your congregations after a long time of not being able to do so and also to so many other faithful supporters we had the opportunity to meet.
A big thanks to Village Church Coquitlam and their humble and generous lead Pastor Marco for providing us with a wonderful opportunity to share this past month with passionate individuals within their community about our work of justice and mercy. We had a wonderful time with you all and we look forward to journeying more together, ‘to see the one’ and meet her needs.
Have you seen our NEW website yet? We are so grateful for the hard work, love and diligence of Little Brother Media who helped us create this informative and beautiful display of our work. Go see it for yourself at safoundation.com
As always there are so many wonderful people who work together to make freedom a reality for others. It is not in isolation we do this work; it is in vibrant and hope-filled community, surrounded by incredible Champions…such as YOU.
Blessings and prayers of peace, joy and hope to you all as we enter into this new season of advent!
May: Moving Forwards in Hope
This month has brought beauty, light and hope, as we gratefully remember Dominique in all we do, and press forward with the work that she started over 30 years ago. We are captured and compelled by the vision of providing avenues of escape, hope and freedom for women and their children, worldwide. Thank you to our amazing Champions that have reached out with love and support at this time. There have been condolence cards, kind messages and generous donations that have come in to honor the life and legacy of Dominique. We recognize that she had a wide and deep impact on many individuals, so our thoughts and prayers are with you, too.
A big thanks to the wonderful church communities that continue to journey alongside us as a ministry and partner with us to see freedom spread throughout the nations. We know that it has been a challenging time for everyone, and like us, you have all had to pivot in how you maintain connection and community. We appreciate each of you and look forward to sharing vision and hope for all that is coming in the days ahead, and to see you all again in person, when able (praying that is soon).
When we speak about Champions, we speak about individuals who have decided to be a part of the solution to ending the injustice of sex trafficking, doing what they can to support the work of the SA Foundation. Two such Champions we want to highlight this month: the creative and wonderful At Nap and Debbie Crosby. At Nap hosted a garden show, ‘Bloom on Zero’, showcasing and selling some of her art work over numerous days. She decided to donate 25% of the proceeds of this event to the SA Foundation. Debbie has written a devotional book and a journal called ‘What Can I Bring?’ She is selling these books and has decided to donate all the royalties from the ‘journal’ to support the women and children we serve. These incredible women are using their talents and resources to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking and sexual exploitation. These pieces of art will illuminate walls and spaces, and the journal will create space and illuminate ways to express and process feelings and emotions. Both beautiful donations will also help to illuminate hope in the women and children we serve!! What a gift!
What a joy that we all have an opportunity to impact the world around us with our words, actions and unique skill sets. As we move into summer, let’s be creative and embrace every opportunity we receive! Know that real lives are transformed from slavery to freedom in the process!
April: Truly Humbled
We are truly humbled by the wealth of support demonstrated and the generosity of you Champions. April has been an exceptional month of sadness for us, as we said farewell to our truly inspirational and faithful founder, Dominique. We have been so very blessed by the support, prayers, and wonderful love demonstrated for our staff and our leader. Her life was one of service that truly impacted the nations. Her legacy lives on and we are convinced and committed to the vision she carried, that all should be free from sex slavery. Thank you for also carrying this hope and desire in your hearts and your actions.
Speaking of action, we have so many incredible Champions to thank for putting their love and support into action for freedom this month. Each of you with a different gift or talent to share makes us so thankful for the community and how we are all necessary. What a beautiful thing, that we can come together as a collective to see our world impacted for freedom!
So, Spring Bling 2021 happened, and WOW, we were overwhelmed by the support we received. We even sold out of our unique ‘event boxes’! To all of you that attended, donated, supported Global Wonders and the online auction, know that we are so grateful for you. Together, YOU raised over $26,000, smashing our $20,000 fundraising goal! AMAZING!
We acknowledge that this was only possible because of our many Champions rallying and supporting us. A special thanks to our faithful Spring Bling sponsors, FYi Doctors-Varsity, Calgary, Dr. Wayne Klettke, Dr. Sean Wilson, and Dr. Sarah Schoenthaler. Their generous hearts and support each year help to bring Spring Bling to life! We are grateful to each of you.
Our heartfelt thanks also go to the incredible volunteers that made Spring Bling such a success. Thank you, Marilyn, Susan, Amay, Carol, Rich, Jonah, Chris, Betty, and Carol. From making those beautiful ‘event boxes’, to delivering them, to ensuring we had a zoom connection sorted and so much more, we couldn’t have done it without you! We especially want to thank Melonie, our Alberta Ambassador for the SA Foundation, for her incredible planning of Spring Bling and her passion for freedom. She is an incredible woman of joy and tenacity, and Spring Bling would not be a reality without her. She poured her energy, time and love into every area of this fundraiser, from designing it to emceeing it, all the while supporting and delegating to her amazing volunteers. Melonie, you are a gift to the SA Foundation and the women and children we serve.
To Marie, our Global Wonders model, Margaret Lai Make-Up and Hair and Sandra of Yaletown Photography, thank you for the beautiful Global Wonders video and photos you produced to showcase the beautiful new Spring/Summer 2021 Collection to the world. The collection was and continues to be a huge hit.
If you purchased one of our awesome ‘event boxes’, we hope you enjoyed the cookies, thanks to Tara from Cab and Cookies, and Glamorgan Bakery. Thanks also to Justine from ‘It Just Flows’ Calligraphy, who produced a beautiful piece of art for each box. We hope that you can put that card somewhere visible to remind yourself of the impact against slavery we can and will have in this world. We also want to thank The Body Shop for generously providing wonderful gifts for the women in our programs.
Finally, to all the incredible auction item donors, we just want to say a massive thank you. What a wonderful contribution. With so many great items to bid on, each of you helped to make the auction a huge success! We also hope all the winners enjoy their items and the knowledge that their purchase is helping freedom to flourish.
Each of you doing your part has made an impact against human trafficking and sexual exploitation. That is the greatest blessing we could ask for and is what keeps us pushing forward, to see lives set free together!
March: Firm faith and faithful friends!
Life is anything but predictable. We have learned at the SA Foundation that all that can be shaken, will be shaken at times. We trust in God and in his timing, provision and care, and we are so grateful for the army of friends and Champion he has surrounded us with. Your prayers, love and support, regardless of the circumstances, help us to fix our eyes on the firm foundation that is our God and on what he has equipped us to do in this world.
As many of you will have heard, our founder has been having some complex health challenges, particularly apparent this month. She has been supported in so many ways, so thank you for what you have done to help during this time. We thank you for your ongoing support of the SA Foundation and the women and children we serve, for we all share our founder’s vision for freedom to continue to flourish for generations to come.
A very special and heart felt thank you to Remdal Painting and Restoration (Surrey) for the gift of helping us redecorate the Genesis Vancouver program space. Jason and Justin, in particular, were instrumental in making this project happen and seeing it through from start to finish. These men and this company have been incredibly generous with their time, skills and resources. We also have our Greater Vancouver Advocacy Centre located in Remdal’s building complex, and the whole team has been so welcoming, friendly and generous as we set up and have now established a base there. We are so grateful for your continued support of the ministry and the women and children we support.
We also want to give a huge thank you to Design Lighting (Surrey), for donating beautiful lighting for the Vancouver program space. A special thanks to Trevor for going above and beyond by personally helping with the installation. Both of these Vancouver program upgrades have been so appreciated and have really helped to make a beautiful and fresh learning environment for the women we serve.
We hope and pray that all of you incredible Champions come to really understand the meaning of hope and freedom this Easter. Thank you for everything you do to continue to see captives set free and light overcome the darkness in this world. You make all the difference!
February- Sharing the love!
Well, February is coming to an end, and as we say farewell, and with open arms embrace the warmer times of March, we also want to embrace with love and thanks those who have supported us this month. We chose just a few examples to highlight our community putting love into action, but we know that there are so many of you that have contributed to ‘Her’ freedom this month. Thank you in particular to those that helped “Share some Love For Freedom” this month, sharing our posts and using the text-to-give platform.
As a foundation providing frontline programs, housing and skill development, we have many varying needs from month to month. Prayer for the work we are doing is always a gift and one that is incredibly necessary for seeing hope come alive in the women’s lives. Thank you for those of you that continue to pray for us for provision to continue to serve those God has entrusted to us, for protection and wisdom for our local and global leaders, and for the needed healing in the lives of those we serve. You are an integral part of our community and ministry.
Christ Covenant Church has supported us in many ways, prayer being one for sure, but this January they also generously made us their monthly ministry to support, highlighting our work and needs in their community. Thank you so much to you all. We were greatly encouraged through this act of love and support as we entered into 2021.
We also want to highlight how a few other tangible needs have been met this month. A special thank you to a wonderful couple, Gail and Don, for donating a couch for the house of our local frontline program, Genesis. A heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Dan from Calgary, AB, Anita from Nobleford, AB, and Ling from Surrey, BC, for their generous financial donations to the SA Foundation in times such as these. Even in challenging days, many Champions have continued giving from their generous hearts to support women and their children in desperate need of safety and recovery. We want each of you to know that your provision is an answer to prayer, as it continues to keep doors open for those in need, and is multiplying freedom across the globe!
Thank you for putting your love into action this month. YOU ARE making a difference, and remember we can not do all that we do without each of YOU.
December and January- Starting 2021 Strong and Supported!
Well, 2021 is here, and we know one thing for sure…we wouldn’t be here operating as well as we are without the tireless efforts, support and prayers of so many of you Champions for Freedom. The response we received from our end of year mail out was truly incredible and we thank each of you that took the time to read and respond with such generosity! You are all making it possible for us to enter 2021 strong so that we can continue to grow and replicate the SA Program Model locally and globally, so that in Jesus’ Name we can offer healing, transformation and hope to thousands more women and children in our own cities and across the globe.
With Christmas came such wonderful generosity that we were so encouraged, as were the women and children in our Vancouver Program. A special thank you to Pollie Wong and her women’s group, Citylights Life Community Group (Trilogy), Richmond Pentecostal Church and Karen Boersma and her small group for all the gifts that were lovingly put together for the women and children to open this Christmas. What a blessing that was for the whole community and the women and children were very grateful. A big thank you also to the folks at Christ Covenant Church in Langley for donating and sourcing furniture for some of the women moving into their own homes, as they progress towards greater independence.
A huge warm virtual embrace to each of you that dipped in the #11SecondIceDip challenge. Your courageous actions made a massive impact in the fight against sex trafficking. As more women are given access to vital support and healing they become generation changes and break the cycles of enslavement worldwide! We want to acknowledge that this event was made possible because of hard work and creativity of the awesome Jill Plett and Melonie Michaud. They had incredible faith that despite COVID-19 they could, for this year, reimagine the legendary Calgary Ice Breaker Polar Dip, and dreamt up the #11SecondIceDip challenge. Because of their tenacity and prayers and because of each of you that supported, our $100,000 goal was smashed by nearly another $20,000!!! JUST INCREDIBLE!
Finally we want to acknowledge our Global Wonders retail partners that have come alongside in support of our desire to see the women we serve empowered for the more that God has for them. Thank you to ‘The Intersection Fair Trade’ (Surrey) and the ‘Found Boutique’ (New Westminster), for your amazing support and for sharing these ‘Products of Hope’ with your customers and community! We are so grateful!
Thank you Champions! We are praying that you know how important you are to our community and how you are making a huge impact in seeing FREEDOM come to our nation and world.
July- December: Flourishing Even in Hard Ground (Because of YOU)
Well it’s been an exceptional year, that’s for sure, where we had to go into a time of survival to enable the global programs to stabilize in the uncertainty of COVID-19. Through these months of trial and challenge it has been incredible to witness the faith, dedication and love in action from our amazing community of Champions. Yes YOU have made all the difference this year in helping us to maintain these essential safe harbours and recovery programs for women and children escaping human trafficking.
We call this blog SAF Life in Action, because YOU are ready and willing to respond in tangible ways, as well as providing spiritual support, to ensure ‘Her’ needs are met. This is the generosity and love that God so desires for us to show to the world. So thank you for demonstrating His goodness to us. We are truly grateful. From all the amazing churches, to the remarkable individuals, businesses, foundations and more, we are in awe of how you have supported us this year. We want to personally thank each of you.
The global programs have weathered the blow of the pandemic in remarkable ways, adapting and maintaining the recovery programs so that the women’s journeys to freedom continued. They have all been safe and well, which is also such an incredible blessing.
We believe, and have witnessed ourselves, that there is such incredible hope and strength that comes when we unite in our vision for change. When we use our voices and resources to restore the world to the place of human flourishing that God made it to be, something shifts and there is new hope on the horizon. That world we long for is one where human trafficking and sexual exploitation no longer exists. Thank you for desiring that too and partnering with us to see an end to this type of slavery!
We are excited for all that is to come in 2021. We have faith-filled eyes to see the change we so desire, and we are so glad that we get to journey there together!
Merry Christmas to you all! May you experience the fullness of God’s hope, peace and joy in this season.
June: Remaining Steadfast
The month of June brought with it a time of holding fast to God and depending on his love and mercy to guide us, as the world seemed ever increasingly fearful and divided. Trials and uncertainties have been evident in the lives of most throughout this season, and yet, God is still faithful and sovereign and is caring for us in this time. He has given us joy and hope through his continued provision for our programs, continued safety and health for our women and children, and through helping us develop new and creative ways to keep pursuing justice and freedom for those enslaved.
We want to take this time to thank the incredible Champions who have donated to the Emergency Relief Fund to stabilize our Programs with urgent needs through these uncertain months. In June we saw the total increase to an amazing $65,000! Thank you also to our wonderful steadfast monthly donors whose faithful gifts provide such stability, helping us to plan and keep the doors of the SA Programs open and operational. Thank you to those who have continued to purchase Global Wonders Products of Hope and who choose to share with others about the women who made the pieces; as they journey from slavery to freedom in one of one of our Programs across the globe.
New West United Reformed Church have blessed us this month through their generous donation to help support the women and children we serve continue their journeys to freedom during this time. We give thanks to God for new friends and partners in the work of freedom. Together we will be steadfast in our mission, even in uncertainty, knowing that God leads and guides us always and that he is still pursuing freedom for all.
Our prayers of gratitude, peace and safety for you all.
May: Life In Full Bloom
As the sun shined and spring blossomed this May, so also our Champions For Freedom brought beauty, life and sunshine to the season with their actions. A few Champions in particular we want to highlight. This Mothers day these individuals took up the challenge to host an online Global Wonders party, showcasing the new line of Products of Hope to their own communities. This love in action helped spread the word of the hope and recovery available after slavery.
Cindy hosted her first Global Wonders event as a online Facebook (FB) party. She was able to help share about Global Wonders and was very touched to be able to support the women in our Programs. She first heard about the SA Foundation and Global Wonders through attending the recent ‘Spring Bling Reimagined’ online event and was blown away by the beauty of the necklace she purchased, that it came with the name of the individual who made it and the lovely hand written note that accompanied her purchase. All this helped spark her enthusiasm, which served to make her FB event a great success! Thank you Cindy so much!
Marie and her daughter Phoebe also hosted a FB mother’s day online sale. Phoebe posted a video on her FB party about her Global Wonders purchases to date, as her family have been supporters of the SA Foundation and Global Wonders for a long time. Phoebe has also been very helpful whenever she has attended a Global Wonders event and has helped her mom to host a presentation in their own home. Thank you, you awesome pair!
Dylan is a university student and a volunteer with SA Foundation in Calgary. She has helped to set up and organize the Global Wonders boutique at the Advocacy Centre, and is always willing to help whenever she can. She put out the call to her Instagram (IG) followers to buy Global Wonders for Mother’s Day. She and Melonie even offered free gift wrapping and delivery (by donation to the SA Foundation). Her Mother’s Day, IG, two day event, helped to raise $750 in Global Wonders sales and donations. Wow, what a gift to have you use your resources and talents to promote freedom!
We also want to say a huge thank you to ‘The Intersection: Fair Trade’ a store dedicated to combat poverty and injustice by purchasing products from fair trade cooperatives in developing nations. They have stocked our Global Wonders Products of Hope for the last year desiring to see the women we serve economically empowered. What a gift it is to partner with you.
Thanks to the generosity of a group of local business people, we are able to establish an SA Advocacy Centre in Surrey, BC. This will allow us to better connect and engage with our supporters in the Fraser Valley and beyond. We are so thankful for this incredible opportunity and office space to host, build community and educate individuals on the issues of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. We are truly grateful to this awesome local business community for their love and support.
In spite of COVID-19, The Joyful House of Prayer in Lethbridge, Jewish Voice, New City Church and Grand Prairies Church of Christ have given donations and/or monthly support that has helped us greatly in this time. We also want to highlight the generosity of David and Alida, The Smed Family Foundation, The Tsang family, Donavan Gardens, Ally Global Foundation and all our monthly and one time donors. You are the Champions that give and keep on giving. What a blessing you are to us and the women and children we continue to serve. We are thanking God for each of you!
February through April: Navigating New Terrain
One of our greatest blessings is having others support us in the ministry God has given us. What a gift our community is. We would not be where we are today without each Champion that has helped moved us forward, practically, financially, through love, support and prayers.
We never get tired of saying THANK YOU! We are sorry it’s taken a while to express our gratitude here, but we needed to devote all our attention to significant pandemic-related adjustments, in order to ensure the well-being of the most vulnerable in our care.
In February we were so blessed to have two ‘Her Song’ events scheduled. This event is the next step in ‘Her’ journey to freedom and invites those participating to work together to “unlock” ‘Her’ beautiful song of freedom. The incredible Langley Canadian Reformed Church and the awesome Aldergrove Canadian Reformed Church stepped up to hosting us once again into their community and hearts. They generously gave too, with the event in Langley raising over $4,500 and Aldergrove raising over $11,000, the total when combined with an offering taken after the event! Just incredible, the ways these communities continue to support the women and children we serve. We can’t thank you enough for standing with us so willingly and with such servant hearts.
We have been so blessed and encouraged by The Village Church too, who stepped up to host a ‘Her Journey’ event (audio tour) in March at their Ministry Centre. The night was a wonderful time together, with many individuals desiring to volunteer, as well as generously give. The event raised over $2,300! Thank you for your support to everyone who came out and all The Village volunteers that made this night a great success! Thanks to our amazing and steadfast volunteers, Caitlin, Valerie and Arnold, whose support at all these events means the world to us.
A massive thank you to Sandra Leung of Yaletown Photography, Margaret Lai Make Up and Hair and model/actress Marie V Sharp for doing an amazing job with the Global Wonders Spring/Summer photoshoot. We are so appreciative of your time and talents that you use to Champion Freedom!
COVID-19 took us all by surprise in these last months, and with restrictions in place we all had to adjust to help flatten the curve. A special thank you to John and Grace Song who even in this time were graciously willing to give us the use of their space to make a quarantine apartment for one of our participants returning from international travel. She and her daughter were incredibly blessed and grateful for the beautiful space to stay in for 2 weeks.
In early April ‘Spring Bling’ became ‘Spring Bling Reimagined’, as we worked with lead volunteers in Calgary, Melonie Michaud and Carol Prowse to see a NEW online event happen in place of the usual annual gathering. We were blown away by their commitment, tenacity and creativity, not allowing COVID-19 to stop us from sharing hope and light with our community. Being the face of the live event with her daughter Jenna, Melonie gave us a fun look at the new Global Wonders Collection, the Calgary Advocacy Centre, set up an online auction and truly inspired people to donate. Thank you to everyone that generously donated items for the online auctions. They were fantastic items that generated a lot of attention and bids! Together we raised over $24,000!!! WOW!!
While our frontline house and garden are lovely, we recognized the limitations once self isolation came in to effect. The children needed outdoor activities to keep them active and adventuring while the moms continued their recovery classes. The women and live in servant needed outdoor furniture to increase the space and get needed refreshment outside, and with the summer drawing in, a BBQ seemed like a great way to be outdoors and enjoy this season, in spite of the new realities of COVID-19. We reached out, and Champions jumped to meet these needs to help the women and children we serve adjust well and feel loved and cared for at this time. Champions for Freedom, Les and Brenda Schubert kindly leant us their BBQ, Kathy and Norman McKillop selflessly went well out of their way to collect and drop off a patio furniture set, and a Life Community group of CityLights Church generously gifted a paddling pool and toys for the children to really have a fun summer. The women are so grateful, as are we.
Finally we started the SA Emergency Relief Fund due to the many needs of the Programs we support Globally. We have been so inspired and amazed at the hearts of generosity, even in times of trial and uncertainty. We have raised $50,000 so far, with a goal of $100,000. We thank God that he continues to provide, and often through His people. So be encouraged Champions, you are helping make this season, one of fruitfulness and gratitude, in spite of COVID-19! Praise God!
JANUARY: Looking Good in 2020
While others were still enjoying their Christmas Break and our office was still closed, Jeremy Vandergugten of Clean Evolve came all the way to Vancouver from Chilliwack and cleaned all our carpets and rugs. Our staff and participants returned to a beautifully cleaned office, classroom and nursery. Thank you, Jeremy, for the generous donation of your time, equipment and resources!
Meanwhile, things continue to tick along here at the SA Foundation. None of this could happen, of course, without the faithful support and generosity of so many! Please continue to pray for us as we continue to pray for each of you!
DECEMBER: A Good Finish
Our office had a great make-over thanks to the good folks at Remdal Painting and Restoration. Over the period of a couple months, their crews spent a good number of Saturdays doing the job. All the main traffic areas, the classroom and the daycare area walls, ceilings and trim were given a beautiful fresh coat of paint. They even installed protective and decorative panelling in the nursery area and at the bottom of the stairs for durability and aesthetics. Thank you to Ken Ewert and Jason Ewert for generously offering this service, and also to Ben Pilkey for managing the project and seeing it to completion! You have transformed our office, classroom and daycare spaces into an even more enjoyable and pleasant environment!
Polly Wong and friends, as well as a group of women from Village Church in Surrey, generously blessed the women and their children in our program with a multitude of beautiful and fitting Christmas gifts and gift cards. The women and their children were delighted! Thank you, ladies!
A big thank you to Arnold and Valerie Sikkema for raising money for the SA Foundation at their Annual Sikkema New Year’s Eve Day Olie-Bollen Open House. (Now there’s a mouth-full. Literally. A very yummy mouth-full!) In case you’re wondering what olie-bollen are, they’re a Dutch, deep-fried donut-like pastry that you eat warm and dip in icing sugar. As the Dutch would say: “Eet smakelijk!” That’s the equivalent of Bon appetit! or Enjoy! Anyway, Arnold and Valerie committed to matching every donation that was given, for a total of $441.60! According to our calculations, that’s more than a dollar per olie-bol enjoyed.
As we come to the close of another decade, three decades of existence as an organization, and one decade in Vancouver, we want to thank all of you, our supporters, SA Champions for Freedom, for faithfully remembering us and coming alongside us. Only with your generous and caring support are we able to continue serving the women and children the Lord God has placed in our care!
The whole team here at the SA Foundation wishes to thank each one of you and wish you the very best in the 2020’s. Please continue to pray for us, for the women and children in our care and each member of the staff and board. We are committed to praying for each of you as well!
NOVEMBER: Gala Success!
This year saw our annual Fall Bling transformed into an all-out Fall Gala! Thank you to everyone who made this event a success. Initially we had a fundraising goal of $65,000. With more people registering than we expected, we were able to reach the later fundraising goal of $75,000! We praise God for all the people he brought to this event and for the generosity of all those who sponsored and attended this event, and for all the generous donations!
So many people and businesses sponsored and donated their expertise, resources and funds. These include Anita Lee and the team from Helmet Salon (Tammy Lin, Annie Tran, Sayo, Anna, Ting), Margaret Lai Hair & Makeup, Mona Leung, The Conscious Hairdresser, Marie V. Sharp Fashion Show Coordinator & Model, Joel McCarthy and Ryan McNeil Bolton, our emcees, all the models: Annie Hielema, Alexandria Dyck, Sydney Doberstein, Shendrita, Nikki West, Jane Kusak, Terran Milne, Katherine Alpen, Daryl Fretz, Kate Boutilier, Elyse Maloway, Vivian Tag, Chezca Vega, Breann Grainger and Kaitlyn Chan, Ruffled Rose (Haley Kinyawa), Flower Factory (Gloria Henry), Breakthrough Academy, Harbour Air Seaplanes, Mona Leung, Whites Production, Alex Crabtree, Sophia and the Bollywood dancers and Stephen Wong Photographer.
This was our first year at the Italian Culture Center and it was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event!
OCTOBER: Our Growing Community
As our organization grows, so does our supporting community. Actually, only with a growing community of support is our growth as an organization possible.
We’re so happy that Yarrow Canadian Reformed Church is part of our growing supportive community! By hosting Her Journey to a Life Rewritten, this congregation helped us gain some monthly donors and raise $6,467.00! It is amazing how an event can come together so beautifully when so many people are helping out. We send out a big THANK YOU! to Richard, for recruiting and coordinating a topnotch team of some 20 volunteers, to Alisa for going far above and beyond with all the delicious baking and cake decorating, to Rev. Ted for the warm welcome and prayer for the work we are doing, so encouraging and integral for our team, to Mike and Jennifer for providing us with a delicious supper, to Neal for helping us with sound, to all those who decorated the rooms, to the young ladies who took time out of their busy schedules to help us, and to everyone else who gave so, so generously of their time and money.
Two churches surprised us with offerings. Surrey Covenant Reformed Church gave us a gift of $657.00 and Ladner Christian Reformed Church $1,240. Thank you for remembering us!
We also want to express our deep gratitude to St. Andrew’s & St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church in North Vancouver for hosting the launch of our new fundraiser, Her Song. With your help, we raised $1,722.80. We greatly appreciate all the work that everyone put into setting up the church, providing food and drink, technical support, and all the other details that were looked after. A big thank you also to the Youth Band for the great job they did!
We are also so grateful for the continued support and prayers of all our donors. Only with your help are we able to continue bringing Christ’s love, healing and hope into the lives of the beautiful women and children that God has entrusted into our care.
SEPTEMBER: Lights, Camera, Action…!
Yes, Lights, Camera, Action! Literally.
LIGHTS! With the shorter, darker days of fall and winter coming upon us, it’s important that we have proper lighting. So we say a big Thank You! to Design Lighting for the fixtures and bulbs they donated to us so that we could replace those that needed replacing. Thank you also to the two young men, Josh V. and Josh L., for giving several hours of their time after a long day at work to remove the old ones and install the new ones. We are so thankful for the improved lighting!
CAMERA! Yes. Camera. Leading up to the launch of the new Global Wonders Products of Hope Fall and Winter Collection, lots of pictures needed to be taken featuring all the beautiful, new products that have been designed and crafted by the women in our program in Vancouver and Nepal. We’d like to say thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the photoshoots such a huge success: Sandra L. of Yaletown Photography, makeup artist Margaret L. of Margaret Lai Hair & Makeup, Mona L. at The Conscious Hairdresser, models Marie V. S. and Sydney D., FOUND (UGM, New Westminster) for the clothing, and all the parents who let their babies and children participate in our photoshoot.
ACTION! Thank you to all of you who are supporting us so that we can take action against human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Through your help, God is making it possible for the SA Foundation to offer our programs locally and globally and to expand our reach to even more continents, countries, cities and communities! There’s still lots to do, so thank you for sticking with us! One example of this kind of support are the folks at Abbotsford Canadian Reformed Church who hosted Her Journey as well as those who attended this event and donated so generously. It was a small but beautiful crowd. Thank you so much!
In summary, we’re not just putting on a show. By God’s mercy and grace, we’re bringing women and their children who have escaped sexual exploitation into a place of safety, healing and life-transforming hope. Thank you for helping us bring Christ’s love into action, one person, one community and one city at a time!
AUGUST: Gifts from a Different Giver
If there’s one thing that we have experienced over the years at the SA Foundation, it is that Jesus truly does not give as the world gives (John 14:27), but is infinitely more generous and gracious in his giving. He is tuned into our needs more than anyone. Not only that. He also has the power and ability to provide for us from his infinite supply. After all, he owns and rules all things! (Psalm 24:1)
We witnessed the work of this ‘Different Giver’ quite tangibly, again, in August. Tenth Church in Vancouver, which has long been a faithful supporter of the SA Foundation, gave a large donation toward our Skill Development Program, enabling us to fund this key dimension of our total program. We also received another substantial grant from the Lotte & John Hecht Foundation that will likewise help us in our program delivery.
Typically, the summer months are challenging months for non-profit organizations. We’ve been reminded again, through these very timely gifts, that our Lord and Giver is gracious and powerful in supplying us with whatever we need to care for the women and children in our care.
Recognizing God’s generosity through these generous givers and each one of you, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Through you, we’ve truly been blessed with a good summer and healthy, encouraging start to another season of service!
JULY: Summer Blessings
We spend a fair bit of energy in the summer planning for the coming season. We have lots on the go, both locally and globally. It is a great blessing, then, when our supporting community comes up with unique and unexpected reminders that we’re not alone in the work that we’re doing to fight human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
In July, we were blessed with help from a team at YWAM. A large group offered their services to do a thorough cleaning of our first stage house, from top to bottom, and what a splendid job they did! They got a lot done in only a few hours. As they say: many hands make light work. Thank you, YWAM, for helping us out in this way. Having a pleasant, clean home for the women and children in our care is important to us, so both they and we greatly appreciate your kindness.
Christ Covenant Church in Langley, BC held a special collection for us in the month of July, raising almost $1,700! Thank you for thinking about us and blessing us with this wonderful mid-summer surprise!
Thank you, dear supporters, for thinking about us, praying for us, and sharing some of your summer blessings with us.
JUNE CELEBRATION: Blessings of Community
Almost everything that we do here at the SA Foundation depends on community. We know from long experience, and our participants continually observe, that lasting healing and transformation can only happen within the context of a healthy, thriving community. With this in mind, we’d like to express our thanks to some of the people who made significant contributions to our community in June.
First of all, a big thank you to all our monthly donors, for your faithful, monthly support. Your monthly gifts help to make our program sustainable on a daily, monthly and annual basis. Our goal is to have enough monthly donors to take care of all our monthly cash flow, so that we can devote as much time as possible to delivering, expanding and multiplying the SA Program Model. You have brought us a long way toward that goal!
Thank you to everyone who responded to our Spring Newsletter by sending in donations to meet our ongoing needs. These gifts have helped us to continue offering quality programs, both locally and globally, also by addressing specific, pressing needs that arise from time to time.
Already generous monthly donors, Bill and Daphne surprised us with an additional large and generous gift which will help us greatly as we seek to close out our fiscal year in a healthy financial state. We thank God for your Christ-like heart of love, mercy and grace for the women and children in our care. You have been a source of great encouragement and blessing to us, not only in your giving, but also through the interest that you have shown in the SA Foundation and your encouraging words to us!
The Vancouver First Church of the Nazarene, which has been a long-time supporter of the SA Foundation in a variety of ways, continues to allow us the free use of their building for our regular SAF gatherings. This upstairs room, which is spacious, welcoming and well-appointed for our purposes, and easily accessible to our growing community, is a great blessing. At each gathering, all participants are given an opportunity to give an offering that we pass on to the church in gratitude for their hospitality and kindness. Please join us in praying that this gathering will be a blessing as we endeavour to remain a community of support and encouragement, both to those who are in the program and those who have moved on.
Two of our directors were invited to a wonderful summer party put on for the volunteers at the Inn for Women in Surrey, which regularly gives a portion of their profits to the SA Foundation. During this fun gathering, the first donation was made to our new SA Foundation Building Fund. We are in great need of more space, for housing, for our class room and daycare space, office space for our staff, room for our training and internship center, for Global Wonders production, etc. With this donation, the seed has been sown! It’s the way of God’s Kingdom. Great things can grow from the smallest of seeds. Thank you, ladies, for planting this seed!
Finally, our participants were blessed with a communications seminar, on two consecutive Fridays, by a tremendously gifted and kind communicator, Corlea, a member of St. Andrew’s & St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church. This church offered to provide lunches for the women on both days, to give it the feel of a professional conference. They loved it! This is just another example of the importance of the community support that we depend on and are so blessed by.
MAY CELEBRATION: Doing Greater Things
One of the greatest blessings for the followers of Jesus is the privilege of being able to be part of his ongoing work in this world, and doing even greater things than have been done previously.
I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.–Jesus in John 14:12
Jesus’ ascension into heaven, where he now is with his Father, does not prevent him from doing great things like he did while on earth. In fact, it enables him to do even greater things through us, his disciples. With our focus on succession this month, we find great encouragement knowing that he will equip us for the work he has commissioned us to do, so that we are able to do these greater things that he’s promised we would be able to do.
This ability is due, in no small part, to the faithful support of many people like you. From time to time, people will raise funds for us by putting on events or by asking others to donate towards a certain need within our organization.
One example is a young girl, Sydnee, who regularly volunteers in the daycare. She raised several hundreds of dollars with the help of family, friends and church, so that the nursery could be updated. With this generously donated money, worn out toys and furniture could replaced, and new books and games could be purchased. A cheerful, educational and stimulating environment is important for the babies and toddlers our nursery staff care for every day, while their moms are busy with the day program. Thank you, Sydnee!
Eastertide with Bach, a beautiful concert organized by Angelina VanDyke at two separate venues, is another example. Angelina was joined by musicians Eric Hominick (piano), Plonia Paetkau (flute), Lorin Friesen (violin), Marina Lodder (violin) and Kent Dykstra (violin). We say a big thank you to each of these musicians for offering your musical gifts to raise over $1,400, to those who attended and generously gave, and to the churches which hosted these events, Christ Covenant Church in Langley and Willoughby Heights Canadian Reformed Church.
APRIL CELEBRATION: Delighting in the Golden Rule
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.–Jesus in Matthew 7:12
As we mentioned here, this ‘Golden Rule’ is what we are committed to living by at Servants Anonymous Foundation. One of the tangible ways we are seeking to live out this rule at SAF is by helping our international teams replicate in their own cities what we are doing in Vancouver, using the SA Program Model. We do whatever we can to help our partners in underdeveloped and developing countries offer the same level of care and attention to the women and their children as we are able to offer. For this purpose, part of our Vancouver team visited Nepal in April. While there, they were able to offer encouragement to the staff and participants of the SA program there, and also to begin training our experienced, hard-working partners there, over the next few years, to become a branch of the SA Fondation World Services Division in South East Asia. We praise God for both the opportunity and the success of this trip and thank you for your prayers and gifts which enable us to provide this ongoing support and capacity building at the international level.
This is a huge milestone for us at the SA Foundation, one that is worthy of celebration! We thank you, our supporters and champions for freedom, for helping us achieve this milestone. There will be an opportunity for you to help us celebrate God’s blessing on our Nepal team at this year’s fall gala in Vancouver. Stay tuned for more about this festive event in the coming months!
Another reason for celebration, as we look back on April, is that we were able to put on two more awareness- and fund-raising events. Her Journey to a Life Rewritten is an audio-tour presentation that continues to be well-received wherever we put it on. A big thank you goes to Mountainview Christian Fellowship who raised almost $6,000, with the promise of more still on its way, for the local Vancouver program. Thank you, Pastor Vic Dias and hosting team organizer Nancy Martin, along with all the others from Mountainview who assisted them in advertising the event, setting up the venue, preparing and serving an abundance of delicious international foods that represent SAF’s global reach, cleaning up afterwards, and many other details. You did an amazing job hosting an overflowing, engaged crowd in a beautifully unique building!
Ladner Christian Reformed Church hosted the audio-tour as well, raising well over $12,000, designated to the training and development of our partners who are working hard to develop and implement the SA Program Model for Africa, including our team in Nepal who are being trained to serve as our training center for Africa. We were blessed by the enthusiastic support and help of Pastor Ernst DeVries and his wife Winnie as they led a team from this church to host Her Journey in their spacious and welcoming facility. One of the unique highlights of this evening was the live performance in music and song by a native African, Asifiwe, accompanied by Marion. Especially touching and appropriate was a heartfelt and moving rendition of Amazing Grace, since it was written by John Newton, who was a slave trader until God dramatically and powerfully opened his eyes and heart to the atrocity of slavery. Modern-day slavery through human trafficking and sexual exploitation is another atrocity that must be ended, so this song serves as a powerful inspiration to carry on the mission of setting captives free!
Thank you to everyone who attended these events, giving generously of your time, attention and money, and to all of you who support the work that we are doing both locally and globally. We thank God for you and pray that he will bless you for your care and generosity! You are helping us be servants and instruments of God to set captives free, to bring healing and hope to them, and to allow them too to experience God’s amazing grace in Christ Jesus!
MARCH CELEBRATION: Caring through Sharing
The core value that we focussed on in the month of March was Unity, a gift from God to and through his followers, that flows from the unity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Those who are united to God enjoy the blessing of unity with his other followers and seek to bless the world with the delightful fruit of that unity, so that others too may be drawn into the marvellous, endless blessings of God. We’ve truly experienced that unity, in no small part, through the gifts of God that you, our supporters have shared with us, so that we may continue to serve the women and children in our care, both locally and globally. Talk about the Gospel in action!
There are many ways that churches and individuals help us carry out our calling. The Vancouver First Church of the Nazarene, which has been a long-time supporter of the SA Foundation in a variety of ways, has generously offered their building for the use of regular SAF gatherings. Thank you so much for your kind hospitality, a true affirmation and reminder to us of God’s provision and care for our every need, in this instance, a wonderful space to meet together for SAF community events.
Others share by giving gifts that help us better carry out our daily tasks at the SA Foundation. Some of those tasks, such as education and video-conferencing, require good quality TV monitors. We offer a big thank you to the couple who gave us two large-screen TV’s that will be installed in our office, one in the classroom and one in a room dedicated to video-conferencing.
We began the month by having part of our team travel down the I-5 to Portland, Oregon to put on Her Journey to A Life Rewritten at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, at an Anti-Human Trafficking Conference to which we were invited, to share what we at the SA Foundation are doing to bring hope and healing to those who have been enslaved. Chaleen was the driving force behind this event, a true Champion for Freedom. She and her team did a tremendous job, not only organizing the conference, but also helping us put on the audio-tour during the conference. Thank you, Chaleen! Relatedly, we are grateful to Metropolitan Nikitas of Dardenellia for traveling to Portland to host this event, along with Father Paul Paris, Father Christos Kalaitzis, and the members of the cathedral. Their kind hospitality and keen interest in the work of the SA Foundation was a great encouragement to us and we look forward to a growing relationship. The army of volunteers at the church who contributed in one way or another to make this event a success are too numerous to list. The men of the church provided food for the day, and a host of volunteers including a group of young people helped us with setting up, leading people through the audio-tour, and cleaning up afterwards, as well as helping us with many other details. Thank you to each one of you!
A total of $8,311.73 was raised specifically for the SA Foundation at this event! A big thank you goes out to everyone who attended, generously donated, bought Global Wonders Products of Hope, became monthly donors, and contributed their time and talents in any other way.
In addition to the nearly $7,000 that Aldergrove Canadian Reformed Church raised by hosting Her Journey to a Life Rewritten in February, this church blessed us with the proceeds of an additional offering of $3,000 to reach their fundraising goal!
Thank you to all of you! We can accomplish much more together, by the unity that flows from God, than we could ever accomplish by ourselves.
FEBRUARY CELEBRATION: The Gift of Community
We wouldn’t be able to do what we do here at the SA Foundation for the women and children in our care without the continual help and support of many. We’d like to celebrate the following individuals and churches for the generous support they offered in February.
Woon Ai and Victor have been faithful donors and supporters of the SA Foundation for many years. This month, they provided extra funds so that we can bring part of our Nepali team to Canada and a potential leader from Nigeria for training in the fall. Relatedly, Elizabeth and her mother have generously given extra funds toward capacity building, helping our Nepali project become a training center for Africa. This capacity-building will be started by leaders of SAF in April, with ongoing training for a full year. Thank you so much for your faithful support and great generosity!
Aldergrove Canadian Reformed Church hosted another event for us, Her Journey to a Life Rewritten, and raised $6,791.24! In addition to this amount, the proceeds of a Sunday offering are also in the mail. A big thank you to all those who helped organize and pull off this event! Mekayla, with the help of Rebekah, Amy and Corinne, formed the organizational team, coordinated all the volunteers, and looked after most of the planning details. A big thanks also to Alanna, Josie, Hannah and her sister, Kathleen, Jacquie, Pearl and Rochelle for helping with set-up the day before the event. On the afternoon and evening of the event, we also had the additional help of Celia and Alec. Food and drinks were prepared and served by Corrinne and Celia. Ann and Linda also brought food for the evening. Great job, ladies! And what would we have done without the technical help of Mindert, who helped with setting up the audio-visual equipment, making sure that everything would work without a glitch! Pastor Rob, too, helped us by encouraging the participation and involvement of the congregation, and being present on the evening of the event. Everything from food preparation to decoration of rooms–even live music by Mekayla and Amy–made for a great event.
A big thank you also goes to everyone who attended, showed interest in the work we’re doing, and gave generously of their time and gifts. Through your gifts, and the addition of even more monthly donors, God is enabling us to do the work to which he has called us here at the SA Foundation: helping women who have escaped human trafficking and sexual exploitation, and their children. In this way, you are equipping us with the resources to fulfill Christ’s calling to his church “to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke.” (Isa 58:6)
We also received a donation from Ladner Christian Reformed Church from an offering they gathered for us in the amount of $2,097. We’re also thrilled that they, too, have committed to hosting the “Her Journey” fundraising event in April! Click here to register. We’d love to see you there. If you’d like to host this event in your church, let us know, we’d be delighted to have this opportunity! Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
As you can see, we have many reasons to celebrate God’s provision for our organization through you, our committed and generous supporters, our champions for freedom. Your love and kindness is bringing blessing to women and their children every day, blessing that will have a ripple effect that reaches far and wide–out from their lives and families, communities and cities, and into those of many others.
JANUARY CELEBRATION: Old Guys and New Beginnings
The new year began, once again, with a bang. Actually, with a splash! This year marks the 10 Year Anniversary of The Calgary Icebreaker Polar Dip. The 2019 Icebreaker was a huge success, with over 150 Dipsters, over 700 individual donations, and over $95,000 given and more still on its way! A big THANK YOU to the Old Guys in Action, Ross, Bernie and Naomi, for all the work they’ve put into this event, to all the Dipsters and everyone who donated! Thanks to all of you, this remains one of our biggest and most popular fundraising events every year.
We wish you could witness the transformation, hope and expectation in the lives of the women in our care and their children. These are the miracles that we get to witness on a daily basis, wherever our programs are offered, here in Canada and globally. You may be confident that your hard earned and generously shared gifts will be fully directed toward the flourishing of these young women and their children.
We want to express our heartfelt thanks for Riverpark Church Fellowship Hall, AB for hosting the event ‘Her Journey To A Life Rewritten’. This was the first event of this kind in Alberta, in 2018. We were so thankful to see our Champions for Freedom jump in, get involved and make this night a great success. With your support we raised over $7,000 for the women and children we serve. We thank you for your generous hearts and desire to see Her life rewritten! You are all incredible Champions for Freedom!
We also want to celebrate the amazing committed Champions, who donate monthly in support of the organisation. Inn For Women, Surrey BC, are a group of women committed to mercy and justice in their community and desire to share the proceeds from their store to help women in need. They also gave a very generous Christmas gift of $1500. What a delight to have you journey alongside us month by month. You truly are helping to rewrite our women’s stories. Visit their Facebook for more information.
Redeemed with Purpose Jewelry, are an amazing community that produce beautiful pieces to raise support for our women and children worldwide. This fantastic group are committed to support SA Foundation and donate their proceeds regularly. We are touched by your hearts desire to help sustain our women through their restoration process, thank you.
Langley Canadian Reformed Church designated their Christmas offering to SA Foundation, raising almost $6,000 in addition to the over $9,000 they raised at Her Journey to A Life Rewritten in October. They managed to surpass their fundraising goal of $15,000 for the Vancouver and Nepal programs. Thank you!
In January, we hosted another Volunteer Training Day. Volunteers provide valuable support to our staff and participants. Thank you to the four people who came out to learn more about what we do and how you might be able to help! To find out more, and join in the next one, email email@example.com.
DECEMBER CELEBRATION: Gifts Galore
We were blessed beyond expectation over the month of December and during Christmas. In response to the Christmas mail-out, many of you opened your wallets as wide as your hearts by showering us with donations and gifts. The greetings, wishes and prayers that you wrote on the cards were also a great encouragement. Thank you, everyone!
The Her Story to A Life Rewritten fundraising event, hosted by Amazing Grace Church in Lethbridge and co-sponsored by Grace Reformed Church and Joyful House of Prayer, brought in close to $3,500. New City Church in Calgary hosted a Ladies’ Tea, which brought in almost $1,200 in gifts. We want to say a big thank you to everyone who came and also to everyone who organized these events. We wouldn’t have been able to make them a success without you. THANK YOU!!
Our supporting community helped make Christmas special for the women and children in our program. Thank you to all the supporters who made it possible for us to put on a Christmas Party for the whole SA Community here in Vancouver. In particular, we thank Jackie and the folks at Smart Design Group Cd. Ltd. for all the gifts they provided for all the women and their children, including those who have graduated from our program. Pollie Wong and her Women’s Group put together beautiful, very large baskets, generously filled with delightful gifts for each of the women and their children. Wow! What a surprise they had on Christmas morning! You can probably imagine the challenge we had in hiding these gifts from them in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
As you and others support us, the women and children in our care are seeing that Christmas is not just an excuse for a holiday and not even just a celebration of an important birth long ago. It’s about God coming to be with us, making his home with us, and showing his great love for us. The impact and power of God’s grace and love is tangibly evident every day in their lives. Thank you for being our partners in communicating Christ’s love to them.
NOVEMBER CELEBRATION: Fall Bling 2018 Gala and More
One of our biggest and most exciting fundraising events every year is the Annual Fall Bling Gala in downtown Vancouver. We hope that those of you who attended enjoyed the evening and had the opportunity learn more about the SA Foundation and our dreams and goals for 2019. This year’s event raised over $40,000! This a testament to your generosity and your love for the young women and children in our care. THANK YOU!!
Lots of gifted people volunteered their talents and energy to make this event such a huge success. Serenading us once again through the evening were two outstanding singers, Vancouver’s very own Peggy Busch and Alex Crabtree. We were treated to a moving dramatization of three stories of young women that are all too typical in our global programs. Considering that these were not their own stories, the volunteer team of actresses, Sia Foryoh, Kate Boutilier and Aliya Boulanger, presented a compelling, heartfelt performance. Ryan Bolton and Joel McCarthy returned to emcee the fashion show, entertaining us with their down-to-earth humour and self-effacing charm. Showcasing the breath-taking jewelry made by our young women in the Skills Development Program were a team of well-poised models, directed by Marie V. Sharp: Bernie Stevens, Emma Barratt, Nikki West, Aadila Dosani, Janice Benna, Melanie Wilson, Terran Milne, Daryl Fretz, Rebecca Sangwais, Madison Stefanucci, Tammi Derkson, Sarah Martinson, Tiana Iliac and Kaitlyn C. Anita Lee and the Helmet Salon team are to thank for being our fashion show stylists and makeup artists: Bonnie Chan, Tammy Lim, Anna Keomany, Eunice Guo, Margaret Lai of Margaret Lai Makeup and hairstylist Mona Leung. THANK YOU to all of you for making this evening such a huge success.
Our gifted emcee, Lee, and our captivating presenters, Steve and Melonie, did an excellent job communicating what we do, what we’re planning for 2019, and how we depend on your help. THANK YOU to each one of you! We couldn’t imagine our team without you.
The following sponsors pulled out all the stops to make the evening top notch: The Marriott Pinnacle Hotel and their very kind and helpful staff, Yaletown Photography, the Flower Factory, Ruffled Rose and Butter Studios.
What would we do without the volunteer coordinating team, who worked very hard, for many months, to put this event together? We’d rather not have to think about that. THANK YOU Carla, Naphtali, Tricia, Caitlin, Sandra, Marie, Winnie and Lee!
At this event we hosted the soft launch of our Global Wonders Home Line and the biggest sellers were the place mats and cutlery holders, which gives us an indication of what to produce for the Spring 2019 line. In fact, a store in Surrey has requested 100 sets of them to be made to sell in their store! So check in with Global Wonders online regularly to see the roll out of this line and more!
Part of our community of support is a good number of churches. This month we’d like to highlight three churches, who designated offerings and a sale in support of the SA Foundation. They are Fellowship Canadian Reformed Church, all the way in Burlington, Ontario, Grace Church in Abbotsford, BC, and Surrey Covenant Reformed Church in Cloverdale, BC. All three of these churches are new supporters of the SA Foundation and were quite easily convinced that the work we’re doing is necessary and worthy of their support. THANK YOU!!
The Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is a God who exists eternally in community and who has also created us human beings to thrive, be our best and do our best in community, with God and with each other. Thank you for being part of this beautiful community and for being champions for freedom! The young women and children that we serve are a living testimony to the great things that God is doing through loving and caring people like you.
OCTOBER CELEBRATION: The Gift Of Community
The SA Foundation truly appreciates the gifts of kindness, service and community that so many of our supporters give us each month. These take the form of service in the offices, day program and houses as well as donations of materials, items and financial support that work to serve in unique corporate and individual ways. This is SAF Life in Action and we are privileged to share with you some of what our community has been up to this month.
In October we once again experienced love in action from many of you. If you helped host, volunteer or attended the fundraiser ‘Her Journey to a Life Rewritten’ at Langley Canadian Reformed Church we want to say THANK YOU.
A special thanks to Pastor William den Hollander, John and Fannie Scholtens, Bram and Joanne Vegter, Grace Anema and Mary MacDougal (the organizational team) who worked to make this event happen and created such a fun evening! The ‘Her Journey to Life Rewritten’ event enables those who attend to discover more of ‘Her’ experience and challenges through the stages of recovery after sexual exploitation and trafficking. It also enables those who attend to help meet ‘Her’ needs in very real and tangible ways. Our thanks also go out to Jonathan Ketchum, Caitlan Kaufmann, Brendyn McKillop, Cassandra Lechance, Rebekah Pol, Arnold and Valerie Sikkema who volunteered on the day of the event to fill in many of the jobs that make the evening a success.
Over $10,700 was raised that evening towards the support of the women and children in our Vancouver Project. We are truly grateful for your support and desire to be involved. Thanks also to those of you who signed up for more information on how you can volunteer with us.
We so appreciate all of you committed Champions. You are so needed! Thank you from all of us here!
SEPTEMBER CELEBRATION: The Gift Of Community
Here at the SA Foundation, we so appreciate the beautiful gift of community; consisting of individuals, families and businesses, when they band together to help one another out of the overflow of their generous hearts and desire to serve one another. This is SAF Life in action and we are privileged to share with you what our community has been up to this month.
September was an exceptional month where we truly saw love in action. If you helped host, volunteer or attended the fundraiser ‘Her Journey to a Life Rewritten’ at Christ Covenant Church in Langley, THANK YOU.
A special thanks to Garry and Nicole Vanderveen, for making this event possible and so fun! The community gathered around the shared goal of discovering more of ‘Her’ experience and challenges through the stages of recovery after sexual exploitation and trafficking, and sought to meet ‘Her’ needs in a very real and tangible way. We raised over $8000 that evening towards supporting the women and children in our Vancouver and Nepal Projects. We are truly grateful for all your support and continued desire to be involved with so many of you signing up for more information on how you can volunteer with us too.
You committed Champions are so needed and appreciated!
So that this ‘Tour’ could take place in Alberta too and reach so many more communities, Chris Chivers from ‘Identity Ink’ gifted the SA Foundation with the ability to print and to replicate the material needed, as well as cover all the costs! What a true Champion, helping us to spread the message within Alberta, of the hope and healing available to women and their children worldwide through the SA Program Model. We also want to highlight Jesse Fher from ‘Identity Ink’ who has gifted us with the talents to meet our graphic design needs in this season. We have been so impressed by your skill and also your heart to help us in this way.
Here at the SA office it is always fun and the rooms are full of laughter and light. However, we soon realized with the days getting darker, that our lighting was in serious need of an update. The amazing ‘Design Lighting’ came to our rescue to illuminate our lives once again, and donated all the supplies we needed to work in clarity of vision again! Then Josh Lodder and Josh Vandeburgt stepped into volunteer their time and expertise in fitting all the bulbs, a technical challenge for sure! This amazing team work has made such a difference to our work environment.
We love to celebrate and praise our Champions, so Thank you from all of us here! Know that we have done a happy dance because of each one of you!
If you have desire and the resources to put your love into action and want more information on how you can serve the needs we have at the SA Foundation, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org