Elijah Rising

Elijah Rising

The mission of Elijah Rising is to end sex trafficking through prayer, awareness, intervention, and restoration.

Welcome to the Elijah Rising Podcast - Ep. 00
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Cara is Executive Director of The Landing, a Houston based nonprofit whose mission is to serve survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation with a trauma-informed approach, fueled by the love of Christ. In this podcast, Cara explains what a drop-in center is and how this approach is effective in serving individuals who are experiencing exploitation.To learn more: https://thelanding.org Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Nov 21

35 min 2 sec

Sydney is Manager of the Safe Community Program at Crime Stoppers of Houston, a non-profit dedicated to public safety and committed to its mission to solve and prevent serious crime in the Greater Houston Area in partnership with citizens, media, and the criminal justice system.In her role, Sydney uses prevention and awareness programs to educate community members, parents, elected officials, and victims of crime throughout the Greater Houston Area on how they can stay safe, and thrive!We hope you enjoy listening to this podcast. We go in-depth and discuss the importance of educating communities about human trafficking.Learn more:https://crime-stoppers.org Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Oct 6

46 min 41 sec

We had the honor of interviewing Rebecca Bender about misconceptions about trafficking, the complexities behind prostitution, and the Equality Model and why it matters.Rebecca Bender is CEO of the Rebecca Bender Initiative and Founder of Elevate Academy @thisiselevateacademy. Rebecca is a thought leader, advocate, and consultant who equips individuals and organizations to identify and fight human trafficking in their own back yards. She was appointed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, regularly testifies as an expert witness in court, and has trained over 100,000 professionals, including FBI, Homeland Security, regional law enforcement and medical personnel. She works closely with the Oregon Department of Justice and is a leading voice in the fight against trafficking nationally.https://elevate-academy.orgYouTube: https://youtu.be/q50CgLqeNAo Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Sep 27

45 min 54 sec

In this episode of the podcast we interview Jayson Berryhill. Jayson is the co-founder and partner at (en)visible, a company working to enable supply chain visibility in global food systems. He is also a co-founder and partner at Wholechain, a blockchain-based traceability solution built to enable trust, coordination, and transparency in fragmented supply chains. Labor trafficking is an important issue to discuss when talking about human trafficking. While our nonprofit work focuses on sexual exploitation, we cannot forget that labor trafficking is a major issue around the world. We hope this episode will help you become a more informed and conscientious consumer. Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Sep 7

31 min 1 sec

We were so excited to visit with Dr. Stroope in Dallas to talk about evangelism, missions, and anti-trafficking work. A couple of the questions we ask are:How should we think differently about the term "mission"?Are social services auxiliary to the church? Or are they an important function?How can we be sensitive to the Holy Spirit in evangelism?Mike is Professor of World Christian Witness and holder of the M.C. Shook Chair of Missions at Baylor University’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Aug 23

41 min 23 sec

In this episode, David and Adam discuss recent Houston trafficking events. We hope this conversation helps you become a better-informed citizen and equips you with some tools to become more engaged in anti-trafficking work. Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Aug 8

36 min 6 sec

In this episode of the podcast, we interview Chelsie Lancaster. Chelsie is the Manager of the Elijah Rising Social Enterprise. We talk about common misconceptions people have about overcomers of trafficking, obstacles they face, and how others can better support the women who are overcomers of trafficking. Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Jul 24

33 min 44 sec

In this podcast, we interviewed Elijah Rising Restoration Program Director, Liesel Araoz to talk about restorative care. Our conversation is around questions like:What is the Elijah Rising Restoration Program? Who does the program serve and how are you serving them?What sort of services does the program provide? We also talk about some of the challenges in running a safe home or any restorative care program. Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Jul 11

37 min 52 sec

In this episode, we interviewed our very own Melody Jacobs to talk about the status of Elijah Rising interventions. Since COVID we had to limit the number of volunteers being utilized on outreach, but now we are beginning to open back up. While some interventions were paused, we were able to develop new volunteer training material, and we made it easier to get involved. We also talk about some of the challenges we encounter in intervention and some of the strategies we are currently using to reach people and build relationships. Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Jun 28

31 min 28 sec

What are the challenges an individual faces when leaving a trafficking situation? The truth is there are more factors than we can mention in this one episode, It's complicated. That's why we wanted to focus this episode on discussing some of the barriers one faces when exiting the sex industry.We invited Allison Madrigal of Rescue America to talk about their work in helping to facilitate exits across the U.S.  Rescue America is a national nonprofit that exists to rescue, revive, and empower the sexually exploited through a 24/7 hotline and emergency care program.To learn more about their work visit:https://rescueamerica.ngoTo join The Rise—Elijah Rising's community of monthly supporters:http://www.elijahrising.org/rise/ Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Jun 13

36 min 39 sec

We are often asked how do people end up in trafficking situations? There are many different answers to that question as each case is unique. However, sometimes there is a system that some traffickers use to prepare someone for abuse. This is often referred to as "grooming" and if you can understand the tactics traffickers use, hopefully, you can help prevent a trafficking situation from happening.In this podcast, we invited Christa Mayfield of Unbound Houston to come and share. Christa is the Director of Educational Programs at Unbound Houston, an organization that mobilizes the Church and activates local communities to fight human trafficking through prevention and awareness, professional training, and survivor advocacy.To learn more about Unbound Houston: https://www.unboundhouston.org/ Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Jun 1

51 min 44 sec

In this episode, we interview Kathy Givens and talk about the best ways to serve those who have overcome sex trafficking. Kathy is a wife, mother, author, and playwright who has overcome the dark world of sex trafficking. She is also the co-founder of twelve11 partners, a survivor-led nonprofit organization focused on supporting those who are overcoming sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.For more info: https://www.twelve11.org/ Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

May 16

39 min 40 sec

In this latest episode of The Elijah Rising Podcast we talk about the role of prayer in anti-trafficking work. I'm excited to share it with you because as you listen you will acquire a deeper desire to pray. At the end of the episode we come to a powerful realization about the power of prayer, don't miss it."Many times we pray about things and don’t know God’s will, but in the area of trafficking, we DO KNOW IT.  And that is the life blood of the anti-trafficking movement. WE KNOW Jesus came with the intentions to heal, comfort, and free those held down by the ways of the world. That’s a powerful place to stand “in the gap” between the will of hell and the will of Heaven." - Samantha Rude  Samantha Rude is the Director of Audience of One (the 24/7 prayer and worship initiative) at The Great Southwest Prayer Center, a catalytic resource center of worship & prayer for the city of Houston. Samantha is also a graduate of The Bible Seminary where she got MA in Biblical Languages and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures.For more information:https://www.katyprays.org Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

May 2

50 min 6 sec

In this episode, Adam interviews Munatsi Manyande of DASH Network.  In response to the compassionate and welcoming love of Jesus, DASH Network exists to love people who are seeking asylum by serving their physical and relational needs. Munatsi shares about their work, the difference between refugees and asylum-seekers, and human trafficking.For more information visit:https://www.dashnetwork.net/ Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Apr 19

58 min 42 sec

In this podcast we interview Kevin Lilly, Chairman of the TABC (Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission). Some of you may already be asking what does trafficking have to do with alcohol? Even Kevin admits he was surprised, when he took the role as Chairman, the amount of work that goes into anti-human trafficking efforts. The TABC is committed to stopping human trafficking and they are  effective. So we interviewed the Chairman of the TABC to learn more about their work, and how we can better understand law enforcement's role in the issue of human trafficking.For more informationhttps://www.tabc.texas.govDownload the TABC App to report human trafficking:https://www.tabc.texas.gov/public-safety/enforcement-initiatives-operations/stop-human-trafficking/?utm_content=bufferfbb0e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Apr 5

45 min 14 sec

In this episode, we talk to Dr. Vanessa Bouché about her research on human trafficking in cities like Houston. Dr. Bouché is an Associate Professor of Political Science at TCU, creator of HumanTraffickingData.org, and co-founder of Savhera, a wellness company providing employment to survivors of sex trafficking in India and the U.S. For more information about Savherahttps://savhera.com/ Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Mar 21

44 min 35 sec

In this episode, we interview Amber Knowles, Executive Director of Fostering Family. Fostering Family is a nonprofit committed to strengthening foster and kinship families through training and collaboration. Amber shares about the foster care system and the impact on human trafficking.For more information about Fostering Family go to: https://www.fostering-family.org/ Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Mar 8

45 min 39 sec

In this episode, we talk with Joe Madison of Demand Disruption to talk about illicit massage businesses. We always get the question, "if there are so many of these brothels, who doesn't law enforcement just shut them down?" The answer to this question varies and is complex. Joe shares his experience combatting trafficking on the demand side and working with different city councils and law enforcement. Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Feb 22

38 min 38 sec

In this episode, we discuss the role of the church in combatting human trafficking.  We invited Leigh Kohler from The Freedom Church Alliance to talk about how churches can serve in this area. Leigh is a speaker, writer, teacher, and advocate. She is the Co-Founder and President of the Freedom Church Alliance. Her own personal journey in the fight for justice began after being heartbroken while learning about the reality of human trafficking. Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Feb 8

41 min 27 sec

What does the name "Elijah Rising" mean? That's one of the most frequently asked questions we get, and in this episode, we answer that and more! In this episode, Micah and Adam share the history of Elijah Rising. From when we started as a small prayer meeting in 2012 to now. Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Jan 25

36 min 10 sec

In this podcast, we talk with intervention specialist Melody Jacobs. If you ever had questions about what intervention/outreach looks like this is a great explainer episode. We will also talk about the heart behind intervention and why it's important. You will also hear stories from the frontlines of outreach to trafficked women.Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Jan 11

39 min 3 sec

In this episode of The Elijah Rising Podcast, we recap some of the highlights from 2020. No doubt this has been a tough year for everyone. Yet, God has continued to provide ways for Elijah Rising to continue our mission. Your support has enabled so many miracles to happen. We thought it would be good to celebrate these victories as we look ahead to 2021.Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Dec 2020

42 min 52 sec

In this episode of The Elijah Rising Podcast, Sam and David talk about interactions with the media regarding human trafficking. Human trafficking is something that continues to be sensationalized in the media, but is it painting an honest picture of what human trafficking actually looks like? We also ask the question of how can journalists help move the anti-trafficking movement forward through honest reporting?Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Dec 2020

31 min 10 sec

In this podcast, Micah and Adam discuss the many ways Elijah Rising invests resources to do good. You will learn more about our programs, and what it's going to take to expand and grow to serve more women. We also talk about where most of our funding comes from and how everything we do relies on supporters. In this episode, you will also learn about plans we have for 2021—to make a greater impact in our community.Subscribe to updates: https://www.elijahrising.org/get-involved/Become a monthly donor: https://www.elijahrising.org/monthly/Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Nov 2020

40 min 9 sec

This episode of the Elijah Rising Podcast features a talk on our process of opening a safe home for women recovering from commercial sexual exploitation. You will hear about the challenges we faced when we started and our vision for the future of restorative care.Subscribe: https://www.elijahrising.org/get-involved/Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Nov 2020

42 min 1 sec

This episode of the Elijah Rising Podcast features a talk on our process of opening a safe home for women recovering from commercial sexual exploitation. You will hear about the challenges we faced when we started and our vision for the future of restorative care.Subscribe: https://www.elijahrising.org/get-involved/Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Nov 2020

41 min 43 sec

In this episode, we share some of the stories that inspired the monologues. On October 17th, 2020 we are hosting our biggest annual fundraiser virtually. We filmed 8 monologues based on true stories. These monologues focus on stories of triumph over trafficking. You will hear about a mom who was able to prevent her daughter from being trafficked, a volunteer who does outreach every week, and the story of a soon to be mom trapped in a trafficking situation.Get your ticket to the gala »Create a fundraiser »Donate to the campaign »Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Oct 2020

23 min 27 sec

In this podcast, we discuss the power of storytelling in influencing social change. The topic of sex trafficking is continuing to garner more attention. Now, more than ever, we need to share stories that will move people towards social change. In this episode, you'll learn about our upcoming film project, why we are wanting to tell better stories, and how you can tell stories that create change.Links Mentioned:Download our free recommended reading guide! https://www.elijahrising.org/book-guide/The Lost Girls - Texas MonthlyFragments: A Post-Traumatic Paradigm - K.D. RocheSubscribe To The Elijah Rising Podcast:iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elijah-rising/id1500338916Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3FXYxsJDRxbMXQjPTGbSvn?si=qXgqsdEdTXyzHvgC6fwIOwConnect With Us:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elijahrising/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ElijahRisingFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElijahRising/Website: https://www.elijahrising.org/Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Sep 2020

29 min 43 sec

When you first learn about human trafficking you feel overwhelmed. You ask the questions: Should I donate? Should I start volunteering somewhere? What are the next steps after becoming aware of trafficking?On top of feeling overwhelmed you may feel a full range of emotions; from brokenness to anger or rage. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. We filmed this episode to help you find your place in this movement against sexual exploitation.In this episode, you’ll learn about our journey into the fight against trafficking, and we’ll give you some ideas about what your next steps are.READ THE FULL BLOG POST ➡️ https://www.elijahrising.org/blog/nextsteps/Links Mentioned:Download our free recommended reading guide! https://www.elijahrising.org/book-guide/Subscribe To The Elijah Rising Podcast:iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/elijah-rising/id1500338916Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/3FXYxsJDRxbMXQjPTGbSvn?si=qXgqsdEdTXyzHvgC6fwIOwConnect With Us:Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elijahrising/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ElijahRisingFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElijahRising/Website: https://www.elijahrising.org/Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Aug 2020

29 min 26 sec

One of the most asked questions we hear is about the Elijah Rising social enterprise. How do candles make a difference, and how does that support women who have overcome sexual exploitation? In this podcast, we define what it means to be a social enterprise. The Elijah Rising Store is one of the key components of the Elijah Rising Restoration Campus. Our social enterprise program provides a way for residents in our program to have income, job history, and workforce training.Elijah Rising on social mediaFacebookInstagramYouTubeSupport the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Aug 2020

28 min 27 sec

In this episode, Elijah Rising's Executive Director, Micah Gamboa, has a conversation with Timeka Walker, Executive Director of United Against Human Trafficking. This discussion deals with racial equality within the anti-trafficking movement. You will also hear insights about how leaders can make changes within their organization to promote racial equality.Elijah Rising on social mediaFacebookInstagramYouTubehttps://www.elijahrising.org/Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Jul 2020

54 min 35 sec

In this episode, we discuss how illicit massage businesses sexually exploit women. We also share stories from outreach into massage parlors, and a few solutions to prevent these types of places from operating.Elijah Rising on social mediaFacebookInstagramYouTubehttps://www.elijahrising.org/Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Jul 2020

32 min 22 sec

In this podcast, Adam has a conversation with Shani Bacy of The Landing. The focus of our discussion is on the effects of ignoring racism in the anti-trafficking movement. We also talk about non-profit programs and cultural competency.About ShaniShani Bacy, born and raised in Houston Texas, graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. Currently, Shani serves as the Director of Strategic Programs for The Landing, a drop-in center for trafficked persons. Her primary responsibility is ensuring organizational effectiveness by providing leadership for the organization’s programmatic functions. Though the war against human-trafficking seems dauntless, Shani has proved herself to be an extremely formidable adversary.https://www.thelanding.org/ResourcesThe Racial Roots of Human TraffickingThe Urgency of IntersectionalityGirlhood Interrupted13th DocumentaryElijah Rising on social mediaFacebookInstagramYouTubehttps://www.elijahrising.orgSupport the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Jun 2020

37 min 41 sec

The recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery have thrust systemic racism, inequality, and oppression into the national spotlight once again. As a justice oriented organization who serves women of color we recognize our need to have a conversation about the intersection between sex trafficking/prostitution and racism. So in this podcast episode we sat down with Kathy McGibbon Givens to have a conversation about the intersection between sex trafficking and racism.About KathyKathy McGibbon Givens is a wife, mother, author, and playwright who has overcome the dark world of sex-trafficking. After many years of living in silence, Kathy decided to journal what happened to her as a way of dealing with the surreal experience. That journal became a book. That book became a stage play. Thus, she has mustered the strength to join the movement against human trafficking. Partnering with several nonprofit organizations, Kathy’s goal is to raise awareness, fight for those who are being trafficked and mentor those who have overcome it. She is now using her voice to inspire others to join the fight against such a horrible atrocity. She has spoken to faith-based organizations, educators, students, medical professionals, and politicians. During her time as a Program Director, Kathy helped to develop a trauma-informed restorative care program for adult survivors of human trafficking. As a Lived Experience Consultant, Kathy provides training to various groups dedicated to the anti-trafficking movement. Kathy has dedicated her life to following the principles and beliefs instilled by her mother: Stand up for what is right. Speak out about what is not.Resourceshttps://bethebridge.com/https://www.kathymcgibbon.com/Destined: The Unspoken Revealed by Kathy McGibbon GivensElijah Rising on social mediaFacebookInstagramYouTubehttps://www.elijahrising.org/Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Jun 2020

49 min 30 sec

Cantina brothels are places where women have been sexually exploited. They are throughout the U.S., and common to Houston, TX. In this podcast, we talk about the horrific history of cantinas in Houston, TX, and share our thoughts about how to continue to raise awareness about this model of trafficking. Elijah Rising on social mediaFacebookInstagramYouTubehttps://www.elijahrising.org/Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

May 2020

32 min 37 sec

This episode is a follow up to Episode 04 on "What causes trauma?" In this podcast, we continue our interview with Elijah Rising's Program Director, Desirie Dougall. This episode discusses trauma's effect on the brain and the importance of trauma-informed care.Trauma ResourcesIf something has happened in your life that has caused you extreme emotional stress and anxiety, and it’s not going away or getting better in a few days, you need to reach out.  Or if the severity of your stress is so great that you feel like you might hurt yourself or somebody else, absolutely reach out for help. There are resources available online and by phone such as:SAMHSA, (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - 1.800.662.HELPNational Suicide Prevention Healthline - 1.800.273.8255. For kids and teenagers text CONNECT to 741741National Hopeline Network - 1.800.442.HOPEAll of these are 24/7 hotlines, there are others that are available Monday-Friday 8-5 that can be found online as well.Online counseling resources include websites like:Talkspace.comBetterhelp.comTeencounseling.comAnd a variety of others, many of whom offer sliding scale rates to make them affordable.Elijah Rising on social mediaFacebookInstagramYouTubehttps://www.elijahrising.org/Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

May 2020

37 min 18 sec

In this episode, we share the miracle of a story of how and why we started doing restorative care.Elijah Rising on social mediaFacebookInstagramYouTubehttps://www.elijahrising.org/Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

May 2020

38 min 10 sec

In this episode, Elijah Rising interviews Desirie Dougall, our restoration program director. We discuss the question, "What is trauma?" Besides giving the basic definitions of trauma we also talk about the difference between PTSD and complex PTSD. We'll explain why understanding trauma is so important in the process of helping women who've survived trafficking heal.No matter where you come from, odds are you've experienced something traumatic. In the second half of the episode, we talk about communal trauma and relate it to what we are going through right now with the COVID-19 crisis.You will also hear an update from our restoration program and the challenges we are currently facing in the pandemic.Trauma ResourcesIf something has happened in your life that has caused you extreme emotional stress and anxiety, and it’s not going away or getting better in a few days, you need to reach out.  Or if the severity of your stress is so great that you feel like you might hurt yourself or somebody else, absolutely reach out for help. There are resources available online and by phone such as:SAMHSA, (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - 1.800.662.HELPNational Suicide Prevention Healthline - 1.800.273.8255. For kids and teenagers text CONNECT to 741741National Hopeline Network - 1.800.442.HOPEAll of these are 24/7 hotlines, there are others that are available Monday-Friday 8-5 that can be found online as well.Online counseling resources include websites like:Talkspace.comBetterhelp.comTeencounseling.comAnd a variety of others, many of whom offer sliding scale rates to make them affordable.Elijah Rising on social mediaFacebookInstagramYouTubehttps://www.elijahrising.org/Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Apr 2020

36 min 40 sec

In this episode, we share a story about a man in the porn industry who reached out to Elijah Rising via phone. He shared with us some ugly truths about the porn industry, and how he was lured into doing porn. We also discuss the importance of love and educated empathy in ministering to those in the sex industry.Resources discussed in this episode:https://traffickinghub.com/Elijah Rising on social mediaFacebookInstagramYouTubehttps://www.elijahrising.org/Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Apr 2020

27 min 49 sec

We interview Joe Madison of Love People Not Pixels, and we discuss the question, does porn lead men to buy sex? Love People Not Pixels a Houston based non-profit that is fighting sex trafficking by reducing demand and eliminating access to the exploited. Resources discussed in this episode:https://traffickinghub.com/https://www.lpnp.org/Elijah Rising on social mediaFacebookInstagramYouTubehttps://www.elijahrising.org/Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Mar 2020

27 min 23 sec

Over the next few episodes of the podcast, we will be exploring the connections between sex trafficking and pornography. In this podcast, we are asking the question: “How does pornography relate to sex trafficking?” Adam sits down with Elijah Rising staff members Micah Gamboa and Brittany Throckmorton to discuss the prevalence of trafficking within the porn industry.In the second half off the podcast, Brittany and Adam talk about the importance of education in curbing sex trafficking. We also discuss the use of pornography in the grooming process of trafficked teens/adults.Resources discussed in this episode:https://traffickinghub.com/Elijah Rising on social mediaFacebookInstagramYouTubehttps://www.elijahrising.org/Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Mar 2020

18 min 44 sec

Elijah Rising's mission is to end sex trafficking through prayer, awareness, intervention, and restoration. In this trailer episode we talk about the journey we've been on in the fight to end sex trafficking, and why we created this new podcast!Support the show (http://donate.elijahrising.org/)

Feb 2020

4 min 54 sec