July 3, 2020 - No Comments!

Good Food

You may have heard it said, “Good food is not fast, and fast food is not good.” 

Our family started down a different dietary path about 5 years ago when one of our children had some health and wellness concerns. We were curious to see whether eliminating certain foods would make any difference. What happened actually amazed us … but that’s a whole different story. Since that time, I have been on a steep learning curve to adapt recipes, substitute ingredients and create new ways of doing things with our family’s meals. In the beginning, I felt completely overwhelmed, but now I can cook from a place of increased confidence, experiment with new ingredients, and actually enjoy the experience. 

There’s something very satisfying about cooking from scratch and knowing exactly what we’re eating. It might sound like I love to cook, but it’s more than that. I love to nourish. I love to make sure that my family not only leaves the table full, but that they’re full of good food that will sustain, energise, fight off infection and help them to grow. But most importantly my goal, each time we gather around the table, is that we also nourish our spirits. We do this through being grateful, sharing devotions together, reflecting on the loving kindness of God and by spurring each other on towards love and good deeds. When the time comes for my children to leave our home, my desire is that they’ll not only know how to cook amazing, nutritious meals themselves, but that they’ll be spiritually healthy and strong as well. 

One of our goals in Australia is to raise awareness about child trafficking. Although this can be a dark topic, I love how ordinary people like you and I can use our skills, talents and interests to bring about conversations and change. Just like the right foods can heal and turn a life around, at ZOE we get to see hopeless situations, broken lives and lost children experience new life in an amazing way! I’m going to be using my interest in cooking to highlight the monthly need for food as well as to share stories of hope and life - the taste of ZOE!

Food For Thought! 

    • Join our ZFA Prayer nights on Monday evenings (email Brett for details) 
    • Cook one of our ‘Taste of ZOE’ recipes, share it on social media, #atasteofZOE and tag us
    • Watch and share videos, blog posts and social media feeds. (here and here)
    • Order a Taste of ZOE cookbook and pass it on to a friend. (email Sharon
    • Have a Taste of ZOE potluck dinner, watch one of ZOE’s videos from youtube and have a discussion about it. (YouTube)
    • Petition for ZOE’s Year 9 or 10 curriculum to be used in your school. (click here)
    • Parent of a teen? Watch the free online Chapel video with your child. 
    • Person of faith? Pray for ZOE’s work in Prevention, Rescue and Restoration. (join a prayer group or get a prayer guide)

June 29, 2020 - No Comments!

A Taste of ZOE

We are excited to give you a little "taste of ZOE" this month as we share stories of hope. Children who have been found, rescued and restored, radiate life! If ZOE were a food, its ‘flavour’ would be freedom, hope and healing. Fresh and delicious! 

This month, in Australia, we are highlighting one of ZOE’s greatest areas of need. You guessed it: Food!

Anyone raising growing children and teens knows just how much they can eat! I certainly do! Families in Thailand are no different and, like all mums and dads, the ZOE parents want to feed their growing families with wholesome nourishing meals! 

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Have you had a “taste” of ZOE yet? If you’ve been to ZOE in Thailand, heard us share, seen one of ZOE’s videos or just follow our social media channels, you know what I’m talking about. I don’t know about you but when something tastes good, I want others to try it too. So please join me in sharing a little taste of ZOE this month! 

One of our goals in Australia is to raise awareness about child trafficking. Although this can be a dark topic, I love how ordinary people like you and I can use our skills, talents and interests to bring about conversations and change. Just like the right foods can heal and turn a life around, at ZOE we get to see hopeless situations, broken lives and lost children experience new life in an amazing way! I’m going to be using my interest in cooking to highlight the monthly need for food as well as to share stories of hope and life - the taste of ZOE!

Food For Thought! 

    • Join our ZFA Prayer nights on Monday evenings (email Brett for details) 
    • Cook one of our ‘Taste of ZOE’ recipes, share it on social media, #atasteofZOE and tag us
    • Watch and share videos, blog posts and social media feeds. (here and here)
    • Order a Taste of ZOE cookbook and pass it on to a friend. (email Sharon
    • Have a Taste of ZOE potluck dinner, watch one of ZOE’s videos from youtube and have a discussion about it. (YouTube)
    • Petition for ZOE’s Year 9 or 10 curriculum to be used in your school. (click here)
    • Parent of a teen? Watch the free online Chapel video with your child. 
    • Person of faith? Pray for ZOE’s work in Prevention, Rescue and Restoration. (join a prayer group or get a prayer guide)

May 30, 2020 - No Comments!

Why There is No ‘Rest’ in Restoration!

No ‘rest’ in restoration? Let's explore that...

At ZOE, there is an active team of people whose mission and purpose it is to see child trafficking survivors come to full healing and wellness. This core group of ‘restorers’ includes parents, staff, tutors, mentors, school teachers, social workers, counsellors, music teachers, older siblings and friends. It is their relentless love and acceptance that helps children begin a journey of reclaiming what was lost, and starting a new life; not just repaired, but recreated!  

As a Christian organisation we believe that God's heart is for restoration. And we like to focus on the biblical meaning of the word ‘restoration’ which is to “receive back more than has been lost to the point where the final state is greater than the original condition.” 

At ZOE we see this first-hand - lives genuinely improved beyond measure. 

Unlike the regular dictionary meaning of "restoration" which is to return something back to its original condition, the biblical definition of the word has greater connotations that go above and beyond the typical everyday usage. Repeatedly throughout the Bible, God blesses people for their faith and hardships by making up for their losses and giving them more than they previously had before. (reference.com)

This month in Australia, we are focusing on Restoration … without rest! What does that mean?

Don’t worry, our staff and fieldworkers will still get to sleep at night and take their day off, but we will not stop fighting. We continue to be positioned with a willingness to do things that are hard. We will not rest from championing for families ... for healing... for rescued lives. Restoration takes effort. It takes never giving up when it’s difficult. Never letting go when there’s resistance. It takes persistence and passion for something, even in the face of challenges. Why? 

Why will we never rest from ‘restoration’? Because it matters! 

Every smile, every tear, every victory, every struggle for each and every precious life we see transformed is important. It means everything to them. 

How can you help?

This month, as tax time approaches, we ask that you would consider taking a stand for RESTORATION. We’d love for you to partner with us as we continue to help child survivors receive healing and new life within a loving family and community.

Will you say #norest with us this June?