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May 13, 2015 - Comments Off on Transitioning…

Transitioning…

The odds are stacked against the more than 9,000 young people who age out of foster care in Australia each year. A recent report from Swinburne University states, “50% of those who left state care at 18 years old would be homeless, in prison, unemployed or a new parent within 12 months of leaving care”. (ABC News)

Now whilst the ZOE Children’s Homes is not the same as the foster care system, as you can imagine, there can be similar challenges when children finish school and start to head out by themselves into the big wide world!! Whilst we recognize that the transition to university or work must occur, we do not want to see any of our children unprepared for independent living or feeling like they are suddenly all alone.

As ZOE means LIFE, we want to see all our kids succeed through life’s transitions. We want them to go on to become successful, happy adults in their chosen career, following their dreams, loving LIFE and living it to the full.

ZOE’s Transitional Program (TP) aims to offer guidance and support to young adults leaving the children’s home and moving forward with their education, or work, goals.  

The TP is based at the Transitional House in the city.  The house is in a central location and close to all the main universities.  The program offers:

  • tutoring/ study assistance
  • English language classes
  • spiritual mentoring/ weekly prayer and Bible study
  • social get-togethers and opportunities to have fun
  • accountability
  • a safe and comfortable place to “hang-out” and bring university friends or study groups.

We are so excited about this new program and so are ZOE kids that are already a part of it along with the ones coming through the Life Skills program, leading up to transition.   

We look forward to updating you more about the house and the program as it develops further!

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March 6, 2015 - Comments Off on Survival Story: The 3 Amigos

Survival Story: The 3 Amigos

ZOE rescued three teenage boys from a brothel.  The oldest boy – and the biggest and strongest of the three – was literally an enforcer at the brothel. His job was to make sure the other younger boys, including the two we rescued with him, were doing their ‘jobs.’  If they weren’t, he would beat them.

It was quite a tense situation after their rescue when they came and were integrated into the Children’s Home.  Naturally, the two younger boys despised the older one fervently.

Well, one evening a week, we have a time of prayer when the entire ZOE family – children, staff, ministry school students, and missionaries – gathers in the worship room to pray for an hour.  It’s a very special and anointed time.  We turn the lights down soft, play some inspiring worship music, and everyone prays in his or her own style on their own or goes about praying for others.

During one prayer night, one of the missionaries was sitting by the older boy.  The two other boys were walking around praying for other people.  As they neared the older boy, one said, “Let’s pray for him.”  But the other boy said, “No”, and they walked away.  A little while later the two boys returned and started praying for him.  At that point, the older boy put his arms around the two younger ones and all three began praying for each other.

After that night of prayer, those three boys were like the Three Musketeers or Three Amigos of the ZOE Children’s Homes!

We see that kind of spiritual and emotional healing on a regular basis at ZOE and it fuels our passion to keep going in the face of some of the awful things we encounter in the arena of human trafficking.

February 17, 2015 - Comments Off on Survival Story: SHE NOW OWNS A SMILE

Survival Story: SHE NOW OWNS A SMILE

Momay was rescued from a very dangerous situation. With her mother deceased and her father an alcoholic, she was left alone with several men night after night at her father’s construction work site while he was passed out drunk. She was a prime target for traffickers to take her into the slave trade.

Thankfully, we were told of her situation and brought her to ZOE Children’s Homes. She came wearing a worn dusty dress and carrying a small plastic grocery bag which contained all of her earthly possessions. A smile was not something she seemed to have in her plastic bag or in her heart.

She was timid and withdrawn when she first walked through our doors, but within weeks as we showered her with love and care, she blossomed. She became a joyful, hopeful and playful little girl, able to love and be loved. She now owns a smile. She now holds in her heart a promising future. She is no longer marked to be a victim for traffickers; and she will never again be one!