We just did a run of “20 DAYS OF WAYS TO SUPPORT TAMAR’S HOPE” over in our closed Tamar’s Hope Facebook group. It was a series of posts of practical suggestions for our friends and partners who would like to be more involved with this ministry, even beyond making donations.
Here’s the skinny version for anyone else who wants to get in on the action with us…
DAY 1: PRAY
I know it’s almost cliché to say it, but we mean it! Seeking God’s will in this and surrendering it all to Him is foundational to everything we do with Tamar’s Hope. Please pray for the WOMEN we serve, for NEXT STEPS in Tamar’s Hope growth, and how else God may be asking YOU to be involved.
DAY 2 – INVITE OTHERS TO THE FB GROUP
We know our vision for Tamar’s Hope is going to require a LOT more contributing partners and this is one of the main places we communicate with our donors and any “interest-ee.”
DAY 3 – HELP FIND US A PLACE TO STAY IN CALGARY
We will be in western Canada from the end of May til the first week of August to raise more support for Tamar’s Hope. We have places to lay our heads except for June 4-21 in Calgary. If you know of a house-sitting opportunity or the like, we’d love to hear about it.
DAY 4 – ARRANGE FOR US TO SPEAK IN YOUR CHURCH
Our summer leave will be primarily about raising support for Tamar’s Hope. If you’re in western Canada we’d totally love to come speak at your church and share what we’re all about. Would you talk that up with your pastor? Be it 10 minutes or an hour, we’d be all about it!
DAY 5 – MINISTRY BUS PROJECT
Our donated school bus awaits 2 or 3 handy folk to come fix it up into something awesome so we can use it as a mobile ministry centre to take to various red light districts of Guatemala City. So far we’ve gutted it and raised the roof. Now we want to retrofit it with a lounge, kitchen and bathroom. Who’s in for that kind of fun project?!
DAY 6 – GARAGE SALE FUNDRAISERS
It’s spring. That means it’s soon time for tree blossoms, NHL playoffs, and garage-saling. Yay!! If you and your friends or neighbors want to sell all that stuff cluttering garages, then why yes, we’d happily accept the proceeds!
DAY 7 – VOLUNTEER LOCALLY
Supporting what we’re doing in Guatemala is great. Getting involved in your own community is equally great. My bet is there is a ministry or organization very near you that is reaching out to sex trade workers. Find out what they’re doing. Find out how you can be involved.
DAY 8 – VEHICLE TO BORROW FOR THE SUMMER
Update: Got one. Thanks!!
DAY 9 – SHARE THIS WEBSITE
DAY 10 – MAKE FRIENDS WITH PROSTITUTES IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY
Yes, I guarantee you can find sex trade workers not far from wherever you live! Go and greet. Smile and ask them what they take in their coffee….And if you don’t know where they hang out, community services or your local police certainly will. Ready, go!
DAY 11 – TALK US UP IN YOUR CHURCH GROUPS
Are you in a church home group? a service group? How ’bout showing our video the next time you meet and inviting others to get involved?
DAY 12 – COME TO GUATEMALA AS A MISSIONARY
Seriously!! We believe God is leading us to serve lots more women than we’re capable of right now. Which means we’re gonna need lots more people. Which can only mean He’s inviting more to come join us! Is that you? Is that someone you know? We’re looking for volunteers who are willing to commit to a minimum 2 years.
DAY 13 – INVITE US TO YOUR GROUP
We’re gonna be in western Canada for the summer months and we’d LOVE to come speak to your church home group, business associates, family and friends…anyone who wants to hear about what we’re up to in Guatemala!!
After you’ve shown our video to your small group (Day 11), brainstorm ways you could raise money together. Perhaps a garage sale (Day 6) isn’t really your thing but you have your own creative ideas! Have fun!
DAY 15 – EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT THE SEX TRADE
A few choice resources just to get you started:
Children in the Game by Ross A. MacInnes (stories of how predators lure girls in)
Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd (a survivor story from the commercial sex industry)
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls (documentary film by Exodus Cry)
DAY 16 – SHOW OUR VIDEO AT YOUR CHURCH
Perhaps logistics will make it difficult to invite us to speak at your church this summer (Day 4), but what about asking your pastor if YOU could just say a few a words on our behalf and share the 6 min video? Easy peasy!!
DAY 17 – HELP SPREAD THE WORD WE’LL BE IN CANADA THIS SUMMER
Yes, we’d love to come speak at your church (Day 4). Yes, we’d love to speak with your small group (Day 13). And YES, we’d love to come share our stories and vision with any other group you know about! – other groups in your church, others groups in other churches, your co-workers, customers, rich uncle, anyone!
DAY 18 – REMEMBER IT’S A TEAM
The work of Tamar’s Hope is only possible because it’s a whole team thing. It takes donors, it takes pray-ers, and it takes some seriously awesome volunteer staff! God has drawn a few of His most compassionate, fearless and sacrificial servants into our on-the-ground group of workers, now representing four different countries. Remember them. Pray for them. Consider becoming one of them!
DAY 19 – SHARE YOUR IDEAS WITH US
Please give us your own creative ideas right here of how you and others could support Tamar’s Hope. We’ll take all the help we can get!
DAY 20 – PRAY
Yeah, I know, that was Day 1 and we bookend it here too cuz this one’s as important as it gets. Please pray for us, for our staff, for the women we are serving on La Linea, for the women who have left prostitution and are trying to rebuild their lives, for more financial resources to better serve these many women.