August 8, 2017

Dear Butterfly House Friends,

Hello and a warm thank you to everyone who supported our second annual International Dinner / Silent Auction on July 29th!

Once again, Kingdom Life Ministries, Chesapeake, is gratefully acknowledged as venue provider with our talented friend, Shirley Griffin, conquering the challenge of beautiful decorations. Stephanie Buehler was invaluable setting up and clearing up the auction. Dan Hines and Mike Zadai provided music, and our hats are off to the young students who served under Mariah Stokes’ leadership.

We enjoyed delicious food with over 85 guests hearing Dr. Dianne Koontz Lowman, LPC, share her experiences with human trafficking survivors.

Dianne is a highly credentialed consultant with Safe Harbor in Richmond, an EAGALA mental health specialist, and works closely with law enforcement. Speaking fervently from her heart, she enlightened everyone to the brutality endured by the trafficked population. This sinister crime spares no age, ethnicity, race, or gender, and the abuse imposed is without conscience to the profiteers collecting young lives anywhere from social media sites, airports and streets to inside faith groups.

On the brighter side, our goal to shelter globally marketed children was represented by a generous buffet courtesy of local restaurants; Outback Steakhouse, Mesob Café, Azar’s, Masala Bites, Isle of Capri, La Bella Italia, Plaza Azteca at both Fairfield and Hilltop, Bangkok Garden, and Farm Fresh and Panera, both in Great Bridge. Mrs. McCullough is acknowledged for generously and continually donating her terrific labor of love. (Forever favorite pancit!)

As always, you’re encouraged to research numerous abolitionist websites to observe the critical need for safe homes like The Butterfly House, particularly in Hampton Roads.

We are working tirelessly toward our goal to raise the funds needed to build or buy a suitable safe home as soon as possible. We are believing God is going to do a miracle in 2017!

Please consider joining our efforts on a monthly basis to raise the funds needed. Once the goal of obtaining the home is met, the real work then starts!

Should you encounter a suspected trafficking situation, call the NHTRC hotline at 888-373-7888.

Remembering that children are meant to be loved, not sold, you are sincerely appreciated for your sacrificial input to this fundraiser, pulling community together to accomplish a most noble goal.

God bless you,

The Butterfly House Board of Directors

Be sure to visit our Facebook Page where we have posted all of the pictures from the International Dinner!