November 14, 2016
Hello again, friends. You’ll be pleased to know last Saturday’s fundraiser gala, our very first, was a joy beginning to end.
Sequins and tuxedos and flowers and live music set a welcoming atmosphere for our treasured guests including our logo designer who travelled from the Midwest just to be with us. Thank you, wonderful Holly.
We wish to thank and honor contributors Acosta, Auth Illustration Inc., BizCard Xpress, the Butterfly House, Carpenter’s House International, Cutting Edge Tactical, ESG Enterprises Inc., Goddard School Lynnhaven, Cindy Houck, Kingdom Life Messianic Congregation, Char Miller, Mirrors Salon & Boutique, Pierce-McCoy PLLC, Rock Church International, and Village Engraver, together with many private donors.
Some provided tickets for those who could not have attended without their generosity!
Our focused goal was addressed by four speakers.
Charlotte Miller, founder and director of The Butterfly House, spoke about the opportunity for everyone to become an abolitionist for those bound in modern-day sex slavery. She spoke about the wickedness of exploiting innocent, vulnerable young girls but gave hope and encouragement to those who had chosen to sacrifice time and finances to build the first safe home for minors in the Hampton Roads Area. Char emphasized that each girl is a mission field waiting in expectation of being rescued, loved, and redeemed. She expressed with confidence and faith that the Lord will build this house. She concluded with the infamous words of William Wilberforce, “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”
Attorney Patrick J. McKenna, Esq., (Virginia Beach Justice Initiative cofounder with his wife, Lori) related his organization’s now-fulltime work for justice in this most hellish $32-billion criminal industry. He clearly defined Virginia’s status as one of the top ten states for human trafficking, and particularly Hampton Road’s standing as second worst behind northern Virginia. He left us with his plea to broadcast awareness, pray, get involved, and financially invest.
Marguerite of Marguerite Evans International Ministries spoke of her many encounters with the outcast and utterly downcast, lives considered worthless. In her worldwide travels, she experiences time and again the power of redemption in the broken world of broken life, the power to rebuild that life with refuge and hope for the rescued. She spoke encouraging and empowering words over our determined director, Char.
Pastor VInny Losciale, by trade a contractor and carpenter, concluded the festivities with knowledge of both spiritual and natural aspects of building, emphasizing the overwhelming need for these victims’ shelter, and challenging other business owners to join their knowhow and tangible resources to accomplishing the Butterfly House.
Of note that by their own unselfish choosing, no event participants received compensation for their respective expertise. They are all gratefully acknowledged and appreciated.
Concerning first-time hearers of the horrors of trafficking, reactions typically range from shock and disbelief to heartbroken and tearful. This occasion was no exception. As the evening ended, attendees offered invaluable input, some availing themselves to volunteer in future.
People want to help!
So please hold the lives of these precious children in heart and back this project with your tax-deductible support which can be mailed to PO Box 3299, Virginia Beach VA 23454.
Remember! The Butterfly House, a 501(c)(3), will be the first local safe house to take in minors, girls whose average age is between 11 and 13.
For your continued awareness, numerous abolitionist organizations can be accessed online. Check out our local VBJI (listed on our website, thebutterfly.house), Operation Underground Railroad, Not for Sale, and Shared Hope International.
From Char and all of us, prayers for a safe and peaceful Thanksgiving and Christmas season.
As always, blessings until next time.