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The Elijah Rising Podcast

ABOUT THE PODCAST

For the past 10 years Elijah Rising has been involved on the frontlines of anti-trafficking work. Our intervention experience and our experience educating the public about commercial sexual exploitation in Houston gives us unique insight into the issue.

In this podcast, we discuss the myths, misconceptions, and the most frequently asked questions in the field of anti-sex trafficking work. We discuss these issues with other thought leaders such as lived experience experts, nonprofit advocates, and ministry leaders.

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Past Podcast Episodes

21
Nov

Engaging The Church To Impact Communities – Interview w/ Tre9, Eyes On Me Inc. – Ep. 57

In this interview with Tre9, Founder of Eyes on Me Inc, we talked about how to engage the church to impact communities. Eyes on Me, Inc has a number of different outreach programs for communities that are typically low income, high crime, and under-served. For years they have done after-school mentoring, prison ministry, church partnerships,...
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08
Nov

How Can SANE Nurses Combat Human Trafficking? – Interview w/ Andrea Cressy – Ep. 56

Andrea Cressy is the Forensic Nursing Program Director at Houston Methodist. She is also a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurse with both national and international certifications to conduct forensic exams. Andrea talked to us about the importance of training SANE nurses to identify women in trafficking situations, resources Methodist provides women they suspect are...
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08
Nov

Relying On Holy Spirit – Interview w/ Frankie Mazzapica of Celebration Church of The Woodlands – Ep. 55

We were thrilled to interview Pastor Frankie Mazzapica, founding and lead pastor of Celebration Church of The Woodlands, Texas. Celebration Church is a source of strength for many families and ministries including Elijah Rising. In 2018, Elijah Rising’s Executive Director, Micah Gamboa, was speaking at Celebration Church when she experienced sudden cardiac death and miraculous resuscitation two days later....
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06
Oct

Working With Youth Survivors of Trafficking – Interview w/ Amber Sharp of Home of Hope – Ep. 54

A study done by the University of Texas at Austin states there are more than 300,000 victims of human trafficking in Texas, including almost 79,000 minors and youth victims of sex trafficking. In our experience of doing outreach and intervention we also come across teens being trafficked on the street and even in strip clubs....
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06
Sep

Gen-Z & Social Justice – Ep. 53

A major focus of Gen-Z is getting behind causes especially in the realm of social justice. In this podcast we interview two Elijah Rising Staff Members, Sage and Janae, they work in our Restorative Care Program and they are passionate about anti-trafficking work and sharing the Gospel. We talk about social justice, ministry, and the...
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19
Aug

Recovery and Trafficking

Studies show that over 90% of victims of trafficking have had some involvement with drug or alcohol abuse, whether voluntary or involuntary. You really can’t talk about one without the other. We have found in our work at Elijah Rising that most women we serve have experience with drug or alcohol addiction, and Sharpen Recovery...
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10
Aug

Recovery and The Gospel

In Elijah Rising’s experience doing intervention and restorative care, we have found that many of the women we’ve encountered have a drug or alcohol addiction in addition to being trafficked. We realized we needed to be able to serve women in recovery from addiction well, so we now have a Recovery Coordinator, Jessica Gobble. In...
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12
Jul

The Power of Prayer

Since Elijah Rising was founded, prayer has played a crucial role. In this episode, you will hear from Elijah Rising’s Prayer Director, John LaChapelle, and hear from Tiffany Pardue, Executive Director of The Greater Houston Prayer Council.  If you are wanting to grow in your prayer life you will gain some new insights and encouragement...
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14
Jun

Anti-Trafficking Awareness

Despite increased efforts to bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking, there are still many people who do not know or understand the reality of trafficking. Elijah Rising believes in the importance of bringing awareness to communities in order to combat trafficking. In this episode we talk about the new digital museum and how...
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