Impactjunkie Pitch notes at The Worklodge.

posted on: February 15, 2018

There are over 20 million people trafficked globally and this crime not including the porn industry profits an estimated $150 billion dollars a year.

Let me begin by sharing a true story of an average American family. We were raising a family. Buying a house. Working. My husband is a union crane operator working here in Houston. We were driving along the hwy in November 2014 when we came across a museum where I learned about the history and current problems of human trafficking and how relevant this is to today’s society.
That day changed the way I saw the world paround me. It was just the beginning for me. I went home realizing I wasn’t hearing enough about human trafficking.

Human trafficking is old bondage of people selling people for a profit, predators preying on vulnerabilities of the weak.

I began to study and According to the National center for missing and exploited children an estimated 2 million American kids runaway from home every year. Within 48 to 72 hours on the streets, one third fall into the hands of pornagraphy and prostitution.

I published a fiction novel In April of last year titled Pushing Back the Darkness and have sold hundreds of copies. I’m working with a team of eight writers and we are in the second phase of editing a curriculum now titled Called Out: A 16 session emotional healing and restoration curriculum for survivors of sexual abuse. Our goal is to have this published In July of this year.

I have been invited to teach and bring awareness to over thirty different settings and speaking engagements at churches, schools and libraries , but I want to scale these workshops and replicate them across America. Research your city and community. Human trafficking affects all of us.

My goal is to launch this program engaged in the fight to end modern-day slavery & help with aftercare of survivors. Through education and awareness we can bring Hope to those who have none. We can change the very communities we live in by making meaningful impact in a place of need. We have identified the problem and now we offer a solution. Thank you.

Those were my notes from the IMPACTJUNKIE meeting at the Worklodge which was an incredible place!!

The original Temple of #Solomon was built with cedars from #Lebanon. When the foundation of the new temple was laid, the description of simultaneous joy and weeping is noted in #Ezra chapter 3 :10-13. The older community remembered the former temple and the new generation was celebrating.

You will not find recorded here the grumbling, murmurs or complaints of the older crowd. One reads the sound was heard a far off and people couldn’t discern the noise of joy from the noise of grief and weeping. They did it together. Unity. The old hand in hand with the new.

There was no thought of “if it’s not done my way then we cannot work together”

The glorious praise was shouted when the expectation of the temple #foundation was laid and the first steps completed. They had a long journey a head of them but the work could not be done alone. The people had to work together in unity.

There was mourning for the loss and rememberance of the #destruction of the original temple but the glory of the New Temple would surpass that of the first.

How does that apply to

What does that have to do with Tribes!?

Well, I believe that We must all work together and not have a “my way” mindset.

Or a hindsight viewpoint of constantly remembering the old ways and not putting our hand to the plow and helping with what’s going on today and now.

Today and #Tomorrow is a better day. We are headed to a bright future of the church if we work together to bring in the harvest and labor for souls #together.

Help your brother with his dream. Help your sister with her vision. Work together for the kingdom of God. may be a New thing but it is out there helping others and using the tools we have in our hands. Using our time

Talent and treasures today….get involved!

Interview with Rise Author, Hallie Schaefer

posted on: February 11, 2018

There’s a myth that has circulated for far too long. We all think we are too ordinary to make a difference and make a change. This author is an advocate, an Abolitionist and an author but what was her great win this week????

She learned a new recipe.

Let that sink in. She is just like you and I but she’s a voice. She is asking a change for something that matters. Meet Hallie Schaefer.

What is your career? 

– Right now, I’m a work-from-home mother of three. I do freelance writing when I get the chance and hope that writing and storytelling will be a career later on. Before this, I was a social worker for several years working with at risk youth.

What is a goal you have that’s worth working for, starting now? What are you passionate about?

– I’m passionate about stories. I think stories are what connects us to each other and makes us feel like we can relate to one another. My goal is to share stories of hope and that they encourage those that I meet along the way.

Can you explain what human trafficking in America means and looks like?

– It’s not the Hollywoodized version that many are used to seeing. It’s not the street fights, Liam Neeson style version. It’s quiet. It’s hidden. It could be someone falling in “love” with the wrong person, a person who forces them to do sexual things for money. It’s minors being abused and used as sex objects. It’s being emotionally, mentally, or physically abused by someone that forces you to do things you don’t want to do.

Tell us about your book. 

– “Rise”, while themed around human trafficking, focuses on hope. In the story, the girls face the realities of human trafficking, dealing with the guilt, pain, and shame. They find that God still loves them, no matter how they see themselves. This unconditional love helps them break free of the invisible bonds their traffickers held on them.

What exactly made you passionate about being an advocate and bringing awareness to human trafficking in America? 

– I learned about human trafficking in 2008, during my freshman year at college. I had never heard about it before, but after the summer reading requirement of Not For Sale by David Batstone, my passion for it just grew. I wanted others to know about it too. With more awareness, people are empowered to protect themselves from it and know the signs well enough to be able to save someone else from it.

What wins did you have this week?

– I learned a new recipe! Sweet potato flatbread. I’m pretty sure that I’m the world’s worst cook, so this was a huge win. Lol

Can you begin by telling me what made you decide to follow your career path?

– I’ve always loved to write. But when I was figuring out my major, writing wasn’t considered an option because it didn’t seem like a worthwhile thing to study, but more of a hobby. I chose psychology with the goal of one day getting my doctorate. After working in the field for a few years, I realized it was not my passion at all. I still longed to write. And now that is what I am doing, and I’m loving it!

What is there to be said of difficult life experiences and how can we transform them?

– Adversity shows us just how much we are capable of. We can choose to let it crush us, or we can grow from those experiences.

When was the last time you were out of your comfort zone?

– All of the time. Lol I have social anxiety, and when I’m presented suddenly with an unexpected situation that involves strangers, I tend to shut down. I had an interview with a human trafficking organization last week and when I was interviewing the CEO, everything was fine. But once she turned the interview around on me and started asking questions to get to know me and to learn about my book, I physically started shaking! I wasn’t scared, but my body just took over and I had to really fight against my natural flight response.

What is your favorite quote or mantra?

– It’s a bible verse. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” I love that we are not defined by our pasts, but through Christ, we can be who we are supposed to be.

If you had a magic wand and could change one thing in your life, what would it be and why?

– Time. I would slow it down.

What advice would you give someone concerning Who they need to become in order to accomplish their wish/dream/goal?

– You already are that person. If you wait until you “have it all together” before you start your journey to accomplish that dream, you’ll never do it. Start now.

When do you feel like your true self?

– When I’m with my family. They’ve seen me on my best and worst days and still accept me for everything I am and for what I am not.

If you were the bravest version of yourself today, what would you be doing?

– I would be doing public speaking engagements, spreading awareness of human trafficking. And I wouldn’t be shaking while I do it.

What is keeping people from living their best life?

– Fear and self-doubt.

Do you have a nonprofit organization you admire or contribute to? 

– There are way too many to name. For this entire year, all proceeds of my book “Rise” will be going to human trafficking organizations dedicated to helping victims. Each month, I will choose a new one, highlighting them on my website.

How can people know more about that nonprofit? 

– I will be posting information about each organization each month so that others can learn about them.

How can individuals achieve goals without sacrificing their values?

– By keeping true to themselves and prioritizing.

How do we make our values a reality?

– By making a plan and a commitment to do so.

What are a few of your new year goals? 

– Figure out a better work/life balance and to do things I’m afraid to do.

If anyone is interested in contacting you further what’s the easiest way(s) to reach you???

– Either my email or message me on facebook

Thank you for helping with exposure!! 🙂

Girl, Taken – An interview with Author Elena Nikitina

posted on: February 6, 2018


Elena Nikitina


To me, age is a state of mind.  Depending on the day, I can feel myself anywhere between 18 and 90.

What are you passionate about? 

I’m an artist at heart.  I enjoy writing, painting and photography.  My other passions are Latin dance and shooting weapons at the range.  I love to work out and create things as well.  I love to design new stuff from scratch or transform ugly things into beautiful ones. I love fashion and my dream is to create a fashion clothing line one day. I’m also passionate about real estate – I’m a licensed agent in Ohio.

What human trafficking looks like and how does it affect American youth? 

Human trafficking is illegal trade of human beings for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor.  Behind those words there are many broken human lives.  Each story is an incredible tragedy of a person who is torn away from his normal life and deprived of his freedom and human rights.

Young people are particularly vulnerable, as criminals can find victims and manipulate them through internet, social media and private chats. One report cited “13 years old as the most common age in Ohio for youth to become victims of child sex trafficking”.

What motivated you to write a book and more importantly what inspired you to get involved with bringing awareness to human trafficking? 

The book Girl, Taken – is a true story about kidnapping and survival.  The plot of my book took place in real life and I just described it in my own words.

I saw and experienced things no one should have to go through.  I’m sure that right now, right at this particular moment, there is someone who is suffering from being a victim of kidnapping or trafficking or facing a similar ordeal in life.  I wanted to deliver a message to those who seek hope or to those who are about to give up. Hope and faith should never leave you, even in the moment of total and all-consuming despair.

Every human trafficking story looks similar to mine.  The incredible tragedy that involves not only one person – it’s an adversity for all family members.  Unfortunately, most people consider human trafficking as a problem of the past or believe that it is limited to being outside the United States only. Only by bringing awareness and education about this problem taking place everywhere there will be a chance to fight this crime.

Tell us a few statistics concerning human trafficking in your city and the surrounding areas. 

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state, including Ohio.  Ohio ranks number five in the nation for the most human trafficking cases. Last year, 375 Ohio trafficking cases were reported based on calls to the national hotline–according to Polaris, a nonprofit organization that tracks human trafficking cases in America and across the world.

If any readers might think a loved one is in harm’s way what would be a few actions you would suggest so they can get the help they need?

The professional help from the therapist and a good family environment are the best sources, in my opinion.

What steps did you take to begin bringing awareness and getting involved?

I’m at the very beginning of my journey at the moment. I think social media is the best way to bring the awareness.

What challenges have you faced and how did you overcome them? 

Through the horrifying months of my captivity – witnessing atrocities, surviving bombings and sexual violence, and trapped in a land where countless people were dying every day, I fought desperately to stay alive, stay sane and not lose the one thing that kept me going – my hope.

We never know what we are capable of until we are placed in a situation when you have to make a choice – stay strong or break down.  Choose to remain a victim or choose to become a survivor.

At some point, I decided for myself – I wanted to be a survivor and not a victim.  I like to believe we can all make this choice, no matter the hardships we face in life.

What advice would you give to parents of youth? 

Pay attention and talk to your children.  Be proud of what they are accomplishing.  Love them.

So many people have dreams and want to start nonprofits or businesses because they have a burning desire to change the world. They want to be men or women of influence with a powerful message. Then doubt sets in or failure happens. 

-What are your thoughts about this? 

Robert Kiyosaki – famous American businessman and author – once said: “Winners are not afraid of losing.  But losers are.  Failure is part of the process of success.  People who avoid failure also avoid success”.

Pursuing things that truly matter gives people a sense of purpose and this, in turn, will help people persevere in their pursuits.

-What would your message to these people include? 

Take a risk to make a difference.  If you win, you will be happy.  If you lose, you learn.

What is your favorite quote or mantra?

This too shall pass.

My favorite of all times, meaning that nothing is permanent.

When everything is good, remember that it won’t last forever. So, enjoy and cherish it while you can. When things are bad, remember that it won’t last forever. Have faith, bad times eventually will pass.

What motivates you?

Achieving the desired results motivates me.

When was the last time you were out of your comfort zone?

A few days ago, I was honored to give a public speech about my book Girl, Taken.  That was something I have never done before and had zero experience with. I was way out of my comfort zone.

What are your most important gifts you have to offer your city and state?

Every voice has an influence. Many voices have the power to change the world or to stop a crime.  To be involved in the organization or a group with like-minded people – is a gift that every citizen should offer to their community to improve the quality of life.

If anyone is interested in contacting you further what would be the easiest way to reach you? 

The best way to reach me is through one of my social media accounts:

Is there anything else you want me to know that will help me write this article?

As I mentioned earlier, I wrote a book Girl, Taken – A True Story of Abduction, Captivity and Survival.  In 1994, just after my 21st birthday, I was drugged and abducted from my hometown in southern Russia by a group of gangsters. The idea was to hold me for ransom, but an unfortunate thing happened.  Soon after my kidnapping, the first Russian-Chechen War broke out…

I would love to share my story with the readers of your blog.

Readers love Girl, Taken.

Here’s a small sample of what they are saying:

“This book will astonish and inspire you.  It is the harrowing tale of a young woman who saved her own life through nothing more than courage, determination, and inner strength.”

“One of the best books I’ve read in the past few years…”

“Girl, Taken kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time.  She is lucky to be alive.  Very intense, hard to put it down.  I would definitely suggest you enjoy the book for yourself and feel what it’s like to be kidnapped…”

Girl, Taken – A True Story of Abduction, Captivity and Survival.  You can check it out on Amazon

Broken Silence- an interview with human trafficking Survivor, Chong Kim

posted on: January 7, 2018

I met this incredible lady on a podcast we did together months ago. She is an author of a book called Broken Silence. Please subscribe and show her love. Leave a comment and share her post. Thank you. January is National Human Trafficking awareness month.

Chong Kim breaks the silence that has muzzled generations of cultural oppression and unties the invisible “gag” that has muted the voices of Asian-Americans for centuries. Broken Silence is the unbridled testimony of one person’s account of cover-ups, racism, sexual abuse and human trafficking.

Thankful she agreed to share parts of her story with us. Enjoy and share!

Meet Chong Kim :

What is your career?


What is a goal you have that’s worth working for starting now?

Utilizing film, art, music and poetry to share awareness, share story, express pain and pass on wisdom to others.

What are you passionate about?

Creating a safe place for Children globally.

Can you explain what human trafficking in America means and looks like?

I believe it is misunderstood; In America on one hand we want to rescue the world, be the strong hold, but when corruption, scandal or severe abuse happens in our own backyard we cling onto ‘denial’.  On the other hand we have those that want to fight the atrocity, but are receiving limited information, which makes our advocacy work limited.

What exactly made you passionate about being an advocate and bringing awareness to human trafficking in America?

When I became a mother, the fear of the very thing that took your life has a repeated cycle that can happen to your children if you’re not aware, careful or find the right help, cope and healing.  I didn’t realize in the beginning it was a passion, I was just so afraid of my children being a by product of someone else and I had to survive, sacrifice my own selfish emotions to make sure my children wouldn’t have to go through or be susceptible becoming ‘at-risk’ kids.

What wins did you have this week?

My perseverance, my daily life I still battle with flashbacks, triggers, anxiety, PTSD and etc.  But I continue to fight to get up, smile and move forward.

Can you begin by telling me what made you decide to follow your career path?

I wanted to leave a legacy behind and that was I did my best while here on earth to bring the truth of the corruption, the scandal and to let those who were willing to hear my voice to protect their children.  If I remain silent and work in a regular job, I would not be at peace.  I haven’t slept peacefully in years and through my coping and healing it is still difficult, but while I’m here and alive I want to change the world by being a voice.

What is there to be said of difficult life experiences and how can we transform them?

When we aren’t listening to each other.  Shouting over each other, opposing views gets threatened and immediately defamed or bullied.  How can we change the world when no one is listening?

When was the last time you were out of your comfort zone?

About two weeks ago, when I had to go through a sleep study in a lab.  Being a survivor of child rape, I have learned to adapt to many changes, except when it comes to my face.  I had a pillow over my face when I was a small child, I was suffocated by my own mother..  Ex boyfriends who tried to choke me to death, then when I was trafficked, I had a mask forced on my face.  Repeated fist thrown in my face, because of those incidents I am afraid of the dentist, when I have to have surgery and they have to put a mask on me or when I have to use a Cpap or Bpap machine, I have to put something on my face.  Nothing scares me more than having something on my face.  That is stepping out of my comfort zone.

What is your favorite quote or mantra?

The best way to avenge your oppressors is to become the success they can never imagine.

My son’s father before he died shared that with me when I was still prostituting to survive on the street.  He told me that what the traffickers did, still have no power over my future.  I still hold the key to my own future.

If you had a magic wand and could change one thing in your life, what would it be and why?

I use to think about this alot when I was going through trafficking, now God has blessed me and taught me in ways I never thought he could so my answer would be none.  To me God picked me up in my darkest time and taught me that I could do anything and turn my tragedy into triumph.

What advice would you give someone concerning Who they need to become in order to accomplish their wish/dream/goal?

I would first have them chant, “I am worthy.’

Survivors have dealt with verbal and emotional abuse, the evil words in their heads.  They must learn to embrace their worth before they can begin to move on.  The negative thinking from our past abusers are so strong and toxic.

When did you begin to feel like your true self?

When I began to live a sober life 2-22-2000

If you were the bravest version of yourself today, what would you be doing?

I am doing God’s will, he gave me a purpose and I am in awe of him.

What is keeping people from living their best life?  Any ounce of insecurities.

Do you have a nonprofit organization you admire or contribute to?

Yes, Alert Ministries in Dallas; they do support groups at the Dallas Juvenile Detention Center and Women of the Well a survivor led ministry and shelter for victims/survivors of sex trade and trafficking.

How can people know more about that nonprofit? and

How can individuals achieve goals without sacrificing their values?

I don’t know how to answer that, but let me share my example.  I was pregnant at 21, my baby that I carried was my trafficker.  I didn’t believe in abortion, but I also didn’t want my baby to be harmed by the trafficker, so I sacrificed my selfish love as a parent to be a mother first.  I placed her for adoption so that she can be safe in someone else’s arms rather than mine.  It was the most painful and difficult decision I ever made, but I don’t regret it.  I don’t know if I answered your question, but when we weigh out the pros and cons of our situation along with sharing what we want to achieve, everything else begins to make sense.

How do we make our values a reality?

For me, I’m a go-getter.  I just do it, but if I have some hesitancy or I need direction, then I pray and just listen.  No rush and just be patient.

What are a few of your new year goals?  Finishing up with my second book, “Save Me” which will be the inspiration for my TV series I want to launch about Human Trafficking.

If anyone is interested in contacting you further what’s the easiest way(s) to reach you???

Here is my information:  Chong Kim you can view my website at:


Chong Kim, LLC










To order my memoir, “Broken Silence”

Be sure to check out my youtube videos “Let’s Talk with Chong”

LTWC Weekly

“Make every moment your only audition.” – Chong Kim

Life transformations 

posted on: May 10, 2017

A sweet, dear friend of mine ask me to share part of her story.  

I am honored to be associated with her.  We go to church together and she has one of the most giving spirits. She has taught me so much concerning discipleship. People must feel love and know they loved before they will open up to a church family and stick around. I can’t tell you  how many times she has told me this over and over lecturing me on how people need to feel loved and wanted before they can be changed and disciples.

 She is a part of a growing Sunday school department. She is married with two gorgeous children…..but her life hasn’t always been like that. 

She said she wanted to share the hope that she read in my book with anyone out there who might be without hope. She has been clean and out of jail for a long while…way before I ever finished editing my book and publishing it but she recalls reading her Bible that was given to her while in jail. She didn’t know what she was reading but she would write whole chapters of Proverbs and Psalms nightly and research and study. 

I truly believe God honored her as he noticed her doing that. She truly wanted to change and heal and become more than what she was…and she has done that. 

When we became friends over two years ago I didn’t know I would finish and publish my book…but I did. 

I didn’t know that it would touch even her heart…but it did. I’m thankful she read and felt the hope my book brought….she wants to get the word out and share it with those she left behind. 

Heather Gallien Dec 2012-may2014 In Plane state jail tdcj # 1838002 





Married with children 


My friend and sister in Christ 

Used in ministry of outreach and Sunday school

Thank you for your testimony of hope. 

What a life transformation!!!❤️ 

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