I am grateful to Central Life Church for reaching out to us and asking us to tell our story about ReleaseSARA last weekend. What an honor it was to share the stage with Pastor Ryan Alonso on Mother’s Day for this interview. It’s a day I will never forget and I am praying the Lord will use this to ignite a fire deep within each of you…a fire that will dare you to listen to the dream He has given you and step into the purpose He has just for you. Oh friend, I promise you, there is nothing sweeter than living out your purpose and walking in step with the Holy Spirit!
How many of you have heard about SARA? It’s not one of the most commonly talked about oils, but it sure is one incredible oil. Here’s why:
SARA is a powerful blend of oils that is excellent for emotional release. The acronym SARA stands for Sexual And Ritual Abuse as it was created for those who battle with emotions from this kind of trauma as well as other forms of physical and emotional abuse. It’s not limited to those who have suffered abuse, however. Each one of us could find a purpose for using SARA. Any sort of negative emotions we have stored deep down inside would warrant needing this oil.
Follow with me for a minute:
Emotions that we bury deep down inside of us never actually die. We can’t just stuff them down and expect them to go away with time. Quite the contrary, in fact! Our negative emotions from difficult situations that we have endured in our life are written on our DNA and stored in the cellular memory within our organs and in our amygdala (our brain’s memory center for fear and trauma).
Each time a thought or situation causes us to bring up these old thoughts and emotions, we reinforce it in our cellular memory, allowing it to grow and wreak havoc on our emotional well-being as well as our physical body…eventually causing physical ailments (because, remember, it’s written on the cells in our organs). We must release these emotions rather than stuffing them down if we want to achieve optimal health and wellness.
Did your parents make you feel ashamed of yourself? Reach for SARA and release it. Did your husband make you feel unloved or abandoned? Reach for SARA and release it. Did a friend make you feel unworthy or lonely? Reach for SARA and release it. Do you have unresolved negative emotions that you thought you buried alive but now realize you need to dig up and release? Reach for SARA. You’ll be thankful you have this special oil on hand, I promise.
THE FOLLOWING ARE WARNING SIGNS THAT AN INDIVIDUAL IS BEING TRAFFICKED:
- Avoids eye contact
- Numerous inconsistencies in their story
- Significantly older boyfriend or new boyfriend with different lifestyle
- Tattoos or “branding” marks (e.g. boyfriend’s name, initials, money symbol, barcode)
- Other physical signs of abuse such as bruising, burn marks, and cuts
- Suddenly has unexpectedly expensive jewelry, clothing, accessories, cell phones, etc. and is now getting hair and nails done regularly
- Multiple cell phones
- Less appropriately dressed than usual
- Advanced sexual knowledge and sexualized behavior
- Uses terminology such as “the Life,” “Track,” “Daddy,” or “Tricks” (see a more extensive list of commonly used terminology here)
- Slowly becomes secluded and you begin to see increasingly less of her/him
- Withdrawn, depressed, distracted, anxious, nervous
- Tired during class or in the daytime in general (from working at night)
- Not allowed to speak for himself/herself – someone always speaking for them
- Dancing or “working” in a bar or club when he/she is obviously not old enough
- Defensive or overly sensitive about their relationships
- Talks a lot about her boyfriend’s dreams and their future together
- Loss of sense of time
- Doesn’t know what city he/she is in; general lack of knowledge about whereabouts
- Substance misuse/abuse
- Shows signs of gang affiliation such as preferring specific colors or displaying gang symbols
**Information compiled from the following reliable resources: Polaris Project, Shared Hope International, Rebecca Bender Initiative
IF YOU SUSPECT TRAFFICKING OF AN INDIVIDUAL OR TO REPORT A TIP, CONTACT ON OF THE FOLLOWING:
National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
If you have information about a missing child or suspected child sexual exploitation, call to report it or visit their website, www.missingkids.com/cybertipline.
The National Runaway Switchboard
The National Runaway Switchboard serves as the federally-designated national communication system for homeless and runaway youth. Through hotline and online services, NRS provides crisis intervention, referrals to local resources, and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members throughout the country 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
1-866-347-2423 (U.S. & Canada)
1-802-872-6199 (International Calls)
ICE’s hotline to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity. Call or complete an online tip form.
It’s small business Saturday and we would LOVE your support here at ReleaseSARA! We are a small business striving hard to do big things and we need your help. We’ve made it as easy as we know how to by selecting many new beautiful fair trade products in our shop. If you’ve been around for awhile, you’ll notice the PURPOSE jewelry line is new, and we hope you are as excited as we are about this addition.
PURPOSE jewelry is handcrafted by women and girls rescued from modern-day slavery and is a part of International Sanctuary, a non-profit that provides holistic care for survivors in the form of education, scholarships, medical care, job training, and counseling. Each PURPOSE purchase helps iSanctuary to provide these services.
In addition to that, when you purchase PURPOSE jewelry from our ReleaseSARA shop, you’re also helping to provide essential oils to domestic minor survivors here in the USA. These essential oils are invaluable tools to assist the survivors in releasing negative emotions that so often block healing and the ability to move forward in complete freedom.
So make a purchase you can feel good about this Small Business Saturday. Make a lasting difference in the lives of survivors of modern-day slavery while simply checking off your Christmas gift list!
Awhile back we posted on Instagram and Facebook, asking for anyone interested to join our Prayer Warriors Tribe and commit to praying regularly for this ministry. We believe prayer is a powerful tool and we want the power of the prayers of God’s people to take over, directing our every step as we work out His purpose and plan for this ministry.
If you are not already a part of the Prayer Warrior Tribe here at ReleaseSARA but would like to be, please email us at ReleaseSARA@gmail.com and let us know you want to join the tribe.
I thought I’d leave a little bit of our latest email here on the blog, complete with our most recent prayer requests and praises…
Let me begin with a Praise: When I initially announced that we were looking for prayer warriors, I was preparing to fly to Houston to train the survivors and staff at Freedom Place on how to specifically use the essential oils we have been donating to them over the past year and a half. I was so nervous about having to get up and talk in front of everyone, but the Lord heard the prayers of His people and completely took over my words and thoughts during the training. I was filled with an unbelievable peace the morning of the training, and I truly believe God orchestrated that entire day for His plan and purpose to unfold. Thank you to each of you who prayed for us concerning that training. I can tell you honestly that I felt and experienced the answers to those prayers. It was amazing! Thank you!
I have a couple of Prayer Requests: We have made a few changes to our ReleaseSARA shop recently that you may have noticed. In addition to selling t-shirts, we are slowly adding Fair Trade items from artisans around the world, including artisans that have been rescued from a life of trafficking both abroad and here in the United States. I am thrilled for this change as it means we are reaching and helping more people through this ministry. Please pray that the addition of Fair Trade items to our shop will further grow our ministry by bringing more supporters to our shop who will make more purchases, which will in turn mean more proceeds we can flip to purchase essential oils for the survivors we support at Freedom Place.
Our desire is to grow this ministry large enough to begin supporting another facility like Freedom Place…and eventually several, if not all, of the facilities like Freedom Place in the United States. Please pray that God will send the support we need to reach other facilities and that He will give us wisdom and direction as we grow. I must admit, I am far from qualified for leading this ministry. I do not have an educational background in business or management or marketing or anything of the sort…But what I do have is a desire for God to use me and a willingness to submit myself to His call for me, even if it feels uncomfortable at times. I believe He has taken me out of my comfort zone so that I remain humble and dependent upon Him to grow this ministry, knowing that any growth is not from my own strengths or abilities but rather His working out of His plans and purposes through me. When I remember this, there is a sense of peace that it’s not up to me and that I just need to be willing to let Him use me.
Lastly, please pray for the survivors at Freedom Place as they heal physically, mentally, and emotionally from the trauma they’ve endured. Pray that they would lean into Jesus, trusting in His goodness even when they don’t understand. Pray that they will feel His presence in a way that leaves them craving more of Him and a desire to pursue Him as they heal. Pray that the essential oils we send to them will be a useful tool in their recovery and will help them release the emotions they’ve pushed down for so long so that they can move on in complete freedom. Our desire is for them to be free from the emotional bondage and to fully experience freedom in Christ. We believe this is possible if we will rally together in agreement and prayer for these survivors.
Thank you for your prayers as we grow!
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18