Help me rescue girls in Brazil!

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Raised by 12 people in 51 months
There are an estimated 500,000 children in the slave trade in Brazil today, with the vast majority of them sold into sex trafficking -- some as young as 4 years old. That's the same as if all of Sacramento was sold into the slave trade today.

Even more, the World Cup is being held in Brazil this year, which means thousands of trafficked girls will be brought from the far reaches of the trafficking underworld out to the open, where not only those exploiting them can find them, but where we at The Defender Foundation can reach them.

You can help me rescue them.





WHERE AM I GOING?

I am spending three weeks in Brazil this summer with The Defender Foundation to rescue many of these girls directly off the streets and from the hands of their traffickers. We have tactical rescue teams composed of ex-military and law enforcement and are working closely with the Brazilian police force to:

1) Go on the streets and assist in the rescue of these girls in tactical rescue operations
2) Place the girls into Christian safehouses for rehabilitation.
3) Prosecute/arrest their traffickers so they can abuse no more children

We will be in multiple cities in Brazil starting in March 2014, and I need your support!



WHAT AM I DOING?

As one of the few full-time staff members of The Defender Foundation (read more at my blog here!), I am going to be in Brazil for three weeks in March participating in rescue operations. It is possible I will be returning later in the summer for another term in Brazil as well.

My role in Brazil this summer will be the following:

1) Organization and administrative: I will be helping coordinate volunteers and teams, work with national churches and ministries, place children in safehouses, and much more.
2) Rescue operations: I will be helping find and rescue victims of trafficking as part of the Contact Team, the female element of Defender's Shield (rescue) Teams. We will be working hand-in-hand with Brazilian law enforcement to rescue these girls from the streets and out of the brothels.

We are going on the front lines, but for every one of us there, we need you back home helping us be there!


WHAT DO I NEED?

I receive no salary and raise all my own financial support as a full-time staff member of The Defender Foundation. As such, I need to raise all my own funds for going to Brazil to rescue these girls out of their living hell.

My financial needs are as follows:

1) $1,500 for my round-trip ticket to Brazil
2) $700 in living and operational expenses while I am in Brazil.

I need this financial support by February 5 to be able to purchase equipment and airline tickets!

I also deeply need prayer and encouragement! If you're interested in praying for and getting updates from me, please click here.



HELP ME SET THEM FREE

I cannot even express how excited I am to be going to Brazil. Rescuing these innocent girls, despite the danger, has been confirmed over and over as my calling from the Lord. These children are day and night in a living hell, and we need to get them out, not only for their physical rescue, but for their spiritual freedom as well.

They need to be introduced to Jesus.

They need to know that the God to whom they have pleaded for rescue night after night through torture, rape, threats, and beatings, has not forgotten.

Please help send me to Brazil and show these girls that He has heard their prayers, and He is going to set them free.


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I am not often shocked speechless, but tonight I was -- I am so blessed to say that I am over 100% supported for my trip to Brazil. My supervisor here at Defender handed me a check from supporters that more than covered the rest of my funds needed, and I literally was absolutely shocked open-mouthed speechless. Your support of me means more than you could ever know, and I know you will be with me in Brazil and beyond; thank you for joining me on this journey to set the captives free. If you'd like to keep up with me on the next part of this journey, please sign up for my newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/K3qIH.
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I've been getting asked quite a bit recently by people who don't feel comfortable using their credit card online. If you'd like to support me by check, make it out to The Defender Foundation, specify it is for "Hannah Rivard's support" on a separate note, not in the memo, and mail it here: The Defender Foundation, Inc., 2220 County Road 210 West, Suite 108-157, Jacksonville, FL 32259. Specifying it is for me on a separate note allows the donation to be tax deductible for you! Your support means so much to me.
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Yesterday I sent in my visa application for Brazil, and as I payed for it, I began to wonder about the rest of the costs and where they were going to come from. And then yesterday and today, the support kept coming in -- with notes of encouragement and blessing, conversations with friends, people reminding me why I am here and why we fight for these girls. So thank you, everyone who is behind me in this. You mean the world to me.
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There has been an update to Brazil!

Due to various operational factors and as we work with the Brazilian government, we have decided to make the initial trip to Brazil much shorter, about three weeks, and then return as needed throughout the summer with other teams. I may or may not be on those returning teams; that will be determined as the year goes on.

But I am still going with the first team! This means I need to raise less support, which accounts for the update to my GoFundMe account!

Thank you for helping us rescue these children in Brazil from the slave trade.
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