Friday, June 24, 2011

FamilyLife

My partnership with FamilyLife Ministries has been filled  with rewarding surprises and full of adventures!  Upon choosing my platform of Marriage and Family, I knew immediately that I wanted to wave the banner of FamilyLife…..the interesting thing is they knew nothing of my endeavors! To inform them of this mission that lay ahead of me, I wrote to Dennis Rainey and the FamilyLife Staff to tell them of my mission. I would like to share my letter that I wrote to Mr. Rainey:
Dear Mr. Rainey,                                                                                            
My name is Shelle Moran and I'm excited to share the news that I was crowned Mrs. North Dakota International 2011. This title, I genuinely feel has been put in my life so I may be a missionary of Jesus Christ.  As His servant, paired with this title, I will have opportunities to share the salvation message with more people and promote biblical marriage and family values.  I have partnered with the North Dakota session of Family Life Ministries Weekend To Remember.  During this year, it is my goal to increase marital assistance to couples in order to keep more North Dakota families strong and thriving.
I am truly putting this experience in the hands of God....and asking Him to light my feet as I journey forward.  His will, will be done.....and I am simply an empty, broken and worthless tool filled by Him to reach His children who need to hear His voice calling "come to me."  Through His strength and love, I will bring JOY to His people!
            This is not a small task, nor possible without help.  My question to FamilyLife Ministries; Would your organization join me? Pray on this request and see where God leads and instructs you to use me as tool for His ministry.
Can I count on you to support me in this quest for our families?

Thank you for your consideration,
Shelle Moran, Mrs. North Dakota International 2011
Soon after, a response was received and great excitement from the FamilyLife Team was expressed! The first thing that they wanted, was for Colin and I to participate in their Weekend to Remember marketing materials! Off to Altanta, Georgia we flew in April to work with Joey Wofford, Creative Director, and his team of photography and videography! Joey has worked globally and nationally with large companies, including Chick Filet!  Look for yourself at www.joeywofford.com.
Our photos and videos will be used for the marketing of Weekend To Remember Conferences globally!  Without this opportunity as Mrs. North Dakota International, this would NEVER have been possible!

Appearances and National Pageant Preparation

June has been busy for me with appearances as Miss Teen ND International.  I traveled to Jamestown for their annual Buffalo Museum Fundraiser where I assisted in silent and live auctions! I was treated to an amazing buffalo prime rib meal and had a wonderful time meeting new friends and talking with familiar faces.

On June 14th I headed to Medora, ND where I was invited to participate in the “All horse Flag Day Parade”! It was a blast!! I was accompanied by several rodeo queens as we marched through the streets of Medora proudly displaying the beautiful colors of our American Flag! After the parade we were awarded to a sneak peak of the beauty of the Badlands as we traveled the trails to return to the horse stables. Hope you enjoy the pictures!





  I have also been practicing nonstop as I prepare for the Miss Teen International pageant held July 30th in Chicago! My state directors helped me finalize my wardrobe for my week in Chicago and we also worked on walking and interviewing!  While in Fargo, I had the chance to visit our official pageant sponsor Olivieri’s Salons where I was treated like a princess. I can’t wait to keep everyone up to date on every thing happening at nationals!  I am working hard daily on getting prepared for this fantastic journey.



 
Until next time!
Emily Carson

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Be The Difference

Everyday people all around the world buy clothing, coffee, chocolate, as well as other items that have been processed by people who have been forced into modern day slavery or more commonly known as human trafficking.  David Batstone, who is the President and Co-Founder of the Not For Sale Campaign stated, “The shoes I wear, the coffee I drink, the sugar I put in my coffee may all be invisible links to slavery. Being free to choose our destiny is fundamental to how we see ourselves. That’s why human trafficking strikes a nerve, and people want to help.” 

Batstone sums up the fact that human trafficking is consistently taking place all around us whether we recognize it or not.  Recently, I had the privilege of traveling to San Francisco, California to attend the Abolitionist Academy with the Not For Sale Campaign and become a certified abolitionist. This Academy was devoted to teaching others how to educate individuals about the global, national, state, and local problem of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Information was also provided on how to assist survivors and what tools you can use in your everyday lives to help “set the captives free.” It truly was an incredible experience and I feel so blessed to have gotten to attend this academy, what an amazing opportunity!

One of the things I learned at the Academy was the realization that not enough people know about human trafficking let alone what they should do if they suspect it is happening. I want to share how any individual person can be the difference when it comes to modern day slavery.

For starters you can prevent human trafficking by keeping communication open among the community in which you are living in.  Being attentive to problems that may be happening in your hometown and neighborhood.   If you have children, teach them about personal safety and to not get involved with strangers.   If you do suspect a problem contact the legal authorities.
 
If you or loved ones are traveling outside of the U.S., be sure to research where you are going and what organizations you are with.  Above all, never give anyone your passport or other important travel documents (acf.hhs.gov).   

When identifying a victim, evidentiary signs that an individual has been trafficked include the following: inability to move or leave a job, bruises or other signs of battering, fear or depression, not speaking the language of the State, recently arrived in the State from another part of the world or the country, or lack of passport, immigration or identification documentation. It is important to remember that anybody can be a victim, it does not matter whether a person is wealthy or poor, male or female anybody can become a victim of human trafficking. Once a victim has been identified there are many different ways to take action.  At the first sign of the possibility of human trafficking, the authorities should be contacted.  Inside the U.S., one can contact the local police, the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Outside of our country, you can contact the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate (acf.hhs.gov).

Regardless of location, any person can report a case of human trafficking or get more information by calling the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline, which is operated by the Polaris Project, at 1-888-3737-888 (polarisproject.org).  These are just a few different ways that people can become more aware of human trafficking by identifying victims as well as protecting themselves.  The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution passed in 1865 stated: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude…shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction” (notforsalecampaign.org). It is up to individual people to step up to the plate and recognize that human trafficking is a serious issue and it is time to make change and be the difference.  




Yours truly,

Stacy Schaffer
Miss ND International 2011
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