Beauty for Ashes

Beauty For Ashes: Stories of hope around the world

Saturday, April 5, 2014, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Explore issues of cross-cultural outreach to women, looking at issues of Human Trafficking, Educating Girls and Women’s Micro-Finance. Connect with others who share your passion. You will be inspired by amazing stories of hope, connect with God’s heart for the world and discover resources to make a difference.

Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Miriam Adeney

Miriam Adeney is an international speaker, teacher and writer with a widespread and varied ministry. She has written dozens of articles and books, including A Time for Risking: Priorities for Women and Daughters of Islam: Building Bridges with Muslim Women. She currently holds teaching positions at Seattle Pacific University, Regent College and Fuller Theological Seminary, as well as visiting professorships in seminaries all over the world. She also serves as a mentor to Christian writers in Asia and Latin America.

Breakout Sessions - Select Two

“From Liability to Asset: Stories of Strengthened Families and Communities”
with Karen Scott, Ph.D.

Through stories of women’s involvement in microcredit, families and communities are realizing the value of women’s contribution. Though often unrecognized for the impact they make on society, through their participation in small businesses women are becoming visible and appreciated in their roles as wives, mothers and entrepreneurs. Listen to stories of women like Nessa, Myanur, and others as they have discovered the important position they have even in cultures that only allow restricted movement to women and girls.

Karen Scott and her husband Ed worked in Bangladesh from 1973 until 2013. They served in two health and community development projects with the World Mission Prayer League (WMPL) and with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Global Mission. Both projects focus on meeting the spiritual and health needs of rural women.

Dr. Scott holds a Master’s degree and PhD in Global & Intercultural Studiesfrom Fuller Theological Seminary. Her burden over the years has been to help identify sensitive methods for discipling Muslim women who are now followers of Jesus. Dr. Scott and her husband are assigned by WMPL to the Missionaries in Residence program at Trinity Lutheran College where Dr. Scott is teaching in the Global & Intercultural Studiesdepartment.

Download Session Handout: Micro-credit and poverty alleviation for women (PDF)

“The Maasai Cultural Beliefs, Christian History and Education in Maasailand” with Rachael Tengbom

Rachael Naipanoi Tengbom was born and raised in the Maasai tribe in Kajiado, Kenya. She will speak about the Maasai cultural beliefs before Christianity and the roles that Christianity has played to support Maasai community education and women’s empowerment.

Rachel married Daniel Tengbom, a Lutheran missionary with the Maasai people for 10 years. She was a teacher before moving to United States in 1997, where she is a mother to four girls.

In 2003, Rachel founded Voices of Hope, a non-profit organization that provides safety and educational opportunities to vulnerable Maasai young women who are facing female genital mutilation and forced marriages.

Young girls who have managed to escape genital mutilation and forced marriages by attending charitable primary and secondary boarding schools have no means of safety nor possibility of post-secondary education after high school. As a result, they often return to their villages to endure genital mutilation and forced marriages; or they seek refuge in the city. With no marketable skills or training and no means to support themselves, they are often sexually exploited, become prostitutes, and fall victim to HIV/AIDS. Maasai Voices of Hope’s goal is to raise money to build a Safe Home/Learning Center for these young women in order to provide a protected safe haven for them and a safe place to live while they are continuing their education.

Download Session Handout: Voices of Hope Newsletter (PDF)

“Educating Girls and Young Women” with Esther Lorenzen

Education for girls and young women can help in preventing unplanned teen pregnancy and child marriage, increase the childbirth survival rate of mother and baby, encourage family planning, and allow the mother to better invest in the well-being of her family.

Esther Lorenzen was born in Tanzania to missionary parents, and lived there and in Ethiopia for her first seven years. She graduated in nursing (B.A.) from the College of St. Catherine’s in St. Paul, Minn. Esther and her husband, Jim, were married 33 years ago in Nepal. They have three adult children (two were born in Nepal), who are now dispersed across three continents. They have lived in Asia (seven years), the USA, and East Africa (six years). In their first three years in Nepal, they were part of a community health team, and Esther worked part-time as a community health nurse. She has also worked as a perinatal home health nurse.

Esther has a special passion for women and children and has often engaged in ministry to high-energy youth (junior high) and sometimes to high school or college students. While in Kampala, Uganda, she worked as a volunteer with a Youth For Christ Crisis Pregnancy Center for girls (13-18 years), doing prenatal care, and teaching about health, birth, neonatal care, life skills, and the Bible. In late 2012, they moved to Seattle (Belltown). She now serves as volunteer staff at New Horizon’s ministry, a drop-in center for homeless youth.

Download Session Handout: Resources (PDF)

“Human Trafficking: Present Day Slavery, Right Here in Snohomish County” with Amanda Harpell-Franz

Amanda Harpell-Franz’s compassion for vulnerable people put her on the path of social work (MSW), providing 9+ years of service working in the child abuse and neglect field, specifically working with children and families through the criminal and civil justice systems.

Her past work experience includes serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (GAL) supervisor and volunteer GAL in King County, a child interview specialist in a child advocacy center here in Everett, a Juvenile Probation counselor, and and sexual assault/physical abuse victim advocate in the medical and legal systems. She currently serves as a volunteer at Hand In Hand-Safe Place in the Garden of Hope program, a program for girls/women being sexually exploited right here in Snohomish County.

Amanda will share stories of how her faith compels her to walk with those exposed to the worst of humanity. Yet, in the midst of heartache there is hope. Glimpses of healing, transformation, and freedom in these young women are glimpses of the reign of God. Amanda hopes that you join her, and learn ways that you too, can reach out to those God clearly called us to serve in his word: the orphans, the widows, and the poor.

Download Session Handout: Resources (PDF)

“Consumer Advocacy and Its Effects on Modern Day Slavery” with Leo Carpenter

Leo will help us examine the long-reaching effects of our consumerism, how it pertains to the perpetuation of human trafficking—both abroad and here at home—and how to better steer the direction in which it advocates.

Leo has over 35 years of experience in retail sales. At 54 years of age, the dynamic of modern day slavery was brought to his doorstep with the challenge of William Wilberforce, “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know.” After five years of volunteering with the anti-human trafficking organization, “Not For Sale,” Leo felt led as a result of Isaiah 1:17 to open Ethical Choices “A Fair Trade & Freedom Store” here in Everett.

Download Session Handouts: A day of slavery (PDF) and Resources (PDF)

More about Keynote Speaker, Dr. Miriam Adeney

Miriam Adeney is an anthropologist, missiologist, and author whose passions include global Christianity, world religions, gender, oral art genres, economic community development, multiethnic ministry, diasporas, training writers for publication, and preparing workers for cross-cultural living.

She serves on the board of Christianity Today International, is a mission associate of the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission, is a member of the diaspora task force of the Lausanne Movement, is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement award from the Christians for Biblical Equality, and is past president of the American Society of Missiology.

At Seattle Pacific University she chairs the faculty advisory committee of the Asian American Ministry Program. She is also a teaching fellow at Regent College.

Dr. Adeney speaks regularly for the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement; Overseas Ministry Study Center; Koinos; Encountering Islam; Media Associates International; InterVarsity; and diverse denominational events. She has authored more than 150 articles or book chapters, as well as six books. In many countries, spanning five continents, she is invited to lecture at universities and conferences. Southeast Asia, Latin America, and North American multiethnic communities are areas of long term interest.

Also deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Adeney is married, the mother of three sons, and a member of Seattle’s University Presbyterian Church. Her academic degrees are from Wheaton College (BA, anthropology); Syracuse University (MA, journalism); and Washington State University (PhD, anthropology).