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In Our Backyard: The Sex Trafficking of Youth in New Hampshire

Posted on August 27, 2015 11:34 am in News, Upcoming Events

This is a special announcement shared by the Rev. Karen Heavey; posted 8/27/15

Today in New Hampshire, the sex trafficking of minors is a reality that has been identified and documented by law enforcement and social service providers. Teens are being targeted at local malls, schools, recreational areas, and through social media. Hotels, strip clubs, truck stops, resort areas, and special events, as well as the streets of our cities and towns, can be prime locations for exploitation.

So often, human trafficking is still thought of primarily as an international issue when in reality, the majority of sex trafficking victims in the United States are citizens. “It’s very real and it’s happening in your backyard to girls from all backgrounds, whether middle class or lower class. I’m a white girl from America and it happened to me.” This is the message of a survivor from Massachusetts who was trafficked at the age of nineteen while attending community college.

In an effort to raise awareness and promote action, Grace and Hope Community Church is sponsoring a community event featuring Real Life Giving, a New Hampshire anti-trafficking organization. The presentation will cover identification factors, recruitment tactics, prevention and advocacy. An overview of regional concerns and a question and answer segment will be included.

Event Details:

October 17, 2015, 6-8pm, Grace and Hope Community Church

Masonic Lodge #81, 38 Cilleyville Rd., Potter Place, Andover, NH

Local contact: Rev. Karen Heavey, 603-768-3720,

Real Life Giving is a nonprofit dedicated to equipping and empowering women and girls in New Hampshire and New England. Their mission is to communicate value, prevent exploitation and raise awareness in regard to sex trafficking through training, education, and prevention initiatives. To learn more please visit or email

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September 2015 Newsletter and Region Calendars

Posted on August 19, 2015 3:42 pm in Newsletter

September 2015 Newsletter (Word .doc file)
September 2015 Newsletter (pdf file)
September 2015 Calendars of Events (Word .doc file)
September 2015 Calendars of Events (pdf file)

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August 2015 Newsletter, God Stuff Happenings, Calendars

Posted on July 22, 2015 2:46 pm in Newsletter

August 2015 Newsletter  (Word doc)
August 2015 Newsletter  (pdf file)
August 2015 Calendars of Events (Word doc)
August 2015 Calendars of Event (pdf file)
August 2015 God Stuff Happenings  (Word doc)
August 2015 God Stuff Happenings (pdf file)

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July 2015 Newsletter, God Stuff Happenings and Calendars

Posted on June 25, 2015 4:50 pm in Newsletter

July 2015 Newsletter (Word doc)
July 2015 Newsletter (pdf file)
July 2015 Calendars of Events (Word doc)
July 2015 Calendars of Events (pdf file)
July 2015 God Stuff Happenings (Word doc)
July 2015 God Stuff Happenings (pdf file)

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May 2015 e-Newsletter

Posted on May 28, 2015 8:31 am in News, Newsletter


Happy Memorial Day! Thank you to all our soldiers past and present.

If you haven’t yet signed up for our monthly e-Newsletters, you can do that here. To read the current May 2015 issue, click here.



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June 2015 Newsletter, God Stuff Happenings, Calendars of Events

Posted on May 20, 2015 4:23 pm in Newsletter

June 2105 Newsletter (Word doc file)
June 2015 Newsletter(pdf file)
June 2015 Calendars of Events (Word doc file)
June 2015 Calendars of Events (pdf file)
June 2015 God Stuff Happenings (Word doc file)
June 2015 God Stuff Happenings (pdf file)

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Fuel the Region: Update

Posted on May 8, 2015 1:57 pm in Mission, News



Thank You!

Thank you all so very much for your generous contributions. To date we’ve raised $725 in this year’s Fuel the Region Campaign–wonderful news!

All the cash and gas cards collected will go straight to Rev. Edwards’ travel costs as he drives around Vermont and New Hampshire, visiting churches and attending meetings.

We’re grateful for the donations and pray that you will be blessed mightily for your contributions.

Haven’t given yet, but want to? You can give easily and securely online. Thank you!


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April 2015 e-Newsletter

Posted on April 16, 2015 1:54 pm in Newsletter

60 Days of Prayer … Fuel the Region … Annual Gathering prep … and SPRING!

April 2015 edition of the ABC/VNH e-Newsletter

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Inspiration at Our Doorstep: Grounded 4 Life, Chester, VT

Posted on April 9, 2015 3:21 pm in Inspiration, Mission, News

Just about a year ago, we were busy filming and editing a series of four videos shot around the Region.

Today we’re posting Grounded 4 Life’s video. This awesome coffee house offers art, music, inspiration and God’s love to the community of Chester, Vermont. See for yourself how God is working in our Region!

Grounded 4 Life

PS–Want to see more? Visit our Videos Page right here on the website to see a list of all the videos that are part of this series.

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