As Jesus was sitting opposite the treasury, He watched the crowd placing money into it. And many rich people put in large amounts. Then one poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amounted to a small fraction of a denarius. Jesus called the disciples over and said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more than all the others into the […]

In an increasingly globalized world, ideas, culture, and commodities are easily accessible with just a click of a button or via a short plane ride. With this increased interconnectedness also comes the relative ease of the movement of people, sexual predators and victims alike, across international borders. Nowadays, there is no region in the world […]

Perhaps I’ve had one too many elementary school Halloween parties in the last week, but the phrase “Bone-tired and Soul-full” is what has been coming to my mind since returning from Dallas last week. It was such an amazing and reinvigorating experience to be there with Paula Dial (one of our board members), Kim Jones (our […]

With the Women’s Conference just around the corner, I was asked to write an article about the woman behind this brainchild: Eileen Rodriguez. I had heard of her quite often while working at My Refuge House (MRH), but I never had a face to the name. I didn’t know what to expect as I walked […]

When we began our Connecting Through Storytelling series, we could only imagine how deep and wide the stories would go. Please keep them coming! They are inspiring. They prove that our stories are indeed all woven together in the great tapestry of humanity and faith. Below you will find a reflection by Lorinda Roy, another in our community […]

As part of our “Connecting Through Storytelling” series that began last month, we are excited to introduce you to Mika Pham. Mika is a second generation stakeholder with My Refuge House, and she had the opportunity to meet some of our girls last January when she travelled to Cebu with her family. She generously shares […]

Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world. ~Nelson Mandela Meet Ashley and Jacky, two of our determined and trailblazing students at My Refuge House. When our girls first arrive, we assess their educational level. Education is one of the key protective factors that prevent re-trafficking for young people who […]

  “Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love.” ~Brené Brown I like to think I’m good at “preaching” about the power and strength of empathy and vulnerability in building a healthy world. I even talk about how empathy and vulnerability are foundational to the healing and restorative work at My Refuge House. Sometimes, I like […]

We have many stakeholders in My Refuge House (MRH). Some of you share your time. Some of you share your talents. Some of you share your prayers. Some of you share your friends. For all of this, we are thankful. Each of you plays a significant role in supporting the mission of My Refuge House. Many […]

“Home is where we start from, but home is also where we are bound for, the place we always seek” ~ David Steindl-Rast I’m heading home today…after a 14 hour direct flight from Cebu to Los Angeles, I will be with my husband and kiddos. I’m very eager to be with them as our family lost a favorite aunt in Virginia this past week, […]