2014 Missions Month: Treasures in Heaven

  • Treasure in Heaven

Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.

~ Matthew 19:29

Guest Speakers

Julie Waters

Julie Waters, JD

February 2, 2014

Free The Captives, Fight Human Trafficking in Houston

Julie Waters is the director and founder of Free the Captives, an evangelical anti-human trafficking 501(c)3 non-profit. After practicing family law and child advocacy as an attorney, she brings her legal expertise to human trafficking issues. Julie speaks at both the local and national level on human trafficking and is published academically on this topic. Free the Captives focuses on:

  1. Educating the community about human trafficking
  2. Preventing and intervening in the trafficking of at risk teens
  3. Reducing the demand created by buyers
  4. Pursuing legal remedies to combat trafficking. Julie is a native of Texas and attended Texas A&M University, where she received a BA in Speech Communication.

She also graduated from Boston University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Texas and Massachusetts. Julie is currently working on her Masters of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Reverend Harvey Clemons

Reverend Harvey Clemons, Jr.

February 9, 2014

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Revitalization Movement of Fifth Ward

The perpetual revivalism of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church spirituality and revitalization of the Fifth Ward community define the visionary ministry and leadership of Harvey Clemons, Jr. At the helm of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church of Houston, Texas since 1983, Rev. Clemons is a native Houstonian and was reared in the Fifth Ward community. Educated in the Houston Independent School District, his studies later at the University of Houston-School of Architecture foretell a desire to design and build. Today, he is a builder of people’s lives and their communities. Instrumental in the comprehensive neighborhood revitalization movement of Fifth Ward, Rev. Clemons served as Chairman of the Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation from 1989-2009 and is currently President of Pleasant Hill Community Development Corporation both of whose accomplishments include construction of over 200 single-family homes, construction and acquisition of over 2,300 multi-family housing units, and thousands of square feet of commercial space.

Dr. Burton Lee

Dr. Burton Lee

February 16, 2014

Africa Inland Mission, Medical Missions

Burton completed his B.A. at University of California Los Angeles and his M.D. at Harvard Medical School, where he eventually completed his training to become a pulmonary critical care specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital. He also completed the Clinical Effectiveness Program at Harvard School of Public Health as well as the Evidence Based Health Care Program at Oxford University. From 2001 to 2007, he was the Director of the Medical ICU at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. From 2006 to 2012, he served as the Director of the Georgetown University Hospital Washington Hospital Center Pulmonary Critical Care and Emergency Mediciine Critical Care Fellowship Programs. He directs the Medical Intensive Care Unit rotation as well as the Scientific Clinical Decision Making and Ethics Course for 4th year Georgetown medical students. Burton currently serves as a commission member on the Continuing Medical and Dental Education Commission, which supports medical missionaries in Asia and Africa through medical education. Since August 2010, Burton and his family have had the privilege of serving in Kenya with Africa Inland Mission. His wife, Sandy, has been working as an English teacher at Rift Valley Academy, a boarding school for missionary kids from Africa and Burton has been working in the Intensive Care Unit at Kijabe Medical Center, caring for patients and helping to train Kenyan doctors. They have two teenage children, Kyle and Alyson, who have enjoyed studying at RVA and serving the surrounding community with their parents.

Michael & Carol Hart

Michael & Carol Hart

February 23, 2014

Zoe International, Global Atrocities of Human Trafficking

Michael and Carol had careers in the motion picture industry, as well as owning an industry related business. They have been involved in Christian work for over 30 years… (Michael has been a Christian for 30+ years and Carol 45+ years) Michael and Carol have always had a desire to serve as missionaries in unreached areas of our world with the gospel and in August of 2002, Michael and Carol heard for the first time about the global atrocities of the Human Trafficking epidemic. In December of 2002, The Hart’s founded ZOE International – “ZOE” is the Greek word for “Life”. Michael and Carol sold their large Southern California custom home, their cars, and most of their possessions to start ZOE. To help continue to rescue more children, Carol gave away her diamond wedding ring totaling 6 carats in a campaign to raise awareness and funds which resulted in thousands of dollars to go toward the work in Thailand. Michael and Carol have been joined by a brilliant and dedicated group of people: 7 USA staff, 20+ self-funded missionary families, 60 Thai staff, 36 ministry/business/vocational/ language school students, and 63+ rescued children.

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