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AMBASSADORS OF RESTORATION ONE NINETY-NINE
Be a Leader. Be a Changer. Be a Defender
We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.
We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.
-2 Corinthians 5:20 -
We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.
-2 Corinthians 5:20 -
WHY SHOULD YOU BE AN AMBASSADOR OF RESTORATION?
You are beyond busy, but we know that you have a passion to restore justice to survivors of sexual exploitation. Second Corinthians 5:20 tells us that we are the Lord’s ambassadors
Does the issue of sexual exploitation seem daunting, complex, and overwhelming? Do you often ask yourself, “What can I possible do that will make a difference?”
As an Ambassador of Restoration, you will become inspired, build meaningful relationships, and join others as you carry out the mission of R1:99. R1:99 will equip you to transform the lives of those trapped in sex trafficking by giving you the right tools and insights to be effective in the fight against modern-day slavery.
Whether your interest lies in research, public policy, counseling, event planning, marketing, or economic empowerment, the Ambassadors of Restoration Program (ARP) has the expertise to train you in creating a culture of trauma-informed care that is so important for survivors’ success.
ARP is the advocacy and education arm of R1:99. As you know, finding information about sex trafficking is not difficult. But the issue often evokes deep emotions for many. For this reason, R1:99 keeps the groups small so that you have a place to process your feelings with others in a safe setting. There is room for reflection, prayer, and—most importantly—support at every meeting. The ARP concludes in the spring with a day-long retreat at a local retreat center led by a spiritual director.
Once you have completed ARP, you will have the opportunity to become a leader of a small group, serve on R1:99’s leadership team, or become a mentor to a survivor in our Economic Empowerment Program.
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WHAT IS AMBASSADORS OF RESTORATION PROGRAM?
R1:99 is involved in advocacy and education projects to spread the word about a Christ-centered approach to anti-trafficking work. Our Ambassadors of Restoration Program (ARP) is an ideal first exposure to the fight against domestic sexual exploitation, and we strongly encourage everyone to start here.
Those who complete the Ambassadors program become eligible to participate in other types of work with R1:99.
The Applications for the term 2016-17 are no longer available. Check back soon to register for the 2017-2018 term. For more info, please email us at info@R199.org.
What to Expect
Commitment Level | Ambassadors meet once a month, September through May to study the complex issue of domestic human sex trafficking
Group | Your small group of 6 - 10 people will have a leader to moderate discussion about a monthly assignment, usually some reading or a movie viewing. You will learn the best vocabulary for discussing trafficking, will learn how domestic and international trafficking differ, and will become a leader by organizing events to raise awareness in your community.
Cost | The book, "Girls Like Us" by Rachel Lloyd ($12), Retreat ($60)
Curriculum Schedule for 2016-17
September | Monday, Sept 12
Introduction to Domestic Sex Trafficking & Correct Terminology
October | Monday, Oct 3
Porn, the Main Porthole into Sex Trafficking & Prostitution
November | Monday, Nov 7
Documentary “Very Young Girls” by GEMS
December | Monday, Dec 5
“Girls Like Us” by Rachel Lloyd – 1st half of book
January | Monday, Jan 9
“Girls Like Us” by Rachel Lloyd - 2nd half of book
February | Monday, Feb 6
Legislation & Legal Issues (Federal & State laws)
March | Monday, March 6
The Road to Recovery: Understanding their Mental Health
April | Monday, April 3
Reaching Out to the LGBT Community: How to be Nonjudgmental
May | TBD
“The Ambassadors of Restoration Program was a great way for me to really delve into the issue of what exactly domestic human trafficking is and why it exists. Having the small group meetings each month gave me the opportunity to discuss this topic in depth. I found the program gave me substantial training on the subject and enormous empathy for those trapped in domestic trafficking.” - Evan Orie, DC Leader
"Before I joined the ARP, I had been praying that God would show me how to enter into a deeper relationship with Him. It didn't occur to me until the end of the ARP that He had answered my prayer! Learning more about human trafficking has put a heavy burden on my heart at times, but God has shown me through these last 9 months that I must completely depend on Him. My life verse is John 15:5 because without Him, I can do nothing!"
Where We Meet
We have groups located in VA, MD, and DC.
Previous group locations include: Washington DC, American University, Arlington'Alexandria VA, Annandale VA, Fredericksburg VA, Woodbridge VA, Silver Spring MD, and College Park MD.
Who is an Ambassador of Restoration?
A Christ follower interested in responding to God's call for justice in the fight against domestic sex trafficking (DST). Being an ambassador is a great non-direct service opportunity to gain and promote awareness of various aspects of this issue and support the services offered by R1:99.
Is an application required to become an Ambassador of Restoration?
Yes. To ensure that those who represent R1:99 in the community are persons who demonstrate a strong evident faith in Jesus Christ and application of biblical principles to their lives, we ask that potential Ambassadors of Restoration fill out an application as well as sign the code of conduct.
Will Ambassador Group Leaders fill out a separate application with details concerning the group they will lead?
Yes. The Leader Application will allow R1:99 staff to hear the vision each leader has for their group as well as see the potential for involvement that is unique to each group.
What exactly does an Ambassador do?
The Ambassador Program provides an opportunity to receive training on the issues related to domestic sex trafficking as well as the opportunity to speak directly with those working in the front lines.
Each ambassador belongs to a small group of Ambassadors (based on location). Ambassadors are provided with a curriculum of resources with cutting edge information about domestic sex trafficking. Ambassadors attend monthly group meetings to discuss the curriculum topic of the month. Group meetings are great forums to process the complexities of this issue in a supportive way, pray for survivors, and brainstorm ways to promote awareness.
Are Ambassadors of Restoration required to attend monthly meetings?
Yes. The Ambassador Program runs from September through May. Ambassadors of Restoration are required to attend seven of nine monthly meetings with their Ambassador Group. Group Leaders will meet on a monthly basis with R1:99 staff.
Can an Ambassador provide direct service to victims of domestic sex trafficking?
We may be able to offer direct service opportunities after the Ambassador demonstrates a commitment to the Ambassador Program and the mission of R1:99. However, it should be reiterated that direct contact with survivors of domestic sex trafficking is not the goal of the Ambassador Program – this is an opportunity to learn about the issues so you can discover where God is leading you to serve (directly or indirectly).
How does an Ambassador provide support to Restoration One Ninety-Nine?
Ambassadors are greatly encouraged to attend, volunteer at for, and invite others to participate in, Restoration awareness events. These events are very tangible ways to help spread awareness and education throughout the community, so we depend on the participation of our Ambassadors.
What should I expect as a final outcome of participating in the Ambassadors of Restoration Program?
It is our hope that after participating in this 9 month program, and having processed through the issues with your small group, you will prayerfully consider where God is leading you to serve in this arena. We believe the outcome will be different for every individual, according to God’s calling and equipping – for some, it might be raising awareness/education; for others, it might lead to an interest in public speaking. While we can’t predict what the outcome will be for you, specifically, our experience has proven that there is a place in the battle for everyone who has desire to help put an end to human trafficking!
Can Ambassador Groups develop their own program and activities?
Yes. Although R1:99 will need to approve the proposed activity, Ambassador Groups are welcome to tailor events and activities to their unique group or community.