SMM 075: How God Led One Mom to the Fight Against Human Trafficking|| Cammy Bowker

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month. I wanted to help shed some light on this huge problem. In this episode I’m interviewing a mom who felt prompted to join the fight against human trafficking. You’ll also hear ways you can help too.

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Listen to hear my interview with Cammy Bowker, a wife, mom, teacher and cancer survivor who heard God tell her she needed to something with the second chance she had been given.

During a beach vacation in Mexico she won on the Price is Right (seriously!), Cammy wrote down thoughts and impressions about how she could make a difference in the world.

She noticed children on the beach selling gum. She felt a prompting to help these children and others like them around the world.

Since she was a teacher, Cammy started with building schools and providing education in under developed areas in the world. Those efforts quickly morphed into Cammy being on the front lines of the fight against human trafficking both at home and abroad.

Cammy shares the statistics and issues associated with trafficking. She is a huge proponent of prevention and gives practical ways parents can help protect their children.

She also talks about how she acted immediately on the prompting she felt to do something. Cammy’s story gives a great pattern for anyone who feels called to make a difference in any way. As Cammy said, “Just start.”

Below you will find a variety of ways you can help the organization Cammy founded, Global Education Philanthropists, in their mission to educate and fight human trafficking.

Cammy’s faith was inspiring to me. Her story illustrates well that you don’t need to know how everything will turn out. You just have to follow the promptings you receive one at a time and watch the miracles unfold.

Show Notes

Help fight human trafficking:

Join the 20 in 20 Campaign – Donate $20 in 2020 or contribute $3.99 a month to help Global EP fight human trafficking.

Travel with Global EP and volunteer to teach self-reliance skills at after-care centers around the world.

Get more information about The Cleaner Net filter to protect your family. A portion of The Cleaner Net’s sales help support Global EP’s efforts.

Listen to related episodes of the podcast:

SMM 035: From Sex Trafficking Victim To Survivor With Life Full of Love || Elizabeth Frazier

SMM 071: How to Parent Fearlessly About the Use of Technology || Emily Jones

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Instagram: @expedition_global_
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Website: globalep.org

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SMM 074: Why I am Focusing on Power in 2020 || Darla Trendler

I’m starting off the new year with a solo episode. In this episode I’m spilling all the reasons for choosing “power” as my word of the year for 2020.

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I share my previous experiences with having a “word of the year.” I talk about the things I’ve learned from intentionally focusing on one thing all year, even though I haven’t always chosen a word.

Listen to hear what focusing on power means to me. I also dive in to how I’m using President Nelson’s words from the talk Spiritual Treasures as my starting point.

Show Notes

Listen to other solo episodes of the podcast:

SMM 020: What I’m Learning About Following the Spirit + Making Connections in Ministering

SMM 034: Why I Am Grateful For the Hardest Time in My Life

SMM 061: How to Eliminate Distractions + Always Have the Spirit

SMM 064: Why You Might Not Know When You are Feeling the Spirit

SMM 069: When You Pray in Faith and It Still Rains

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SMM 073: Widowhood + Cancer With a Focus on Jesus||Valerie Cuevas

Valerie Cuevas has maintained her focus on Jesus despite the many ups and downs she has experienced in her life.

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After being a pseudo-single mother with a husband going through medical residency, Valerie suddenly found herself facing her husband’s terminal illness and death.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer, her second time battling the disease, just six months after her husband’s passing. Valerie is now remarried and blending a family of six children. She continues to see her role as a mother shifting and changing.

Valerie tells how she has learned to embrace change and let go of expectations.

She talks about how her focus on Jesus helped her as a single mother. Even though she couldn’t always pinpoint the ways He was helping her, she knew He was there.

Valerie is real about the anger and frustration she felt towards God after her husband’s death. She is also candid about the way Christ continued to reach for her in her doubt and struggle. She discusses the many miracles she saw, especially after being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Through all of the changes of motherhood, one thing has remained constant for Valerie–Jesus Christ has been there for her. As she shared, “He shows up even when we aren’t asking.”

Show Notes

Listen to other Spiritually Minded Mom episodes about the death of a spouse or cancer.

SMM 008: Dealing with Cancer + Motherhood by Focusing on What is Most Important || Julie Monroe

SMM 053: How to Use Agency + Love to Point Children to the Savior || Becky Proudfit

SMM 060: Why You Can Have Joy in the Middle of Hard Things || Stephanie Piacitelli

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SMM 072: Healing + Hope after the Death of a Child|| Erica Kiefer

In 2010, my guest, Erica Kiefer, and her husband experienced the death of their first child, Ty, who was only 4 1/2 months old, to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In the interview, Erica shares how she found healing and hope and turned to God despite the grief.

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Personal + Unique Communication with God

Erica discusses how she used her talent for writing to feel healing and hope as well as the Spirit after Ty’s death. Her experience illustrates well God is a personal God. He can use our gifts and abilities to communicate with us in a unique way.

At one point, Erica felt abandoned by God. She shared the surprising way God helped her through a friend and a Disney movie. She expresses how Heavenly Father can use anything to help us, even an animated Tarzan movie!

How to be an Intuitive Friend

Throughout the interview, Erica mentions “intuitive friends” who were there for her. We discussed what it means to be a nurturing friend to someone who is grieving. Erica noted how helpful friends brought her into their spiritual life.

Healing Miracles

We discuss how Erica found the courage to have another baby and how becoming a mother again (four times) was both healing and fearful at the same time.

Erica talks about how her perspective on miracles has changed since losing her son. She said, “The miracle is just seeing that God lets you go through that journey and helps you to grow but also doesn’t let you do it without giving you the sustenance and the help along the way and so much love.”

Hope When You’re Grieving the Loss of a Child

Erica offers hope to others who are grieving. She knows life can never be the same after losing a child, but she has learned things do get better and healing is possible. “Healing comes in pieces.” It doesn’t happen all at once.

Ultimately, Erica knows God does His part to help her in motherhood. She knows she can turn to Him and He is there.

Show Notes

Listen to other episodes about grief and loss of a child:

SMM 002: Navigating Loss, Special Needs and Fostering as a Young Mom || Alie Jones

SMM 005: Choosing Happiness in Motherhood Despite Grief and Tragedy || Maralyn Nava

SMM 007: Turning to God Through Infertility, Adoption and Miscarriage || Kay West

SMM 013: Overcoming Anger + Showing Faith When Your Motherhood Plan is Not God’s Plan || Misty Trendler

SMM 058: Why Gratitude for Little Things Will Make Your Life Better || Heather Herbert

SMM 060: Why You Can Have Joy in the Middle of Hard Things || Stephanie Piacitelli

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Instagram: @borrowedangel09
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Website: ericakieferbooks.com
Book: Borrowed Angel

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SMM 071: How to Parent Fearlessly About the Use of Technology || Emily Jones

Listen to my interview with Emily Jones, the co-founder of Family Tech University, a “drivers ed” workshop for wholesome tech use. Emily is also a Deseret Book author, wife, as well as a mother to 5. In addition, she is a passionate believer in the untapped potential of teenagers.

Parent Fearlessly

Emily and I start off discussing our love of teenagers. We both share why we shouldn’t be afraid of their questioning. Emily talks about how we can be heroic parents through parenting fearlessly instead of fearfully. She shares, “Parenting out of fear brings paralysis. It shuts off the Spirit.”

Emily believes the key to heroic parenting is to have a plan to parent fearlessly. Understanding how to navigate greatly diminishes fear.

Love or Fear?

We both share the benefits of parenting with love instead of fear. Motivating through God’s love creates confidence. Children learn to shine their own light, spread the word of God and lift each other up.

Helping Children Develop an Internal Filter

Emily shares how one statement in an April 2014 General Conference talk shaped her perspective on teaching children about tech. The statement by Sister Linda Reeves helped her see the truth of having an internal filter.

Emily discusses how she has studied kids who choose well with technology and the important truth she uncovered through this exercise.

The Benefits of Children Making Mistakes

“Don’t be afraid of our children’s errors. In fact, I would say to expect them. Think of the example of our Heavenly Father. He expected our errors. … He knew that they would come and he made a way through His son. … I think as parents we can take that same posture that we expect that they will make mistakes.”

She compares how we treat a toddler learning to walk to the way we sometimes treat our children when they make a mistake. Emily gives her belief that we can partner with our children and remove the shame and fear.

Helping Children See Their Potential

Emily shares her thoughts on how parents can help children discover what they want for their own future. She believes parents can nurture the potential and vision in their children.

Emily’s biggest message to mothers is this, “Knock, even pound, on the doors of heaven and ask Him, ‘Show me this child’s potential.'” Emily firmly believes with God’s help mothers can remind children of who they are.

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Show Notes

Quote Emily referenced by Sister Linda Reeves: “Filters are useful tools, but the greatest filter in the world, the only one that will ultimately work, is the personal internal filter that comes from a deep and abiding testimony of our Heavenly Father’s love and our Savior’s atoning sacrifice for each one of us.”

View the CBS News video Brain Hacking.

Find out more about having your family participate in Family Tech University.

Get a free video series from Emily and her husband, David, about parenting and tech.

Listen to other episodes about loving children:

Episode 53: How to Use Agency + Love to Point Children to the Savior with Becky Proudfit
Episode 37: How to Create Thoughts to Love Your Children Better with Lisa Funk

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