4th Annual Gratitude Gala
The 4th Annual Gratitude Gala was an amazing time for so many of Wipe Every Tear’s supporters to gather together and hear about what God has done through Wipe Every Tear this year. Everyone had a wonderful time learning about the growth of the women in our care. Karissa Valdez, our keynote speaker, gave a beautiful prophetic word. Karissa has been a part of Wipe Every Tear’s Philippines staff for two years as the Communications Coordinator, diligently recording the testimonies of women who have been set free from the sex trade. She is a powerhouse for the gospel, who tangibly brings the love and peace of Jesus into a room. She spoke on the change the women in our care experience once they have encountered Jesus. The women in our care used to work for love and now they are living from love. Revival is happening in the sex trade and we are honored to be a part of it.
Filipinos love to dance, so we of course had to include as much dancing as possible as an ode to the Philippines! From a silent auction, to gourmet Pacific Northwestern cuisine and an open dance floor, the evening was truly a heavenly celebration. It is such an honor to have a phenomenal community coming together to eradicate sex trafficking in the Philippines. Thank you to everyone that came out to celebrate freedom! A sincere thank you is given to the Gala’s sponsors, Adam Alexander Real Estate and The Idaho Way for making the 2019 Gratitude Gala possible! We are especially grateful for the American Dream TV show showcasing Wipe Every Tear and the Gala through Alex and Becky Macdonald. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CNQaxgdnU4&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1uKXQo3ZjIVnHkpLFj9G0PHKKNRlnXC3vwtgBUP6-ffVvjXBVlA-YzrvA
Wipe Every Tear’s new sponsorship program Legacy Family was also launched at the Gala. Legacy Family supports the restoration of women still trapped in the sex trade through meal outreach in the bars (Hope Revive), gives the women in our care the education needed to lead them out poverty and into a thriving future (Heart Revive), and provides a place of refuge for women and their children (House Revive). This is the good news of the gospel, indeed! Legacy Family is an amazing way to partner with what Abba is doing to bring revival to the sex trade. Women are being set free and given the hope of a new future where their dreams can become a reality.