Rev. Lauran Bethell serves as a Global Consultant with the issues of human trafficking/prostitution. She is a missionary with International Ministries of the American Baptist Churches/USA. She was the first Director of the New Life Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand (14 years), offering an education, vocation training and and Christian teaching to young tribal women and girls who were exploited in the labor and sex industry or at high risk for exploitation. She’s been based in Europe for the past 12 years, and is the Coordinator of the International Christian Alliance on Prostitution (ICAP).
Dr. JoAnn Butrin’s missionary career began as a nurse in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Fourteen years later she joined the staff of HealthCare Ministries of Assemblies of God World Missions, and later was appointed director.
She earned an MS degree from Penn State and a PhD from the University of Minnesota.
Since 2005 her missionary career has continued as Director of AGWM International Ministries and serving on AGWM’s Executive Committee.
She lectures around the world on best practice in compassion ministries. Her latest book, From the Roots Up, is a new look at justice and compassion in missions.
David and Beth Grant
David and Beth serve as the cofounders and visionaries of Project Rescue. While their ministry has primarily focused on India, their heart to share their faith and see sexual slavery victims rescued and restored has carried them to over thirty countries around the world.
For 35 years, India has been the heart and focus of David’s ministry. Thousands of churches have been planted and scores of colleges established as a result of his boundless energy. While continuing his commitment to the needs of India, David is increasingly engaged in casting vision and the development of new Project Rescue ministries across Eurasia and Europe.
Beth’s personal calling and passion is that of teacher. She serves as faculty and guest lecturer in cross-cultural education and women’s issues in colleges in India, Europe and the United States. She also ministers at women’s retreats in Europe, Southern Asia and America, inspiring women to fulfill God’s purposes for their lives and courageously touch their world with the transforming love and power of Jesus Christ.
Patricia has been in ministry with vulnerable and exploited people since the 70’s and has founded projects in New Zealand, Thailand and Germany. She is the author of “A Model for Ministry” and is a noted inspirational speaker.
Toos Heemskerk has been ministering with people involved in the sex industry in Amsterdam’s red-light district for nearly 2 decades. She began her ministry with the Dutch organization “Scarlet Cord” and then just 2 years ago, initiated the Netherlands branch of “Not For Sale” as its first Director. She is a trained social worker, the mother of 3 daughters and wife of supportive husband, Willem.
Kyle Miller, M.Ed., M.A., LPC-S, LMFT-S, Director Global Care & Response, Austin, Texas USA
Kyle was born in Los Angeles, California USA and grew up the Philippines, Pakistan, India, Singapore, and the United States as a missionary kid and in 1978 graduated from Lansing Christian School in Lansing, Michigan. After attending LeTourneau College in Longview he transferred to the University of Texas at Austin in 1981 and went on to obtain a Bachelor and two Masters degrees in psychology and counseling from UT. Kyle is a Licensed Professional Counselor & Approved Supervisor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist & Approved Supervisor. Kyle is completing his third year of a PhD in counseling psychology and is working on a dissertation about Beatitude trauma ministry for survivors of sex-trafficking.
For nineteen years Kyle served as professional counselor and director at Professional Christian Counseling Services, a Biblical counseling ministry in Austin. In 2004, Kyle closed PCCS and answered God’s call to become the Minister of Pastoral Care at his church, Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin, where he served as Executive Pastor until 2012. After leaving Great Hills in 2012, Kyle reopened PCCS as Global Care & Response, a local and global trauma ministry offering trauma training and counseling for people, workers, and survivors in Austin and around the world. Since 2005 Kyle has been blessed to serve on 14 trips to 8 countries and through GCR will be providing survivor care, trauma training, and member care in many countries in the future.
Kyle has been honored to be wonderfully married to Terri Miller for twenty-eight years and they have been blessed with four amazing children: Nathan (25), Kevin (23), Kristin (19), and Katherine (14).
Dr. Bill Prevette has worked internationally with youth and children at risk since 1985. His work began in urban Los Angeles with youth involved in gang related activity. He and his family moved to Southeast Asia in 1989. They worked in Thailand, Cambodia, and other countries in Southeast Asia. Bill directed faith-based projects ministering to youth, children and women at-risk from human trafficking. In 2002, he moved to Romania where he conducted doctoral research as an activist and practitioner engaged in youth work.
He completed his Ph.D. in June 2008 at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies in the UK. Bill now lives in Oxford and serves as a research tutor for practitioner research with PhD candidates from Asia, Africa, Latin American and Eastern Europe. Bill serves on a number of international boards and continues to work internationally with seminaries, universities, churches, and faith-based organizations.
Nancy has served 10 years in Moldova with her husband Andy and three daughters. Within the first weeks in Moldova Nancy was asked, “What is the church going to do about this issue of trafficking?” Through that God began to move her heart to open. Freedom Home–long-term care to women broken by trafficking (a Project Rescue Affiliated home). Freedom Home opened its doors to the first women in October 2008. They now house 8 women and 6 children finding healing. Freedom Home moved trafficking from an issue to the need of individual women. Nancy grew to love both the residents and staff in ways she never knew possible. The amazing love of the Father works through Nancy, Andy and the staff at Freedom Home to bring wholeness and healing to the beautiful women entrusted to their care.