Freedom Stickers ~ a Dream Coming True

In late 2012, I was given an idea I think I called the Bathroom Stall Initiative Campaign, Rest Stop Sticker Initiative. It was to create stickers to place inside bathroom stalls in women’s restrooms, in the establishments along our major Interstate, I5…establishments such as bars, restaurants, rest stops, and gas stations. 

I played around with various sticker designs, and first researched my chances of distribution at rest stops by calling Oregon Department of Transportation, then the OTE ~ the Oregon Travel Experience, who maintains all of Oregon’s rest stops. I was met with a stop sign, and I put the idea on the back burner for a while, but I made sure to tell a few influential friends about it.

Well, I am so excited to report that one of those amazing and influential friends of mine, Ms. Nita Belles, has played a major part in getting a sticker designed, and helped pass a bill through congress, into law, that says we can now distribute “Freedom Stickers” in establishments where liquor licenses are renewed, as well as other places, with owners’ permission! 

Just. Wow.

A local news station did this story on it today:

http://www.katu.com/news/local/Sticker-to-help-human-trafficking-victims-in-public-restrooms-346509102.html?mobile=y

I just think it’s so amazing that I was unable to implement an idea The Lord gave me three years ago, so I just waited, and someone else  – someone I admire and respect – was completely able to. It was just a matter of time and legislative power and I’m sure, connections. And I was invited to be a part of the action.

I cannot wait until Monday when I go with my survivor friend, to the Freedom Sticker Release event at the Salem Capitol, to hand those freedom stickers out!!!

Praising My God AGAIN for his faithfulness in my life and for using just the right people at just the right time to bring about his will for freedom on this earth. 😄

   
   

A screenshot of an email from January 2013, when I was telling a friend about the idea:  

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About Chelan

I grew up in a sweet lil family of 4 and lived in the same home from age 2-21 when I transitioned from college life to married life. Enter: Ricky G. Russ, Jr. - this guy was a playa w/an ego from the day we met that fall of 1990. And oh, so cool, totally rebellious pastor's kid...but I like to think I knocked some sense into him (after I dated his brother). We fell in love & the world around us turned to a dull gray & brilliant burst of color all at once. I've been singing since '90 - in choirs, worship teams, a women's prison, & three coffee shop bands...an absolute blast. Been writing my own songs & playing around w/a shiny black acoustic martin my hubby bought for me for my b-day back in '06...& I'm gettin' to really appreciate jazz & blues. But will never abandon the art of surrender in worship music. In the fall of '07, work & God moved us to the lone star state near Austin & after a month of being sick emotionally & physically, I started getting used to my new home & life. We found a good Bible-preachin' church & hooked up with a few good musicians too. In '10, a love for family time and the need to represent the NW in my burden/passion to fight child sex slavery brought me back to Portland. I represented Stop Child Trafficking Now in the Rose City - the city we always loved, called home and desperately missed. And that chapter ended in December of 2012. My husband is pursuing his love for all things graphic and web - and actually gets paid to do what he loves. Our prayer is that we will be used wherever we live, to our fullest potential & to be selfless, positive influences for Christ until he brings us to our real home - heaven. ~ I also pray that this blog - this journal - will be an ongoing witness to His faithfulness, continually giving Him glory. View all posts by Chelan

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