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Run 4 Their Lives Race with Freedom 4/24

image_003Run 4 Their Lives Races are Freedom 4/24 events that aim to raise awareness of sexual slavery and human trafficking across the country. This year’s run, in partnership with Straight Street’s newest initiative, Street Ransom, sought to raise awareness and funds to bring sexually exploited women and children into freedom.

The Run 4 Their Lives 4-mile run and Kids Fun Run was held on Saturday, October 8. We had 62 registered participants. The run began and ended in front of Straight Street. Even Hurricane Matthew couldn’t scare off the dedicated runners and volunteers from this event! Thank you to all you runners who came out and braved the rain and to you volunteers who didn’t mind some discomfort in order to help make this an amazing time!

Radio Interview

image_006We appreciate the opportunity that EquipFM recently gave us to share about the ministry of Straight Street. The interview covered so many parts of the ministry and was aired over five times in one weekend. It is always an honor to share what God is doing as well as give thanks for those who are praying, serving and giving to the ministry. Please use the link below to listen to the interview: http://equipfm.org/keith-farmer- straight-street/

If you have time, would you please send Scott at Equip FM an email thanking them for the interview? You can email him at: scott@equipfm.org. Be sure to thank them for their support and for allowing such an in-depth interview so that others can know more about the ministry at Straight Street. We are so incredibly grateful for this opportunity.

Update on the Street Ransom Shelter

image_009We are excited about the work being done on the Straight Street addition! It was amazing watching the guys take 12,000 pounds of rock and craft a beautiful fireplace. Once this is finished, we can start hanging the drywall and install the HVAC system and carpet. This will allow the ministry to have three offices, classroom space, another small meeting room and a kitchen area to assist teen mothers and fathers with some basic cooking and life skills training. The new fireplace is almost completed. Special thanks to all those who provided the materials and labor to make this beautiful new addition to Straight Street a reality!

Ways to Pray Volunteers Needed

  • Pray for more volunteers to join us in the work at Straight Street.
  • Pray for God’s provision as we still need just over $100,000 to meet our budget goal for the remodeling work at the shelter.
  • Pray for the overall Straight Street ministry as we serve the lost, hopeless and hurting.
  • Pray for volunteers for this year’s Angel Tree®, a program of Prison Fellowship, that reaches out to the children of prisoners and their families with the love of Christ.
  • Pray for the teens we reach out to at the Roanoke Valley Juvenile Detention Center.
  • Pray for the teen mothers and fathers and their children that we are able to reach out to in our Teen MOPS program.
  • Please pray for the various ministries within Straight Street and encourage people to join us in this amazing outreach.
  • To learn more about and assist with TeenMOPS, please contact Dawn Haskins at: teenmops@ straightstreet.org.
  • To learn about the Angel Tree® program, the girls group and mentoring needs, please contact Jeri Harris at: jeri@straightstreet.org.

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Shelter for Trafficking Victims

ss-image-004The shelter, designed to help juvenile human trafficking victims, will hold eight girls for a maximum of 90 days and serve as an emergency shelter. An estimated 30 to 40 girls each year will be served. We are very blessed to be able to close on the purchase in mid-September and start remodeling soon after closing. The remodeling includes: a new roof, siding, windows, HVAC, plumbing and interior work including paint and floor covering. The home will look new and provide a warm, encouraging environment for the girls and staff that will serve them.

We have $300,000 of the $400,000 needed for the remodeling project. We still need to raise the operating funds so the shelter will be able to operate privately and without government assistance. To help donate you can go to www.streetransom.com or contact Keith Farmer at keith@straightstreet.org. Please keep praying and sharing about this amazing opportunity to serve girls rescued in Virginia.

Prayer Walks

ss-image-003Straight Street coordinates prayer walks in partnership with the Roanoke Police Department in high crime areas of the city. This is a time to encourage local churches to engage with the community in which the churches are based. The church members are able to serve their neighbors in the local community. We were blessed at the last prayer walk to see two people we encountered pray to accept Christ as Savior! It is amazing to see people gather from various churches, denominations and areas of the city for the purpose of prayer. It is also a blessing to be able to partner with the police department in this outreach. It is nice to be able to do block parties, cook outs, and other activities. However, without covering an area with prayer first our efforts are often short lived. When people in the community see their friends and others walking their streets, praying, it makes a difference — for two people encountered on the last walk, it made an eternal difference. To stay informed and see when the next prayer walk will be, please visit www.straightstreet.org. Please pray for the Roanoke Valley, areas impacted by high crime and violence, that God would move in a mighty way and rebuild for HIS glory.

Prayer Lunches

ss-sept-image-002We are very thankful for a recent prayer lunch that Pastor Jonathan Falwell shared a devotional. We were blessed to see him and as he met with his old friends and classmates at Liberty, one of which is now Police Chief of Bedford, Todd Foreman. We appreciate the ministry of Pastor Mike Grooms (middle) as he helps coordinate our monthly lunches to encourage people to stay close to Christ, pray forour community and one another.

During the lunches we enjoy a wonderful meal provided by various restaurants, listen to a devotional, and then take time to pray for our country, community, and one another. It is such an honor to be able to host this each month and see so many gather from around the Roanoke Valley. Often we will see a large number of local, state, and federal agents along with juvenile justice employees. We are so thankful to be able to give back to those that give so much for our community.

End of Summer

ss-sept-image-001We had a very fun summer and now it is time for students to go back to school. We are thankful for the volunteers and churches that help and support the ministry as we serve teens and families 12 months a year. Often programs scale back or stop during the summer — not Straight Street. The need to help hurting teens is a yearlong, monthly commitment and we are thankful for the leaders that sacrifice their time to help teens have a safe place to go on the weekend, assist teen mothers, visit teens in the detention center and work with families that have a parent in prison. Please pray as we begin a new school year and will meet new teens that need encouragement, help, hope, and most of all, a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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January-February 2015

Man Up

Have you ever heard the term ‘Man Up’?  Often it is used to encourage a guy to be bold and stand for what is right.  Recently I thought of this and realized how many young men do not know how to be a man; who has taught them?  How can they ‘Man Up’ based on what our society and the media teach that a man should be?

At Straight Street, we are trying harder to invest in the lives of young men and young fathers, too.  This year we have started a teen father’s group that meets at the same time as the teen mother’s group.  We were challenged as more teen fathers saw the impact the ministry is having on the young mothers and they started asking for help. 

Teen Father Facts:

  • 8 out of 10 teen dads don’t marry the mother of their child.
  • Teen dads are less likely to finish high school than their peers. You can provide free babysitting for parents taking GED classes.
  • Children who don’t live with their fathers are 5 times more likely to be poverty-stricken than children with both parents at home.
  • Teen fathers face a lack of teen parent programs to help them.

Teens without a father at home:

  • Fatherless children are at a dramatically greater risk of drug and alcohol abuse, mental illness, suicide, poor educational performance, teen pregnancy, and criminality, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics.
  • 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes according to the U.S. Bureau of the Census.
  • 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes according to the National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools.

Please pray as we strive to instill in teens that God loves them. He is a Father that will not leave them and that He created them with a purpose and plan.  Often we see generational trends of fatherless homes. It is so common that it is considered to be normal- and this shouldn’t be normal!

Would you pray that more Christian men would volunteer at Straight Street on Saturday nights? Pray that more men would want to mentor children who have one or both parents in prison? Pray that the boys we see would desire to break generations of fatherless homes. Pray that our community would see a revival because Christian men are being bold fathers & leaders in their homes and making an impact in the lives of others that do not have an earthly father at home.

In His Service, Keith Farmer

Street Ransom Update

On Saturday, January 31st  , Straight Street held a “Justice Experience” to share about human trafficking on a local and global level. Over 125 people participated! Congressman Bob Goodlatte discussed the newest laws that are aimed at helping the victims and persecuting the perpetrators. The Experience also included a powerful documentary. Several ministries shared information about public education and services that are available for victims.goodlate&kathleen

Kathleen Chester is our newest addition to the Street Ransom team. Kathleen helped with a shelter in Maryland that served adult victims of human trafficking.  She has a passion and unique abilities to help develop the Street Ransom ministry. (We will continue the mentorship with Wellspring Living.)

Often people think, “Get a building.  Open a shelter and the girls will come.”  It is much more complex than that! We are working diligently to address the legal issues that involved with helping a child that has been rescued. We are working with judges, court service directors, and social service providers to make sure that we will be ready to care for the young victims.

Since May 2014, we have been negotiating on the property of a previous facility. The owners are waiting for us to provide a confirmation of funding to both purchase the building and to 

sustain the ministry. We are raising the funds needed for the purchase, remodeling, and ongoing operational costs. Please contact Keith@straightstreet.org or 540.342.4971 for more information on specific needs and costs.

Community Prayer

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day.” Hebrews 10:25

Straight Street is working with area churches and The Roanoke Police Department to cover one of the most drug infested areas of Roanoke with prayer.  We started last year and are working on plans for 2015.  Our verse is Hebrews 10:25 – our first list of streets to pray for, 10th through 25th – that’s how we determined this as our verse.  We believe God can restore the broken and ask that you pray us.  More information will be available soon for Prayer Walks and I hope you can join us.

Then your light will break forth like the dawn,   and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness[a] will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.  Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. “If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.  The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.  You will be like a well-watered garden,    like a spring whose waters never fail.  Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

 

Please visit www.straightstreet.org to see when we will have the next Prayer Walk.

 

 

 

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January 2016

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Ben Richardson and Jonathan Archer

 

The new year at Straight Street started with a change in our Student Pastor position.  Jonathan Archer, after 10 years with Straight Street is preparing for the foreign mission field with his family through ABWE.  They will serve in Togo, West Africa.  Please keep Jonathan, his wife Michelle and their children, Kylie and Ethan in your prayers.  It is has been such a blessing to have Jonathan serve at Straight Street, seeing lives impacted for eternity by his dedicated service.

We prayed, who would the Lord have serve starting in 2016?  And we felt a clear answer, Ben Richardson.  Ben served as an intern while at Liberty and has been a faithful volunteer.  He has a passion for teens, seeing area churches work together at Straight Street.  As we start the new year, please keep Ben and his wife, Nicole in your prayers.

As always, please keep praying and supporting the Straight Street ministry.

Good heartiness is a result of regular exercise and lifestyle. How can medicaments hels up? However, there are web-sites where you can buy medicaments smoothly. A prevalent sexual claim among men is the erectile disfunction. Viagra is a physic preassigned to treat a lot of complaints. What do you know about “cheap cialis“? Did somebody tell you about “cialis pills“? A lot of websites describe it as “http://nvisionfor.com/cialis-com-review.html“. Several of the medications used to treat melancholia can also suppress your sex drive and make it harder to get an erection. There are more than 200 common drugs can cause this problem. Along with their useful effects, most medicaments, notwithstanding, have unwanted side effects although generally not everyone experiences them. Do not use such medication without telling your physician if you are pregnant.


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October/November 2015 News

Run 4 Their Lives

Oct Nov News 1On Saturday, October 24th, over 100 people gathered at Straight Street to run and walk through downtown Roanoke to support and raise awareness for human trafficking victims. We are blessed to be able to partner with Freedom 424, based in Lynchburg that helps to coordinate races across the country. Oct Nov News 2

 

The race course is designed with a purpose.  Participants pass by the court house, police station, homeless assistance team office, train tracks and other areas most people don’t realize that trafficking may take place and .  Along the course, volunteers provide information about trafficking and heart breaking statistics as the one pictured above.  Please keep praying as we complete negotiations on the shelter location, a 12 bed facility on 30 acres of land, amazing.

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21st Birthday!

 

On December 3rd, Straight Street will have a special birthday, our 21st!  On a regular basis, almost daily, I reflect back on our first night and then look forward with the same excitement.  As we prepared to open the doors to that gym in December of 1994 and wondered if anyone would walk in – then over 250 teens and leaders arrived, wow, we were amazed.

As we approach this new milestone, it is by God’s direction and His provision that we remain open and serve so many.  Also, it is by His direction that Straight Street has been able to partner with so many agencies and public offices to help teens in crisis situations.

As we approach our 21st Anniversary, would you pray that the ministry would continue to impact our community for Christ?  Would you pray that ministry would continue to be a bridge builder, getting teens from the street into local churches?

The reason Straight Street is able to celebrate is because of God’s provision as so many have faithfully prayed for the ministry.  I am convinced that prior to 1994, people were praying for teens and families in need of help, hope and support – in need of Jesus.  Because of those faithful prayers, Straight Street has been built on a solid foundation and continues to operate and offer more than just help, Straight Street is able to offer the hope and future found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.

As we look to our 21st Anniversary, please encourage your family, friends and church to pray for the ministry.  Also, pray for more volunteers as the ministry grows, we need more men and women able and willing to serve.

Ways to Pray

Enclosed this month is an extra page, four prayer requests. Two of the requests are from a recent Monday night with our teen mothers.  The other two are from teens at The Roanoke Valley Juvenile Detention Center.

I cannot express the how much we value and appreciate your prayers.  The teens we serve also ‘see’ the answer to your prayers as they gather, enjoy a meal and spend time with volunteers at the youth center.    Oct Nov News 6

God has allowed Straight Street many unique opportunities to serve, including helping teen/young mothers, incarcerated teens, homeless teens and teens in need of a caring place to go and share their struggles.  Straight Street has also been able to develop a unique monthly outreach, the DownTown Prayer Lunch for business people and law enforcement.  We just celebrated our 6th Anniversary of this monthly meal on November 5th.

We are in the process of updating our website and will have a place to see current prayer request and praises.  Please keep praying and sharing with others about the ministry.

 

In Christ, Keith Farmer

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P.O. Box 11411, Roanoke, VA 24022

September  2015 

Back To School

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Back To School.  These three words are often met with various emotions.  Students often dislike them because of the work, tests and hard work.  Parents are often thankful because their children learning, on a schedule and back with their friends.  Teachers may have mixed emotions, long hours, a lot of hard work and sometimes challenging students.

One thing every student, parent and teacher needs, are your prayers for this school year.  As a way to help, we have enclosed a list of the area middle and high schools.    We were not able to get numbers for each school, however, it is estimated that in our region, there are just over 30,000 teens in middle and high school.

I grew up in Roanoke, went to college in Roanoke and have seen the challenges the teens, families and schools have faced over the years.  When I graduated from William Fleming in 1983, I thought it was hard.  As I work with area teens and families, the environment has changed and become more challenging for everyone, not just the teens but the school staff and support services too.

In the midst of the chaos, we can find peace and hope, as we take time to pray.  Please set aside time daily to pray over the enclosed list.  Also, pray as you pass a school, you will know the principals name and about how many teens are at the school.  This may be the best school year to date, because our schools are being covered with the prayers of so many in our community.

Shelter Update

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Above is an architectural rendering of one of the bedrooms for the new shelter.  This is designed from room dimensions based on the blueprints of when the shelter was built in the early 1990s.

Pray as we are waiting on the contract for the shelter and 30 acres of land.  We were notified on August 17th that a contract would be sent from the based on our offer.

This is exciting and challenging as we move forward to raise the funds to remodel and operate the facility.  If you would like more information on the financial needs, please email me at keith@straightstreet.org.  Below is another picture of the family room.      septembernews4

Get Involved

The response, prayers and support for the efforts of the human trafficking outreach, Street Ransom, has been amazing.  It is such a blessing to see the support for this effort.

It is also important to keep supporting the other outreach ministries of Straight Street.  For example, the past 20 years, teens have found a place of refuge’ on a Saturday night, having fun but more importantly, learning about Christ and seeing lives surrendered  to Him. septembernews3

As a result of the Saturday night outreach, other ministries have started to serve hurting teens.  From helping teen mothers, teens incarcerated, homeless teens in the area schools and kids that have a parent in prison.

All of these are vital outreaches and must continue.  Pray about helping on a Saturday night, basketball in the street, a game of pool and just spending time talking with a teen.  Pray about being a TeenMOPS volunteer or van driver.  Pray about being a mentor to a child with one or both parents in prison.  Pray about getting involved, being a volunteer and giving financially too.

Please, pray and support the ministry of Straight Street.

School Information for 2015-2016 School Year

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Roanoke City Schools:    Superintendent, Dr. Rita Bishop

  • James Breckinridge Middle School – Ms. Tracey Anderson, Principal – 568 students
  • James Madison Middle School – Ms. Whitney Johnson, Principal – 577 students
  • Lucy Addison Middle School – Mr. Robert Johnson, Jr., Principal – 627 students
  • Stonewall  Jackson Middle School – Mr. Christian Kish,  Principal – 549 students
  • Woodrow Wilson Middle School – Ms. Rosalind Henderson, Principal – 516 students
  • Patrick Henry High School – Mr. Joseph Jablonski, Principal – 1947 students
  • William Fleming High School – Mr. Archie Freeman, III, Principal – 1453 students

 (the Roanoke City alternative schools below do not have student numbers available)

  • Roanoke Valley Governor’s School – Mr. John Kawolski, Director
  • ROTEC Vocational School – Ms. Kathleen Duncan
  • Forest Park Academy Alternative School – Mr. Eric Anderson, Principal
  • Noel C. Taylor Academy Alternative School – Ms. Elizabeth Williams, Principal

Roanoke County Schools:  Superintendent,  Dr. Gregory Killough

  • Cave Spring Middle School – Ms. Fiona Hill,  Principal – 718 students
  • Glenvar Middle School – Mr. Jamie Solstis, Principal – 397 students
  • Hidden Valley Middle School – Mr. Mike Riley, Principal – 658 students
  • Northside Middle School – Ms. Lori Wimbush , Principal – 733 students
  • William Byrd Middle School – Ms. Tammy Newcomb, Principal – 857 students
  • Cave Spring High School – Mr. Steve Spangler, Principal – 901 students
  • Glenvar High School – Mr. Joe Hafey, Principal – 575 students
  • Hidden Valley High School – Ms. Rhonda Stegall, Principal – 999 students
  • Northside High School – Mr. Frank Dent, Principal – 995 students
  • William Byrd High School – Mr. Richard Turner, Principal – 1182 students

Salem City Schools:  Superintendent, Dr. H. Alan Seibert

  • Andrew Lewis Middle School – Dr. Forest Jones, Principal – 917 students
  • Salem High School – Mr. Scott Habeeb, Principal – 1219 students

Botetourt County Schools: Superintendent,  T.B.A

  • Read Mountain Middle School – Ms. Beth Mast, Principal – 672 students
  • Central Academy Middle School – Mr. Tim McClung, Principal – 454 students
  • Lord Botetourt High School – Mr. Andy DeWease, Principal – 1097 students
  • James River High School – Mr. Jamie Talbott, Principal – 565 students

(the Botetourt County alternative schools below do not have student numbers available)

  • Botetourt Tech Center – Mr. Jim Bradshaw
  • STEM-H Academy – Mr. Stacey Jones

Bedford County Schools: Superintendent,  Dr. Douglas Schuch

  • Bedford Middle School – Mr. Rhetta Watkins, Principal – 542 students
  • Forest Middle School – Mr. Scott Simmons, Principal – 976 students
  • Staunton River Middle School – Ms. Karen Woodford, Principal 762 students
  • Jefferson Forest High School – Ms. Lee Ann Calvert, Principal – 1371 students
  • Liberty High School – Dr. Kathleen Skelding-Dills, Principal – 951 students
  • Staunton River High School – Mr. Josh Cornett, Principal – 1110 students

(the Bedford County alternative school below does not have student numbers available)

  • Bedford Science and Tech Center – Ms. Kim Halterman, Administrator

Other Local Christian, Alternative & Private Schools in the Roanoke/Salem

(Schools listed below do not have student numbers available)

  • Roanoke Valley Christian School – Mr. Rick Brown, School Administrator
  • Hope Tree Academy Alternative/Special Needs  – Dr. Stephen Richerson, President & CEO
  • Parkway Christian Academy – Ms. Angela Goodwin, Senior Administrator
  • Faith Christian Schools – Mr. Peter Bauer, Head of School
  • Roanoke Catholic Schools –Mr. Patrick Patterson, Principal & Head of School
  • Arnold R. Burton Technology Center – Mr. Chris Overfelt
  • Minnick Education Center – Ms. Julie Swanson, President & CEO
  • Rivermont Alternative/Special Needs School –  Operated by Centra Health Services
  • North Cross School – Dr. Christian Proctor, PhD, Headmaster
  • Community School  – Ms. Linda Roth, Executive Director

Homeschoolers & Co-Ops in the Roanoke and surrounding area

Please join Straight Street in praying for the students, teachers and leaders in the area schools.

 

Good health is a result of regular exercise and lifestyle. How can medicaments hels up? However, there are web-sites where you can buy medicaments smoothly. A prevalent sexual complaint among men is the erectile dysfunction. Viagra is a physic set to treat a lot of complaints. What do you know about “cheap cialis“? Did somebody tell you about “cialis pills“? A lot of websites describe it as “http://nvisionfor.com/cialis-com-review.html“. Several of the medications used to treat doldrums can also suppress your sex drive and make it harder to get an erection. There are more than 200 common drugs can cause this problem. Along with their useful effects, most medicaments, notwithstanding, have unwanted side effects although generally not everyone experiences them. Do not use such curing without telling your physician if you are pregnant.


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July  2015

Let me begin by introducing myself to you.  My name is Bill Scott.  I’ve been working with students in across the United States for 20 years.  You may have heard me on ZJAM for years on SPIRIT FM on Saturday nights, or as the co-host on Dawson McAllister Live and Xtreme Talk Live.  I’ve watched Straight Street grow from the very beginning.  For over two decades I’ve watch the impact of Straight Street on this city.  I know how busy Keith and the team are this month so I agreed to write this month’s newsletter.

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For over two decades Straight Street has dedicated all they have to saving America’s most endangered species, our teenagers.  Why have Keith and his team dedicated the last two decades of their lives to reaching teenagers in our area?  So they could reach kids like Amanda and Nikki. Amanda – “Let me first start by saying, Thank you. As I started to write this evening, a song was playing in the back ground called “What Love Really Means” by JJ Heller. It is a favorite of mine especially when thinking of how I spent a lot of my teen years wondering “what love really means”. I may have never found the answer if I had not found Straight Street or should I say, had Straight Street not found ME.  I had been sexually abused for 13 yrs. Home? Well, dysfunction would be sugar coating it.  After so many nights of crying myself to sleep, I grew up thinking that crying does no good and that there is no one out there interested in helping me. Besides, we all have problems, right?  Straight Street showed me that not only people, but God cared, and what was going on was not normal and certainly not my fault.” Niki – “When I was thirteen, my mom and I were in a homeless shelter because her and her boyfriend had broken up.  I felt lost and alone.  I had attended a brand new school where I had no friends.  All of this occurred only months after my older sister was put into foster care.  And now I was on a strict schedule, which included:  an eight oclock curfew, scheduled meals and a mandatory church service.  I remember there being one service in particular that really spoke to my heart.  After the service I was determined to meet the guest speaker.  It seemed like he understood my situation and was speaking directly to me.  He said his name was Keith Farmer.  After chatting with him for a while, he told me about a program on Saturday nights.  He said it was a place kids could get away and learn about God.” Straight Street provides a variety of ministries that serve hurting teens in our area.  The Youth Ministry provides a youth center where students have a safe alternative to running the streets so they can hang out and have fun, away from the many negative influences they face daily.  Life Hurts, God Heals is our small group program dealing with hurts. These hurts include from peer abuse, bullying, sexual identity, sexual abuse, and much more. The TeenMOPS program offers mentoring, classes on baby care and information on mother/baby nutrition.  It is also a time for teenage mothers to meet, share and get the help they need to be great mothers.  Crisis Support is a powerful area of ministry for Straight Street.  In partnership with Total Life Counseling, Inc (TLC) Straight Street is able to provide help with individual, marital and family counseling that integrates sound psychological, spiritual and social principles to help people grow in their life satisfaction that is biblical based and focused on seeking Christ as our source for healing and restoration. As we continue to grow in our outreach we want to share about a new emergency shelter for human trafficking victims, girls 17 and younger rescued in Virginia.  The human trafficking outreach will operate under the Street Ransom name. Many people are surprised at how huge the problem is with sex trafficking.  600,000 to 800,000 women, children and men are bought and sold across international borders every year and are exploited for forced labor or commercial sex.  There are 2 to 4 million victims annually, 50% of those victims are estimated to be children.  1. 5 million victims are in the United States as of three years ago says the U.S. Government.  I know for a fact Straight Street has so much already on their agenda.  The ministry prayed as a team for more than a year before moving forward to develop Street Ransom.  The ministry needed to make sure this was a God directed call and not an emotional reaction to this horrific crime in our country and community.  As they prayed, God provided the name Street RansomMatthew 20:28 ‘just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’  Straight Street has been in Roanoke for more than 20 years and works within the community, schools, legal system.  The need for the numerous outreaches under the Straight Street name must continue in order to reach hurting teens and families.  The trafficking outreach operates under the Street Ransom name so that those served through Straight Street do not think that the ministry has changed direction or focus, however, Street Ransom is an outreach of Straight Street. Needless to say our budget is growing quickly and your help is needed.  Your Straight Street needs to raise $300,000 each year.  With the Street Ransom plans, the ministry will need to raise another $300,000 to provide emergency shelter care for juvenile human trafficking victims, educate the community and provide educational resources for schools. All of the kids that Straight Street have worked with deserve a chance to experience God’s love, protection, safety and a new beginning in life.  This simply isn’t going to happen because Keith and the staff have good intentions.  The only way this is going to happen is if you step up and make your best gift.  My encouragement would be for you to consider a ‘dollar a day’ ($30) gift or even an increase to what you are already giving.  I know for sure that I blow a ‘dollar a day’ just on my coffee daily.  The impact of matching my coffee money to help someone caught in human trafficking would be amazing.  A few of you could do $100 a month and yet there are a few that could do a gift of $1,000 or more – please give as God directs. Thank you in advance for joining one of the most impactful ministries in our area to reach out to those hurting the most.  It has been an honor to help with Straight Street by challenging you in the July newsletter to make an impact for eternity, reaching America’s most endangered species, teenagers. In Service with you for Him,

Bill Scott

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June 2015 Newsletter

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PO Box 11411,  Roanoke, VA  24022-1411 

June  2015

 

 THANK YOU!



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Thank you for …

…Staffing the Straight Street youth center with 15+ volunteers EVERY Saturday night.

…Cooking dinner for 50-75 hungry students EVERY Saturday night!

…Preparing and serving meals EVERY Monday night to 40+ teen moms and their children.

…Playing with babies and toddlers during every teen Mother of Preschoolers program.

…Visiting students at the Roanoke Valley Detention Home four times a month.

…Collecting, cleaning, sorting, and stocking clothes for the Homeless Student’s Clothes Closet.

…Offering FREE professional Christian counseling for students who have deep hurts.

…Working with local law enforcement agencies to coordinate helping runaways, victims of human trafficking, gang members, etc.

…Coordinating the delivery of 650 Christmas gifts to children of inmates through Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program and local churches.

…Mentoring children of inmates through a partnership with Prison Fellowship Angel Tree.

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…and the staff and volunteers are so thankful for so much more!

God is using each of us to carry His gospel and love to our world! Please join us by praying for us and financially supporting Straight Street.

 

Straight Street   PO Box 11411   Roanoke, VA 24022-1411

Good health is a result of regular exercise and lifestyle. How can medicaments hels up? However, there are web-sites where you can buy medicaments smoothly. A prevalent sexual complaint among men is the erectile dysfunction. Viagra is a medicine prescribed to treat a lot of complaints. What do you know about “cheap cialis“? Did somebody tell you about “cialis pills“? A lot of websites describe it as “http://nvisionfor.com/cialis-com-review.html“. Several of the medications used to treat depression can also suppress your sex drive and make it harder to get an erection. There are more than 200 common drugs can cause this problem. Along with their useful effects, most medicaments, notwithstanding, have unwanted side effects although generally not everyone experiences them. Do not use such medication without telling your physician if you are pregnant.


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May Newsletter 2015

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PO Box 11411,  Roanoke, VA  24022-1411

May  2015

Let Us Pray – together

The first Thursday of each month is the National Day of Prayer.  It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.  It is an honor and privilege to gather both publicly and privately to pray.  Pray to the Father, asking Him to heal our land, heal our families and ask Him to direct our paths in Jesus name

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One of the joys we have at Straight Street is helping to coordinate events, bringing churches and Christians together, outside of the church walls and work together.  Our role as a para church ministry is to be a support to the local church body and help believers serve with one another.  On Thursday, May 7th, Christians gathered in downtown Roanoke for prayer, worship and meet new friends.  Please keep praying as Straight Street strives to be a bridge builder as a para church ministry.

 

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Project Faith

Faith Christian School has a fund raiser each year that is a little different than most.  They raise money for the school by going into the community and serving.This year, they selected Straight Street as one of the places they would serve – and did they ever!  Below are pictures of the art  work in our nursery and a mural they did for the game room.  Thankful for the time and investment the children, parents and staff of Faith Christian Schools made into the Straight Street Ministry. Looking forward to Project Faith 2016 and having the group help with new projects at Straight Street and helping those we serve.

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Street Ransom

A friend of the ministry built a custom motorcycle to be used to share about Street Ransom.  It has been a blessing to take it to local shows and share about the human trafficking outreach and the need for awareness and victim support services.   Also, new shirts have been designed and are being seen all over Roanoke – including the Roanoke Police Department.  Below is a picture of Deputy Chief Jones at a recent event. He didn’t know that I would be at the event, however, he wanted to show what he wore that day under his uniform – awesome!Street Ransom Officer Shirt

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Good soundness is a result of regular exercise and lifestyle. How can medicaments hels up? However, there are web-sites where you can buy medicaments smoothly. A prevalent sexual complaint among men is the erectile disfunction. Viagra is a medicine preassigned to treat a lot of complaints. What do you know about “cheap cialis“? Did somebody tell you about “cialis pills“? A lot of websites describe it as “http://nvisionfor.com/cialis-com-review.html“. Several of the medications used to treat melancholia can also suppress your sex drive and make it harder to get an hard-on. There are more than 200 common drugs can cause this problem. Along with their useful effects, most medicaments, notwithstanding, have unwanted side effects although generally not everyone experiences them. Do not use such curing without telling your physician if you are pregnant.


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Upcoming Events

Jun
26
Mon
6:30 pm Teen MOPS
Teen MOPS
Jun 26 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Straight Street now offers a support program to help teenage mothers in the Roanoke Valley.  Teen MOPS meets on Monday nights at The Straight Street Center, located at 333 Luck Avenue in downtown Roanoke. The TeenMOPS program offers mentoring, classes on baby care and information…
Jul
1
Sat
6:00 pm Youth Night @ Straight Street Roanoke Valley
Youth Night @ Straight Street Roanoke Valley
Jul 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Every Saturday from 6 PM to 9 PM students in grades 6 through 12 can come out for a night of food and fun.  Every week we have a meal ready for the students to share at 6 PM and then after dinner they are…
Jul
3
Mon
6:30 pm Teen MOPS
Teen MOPS
Jul 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Straight Street now offers a support program to help teenage mothers in the Roanoke Valley.  Teen MOPS meets on Monday nights at The Straight Street Center, located at 333 Luck Avenue in downtown Roanoke. The TeenMOPS program offers mentoring, classes on baby care and information…
Jul
6
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12:00 pm Downtown Prayer Lunch @ Straight Street Roanoke Valley
Downtown Prayer Lunch @ Straight Street Roanoke Valley
Jul 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Please join us on  Thursday at Noon for our Downtown Prayer Time/Lunch. A time each month to gather, fellowship, share a devotional and pray. Lunch is provided and we try to end just before 1 PM so you will have time to return to work.…
Jul
8
Sat
6:00 pm Youth Night @ Straight Street Roanoke Valley
Youth Night @ Straight Street Roanoke Valley
Jul 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Every Saturday from 6 PM to 9 PM students in grades 6 through 12 can come out for a night of food and fun.  Every week we have a meal ready for the students to share at 6 PM and then after dinner they are…