On Episode 74 of The Think Orange Podcast, we sit down with Danielle Strickland, co-founder of the Brave Global Movement. Her aggressive compassion has served people in countries all over the world from anti-trafficking initiatives to establishing justice apartments with the Salvation Army. Danielle is on the front lines of ministry, mobilizing people toward transformational living and revealing to churches everywhere the incredible opportunity we have to be like Jesus in the world.
Dave and guest host Dan Scott interview Danielle Strickland (8:43)
Danielle describes her work fighting human trafficking (9:31)
Of domestic sex trafficking victims, 70–80 percent come from the foster care system (11:56)
The mobilization of the church and the freedom of young girls are deeply connected and at the heart of the Brave Movement (12:48)
The steps a church takes as a Brave Global partner (13:13)
- Sign up at BraveGlobal.org
- Choose to see where the vulnerable girls are in their community (“We see you. You matter.”)
- Host a Brave Catalytic event (“We believe in you. You can do it.”)
- Become an inclusive community that teaches others what Jesus is really like (“We are with you. You’re welcome here.”)
We need to teach girls to make some noise because their first line of self-defense is their voices (15:46)
Brave is about the sacredness of every human life (19:51)
Ways churches can invest time and budget into a vulnerable demographic (22:34)
Practical tips for how to identify vulnerable girls in your community (29:00)
The power of the gospel is a kind of empowerment that not only sets the oppressed free, but the oppressor as well (30:23)
Danielle’s background with the Salvation Army (32:46)
Danielle describes her book The Ultimate Exodus (38:02)
Right now the church is in one of its greatest moments of opportunity to be like Jesus in the world (43:20)
Dave and Kevin’s final thoughts (43:50)
Kevin sings “If You’re Happy and You Know It” (44:22)
People, Places & Helpful Resources
Danielle Strickland is currently based in Toronto, Canada. Her aggressive compassion has served people firsthand in countries all over the world. From establishing Justice Departments for The Salvation Army to launching Global anti-trafficking initiatives, to creating new movements to mobilize people towards transformational living. Danielle trains, advocates, and inspires people to live differently.
Danielle is the author of 5 books with her most recent being “The Ultimate Exodus: Finding Freedom From What Enslaves You” and “The Zombie Gospel: The Walking Dead and What it means to be Human.” She is host of DJStrickland Podcast, Co-founder of Infinitum, Amplify Peace and Brave Global. Danielle is a mom of 3, wife to @stephencourt and has been affectionately called the “ambassador of fun”. To learn more about Danielle visit https://www.daniellestrickland.com/.
Quotes from This Episode
Ideas to Influence the Next Generation
As a ministry leader, it can be easy to feel overcome by all the brokenness in the world around us. But the truth is, if we’re doing our job right, the “problems” won’t go away. Broken families. Community conflict. A vulnerable generation looking for hope. Today’s church is in one of its greatest moments of opportunity to be like Jesus in the world.
Looked at from another angle, these issues introduce us to our greatest possibilities. Instead of shying away, rally a team around you. Go out into your city and look for places you can help. Let the vulnerable in your community know you see them and that they matter.
Conversation Starters For Your Church
Talk about a time someone spoke up for you when you didn’t know it was okay to raise your own voice.
How would you describe God’s charge to the church to defend the vulnerable and the weak?
Who are some people and/or organizations in your community already working to support vulnerable girls and at-risk populations?
On a scale of 1–10, what level of priority would you say you/your church have placed on fighting for those who are vulnerable in your community?
With that number in mind, what’s one thing you can do this month to elevate your participation in this area?
Note: To connect with a network of leaders already engaged in the Brave Movement and for resources on how to get started, check out BraveGlobal.org.
When he’s not working as a pastor at North Point Ministries in Atlanta, Dave is usually making his family cross their arms, roll their eyes, and tap their feet while he takes “just one more quick photo” on family outings. You’ll also often find him up to his neck in “Jewish stuff” as he researches the cultural context of Jesus for his daily Instagram devotions. Learn more about Dave at daveadamson.tv.
Ashley serves as the Director of Middle School Strategy at Orange and the USA Director of Carry 117. She has worked with students in public education, athletic and ministry settings for the last 12 years. She is most passionate about resourcing the local church, communicating on stage, developing leaders, working with students and world missions. In her downtime, you’ll find her watching Friends, cheering on the Cleveland Cavaliers, traveling, reading, or on one of her Fairytale Friday Adventures.
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