BRIDGE 2017

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We are delighted to invite European Freedom Network
partners to our 4th major gathering.

Why “Bridge 2017”?

Because EFN is all about providing a bridge to freedom for those exploited by human trafficking &/or sexual exploitation. Individual ministries are planks in the bridge. Only by strengthening the collaboration between us, building each other up and looking at the big picture can the bridge be strong.

Bridge 2017 will give plenty of opportunities to pray, reflect, learn, network, strategise and be encouraged.

This year our theme is “With One Voice” as we learn how to become media savvy, work together to make our collective voice heard as well as helping survivors to speak out for themselves.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Conference Details

When: Monday 16 October, 7pm until Friday 20 October.  We finish with breakfast on 20 October after a celebratory dinner.

Where: The conference will be held in Berlin, Germany at:

Evangelisch-Freikirchliche Gemeinde Berlin-Schöneberg
Hauptstraße 125 A,
10827 Berlin
 

Cost: 

  • Early Bird Price (before 15 May, 2017) – 200€ per person
  • Registration Price (16 May 2017 – 18 September, 2017) – 250€ per person
  • Late Registration Price (18 September, 2017 – 16 October, 2017) – 300€ per person

Conference cost includes:

  • Conference Registration
  • Lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Morning and Afternoon Tea/Coffee/Drinks on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Celebratory Banquet

Conference cost does not include:

  • Accommodation – We will be providing a list of hotels nearby.

Registration

Click here to register.

 

Accommodation

Conference cost does not include accommodation and you will be required to take care of your own accommodation bookings.  That said, we have negotiated some great deals with local hotels for you.

Find our hotel list here.

 

Speakers

Rebecca Bender

Rebecca-Bender-Plain-FB2In 2007, Rebecca Bender escaped a life of sex trafficking here in the United States. After nearly six years of being forced into modern day slavery, she found hope and restoration solely through Jesus Christ. In 2013, Rebecca wrote her first book Roadmap to Redemption; the first of its kind – a faith based workbook for survivors and advocates, written by a survivor.

Today, Rebecca is a nationally recognized, leading expert on the issue of domestic sex trafficking. She has trained thousands of service providers, first responders and faith leaders including President Jimmy Carter, National Director of FBI conference, Shared Hope International, Just Faith and more. Rebecca has also consulted on safe home start up all across the world. She is the recipient of multiple FBI and Congressional recognition awards, the 2015 Hero to our Generation Award, 2014 Female Overcomer Award, and the 2013 Unlikely Hero Award. She is also a member of the Survivor Leader Institute, National Survivor Network and the Oregon Cease Task Force. She serves as co-chair for the Oregon DOJ Human Trafficking Advisory Council and on the board of Exodus Cry. She was chosen as one of the top 22 Survivor Leaders being featured in a PSA titled, “More Than a Survivor.”

In 2014, Rebecca founded her own non-profit, the Rebecca Bender Initiative, a non- profit that provides trainings to first responders across America, as well as operates the largest and only, online academy for survivors of human trafficking seeking care outside of residential treatment. RBI has taken an innovate approach, by using technology to offer online mentoring services to survivors all across the world, especially those who live in areas where services do not exist. She continues to bring a multi-media message to the masses through her trainings, books, consulting and speaking.

Rebecca was ordained as a minister in 2014 and is currently finishing her master’s in Biblical Studies at Bethel University. In her free time, you can find her and her husband with their four daughters, enjoying their new home in the Pacific Northwest.

 

Anne Abok

Anne-Abok-Plain-FBAnne Abok is a passionate missionary with Youth With A Mission and she serves as a speaker, media trainer and accredited facilitator with the South African qualification framework. She is also certified by the Radio Netherlands Training Center. Anne’s passion for social change and Godly transformation of society led her to co-pioneer Media Village in Nigeria with her husband in 2005. Over 700 people have been equipped in missions and  with media skills. . She is a filmmaker who uses her films for social change.

In 2008 Anne pioneered Media Campaign Against Human Trafficking (MeCAHT). This is a ministry in partnership with European organizations and MeCAHT works in South Africa, Nigeria and Europe. One of her films on human trafficking (Europe In My Heart) achieved a 39% reduction rate in the change of perception of people in rural Benin City, where 80% of the illegal African prostitutes in Europe come from. The film is being used by churches and organizations in Europe and Africa.

Anne is married to Alex Abok, a missionary photographer and trainer and they both live in South Africa. Anne has an apostolic calling to ignite passion in people for ministry to the “one lost sheep.” She has received several awards for her work.

Dr Becca Johnson

DrBeccaJohnsonPlainFBDr. Johnson has served as trainer, counselor, consulting psychologist, clinical director and aftercare director for numerous anti-trafficking and child abuse organizations. Becca is the International Program Director for Rescue:Freedom International, which partners with anti-trafficking programs around the world. Becca provides support, training and consultation on trauma-sensitive, trauma-focused care, including understanding trauma, trauma recovery and vicarious trauma.

Dr. Becca has been a licensed psychologist for over 25 years, with a focus on “Helping the Hurting Heal”. In recent years, she has also focused on “Helping the Helpers Help”.

Dr. Becca has served as the Clinical Director for Engedi Refuge, a residential recovery home for women victims of domestic sex trafficking, overseeing individual and group therapy. She has also been actively involved with Agape International Mission (AIM), as US and International Director of Aftercare Programming and she continues as consulting psychologist for Agape Restoration Center, a residential program for young girls removed from the sex trade in Cambodia.

Dr. Becca consults and provides training globally for those working with victims of the traumas of sexual abuse, human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Dr. Johnson trains on such topics as trauma, trauma care and trauma recovery (trauma-focused treatment), teaching for numerous regional, state, national and international conferences and for various anti-trafficking organizations working with victims of sex trafficking both overseas and in the USA.

Dr. Becca has served as an Aftercare Associate with International Justice Mission (IJM). IJM required their glob al Aftercare programs to implement the user-friendly version of a well-researched trauma model (TF-CBT) Dr. Johnson advocates using with victims of multiple trauma such as human trafficking. Becca published an article and presented a webinar (for IAST – Initiative Against Sex Trafficking) specifically on Trauma and Trauma Care (Therapy) for sex trafficking victims.

Dr. Becca has authored books on child abuse (For Their Sake, 1991), guilt (Good Guilt, Bad Guilt, 1996) and anger (Overcoming Emotions that Destroy with Pastor Chip Ingram, 2006) and will soon release additional books on healing from abused, encouraging sex trafficking survivors, joining the anti-trafficking fight and trauma-recovery activities.

Andrew Graystone

Andrew-Graystone-Plain-FBAfter gaining a degree in theology and a PGCE at St John’s, Durham, Andrew worked as a youth worker for churches in Hull and Chester le Street, County Durham, then did research in the theology of family at the College of St Paul and St Mary in Cheltenham.

In 1995 Andrew joined the BBC as a producer in the Religion and Ethics department, then became Development Executive responsible for the commissioning of religious programmes across BBC radio and TV. After leaving the BBC he worked as a media analyst and communications consultant, then became Director of The Church and Media Network, training and advising Christians and others on how best to engage with the fast-changing media environment. He has taught modules on faith and media at numerous theological colleges and has worked very substantially in the church and the voluntary sector as a consultant, especially focusing on change-management and communications strategy.

Andrew appears regularly as a commentator on BBC Radio 5 Live and has written and presented countless short talks for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2 and the World Service. He led the multi-faith chaplaincy team serving the 27,000-strong media cohort at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He is chair of The Charnwood Trust, an educational charity based in the North West, and a governor of the Nazarene Theological College.

Andrew’s major research interest is in the way that digital culture is changing perceptions of personhood. He was awarded an MA from Manchester University in 2012 and is reading for a doctorate in Durham. His favourite Bible character is Eutychus (Acts 20), the first person to be preached to death – and his core vocation is for the communication of the gospel beyond the confines of the church structures.

Andrew is currently reading for a doctorate at Durham University.  He is looking at the ways that digital culture is impacting understandings of personhood, embodiment and sexuality.

 

Viv & Sheila Thomas 

Viv-And-Sheila-Thomas-FBViv is a teacher, speaker, writer, lecturer, mentor, retreat leader and organisational consultant. He is an Associate International Director of OM International as well as the founder of Formation which is focused on developing Leaders and encouraging people to live a ‘spectacular ordinary life’. He speaks at conferences and churches around the world traveling internationally for four months a year. Viv is also the Hon. Teaching Pastor at St. Paul’s, Hammersmith in London. He has a Masters degree in Human Resource Development and another in Spiritual Theology from Regent College in Vancouver. He also has a Ph.D. in Theology and Culture from King’s College, London University. He teaches around themes of Leadership and Spirituality at Spurgeon’s College, London as well as St. Mellitus College, London. He loves football, sport of most kinds, reading novels, keeping fit, learning new things, teaching, making and maintaining friendships, riding his bike around London, eating great food and spending time with his wife. Leadership, Spirituality and Mission are his three main areas of interest.  He has written Future LeaderSecond ChoicePaper BoysThe Spectacular Ordinary Life and The Spectacular Ordinary Organisation. His latest book is Wisdom Road: Making Decisions in company with God.

Sheila has retired from working in Social Housing and now has a portfolio of interests.  She is a Spiritual Director – accompanying/mentoring people in their walk with God – having received an M.A. in Christian Spirituality from Heythrop College, University of London. She is also a volunteer mentor in numeracy and literacy in a local Young Offender’s Institute and she serves as a debt counsellor and budget trainer with a Money Advice charity. She speaks occasionally at conferences but mostly prefers to work one to one or in small groups.  She is particularly interested in encouraging and equipping people to live the mundane well as for most people the mundane is the largest part of their lives.

FAQs

We hope that these FAQs cover your questions. If they don’t, please be patient. If you have another query, email bridge@europeanfreedomnetwork.org. The Bridge team are organising things on top of their normal work so we may not be able to reply immediately.

DATES

When does the conference begin?

The Bridge conference officially opens on Monday, 16 October at 7pm.  Please plan to arrive in time to participate in the first evening session – it’s going to be fabulous!

When does the conference end?

On Thursday evening, October 19, we will enjoy a celebratory banquet. This meal is included in your registration fee. Plan to enjoy it!

The conference then finishes at breakfast on Friday, 20 October.

PAYMENT AND FEES

What does it cost to attend?

  • Early Bird Price (before 30 April, 2017) – 200€
  • Registration Price (1 May 2017 – 18 September, 2017) – 250€
  • Late Registration Price (18 September, 2017 – 16 October, 2017) – 300€

Please note that accommodation is NOT included.

Are meals included in the conference fee?

The Bridge Conference fee includes morning and afternoon coffee breaks, lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as well as  celebratory banquet on Thursday. All other meals are not included.

If you have any special dietary or other needs, please email bridge@europeanfreedomnetwork.org. We will take note and seek to accommodate them.

How do I pay?

What a great question. Details are coming soon.

If I register now but cannot attend the conference, can you refund my money?

Request for refunds must be made in writing AT LEAST ONE MONTH before the beginning of the conference. Once the deadline (18 September) has passed no refunds will be made.

Prior to that time, your money can be refunded, minus an administrative fee and bank charges.

Can you send me an invoice for the conference registration? My mission needs it to process payment.

You can request an invoice from bridge@europeanfreedomnetwork.org at least ONE MONTH PRIOR to the conference.

However, your attendance at the conference will not be confirmed until payment is received by the Bridge team.

I just sent my form to you. Can you send me a confirmation immediately?

The Bridge team will require approximately 3 – 5 working days to process and acknowledge your payment and participation. Please register early to guarantee your spot!

Okay, I registered. Now what?

If you haven’t made your payment yet, be sure to do so now! Bank transfer details are available on the registration section of the website. You may also want to book your plane reservations.

What money do I need to bring?

Please bring Euro for meals, drinks and other items you may wish to purchase in Berlin.

PROGRAMME DETAILS

Where can I see the preliminary programme?

The preliminary programme is coming soon.

Where will sessions be held?

Sessions will be held at:

Evangelisch-Freikirchliche Gemeinde Berlin-Schöneberg
Hauptstraße 125 A,
10827 Berlin

Will there be translation at the conference?

The conference language is English. We are sorry that we cannot provide interpretation.

OTHER INFORMATION

What about transportation? How do I get there?

Berlin has an international airport with good flight connections. Detailed information about transportation options will be available soon; taxis are easy to book from a kiosk at the airport.

Can I arrange my own lodging?

You must as accommodation is not included in the conference registration fee.  A list of hotels can be found here.

What are some good ways to network at the conference?

The friends you make at Bridge can be a wonderful source of information and support. Here are a few hints for making the most of your time!

  • Bring a lot of business cards to exchange with people you meet. When you receive a business card, write the expertise of that person on the back of the card. The contacts you make at the EFN Bridge conference may well come in handy later!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions, especially of people who have attended EFN’s previous conferences.
  • Review the participants’ list to see who is working in a country or on a topic of interest to you, and try to meet those people at the conference. We will send you a list shortly before Bridge begins.
  • Get to know your EFN Core Team members while you are at Bridge. They know many of the partners, may be able to answer questions, and are eager to know more about you and your project! It’s always great to put a face with a name, and it can make communication easier in the future.
  • Feel free to bring information to share about your project. Due to limited space, we can only accommodate the first 15 requests for full stands, so let us know early if you would like to display materials.
  • If you know of others who would benefit from being at Bridge, feel free to invite them. However, all participants will need to become EFN partners, including going through our simple security clearance system before registering.