Below we have a list of each Impact Opportunity so that you can see them all lined up together. Click on the opportunity below to jump to the description for a refresher! Make sure that you only sign up for one opportunity as spaces are limited and they will all be occurring simultaneously.
Once you choose, Sign Up HERE!
- Sole Hope
- Free the Girls
- The Exodus Road & Freeset – This Opportunity is FULL
- The Seed Company
- Operation Christmas Child
- Pure Charity and Food for the Hungry
- (in)courage with Mercy House Kenya and Switch 42:16 – This Opportunity is FULL
- Preemptive Love Coalition
Want to make a difference in a child’s life today? Come to the Shoe Cutting Party and hang out with the girls from Sole Hope! Asher Collie, the founder of Sole Hope, will be sharing stories about living in Uganda while fighting the chigoe flea epidemic which is effecting the life and livelihood of children in East Africa. Did you know children are in pain, humiliated, and social outcasts because they are living with a very treatable problem? Today you can repurpose some old jeans and make a lasting difference in a child’s life. We will be cutting up jeans and preparing them to be made into shoes by the Sole Hope ShoeMakers who reside in Uganda. Come empty handed- we will have everything ready for you. All we ask is you to have fun, meet new friends and cut on the line!
In 2009, a celebrity photographer, Jeremy Cowart, presented a simple idea called Help-Portrait to the photography community:
- Find someone in need (a single mom, your next door neighbor, the elderly, the homeless, children at a hospital)
- Take their portrait
- Print it
- Deliver it
No one could have anticipated the response.
On a Saturday in December that year, more than 8,000 photographers, makeup artists, hairstylists and volunteers in 47 countries joined to give back and discovered the incredible impact this idea could have.
By simply giving of who they were- their time, talents, love, passion, laughter, hearts… a movement of life, hope, and purpose began to take root in the hearts they were serving. Tears streamed down the eyes of a woman as she confessed that she felt special and beautiful- something she had never felt before. A 53-year old man was all smiles after getting his first-ever picture taken (with the exception of jail). Laughter and joy replaced discouragement. Hope was restored. Light returned to lifeless eyes. People were reminded of their value and beauty. Not only did it change the lives of those being served, but those who were serving came away greatly impacted.
From small events to large, from the largest cities to smallest towns, in various languages, a movement awakened.
In the last four years, people in 67 different countries have rallied together to give over 282,000 portraits away. Time and again we have witnessed the transformational power of these events, and we want to invite you to experience it first-hand.
At the Allume Conference, we will be hosting a Help-Portrait event, and we would love for you to be a part of it!
Here is what we are looking for:
- Photographers who are able to bring their cameras and put them to good use.
- Hair stylists and makeup artists who will use their gifts to makeover the guests and help them to feel camera-ready.
- We also need volunteers who will make the guests feel welcome, loved, and cared for.
This is about using whatever gift you have to reach out, to love, to connect, and to invest in those around you. It might seem small to you, but your gift is valuable and when offered might just have the power to change a life- maybe even your own too.
We would love to have you on board.
Cost of admission: a least one gently used bra. (YES, you read that correctly!!)
Ladies, dig those old bras out of the graveyard in the back of your “unmentionables” drawer and help change the life of a woman halfway around the world!
Kimba Langas, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Free The Girls, will be at Allume to give you the low-down on the lowest form of exploitation: human trafficking.
What is Human Trafficking? Human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry as the 2nd largest criminal industry behind illegal drugs. Learn about why it’s a $32 billion dollar industry. What does this mean to me? Trafficking doesn’t just happen “over there”—it is rampant in the U.S. as well. Learn the signs and how you can help.
Mozambique or Bust: Watch a CNN Freedom Project documentary telling the story of Free The Girls and how a group of ordinary people set out to change the lives of trafficking survivors overseas.
Join the BRA BRIGADE: Help receive, count, and box up bras dropped off at the hotel by the local community during the Impact Opportunity time frame.
About Free The Girls:
Free The Girls is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation based in Colorado that has been working in Mozambique, Africa since August 2010 and is currently expanding into Kenya, Uganda and El Salvador. Free The Girls partners with established safe houses and after-care facilities to conduct business and job training for women rescued from sex trafficking. We offer trafficking survivors an alternative to prostitution by providing them with the opportunity, training, and initial inventory to start micro-enterprises selling bras in second-hand clothing markets. These markets are a widespread, thriving industry in Sub-Saharan Africa and other developing countries.
Use Your Voice for The Modern Day Slave
The Exodus Road is a nonprofit organization fighting sex trafficking by empowering undercover investigation and rescue. The organization has supported the rescue of nearly 200 victims in the course of one year. They help support the work of over 30 covert investigators and work with nearly 20 organizations active in rescue and restoration. They provide covert gear, operational funding, and training and support to the brave men and women who are literally kicking down the doors.
Freeset is a fair trade business offering employment to women trapped in Kolkata’s sex trade. They make quality jute bags and organic cotton t-shirts, but their business is freedom. Using an “upside down model” of business, they employ women with little or no marketable skills or education, and then pay those ladies above a fair wage. Together, they are changing not only the lives of the women they employ, but are impacting the entire community which is located in the middle of one of the largest red-light districts in the world.
Together, The Exodus Road and Freeset will be hosting an impact opportunity focused on using your voice for the voiceless–the modern-day slaves. We will be engaging in five unique activities:
- Education about the issue of human trafficking and the importance of holistic, sustainable, strategic approaches to fighting it.
- A 20-minute workshop on how to effectively tell the stories of trafficking victims with dignity and effectiveness.
- Opportunity to learn about and join The Exodus Road’s #blog4rescue team of bloggers who commit to writing once a month about the issues of trafficking and freedom. We’ll explain the program and encourage bloggers to sign up online, gaining them accessibility to a private section of The Exodus Road site with archived prompts, stories, and images from the front lines.
- Watch covert footage from a recent raid in India. After watching the film, participants will be individually reading a script which will tell the story of the footage. Bloggers will literally be the “voice for the voiceless.” The audio will then be used in the creation of an inspirational film sponsored by both Freeset and Exodus Road and will be made available within two weeks of the Allume Conference.
- Provided space to write a post or participate in a social media blast about the realities of human trafficking. As time allows, we’ll provide you with stories, prompts, images and statistics to share with your online sphere of influence.
In an effort to say thank you for supporting the work, The Exodus Road will be partnering with Freeset to provide a coupon for a steep discount on a limited edition bag to all attendees!
Participation in the #blog4rescue team and the video is optional, but highly encouraged.
We’d like to ask all participants to do the following before they sign up for our Impact Opportunity:
- Follow Freeset on facebook and twitter (@Freeset).
- Follow The Exodus Road on facebook and twitter (@theexodusroad).
- Take some time before the conference to familiarize yourself with both organizations via video, social media, or web articles.
Join @theseedcompany in the Allume Prayer Room to impact eternity NOW. Come and interact with Bibleless people groups around the world, engage God’s heart in prayer, and get a free #EndBiblePoverty t-shirt!
Did you know nearly 200 million people don’t have a single verse of God’s Word? The Seed Company is partnering globally to end Bible poverty for nearly 1 billion people today, yet great need still remains.
A friend’s response to this staggering need for God’s Word is simple: “I have. They don’t. I will.”
What happens when God’s Word is made available?
Prakash Amdabad is a poor farmer from northern Bihar, India, who has suffered from epilepsy most of his life. More than 50 years ago, his family was forced into landless poverty when Prakash’s landlord stole their property. In 2012, Prakash’s son urged him, “Go to the church. They have a radio telling about Jesus in our language—He will heal you.” Eventually Prakash went and heard Bible stories, songs, and Scriptures in his own language. Prakash experienced Jesus in a powerful way and was miraculously healed of his epilepsy. With a changed heart, he began to pray for his powerful landlord, Yadav, who had stolen his family’s property.
One morning, with great courage, Prakash went to the house of Yadav and gave him a listening device with God’s Word in their common language. For the next four days, Prakesh prayed for Yadav. On the fifth day, the landlord came to Prakash’s village with his hands on his head—“My Prakash, ever since I started listening to this, I have been restless and not at peace. Please pray for me. I have come today to give you back your land. Please forgive me!”
How does a sick and illiterate man in an unassuming village become an agent to demonstrate God’s power, annulling injustice and bringing 65 other villagers to faith in Christ? The Word of God moved in and transformed them.
The Word of God changes everything. Yet millions don’t have access. Will you join us in prayer and action to #endBiblepoverty?
“God shapes the world by prayer.” – EM Bounds
Your prayers will impact eternity.
- 2:30– 3:15pm: Write Scripture and encouragements to send to Bible translation projects
- 3:15 – 3:55pm: Interactive prayer for the Nations to End Bible Poverty
- 3:55 – 4:00pm: Pass out free #EndBiblePoverty t-shirts!
To participate in an interactive prayer and impact experience, join us in the Prayer Room on Saturday, October 26th from 2:30-4pm at Allume!
Operation Christmas Child is a project of the international relief organization, Samaritan’s Purse. Since 1993, more than 100 million boys and girls in over 130 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.
Come join us from 2:30 to 4:00 on Saturday at Allume for Christmas in October—Christmas music, Christmas cookies, and of course Christmas shoeboxes! Grab a box, fill it with school supplies, toys, and hygiene items, and send it to a child across the globe. We will share some fun ways to participate this year and explain how you can be a part of reaching the next 100 million children. You can be one of the first to try our newly designed interactive platform that allows you to build your shoebox online. You can send a note, picture, and even challenge your friends!
We will have a Question & Answer session with Alex Nsengimana, who received a shoebox while he was living in an orphanage in Rwanda after the genocide. Hear this incredible man talk about his journey to find love and forgiveness – and how it all started with a simple shoebox.
“A shoe box becomes a key to a closed door, for children to hear the Good News that God has not forgotten them.” – OCC international volunteer
Join Mike Rusch (Pure Charity) & Lindsey Nobles (Food for Hungry) as they work with you to help form and shape your strategy of rallying your community for good. They will provide real world insights that result in tangible ways that your influence (large or small) can be used make an impact in the lives of others.
During this time you will have the opportunity to discover how your passions align with your ability to make a tangible impact in someone’s life, develop a customized communication and fundraising strategies for your community, and receive practical training on how to build online advocacy groups to maximize your communities impact.
Pure Charity is a community of people dedicated to inspiring and encouraging a movement of generosity. Pure Charity empowers you to promote and support your favorite nonprofits, create personal fundraisers for adoptions, missions, and travel, and affect change for the vulnerable around the world.
Food for the Hungry (FH) is a Christian organization serving the poor globally since 1971. We reflect the love of Christ in short-term emergency relief and long-term development. After natural disasters, FH responds to help shelter, feed and clothe survivors. Over time FH begins working towards long-term sustainable development, transforming impoverished communities into healthy, productive places for children to grow.
It’s time to channel your inner passion for snail mail and come and join (in)courage as we write love notes that will be traveling as far away as Kenya and as close as around the corner here in Greenville. DaySpring will be providing cards and small gifts of encouragement for you to personalize with messages of hope and encouragement to remind some of our sisters in Christ trapped in the worst kind of abuse that they are, indeed, beloved and not forgotten by their Father God.
Your love notes will be delivered to the teenage moms of Mercy House Kenya, a home providing care to young girls who’ve become pregnant after being forced into prostitution in the slums of Kenya. Because of the safe haven of Mercy House there are 12 babies growing up healthy and happy who would likely not have been with us otherwise. Other love notes will be delivered by local organization Switch 42:16 to women currently involved in or escaping the sex trade right here in Greenville.
Join us from 2:30 – 4pm on Saturday at Allume as we hear from the directors of both these ministries and write message of Truth reminding our sisters that in God’s heart they are Created (I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14), Chosen (The Lord has chosen you to be His treasured possession.Deuteronomy 14:2), Celebrated (He will take great delight in you…He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17) and Cherished (I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. Jeremiah 31:3).
As bloggers we all understand first hand the power of words. Come and spend your time and your words capturing the heart of our God for His daughters. Your notes and gifts will be delivered by hand to women who’ve forgotten that love is a free gift by the God who first loved them. Come and be part of the reminder.
Preemptive Love Coalition works to remake worlds through surgical healing. Rather than the knee-jerk lifestyle of risk-management and safe discipleship, PLC jumps first into situations of conflict to create space for peace, reconciliation, and generosity. Rather than preemptive war, which strikes first to avoid harm to self, preemptive love strikes first to remake the world through love.
We do this by providing lifesaving heart surgeries to children in Iraq and training local doctors and nurses to perform these surgeries on their own. Iraq has a tremendous backlog of 30,000+ children in need of heart surgery.
During Allume’s Impact Opportunities, we hope you will join us to make therapeutic fleece heart pillows to help these precious children recover following their lifesaving heart surgeries. These pillows reduce the pain of breathing and coughing, which is central to the post-op healing process. And in addition to pain relief, they will also know they are loved and cared for by you, Christians halfway across the world with big hearts.
We will also be writing “get well soon” cards to accompany each pillow, to give you an opportunity to tell these children how much they’re loved, cared for and prayed for. We are looking forward to seeing you at Allume and hope you will join us!
And now….you can SIGN UP HERE for the opportunity that gets you most excited! If that one is full, pick your next favorite…and so on and so forth! The truth is, they’re all gonna be awesome! Make sure to only choose ONE though as they will all be happening simultaneously!