Last June, Street Hope TN (SHTN) announced the Lord had led our team into discussions regarding the restoration of minor sex trafficking victims. Specifically, we were burdened by the realization that our state does not currently have a good solut
ion to care for the very specific needs of children who are rescued from sex slavery. We prayerfully sought the Lord’s direction and leading in the future of SHTN, and began to evaluate and refine our Core Values, Mission and Vision to reflect this leading. As a result, our mission now focuses on eliminating the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children, as well as providing safe environments to foster healing and hope through Jesus Christ.
While Street Hope TN remains committed to raising awareness of DMST and continues to connect church and community resources to engage in the fight against DMST, we believe the Lord has drawn us to also care for the needs of these precious children who are victims of sex trafficking. As we begin this new journey pursuing the ability to meet the needs of these victims, we will also be actively engaging in DMST prevention – targeted at youth to prevent victimization, and also addressing pornography/sex addiction as a source of demand that can lead to child sexual exploitation – in hopes of stopping trafficking before it begins. As a result of these new endeavors, and after much prayer, we felt the need to update our logo to better reflect our mission and our vision of a day where all children are free from sex slavery and restored by Jesus Christ.
Inspiration for this logo came from our desire to bring focus to the HOPE that is found in Jesus Christ. We believe each life has value, and each person, victim or even perpetrator “may abound in hope” through the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom 15:13). We know that the same God who says He knew us before He formed us in our mothers’ wombs (Jer 1:5), also has plans for our welfare and not for evil, to give us a future and a HOPE (Jer 29:11); and He is faithful to do as He promises (1Thess 5:24).
We also believe that there is no life too broken to be healed by the Lord and that it is the responsibility of the church and all believers to speak up and fight for those that cannot speak or fight for themselves. Our mission to serve the broken hearted and our faith in the Lord’s promise to bring restoration echoes Isaiah 61:1-3. Verse three speaks of “giving [the broken hearted, afflicted, captives and prisoners] a garland (some versions say crown of beauty or beautiful headdress) instead of ashes. The oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” We have included a vine, or garland, in our logo which we believe represents the restoration – physically, mentally and spiritually – promised here by the Lord, and the growth and new beginnings that come out of that promised restoration.
Lastly, we included TN in our logo to reflect our legal name, Street Hope TN, but also in order to avoid any confusion with other like-minded organizations throughout the nation seeking to bring an end to human trafficking.
Special Thank You:
Street Hope TN would also like to give a very special “thank you” to Hayden Zelem who donated his personal time to this project and worked so diligently to create a logo that reflected our vision for Street Hope TN. Hayden, thank you! We so appreciate you and pray the Lord will continue to bless the work of your hands in all of your efforts.
In conclusion, we are so excited about our new logo and the journey the Lord is taking our organization on. Please continue to lift us up in your prayers as we seek wisdom and guidance from the Lord for next steps in this journey.
Devin A. Payne
Street Hope TN