Abolition Summit 2015

Join with hundreds of abolitionists from all over the world for this three-day event designed to offer hope, healing, and practical equipping for the fight against commercial sexual exploitation.

August 6-8, 2015

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI

Please join us for the fourth annual Exodus Cry Abolition Summit. This three-day event invites abolitionists from all walks of life to come together for a time of networking, prayer, and the opportunity to learn from experts in the field of abolition.

In addition to becoming equipped with practical tools for combating sexual exploitation, attendees will be energized through a renewed focus on the hope and healing offered through Christ. This year’s speakers include human rights advocates, abolitionists, and survivors whose diverse experiences offer unique insight into the tragedies of exploitation and the redemptive power of healing.

The event will also spotlight artists such as Misty Edwards, Laura Hackett Park, Jaye Thomas, Jonas Park, and Jason Upton whose inspiring works celebrate restoration and encourage all of us to keep the faith in the fight for justice.

$75Early Registration

Until May 15

$100Normal Price

Until July 7

$125Late Registration

After July 8 REGISTER NOW

Groups that purchase 10 or more tickets receive a 10% discount.

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  • Single Day Tickets
  • $25 Early Registration
    (Until May 15)
  • $30 Normal Price
    (Until July 7)
  • $45 Late Registration
    (After July 8)

SPEAKERS

Benjamin Nolot

Don Brewster

Richie Cruz

Christina Rangel

Kezia Hatfield

Blaire Pilkington

Melissa Farley

Andrew Comiskey

About Benjamin Nolot

Founder and CEO of Exodus Cry

Benjamin Nolot is the founder and CEO of Exodus Cry, an international anti-trafficking organization that works in the areas of prevention, intervention, and restoration. Benjamin has a passion for storytelling and was the director/producer/writer of the award-winning documentary, Nefarious: Merchant of Souls. Since the release of the film, Benjamin and the film have been highlighted by the 700 Club, Movie Guide, Relevant, Christianity Today, Variance, Charisma News, Prism, Christian Film Database, and more. He has also co-authored a book, Babylon, regarding emerging global trends in our society. He devotes his time to abolition work for the ending of slavery and the exploitation of the vulnerable. Benjamin’s desire in life is to love God and to see God’s creation set free from the tyranny of oppression. He resides in Kansas City with his wife, Lauren, and their three children.

About Don Brewster

Founder of Agape International Missions

Don and Bridget Brewster founded the anti-trafficking efforts of Agape International Missions in 2005. Their response to child sex trafficking in the village of Svay Pak, Cambodia, led to the building of a Restoration Home for rescued girls as young as 4 years old. Twelve programs evolved in multiple cities to Prevent, Rescue, Restore, and Reintegrate, holistically responding to the problem of trafficking and affecting over 10,000 Cambodians annually. Don is considered an expert on the issue of sex trafficking having testified in multiple trials internationally. Both he and Bridget have been featured in the documentaries The CNN Freedom Project, “Every Day in Cambodia,” The Pink Room, Not My Life, and the Nefarious Trilogy. Don currently serves as AIM’s CEO alongside Bridget who works as AIM’s Director of Staff Care. They reside in Cambodia and visit their four children and twelve grandchildren throughout the United States.

About Richie Cruz

Founder Porn Scar

Richie Cruz is the founder of Porn Scar, an organization dedicated to educating the public about the harms of pornography and equipping individuals with solutions that bring lasting freedom. As a recovering sex and porn addict and former sex buyer, Richie is passionate about motivating people and even entire communities to "Get Free, Stay Free, and Free Others" from pornography and its harmful effects. He is committed to bringing awareness, education, freedom, and hope to those affected by pornography. Richie believes that "every scar has a story" and that freedom can come to others when stories of addiction and recovery are freely shared. Richie has been married to his wife, Heather, for more than ten years and is the father of five amazing children. Exodus Cry is honored to have Richie's story featured in their upcoming documentary, Nefarious II.

About Christina Rangel

Founder and director of INTRNL ministries at Bethel Church

Christina Rangel is the founder and director of Extreme Love Anti-trafficking at Bethel Church in Redding, CA. Christina and her team assist law enforcement with direct intervention operations in major West Coast cities. Through this ministry, Christina also provides assistance and support to girls that have been trafficked, and they've recently started reintegrating young adults that are aging out of rescue homes. As a survivor of sex trafficking, Christina is passionate about the intervention, restoration, and deployment of the women, men, and children who have been exploited by sex trafficking. Christina's primary job is as a wife and mom to four beautiful children. Exodus Cry is honored to have Christina's story featured in their upcoming documentary, Nefarious II.

About Kezia Hatfield

Director of Restoration at Exodus Cry

Kezia Hatfield is the director of restoration for Exodus Cry, an anti-trafficking organization based in Kansas City, Missouri. She oversees Exodus Cry’s restoration program, which cares for victims of sexual exploitation through trauma therapy, housing, social services, discipleship, and long-term support systems. Kezia received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in California, and she utilizes a biblically-based treatment model of attachment theory and emotion-focused therapy for complex trauma.

During years of overseas mission work and clinical education, the Lord established Kezia in a life of prayer, meditation on Scripture, and His passion for holistic restoration. She is compelled by the love of Jesus and acknowledges His supremacy over the healing process, recognizing that it is only through Him that a person is raised back to life.

About Blaire Pilkington

Director of Intervention at Exodus Cry

Blaire Pilkington is the director of intervention for Exodus Cry, an international anti-trafficking organization located in Kansas City. She desires to see victims of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation experience the full healing and redemption that comes through Jesus Christ. Blaire has traveled to eight nations for the purpose of conducting intervention work to free victims of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. She received her bachelor of science degree in English and international studies from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Blaire currently resides in Kansas City where she is a part of the International House of Prayer. She lives to know Christ and to make Him known.

About Melissa Farley

Author and Researcher

Melissa Farley, Ph.D. is a research and clinical psychologist who has studied and published extensively on prostitution, trafficking and the global sex industry. After many reports on the traumatic stress caused by prostitution, she is now studying men who pay for sex - the perpetrators of that harm. Her work, with many coauthors, has been used by governments in South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Ghana, United Kingdom, and United States for education and policy development.

About Andrew Comiskey

Founder & Director of Desert Stream/Living Waters Ministries

Andrew Comiskey (M.Div.) has worked extensively with the healing of the sexually and relationally broken. He is founder and Director of Desert Stream/Living Waters Ministries, a multifaceted outreach to the broken. Andrew’s ministry grows both out of his own commitment to overcome homosexuality and his experience as a husband to Annette and father of four children. He is author of Pursuing Sexual Wholeness (Creation House), Strength in Weakness (InterVarsity Press),Naked Surrender: Coming Home To Our True Sexuality (InterVarsity Press) and the Living Waters healing program. Andrew seeks to equip the global church to be whole and holy, a bride ready to receive Jesus. Andrew attends and serves at St. Thomas More in Kansas City, Missouri. After over three decades of ministry Andrew still loves imparting healing to the entire body of Christ.

WORSHIP LEADERS

Jason Upton

Laura Hackett-Park

Misty Edwards

Jaye Thomas

Jonas Park

About Jason Upton

Jason Upton is a songwriter and storyteller with the heart of a pastor. Whether Jason is leading people in worship through his music or his words, Jason strives to be true to the heart of our heavenly Father. His messages reflect a life fully lived in relationship with God, family, and friends.

Through Key of David Ministries, Jason and his band have several recordings available that express the heart of God for His people through song, instrumental spontaneity, and spoken word. Jason currently lives in Wisconsin with his wife, Rachel, and their children, Samuel, Emma, Lucy and Oliver.

About Laura Hackett Park

Singer and songwriter, Laura Hackett Park, has been making music her entire life. She studied music theory in college and now works as a full time worship leader at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri. She is known for her prolific songwriting and popular tracks such as “You Satisfy My Soul” and “I Put On Christ.” Her latest album Love Will Have Its Day was released October 2014 with the help of Grammy-Award-winning producer Brown Bannister.

About Misty Edwards

Misty Edwards has been a worship leader and songwriter at the International House of Prayer (IHOPKC) since its inception in September 1999. She currently serves on the leadership team at IHOPKC.

She has been actively writing songs since she was a teenager and continues to grow in this art while encouraging others to do the same. “I write songs by looking right at Jesus from my heart and actually singing to Jesus as a real person who is listening and moving to the sound of my voice,” she says. Through worship leading at conferences and her faithful years of leadership in IHOPKC’s 24/7 prayer room, which is streamed live around the world, Misty’s music has impacted thousands. She desires for believers to experience an intimate relationship with Jesus. “I pray that the songs I write would bring people not only into an intellectual understanding, but a true heart connect with God.”

About Jaye Thomas

Originally from North Carolina, Jaye Thomas has been singing all of his life and leading worship for the past 20 years. He has written and co-written some of today's popular worship songs like "Shekinah", "We love your name", "Reason to Dance" and several others. Jaye has been on full time staff at the International House of Prayer Kansas City for six years and enjoys teaching at the International House of Prayer's Forerunner Music Academy. He also travels the world teaching and training other singers and musicians how to operate in the prophetic musically. Jaye is married to Nayomi and they reside in Kansas City with their daughter, Mahan, and their son, Justice.

About Jonas Park

Jonas Park has been a worship leader and songwriter at the International House of Prayer since 2008. His popular single, “Coming Home” was featured on Hold On, an album inspired by the documentary on global sex trade, Nefarious. Jonas has most recently partnered with fellow musician David Bollmann on their debut EP, Forward, released in 2014. Jonas and his wife, Laura Hackett Park, live in Kansas City, Missouri.