Statement of Faith

The mission of Hope Rising is to provide a specialized trauma-informed continuum of care for minor children who have been rescued from human sex trafficking and exploitation, offering them hope and a future as they journey on the road to recovery. VolunteerNewsletter

Our Beliefs

The Bible

Hope Rising believes that the Bible is the inspired, authoritative, living, eternally reliable Word of God; equal in all parts and without error in its original manuscript, absolutely infallible, and our source of supreme revelation from God, superior to conscience and reason, though not contrary to reason. It is therefore our infallible rule of faith and practice and necessary to our daily lives. [II Timothy 3:16-17; I Peter 1:23-25; Hebrews 4:12]

The Godhead

We believe in one God who has revealed Himself in three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. [Romans 1:20] The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all co-eternal and all stand equally superior to time, free from the temporal distinctions of past and future.

  • Father– [Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 90:2; Psalm 102:27; I Timothy 1:17]
  • Son– [John 1:1-2; John 8:58; Hebrews 1:8; I John 1:2; Revelation 1:8]
  • Holy Spirit– [Hebrews 9:14]

 We believe in God the Father, Creator of all things visible and invisible. [Colossians 1:15-16]

We believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, who came into the world to reveal the Father, and was the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person. Jesus Christ was the Creator of everything, for by Him all things were made. We further believe that in Christ dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form and that He was very God and very Man. [John. 1:1-2 & 14; I Timothy 3:16; Acts 7:37-38]

 We believe in Jesus Christ’s pre-existence, incarnation, virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, substitutionary and atoning death, bodily resurrection, bodily ascension into heaven, exaltation, present rule at the right hand of God, coming personal return in power and great glory, and in His everlasting Kingdom and dominion. [Acts 1:11; 3:19-21; Daniel 7:14; Revelation 20:4] We acknowledge His Lordship – that Jesus Christ is Lord over all things in heaven and on earth, and under the earth. [Philippians 2:9-10]

 We believe in the Holy Spirit, His present ministry, His indwelling, His empowering, His impartation of gifts for today and His transforming power in the lives of all believers. [I Corinthians 12:4-11, Galatians 5:22-23]

Salvation

We believe that man and woman, by transgression, fell from a state of righteousness and holiness in which he was first created into total spiritual depravity, a state of death in trespasses and sins in which he is held as a slave of sin and an enemy of God. As such, he is unable to attain divine righteousness by his own efforts but must be redeemed and delivered by the power of the gospel. [Romans 5:12-21; I Corinthians 15:1-4]

We believe that repentance and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ is an integral part of God’s work of justification of the believer. Through faith in the shed blood of Christ, he or she is justified and made a partaker in the death of Christ. [Romans 5:1, 9]

We believe that “it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” [Ephesians 2:8-9] We further believe that the emphasis for a continuous walk in grace should be on demonstrating righteousness and purity of heart, believing in the keeping power of God, walking after the Spirit and not after the flesh, living a lifestyle that demonstrates the character, standards and convictions of Jesus Christ, and not being conformed to the world. [Jude 24; Romans 8:25; Galatians 5:16-25; Romans 4:1-5; 12:1-2]

We believe that repentance is dependent upon the convicting action of the Holy Spirit in the lives of sinners and believers and their response. The conviction of the Holy Spirit, which often accompanies the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, will result in the revelation of the sinfulness of self, which should lead to godly sorrow. Remorse, or worldly sorrow, is a feeling of deep regret, hopelessness, or even despair. It does not lead to constructive change. On the other hand, godly sorrow produces repentance that causes us to turn away from sin and selfishness and to receive faith for change. Repentance is evidenced by an earnest desire to change. Repentance changes the way we feel and act about sin, self and God. Repentance is a total change of mind, will and emotions. [II Corinthians 7:10; Psalm 51; Acts 11:18; II Timothy 2:25; Romans 1:18-32; Matthew 9:12-13]

We believe that in the final judgment, which will accompany the return of Christ, every person will give an account to God of every aspect of this earthly life. The Judgment Seat of Christ (Bema Seat) is the judgment of believers in reference to rewards or lack thereof. The Great White Throne Judgment is the judgment of unbelievers who will be eternally separated from God and in torment. [I Corinthians 3:10-15; II Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15]

The Family 

We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. It is composed of persons related to one another by marriage, blood or adoption. [Genesis 1:27-28]

We believe that marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. [Genesis 2:20-25, Matthew 19:5-6] The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God’s image. [Genesis 1:27] A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. [Ephesians 5:25, Colossians 3:19] A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. [Ephesians 5:24, Colossians 3:18]

We believe that all intimate sexual activity outside the marriage relationship, whether heterosexual, homosexual, or otherwise, is immoral and therefore sin [Genesis 2:24-25; Exodus 20:14, 17, 22:19; Leviticus 18:22-23, 20:13, 15-16; Matthew 19:4-6, 9; Romans 1:18-31; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 15-20; 1 Timothy 1:8-11; Jude 7] We believe that God created the human race as male and female and that all conduct with the intent to adopt a gender other than one’s birth gender is immoral and therefore sin. [Genesis 1:27; Deuteronomy 22:5]

We believe that children, from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord. [Psalm 127:3, Psalm 139:12-15, Matthew 19:14] Parents are responsible for training their children in the ways of the Lord through encouragement, teaching, and discipline. [Deuteronomy 11:19, Ephesians 6:4, Colossians 3:21, Proverbs 13:24, 19:18]

Care For The Orphans

We believe that we are called to care for the orphan. An orphan is a child or youth that has been deprived of parents, whether it is permanent or temporary. James 1:27, Isiah 1:17 states that we need to learn to do good, seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan and plead for the widow. 

 

“Whoever receives a child in My name, receives Me.”

– Matthew 18:5

Who We Are

Our Team & Leadership

Sherri Clement

Sherri Clement

Founder & Executive Director

Sherri Clement co–founded Hope Rising with her husband Shane in 2012. Since its founding, Hope Rising’s mission has been to provide hope and a future to victims of human sex trafficking. In the past seven years, Hope Rising has served 100s of survivors and continues to provide residential after care in the form of specialized care, foster homes, and outpatient therapy for trauma victims. Sherri strongly believes that training and equipping families to serve the children being rescued from trafficking is the key to long term positive results in the journey of recovery from the complex trauma that survivors have experienced.

Gayle Brittain

Gayle Brittain

Director of Equine Facilities & Certified Equine Specialist

Renee Calder Encinias, BS, LCPAA

Renee Calder Encinias, BS, LCPAA

Program Director

Cynthia Borsellino

Cynthia Borsellino

Operations/Finance Director

Leanna Swingler

Leanna Swingler

Creative Services Director

Rachael Hall

Rachael Hall

Community Outreach/Development Director

Precious Williams

Precious Williams

Case Manager, BA

Johanna Schroeder

Johanna Schroeder

RN Clinical Compliance Manager

Ashley Vargas

Ashley Vargas

Case Manager & Foster Home Developer

Nikki Lewis

Nikki Lewis

Caregiver

Mary Long

Mary Long

Receptionist

F.A.Q.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Human Trafficking Really an issue in Texas?

Yes. According to a 2016 University of Texas study, an estimated 79,000 minors and youth are victims of sex trafficking in Texas each year.

How many homes do you currently have for survivors?

We are constantly growing, but at the moment we have 7 homes. 

Is sex trafficking different from prostitution?

We don’t like to differentiate between the two. When statistics show that the majority of women in prostitution were forced, coerced, or lured before the age of 18, it’s difficult to ever want to make the assumption that a woman chose the life for herself. Instead, it is safer to assume that women are trafficked into prostitution.  We do recognize that some may choose this lifestyle for themselves, but we are more interested in protecting the majority, which were not given the ability to make a choice. 

What is Equine Therapy?

 Equine Therapy differentiates from traditional therapy because it involves a non-verbal animal. Horses are known to have an uncanny ability to reflect human emotion; when going through equine therapy you may appear calm and collected on the surface, but a horse can sense what is unspoken. It causes a degree of vulnerability, which allows the girls to see that the horses won’t reject them. They accept the our girls exactly as they are, and carry their emotions to help them heal. 

 

Are boys victims of sex trafficking too?

Yes. Believe it or not, boys make up about 25% of sex trafficking victims in the staet of Texas. We currently have one home for boys. 

Can I request a guest speaker?

Absolutely! We have a team of people that are very gifted speakers whom we send out for that very specific reason. We’ve trained Police Departments, Fire Departments, Hospitals,  Schools, Churches, events of every kind. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss how we may assist you in spreading awareness. 

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