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Restoring Hope: Volume 1
"Removing Chains of Child Abuse"

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Ark of Hope for Children is proud to present our first book in our Restoring Hope series, “Removing Chains of Child Abuse.” This very special book is compiled from short stories, art and poetry authored by seventeen survivors of child abuse, bullying and human trafficking. The contributing survivors in volume one hail from three different countries; United States, United Kingdom and France. Stories are already being gathered for Restoring Hope volume two.

These powerful stories allowed those who submitted them to experience writing and art as therapy. The authors know that their works will give hope to the survivors reading them to realize that they are not alone and they too can recover. This book is packed with resources for those still suffering and it includes a short journal in the back for readers to note their feelings as they read. A full journal is now available! Created as a stand alone journal or to accompany this book, read more about the Removing Chains of Child Abuse Journal here.

The Restoring Hope Project was made possible through our Community Partnership with TGIM Publishing, which is the proud developer of Writing for the Soul Workshop™. The workshop is a vibrant program that invokes a passion for writing, resources for healing, and skills for a lifetime while tackling the problems of mental, financial and educational inequality.

Available now!

Details:
Soft Cover: $16.99 (Black and White)
eBook: $11.99 (Full color)
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Page Count: 146 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1547046997
ISBN-10: 1547046996
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs

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History of Removing Chains support site

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Removing Chains survivor support site was birthed out of need by those who were seeking help. And they found it from often hundreds of miles away from caring people online. Blair Corbett, founder of Ark of Hope for Children considers it to be a "God thing".

Ark of Hope For Children's virtual support for survivors of child abuse, a program now called Removing Chains, birthed in 2008, just before Blair Corbett's wife Verna became critically ill from an operation in 2009. People began finding us online and wondering if we might be as caring as we appeared to be. Throughout Verna's illnesses and visits to various ICU's between late 2009 and early 2012 we carried on supporting survivors through our extensive social network presence.

Dedication

Removing Chains live chat victim support site is dedicated to Michael “OneVoice” Hawkinson; “The best friend I never met.” In the tribute I wrote for Mike, (below), you will see how RemovingChains.org, oddly enough, had its start through CHAIN.org 20+ years ago. Chain links that we saw then as uniting a core of caregivers, we now see as that which we are breaking to set captives free.

The CHAIN.org site is still live, but inactive, more as a memorial to what once was. It is our hope that it may one day become active again as part of the continuing work being carried on here on Removing Chains using what we learned there othumb mike-1n CHAIN.

I dedicate Removing Chains site to;

  • The lessons learned by loving people we could not see, or touch;
  • The faith made strong through hours of listening intently to the broken heart of another;
  • The way God used the most unlikely of broken vessels to reach the hurting thousands of miles away;
  • Not become a theological rule house, what Jesus would call a “white washed tomb,” but be a healing place of mercy, grace and unconditional love, that draws in the victimized without fear of judgment.

It is, therefore, our mission through Removing Chains live chat rooms to provide this free site to reach, listen to, partner with and renew hope within victimized people young and old. We are committed to allowing the power of humility and selfless love to both freely flow and be multiplied well beyond Removing Chains through the equipping of others.

Blair Corbett,

Co-founding member - CHAIN.org

Founder, Executive Director - Ark of Hope for Children

Lead Survivors Coach, site builder - Removing Chains

Tribute to Mike Hawkinson, August 22, 2003

thumb mike-and momMike truly embraced the value of being “A man after God’s own heart.” To speak about how thankful I am for Mike Hawkinson is really to speak of how amazing and loving of a God we have. God put Mike and I in each others paths in a most remarkable way, and just when we each needed it.

We originally met online in 1992 before any of us even knew that there was such a thing as the Internet. The “Sierra Network” began the first online gaming community called the Imagination Network”, or “INN.”  I was in the tail end of a very troubled marriage and Mike was happily working for Discover Card.  But we both joined up to find some people we could play some card games like hearts with in a safe environment. We had no idea what God was really setting us up for.

Mike, “OneVoice,” lived in Arizona and I, HeCares, lived in Illinois. We actually met in a Christian chat room a young man from Daytona, Florida had started. Soon we were not only playing cards but praying together, ministering to hurting people and praying with others from around the United States. We met a few really great people there including Shawn Richards, “HisHeart” and Joshua Wolford, “LionsDen”.

INN soon became too expensive and it seemed we would lose what we had found in each other because most of us couldn’t afford it. Mike heardthumb mike-2 of the Internet so we tried meeting in a few different places but never felt very welcome, or that it was a good fit. We discovered the IRC, Internet Relay Chat.  There were hundreds of people online in hundreds of different “chat rooms”. Unfortunately much of what was going on in those rooms was extremely negative and often perverse. In other words it was perfect for us to challenge ourselves to continue what had already been started! That small handful of us, Mike, Blair, Joshua and Shawn, set up a Christ centered chat room there and called it “CHAIN,” which was an acronym for Christ’s Hands Across the Interactive Network,” (soon changed to Internet by Mike even though I often got on his case for changing it.)

As CHAIN progressed so did many deep struggles for both Mike and I.  Mike had already been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and began struggling physically, while I was heading for an inevitable divorce and losing my business at the same time. In January of 1996 after heart-breaking struggles my divorce became finalized, I became a single father of three young children and the next day I handed over the keys to my business. 

Mike was now fully disabled with multiple problems and was homebound.  Both of us, however were closer to God than we ha ever been.  We talked often with each other about how we hated the positions we were in, but that we were totally surrendered to God.  I had fallen under the pressure many times, but God provided Mike to pick me up, and I did the same for him. Mike and others from CHAIN saved me from a suicidal depression during this period. Mike constantly reminded me that God had His hand on my life and hand a unique plan that only I was made to carry out. I hung on and surrendered more deeply to whatever that was, as did Mike.

Being that Mike was homebound I knew it was God’s design that Mike should take full control of CHAIN.  I took a back seat administratively as I searched to discover the path God had for me to follow that would achieve both and income for my family and allowing me the ability to be an Ambassador in His kingdom. 

Leaving CHAIN in Mike’s capable hands brought out his giftedness even more. CHAIN thrived.  People were ministered to almost daily, fellowshipthumb Chain-3 was happening not only with people from the United States but now in many other countries as well. We were part of an amazing plan God had to use the Internet, a tool that many said was a tool for evil, and use it for the good His children all over the world. We never envisioned that would happen, and it was never our plan, but we watched in amazement as God was shrinking his world. Ministry to people seeking God, mercy and compassion for those who were hurting, and even love for those who openly bashed Christ was happening every day.  This truly was an “ACTS” church. 

In 1998 I remarried and now had my wife, Verna, also known as He4gives, five children and two disabled adults to care for, (one of whom is Verna’s ex-husband).  We moved to Florida so I could accept a position as a manager of a business I was familiar with running.  I was made to work six days a week, and soon lost my connection with CHAIN so I could be a good father with what little free time I had.  Mike always stayed close though.  He would call or get me online and we would talk long into the next morning. 

In 2000 I walked away from my job to pursue a mission God had put on Verna’s and my heart to start a community of homes to house abusedthumb Chain-2 children. Having known us so well, as only a close brother could, Mike knew that Verna and I were suited for this. We were no strangers to struggle, faith and persistence. We now have ten children, five that we have adopted from foster care. We have moved to a smaller community in Florida called High Springs. We have begun purchasing a large property where we planned to build six homes for these abused children and minister to them in the ways that they deserve. 

Mike knew that this mission was right for us and what we were called by God to do all along. Mike was always extremely in tune with us. He intuitively knew when I needed him, whether for confirmation or just to talk. He never treated me like I had abandoned him, but told me that I had followed obediently the design God had for me. He stayed closer than a brother all the time. Once he called me late at night, which was Mike’s trademark, and sang a song over the phone to me that he had written with me in mind.  The song was about friendship.  All I could do was cry.

thumb Chain-1Mike left quite a legacy with me. He taught me to never bother arguing Biblical doctrine with people. I came to agree that there were plenty of people for arguing, but that God was seeking people who would be Ambassadors for Christ. I always described that as to mean, “Being Christ with skin on for someone.” That made Mike laugh and I loved his laugh! We would joke about how God used to have to “hit us over the head with a 2x4 to get our attention!” Other times we laughed about times “when we didn’t follow God’s lead and God had to swallow us up by that “Big Fish to wake us up!” 

God humbled us both almost in unison it seemed as He grew us up. We both came to the place where we would see a need and jump in without hesitation and with both feet knowing God was taking care of us. We felt God’s hugs and Christ’s love and our main desire was to lovingly guide people to Christ. Mike taught me that to do so in love was to inform them about who Christ and God are and simply offer people the choice. If they didn’t choose to right then we didn’t beat them over the head with our Bibles. If they chose to follow Christ we partied with the angels. If not, we continued loving them right as they were, with no judgment. We fully expected that someday God would make the seed we planted within them grow, so we didn’t need to over water and feed it until it was choked out and they were running the other way.

God is an amazing God. Through this online church called CHAIN God taught me how to “love people from the inside out.” He taught me how tothumb Chain-4 ignore all appearances and patiently seek out their heart. God treated me to a little more than a decade long friendship that was more loving, more accepting, more caring, more sincere and more Christ-like than any I have ever had. What makes that statement so incredible is that Mike Hawkinson and I never got to meet in person! Oh we tried, and we planned, but through our struggles with time and finances it never worked out. I write this with tears in my eyes because if there is a regret that is my only one. Mike and I joked saying, “We’re not going to meet each other until we get to Heaven, are we?” Nope, we’re not.

On August 15, 2003 God took Mike’s pain away. I know he is checking out all the great places to go and he excitedly awaits my arrival so he can show me around. I wait longingly for that time, but I go on with the mission; to bring the broken and hurting children, to know the amazing love of Christ, through this humble vessel. **

In addition I commit myself to doing whatever I can to be sure that CHAIN goes on without becoming political, church-ish or just a hangout place. Because of the love God showed us through this willing vessel we honor today, Mike Hawkinson, his legacy will be that CHAIN goes on, lives continue being changed and Christ-like fellowship WILL continue to happen in the form of live chat on the Internet.

Thank you God,

Blair Corbett

** Note; the following omitted from this reprint of Mike’s eulogy from me;

thumb Corbetts2007-600"Our community for abused children, called Ark of Hope For Children,” my wife and I lovingly dedicate to my brother Mike.  It is still vacant land and we still struggle to make it a reality, but one day in some way, Mike’s memory WILL be immortalized there.”

After severe complications with a surgery in 2009 that was to save my wife Verna’s life, her life was almost taken multiple times over the next 1 ½ years. I devoted myself to her, and our family of 12, in full in keeping with my vows of “in sickness and in health, for better or for worse.” Verna is alive and walking some again, but the property was lost to foreclosure in 2011, along with most of our volunteers and donors. Another surprise was to come from God, this site and other amazing adventurous plans for Ark of Hope for Children.

Crisis Hotlines - Canada

Following is a comprehensive list of Canadian Crisis Hotline Numbers and Links provided for the Removing Chains live chat support site by their nonprofit founder Ark of Hope for Children. If you have hotline numbers to recommend or links are found to be broken please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Bullying Hotlines

Child Abuse Hotlines

Crime Victim Hotlines

Domestic Violence Hotlines

Eating Disorder Hotlines

Elder Abuse Hotlines

Family and Friends of Alcoholics      

Foster Care Assistance

Grief Support Helplines

 
HIV/AIDS Hotlines

Human / Child / Sex / Labor Trafficking Helplines     

Institutional Abuse Support

Mental Health Helplines

Missing / Runaway / Exploited Children Hotlines

Parents Hotline

Poison Control Hotline

Rape / Sexual Assault / Incest Helplines

Religious Abuse Support

Ritual & SRA Abuse Support

Self-Harm Helplines

Sex Offenders Registries / Reporting

Substance Abuse / Addiction Helplines

Suicide Hotlines

Teen Helplines

Veterans Helpline

 


Bullying Hotlines

Removing Chains live chat bullying support


Child Abuse Hotlines

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)

Removing Chains live chat child abuse support (Also female; male; adult survivors of child abuse)


Crime Victim Hotlines


Domestic Violence Hotlines


Eating Disorder Hotlines


Elder Abuse Hotlines

 


Family and Friends of Alcoholics Support


Foster Care Assistance


Grief Support Helplines


HIV/AIDS Hotlines


Human / Child / Sex / Labor Trafficking Helplines

Get Help / Break Free;

Removing Chains live chat trafficking survivor support

Report suspected trafficking;


 Institutional Abuse Support

Removing Chains live chat ritual abuse support 


Mental Health Helplines (for Suicide hotlines please the see Suicide heading below)


Missing / Runaway / Exploited Children Helplines


Parents Hotline


Poison Control Hotline


Rape / Sexual Assault / Incest Helplines

Removing Chains live chat female survivor / male survivor support


Religious Abuse Support

Removing Chains live chat ritual abuse support


Ritual & SRA Abuse Support

Removing Chains live chat ritual abuse support


Self-Harm Helplines

Holding of Wrist Help any time by email



Sex Offenders Registries / Reporting


Substance Abuse / Addiction Helplines


Suicide Hotlines


Teen Helplines

Removing Chains live chat bullying support /child abuse support / mental health support


Veterans Helpline

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Ark of Hope for Children's Social Network Sites

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Our Websites

Ark of Hope for Children.org - main website, where it all starts and comes back to.

Removing Chains.org > Our international live chat support site for victimized children and individuals

 

Premier Social Networks

Facebook page- Ark of Hope for Children 

Facebook Page - Removing Chains

Google+ Ark of Hope for Children 

GuideStar - Ark of Hope for Children > Full information on Ark of Hope with our plans and activities; U.S. national database of nonprofits

Linked In - Blair Corbett

MySpace - Ark of Hope

Pinterest - Ark of Hope

Tumbler - Removing Chains

Twitter @AbusedKids

Twitter @RemovingChains

YouTube channel - Ark4kids

 

Our Wish Lists

Amazon.com - Ark of Hope for Children > Wish List items identified by Ark of Hope to further our work

 

Cause / FundRaising Sites 

American Express Members Give - Ark of Hope > Donate using American Express service online

 

Causes.com- Hope Now for Chid Abuse & Child Trafficking Survivors  > Our Cause against child abuse and rallying support for survivors-695,000 members- petitions, pledges, donate, create your own event fundraiser for us and more

 

Causes.com- End Child Sex Trafficking > Our Cause rallying support to End Child Sex Trafficking and support survivors-20,000 members- petitions, pledges, donate, create your own event fundraiser for us and more

 

Causes.com- H20 - Hope to Orphans > Our general international orphans Cause-1,100 members- petitions, pledges, donate, create your own event fundraiser for us and more

 

Causes.com- Stop Bullying - Don't Stand Alone > Our Cause rallying support to Stop Bullying and support survivors-16,000 members- petitions, pledges, donate, create your own event fundraiser for us and more

 

CauseCast.com > Encourage corporate donor matching, employee volunteering and corporate and employee philanthropy to Ark of Hope

 

CausesCast - Ark of Hope for Children > Donation pages, Join a team fundraiser or create your own Team for Ark of Hope and promote it!

 

Crowdrise.com - Ark of Hope for Children > Donation page for Ark of Hope

 

eBay Giving Works - Ark of Hope > Search out/List items on eBay to benefit Ark of Hope for Children

 

FirstGiving - Ark of Hope for Children > Donation page for Ark of Hope; Create your own fundraising page

 

Good Dining - Ark of Hope for Children > Dine out in major U.S. cities, and a % of purchases benefits Ark of Hope

 

GoodSearch - Ark of Hope for Children > Use GoodSearch for all internet searching and $.01 goes to Ark of Hope with every search. Allocated every December. Also GoodShop and GoodDining

 

GoodShop - Ark of Hope for Children > Shop at hundreds of stores online, and a % of purchases benefits Ark of Hope

 

JustGive.org - Ark of Hope  > Donate; Create your own Charity, Memorial or Wedding Registry for Ark of Hope 

 

PayPal - Ark of Hope > to donate@removingchains; Donate using credit card, account transfer or PayPal balance

 

Razoo.com - Ark of Hope for Children > Donate; Join a project or start your own project for Ark of Hope then share on the social networks 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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