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Someone You Should Know: Chassidi Martin

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First and foremost, Chassidi Martin is a mom to her two daughters and wife to husband, Brion.

Martin has worked at Harvest Vineyard Church in Waterloo for five years, serving as the Associate Pastor for the past three.

"I actually get to do what I'm passionate about," Martin said.

Martin said she was at a pastors' meeting one day when a representative from Rapha House came to speak to her group. Rapha House is a ministry based out of Cambodia, working to rescue girls who have been caught in the system of human trafficking. After watching the presentation about Rapha House, Martin said her life changed.

"I couldn't stop crying. I couldn't stop hurting for what I saw. It was horrific."

It was then that Martin decided to make it her life mission to be a part of ending human trafficking. About a year ago, she started Freedom Cafe at Harvest Vineyard Church. Freedom Cafe is a time when people can come to the church, listen to music, talk to others about the issue and how to put an end to it.

Martin said Freedom Cafe showcases a coffeehouse atmosphere; a relaxed setting with an open mic, encouraging people to sing, recite readings or simply share thoughts freely.

"I am absolutely proud of my wife. I feel like I get a front row seat to her progress," said Martin's husband, Brion.

Martin believes everyone, in some capacity, can help contribute to the good of others.

"Do it the best you can, and watch the world change."

Martin said all of the money raised from the donation bucket at Freedom Cafe goes directly to Rapha House. Freedom Cafe is held the first Saturday of every month at 7:30 p.m. at Harvest Vineyard Church in Waterloo, located at 715 E. Fourth St.

Anyone is welcome to attend. 

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