I had no idea one sleepless night would change the direction of my family’s life forever. But that’s exactly what happened.
Seven years ago, having recently become a mom, I woke at 2 am. Nothing unusual, except this time there was no baby screaming. I couldn’t go back to sleep, though, so I took out my journal and started writing. Suddenly a thought came into my mind:
“Go work with Love146.”
A few weeks later, my husband Steve came home from work. “Guess who’s coming to dinner?” he said.
Rob Morris–as in the president and co-founder of Love146? We had met him once before and Steve just happened to “run into him.”
Within a few months we were moving cross-country to start the work of our lives.
Those who think it’s been abolished are often surprised to hear that there are more slaves on the planet now than ever before. Many of them are children–kids who should be opening excited eyes on Christmas morning to check their stockings, instead will open their eyes to find the gift of childhood stolen from them.
My husband serves as CEO of this organization, whose vision is “the end of child sex trafficking and exploitation. Nothing less.”
The trafficking and rape of children for profit is one of the darkest stories on the planet. This physical, mental, and emotional trauma leaves kids broken and scarred for life.
Interventions for these children are critical to their survival. This is why Love146 exists. Since 2002, the organization has been responding with prevention and aftercare solutions throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Transformation happens when the issue becomes personal. So I invite you to watch this two-minute story of how Love146 got its start. It began with a girl–one girl. We’ll never know her name, but we’ll never forget her number.
It was 146.
How You Can Help This Holiday Season
1. Become a monthly partner.
Love146′s work is simply impossible without support. By giving monthly, your partnership will protect the vulnerable and restore survivors.
Prevention and Aftercare is what we do and we’re in it for the long haul because we believe in a world without slavery. If you share this vision, we invite you to partner with us to see it become a reality in the lives of children.
2. Join or start a task force.
A task force is a group of individuals committed to abolition who meet monthly to raise awareness, funds, and become activists within their communities.
Head here to find out more.
3. Give in honor of a loved one this Christmas.
Here at Simple Living Media we advocate simplicity. There are a few adults on my Christmas list who do not need a single extra thing, and I cannot bear to buy them some pointless trinket when I could give a gift in their honor that would mean much more to someone truly in need.
If your holiday list is similar, and if this issue moves you, perhaps your family may want to give in honor of those you love as well.
“Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.” ~ Yehuda Bauer
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