The inspiration behind #endingtrafficking

I’m inspired by quotes and photographs that capture the raw essence of humanity. I’ve had stretches where one quote or image has enabled me to cross the finish line of a short sprint to deliver a challenge of something I’m working on.

But then I stumbled on a gamechanger: a quote that sparks me everyday and keeps me hustling as I navigate to what I want to do with my time on planet earth, make a dent in the space of ending human trafficking, Isaiah 61:1.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, [ …] to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning..and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair […]They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations].

While I’ve certainly encountered boundaries in my life, my faith has fueled me to dream past those boundaries. I would be inspired by the stories of missionaries who laid down their lives to serve those who were broken and suffering across the world. I cherished reading stories of redemption in the Bible where God would look past the mess of a situation and challenge people to take steps of faith towards becoming the people that they were destined to be. Such stories that embody God’s heart towards humanity have been a foundation in my life, and remind me of my own continual struggle to reach my potential, be the powerful girl I always wanted to be, and leave behind a world where my abilities were limited.

Today, after years of breaking down my own barriers and jumping over every hurdle that I’ve encountered, I advocate for the brokenhearted and help to set many modern-day captives free. When I have looked into the eyes of the victims of human trafficking that I work with, or the rescued orphans that I held in Guatemala — I see people whose potential has not yet been reached.

There are over 27 million men, women and children who are trapped in modern-day slavery. And every 30 seconds, someone is becoming a victim of the world’s fastest growing criminal industry. However, only 1–2% are ever rescued.

While this statistic is merely informational to many people, I want to dedicate my life to changing this statistic.

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