A Deeper Dive into The Truth: Our Blog on Human Trafficking

“Hungry for Change”

It seems appropriate that “Chicken Salad Chick”, that yummy, girl-themed restaurant, was the scene for so many ideas hatched between Jen Thompson and myself.  

Over the course of the past year, we’d meet for lunch from time to time, each armed with our appetites as well as a dozen random thoughts we wanted to bounce off one another.

Looking back now I think, the most important thing we both brought to those noontime tables was our appetite.  We both were hungry to do something.  

But what?  Exactly?

When it comes to human trafficking, the where-and-how-do-I-help-questions can be overwhelming.  They’re so overwhelming, it feels easier – safer even – to do nothing.  How can my drop of assistance in this vast ocean of need even matter, anyway?

But the thing I learned from Jen overs those lunches (and continue to learn from her) is that when you come hungry, and ask Jesus for help, He’ll give you your fill.  

As Jen and I hashed out what she thought might benefit the Lighthouse for Life mission, it was like sitting in front of a massive puzzle.  Suddenly, we began to see where pieces might fit, and where skills I brought to the table I discounted as invaluable in the fight against human trafficking might be exactly the thing needed.  

It was humbling to watch God work and grow His idea to tell the story of courageous survivors and all those who intersect with them.  Along the way, He has brought us amazing and creative people like Matt Brodie, our videographer and editor, who help us tell and share these true and important stories.

It’s taught me so much about the power of being hungry and seeking Jesus for sustenance.  

And here’s the thing, as we talk with inspiring survivors like Heather Pounds, Ashley Vrabel and Patricia English, as we discuss the judicial system with crime fighters like Assistant U.S. Attorney Eliott Daniels or victim advocates like Alexis Scurry, they all know the same person:  Jesus Christ.

In the privilege of working on this series and meeting people in every walk of life, in every job be it faith-based or secular, all of them have a profound faith.  It’s the common thread you see running through everyone who tackles this issue – from those who have lived it and have been redeemed, from those on the front lines in law enforcement, counseling, advocacy and aftercare.  

In this line of work, that thread is a literal life line; a reminder that God defines us all.  

And I think right now, with our country so bitterly divided and riots in our streets, it’s a powerful reminder.  No matter where we’ve walked, no matter what we’ve seen, we are all the same in God’s economy.  We all need forgiveness and grace.  And when you see a victim turn to Christ for that validation, it really is like witnessing a miracle.  There’s a joy in the survivors I’ve been humbled to meet, an unabashed love of Christ.  It’s like they exalt in the light so very well because they know real darkness.  They use this knowledge as a gift, not as a burden.  And they take that gift and pass it on again and again, turning other victims not just into survivors but into “thrivers.” 

It’s never easy.  It’s a hard journey with setbacks along the way.  

But when you’re hungry for change, God always shows up at the table, and with Him, we know, all things are possible.