Finding beauty in serving the slave
By: Brittany Langlois
She was walking down Central, clothes tattered and worn, makeup caked on covering what lay beneath. The rough exterior was more than skin deep for the life she had lived broke her down into pieces. The things she was forced to do would haunt her. The addictions she picked up along the way were just a means of coping. From the outside she looked rough but on the inside, she was looking for a way out. Someone who could see past the rough exterior. Someone who would hear her silent cry. Someone who would listen to her story without judgement.
The personal encounters we hear from the victims that were rescued tell of a life of slavery. They are no longer human but only an object for sale. They no longer have the right to say, “no”, because someone paid for the right to do as they please with them. They have a trafficker that dictates every move they make. Personal freedom has been taken. They live in a constant mode of survival. It’s a life they did not choose for themselves but serves as a means to survive.
Every trafficking victim has a story just like anyone else. There is no story too dirty, no past too messy, no person too far gone that God can’t redeem. He has a specific plan and purpose for each one of us. I love the verse 2 Corinthians 5:17 that says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has passed away; behold the new has come.” This is our reality in our work with sex trafficking survivors, and I love seeing it happen right before my eyes. Untangling the mess of past hurts and experience is no simple task but it is one that is worth it. Sometimes it is an ugly process as we teach them how to actually live instead of just survive. It takes months of building relationship and trust with them. It’s showing them unconditional love regardless of where they are at in the process. It’s standing alongside them and empowering them to succeed. The damage that has been done takes time to heal but it is time well spent. Studies have shown that people are most satisfied with life when they feel they have a purpose and are helping others. Serving victims of human trafficking is an honor. It gives the opportunity to truly see how big our God is!
There is nothing more rewarding and satisfying than being a part of someone’s story of freedom and recovery. Maybe you are reading this and have that desire to invest your time into something that matters. You want to roll up your sleeves and get your hand dirty by diving into such a selfless ministry. There is always room for more people to come and serve these amazing people. Jesus said this in Luke 10:2, “the harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” We have been praying and believing for those who have the same heart for human trafficking victims to come and enter in the harvest field with us to make an eternal difference. There are many areas you can serve on our team. We will equip you with the tools and skills to serve this population.