This was my fourth trip to Thailand to serve alongside of ZOE. Every time I go I make sure I have the mindset of no expectations. I always want to make sure of that, because I want to see what God has in store for myself and the team. Each trip has been different in many ways with the teams all having their own flow and unique characteristics. There is an awesome dynamic when people come together as a team to complete tasks, do service projects and outreaches. I love how God uses each of our strengths to work together!
Can you believe that our ZOE Rescue Walk is in just 75 days? I love this event for many reasons but the greatest reason is that on this day, we get to meet and see all of you who have supported our organization face to face! Some of you have supported us from the very beginning and some of you are brand new. Regardless of when you joined the fight to combat child trafficking, you are all passionate, doing your unique part to make a difference. Some of you drive hours and some bring your entire family just to be a part of our Walk. Some of you have even been Team Captains and formed a group every single year! What a humbling experience to join hands together with all of you; our supporters and our friends, to fight injustice!
After 14 years in the fight against child trafficking we have learned a few things about caring for children who have suffered at the hands of human traffickers. When we first began rescuing children in Thailand, our rescues were considered prevention rescues. In other words, we rescued children before they were trafficked. These children were highly at risk because of their circumstances: orphaned, extreme poverty, drug addicted parents, on the market to be sold and other heartbreaking situations. These precious children had multiple trauma issues to deal with and our staff did an incredible job pouring the love of God out and ushering these children in to a place of restoration in their lives.
For the past five years the dance ministry, Word in Motion out of Life150 Church in North Hollywood, has been hosting a dance show to spread awareness about human trafficking and raise financial support for ZOE International.