Hello! My name is Jessica Murphy and this year I had the pleasure of interning with ZOE International. I also had the opportunity to transfer to CSU Channel Islands in Ventura County where I am currently studying Business and Nonprofit Communications.
My journey with the fight against human trafficking began in the Fall of 2016 when I was attending College of the Canyons. My dear friend and now fellow intern, Breezy Thompson, reached out for help with starting a MyGenMyFight club at our community college. Although I knew very little about human trafficking, I felt a strong calling to get involved in this cause. Through raising awareness and educating other students, faculty, and staff at my school, I found myself learning about so many different layers of trafficking, being introduced to new ideas and solutions, and meeting amazing people with similar passions. I found that the more I taught others, the more I learned about the depth of this atrocity.
While diving into my involvement with MyGenMyFight COC, I met the wonderful ZOE International crew who took me in as if I was family. I expressed my interest in interning for their organization, and since then things have never been the same. I was brought to county-wide meetings where the reality of human trafficking set in. I continued to meet people who were passionate about saving children, caring for their volunteers, and open minded to the numerous ways we could make a change in this world. For the first time ever, I felt that my voice was being heard.
My passion started with understanding the basics of how to run a nonprofit organization, but it became so much more. God strategically placed me here at this time to teach me that there is something much bigger than myself. From the moment I sat through orientation, I realized that ZOE is not just about saving these children, but also about finding unity and love for your community along the way.
I hope that this never ends. ZOE is not only a comfortable place to learn, but a safe place to grow. My ultimate goal is to use my platform to spread the word that God wanted me too. I plan on starting a MyGenMyFight club at CSU Channel Islands in the Fall and I am praying that I will meet people along the way who recognize how serious this issue is. At the end of the day, ZOE doesn't care where you've come from or what you have done, they focus on what you can bring to the table and where your intentions truly lie. Because of this internship, I reflect on these key concepts every day: how am I making a difference in someone's life? Who am I reaching out to that may potentially need my help? How can I help to heal others while healing my own heart in the process? I may not know the answers to any of these questions yet. But I recognize that God wants me to be involved in this fight, right now, and I will fulfill His plans for me until it is time for me to pass on the torch.
By simply talking about this problem or expressing why you choose to get involved, it doesn't matter. All that matters is that you are using your voice to raise higher consciousness of an issue that affects every single one of us. We are all meant to use our light in this way. To heal others. This is serving humanity. This is love.
How will you be the change that you want to see in the world?