Written by: Jarrett Luckett, Executive Director at Exploit No More
“Go big or go home.” Have you heard that phrase before? Or maybe you’ve heard this one, “Give it your all.” These sayings are usually meant to encourage someone to do something big and grand. The things that are big and grand can be appealing. Appealing because it may seem fun and exciting, it might feel good to our ego, or because the success of “going big” can be a nice pat on the back.
There is nothing wrong with doing seemingly big things, but big things aren’t the only thing that is needed. There is tremendous value in the small things.
After serving on the Advisory Board and Board of Directors, I started in my role as Executive Director in September 2016. Thus far, one of my greatest joys is being able to meet the individuals, businesses, church leaders, and foundations that support us. I’m thrilled to meet our supporters face-to-face, get to know each other, and share a few laughs. Many of these supporters give financially, and come to events (which is fantastic!), yet express a desire to do more. During these meetings, people often ask me, “What can I do?” or say, “I want to do more but I’m not sure what I can do.”
Have you had similar thoughts?
Maybe you support us financially and come to our events, but you want to do more. However, doing more doesn’t mean that you have to, “Go big, or Go home.” There are many small things that people can do! Such as, “Like” our Facebook page, share our email updates with a friend, tell colleagues about ENM, and encourage family, friends, and, colleagues to support ENM and take what they know about human trafficking to educate others.
Fruitful connections have been made as a result of individuals utilizing the small things that they can do.
In the society we live in, it can be hard for us to value the small things because what is big and visible usually holds higher value. However, that doesn’t matter to God. God can take the little that we have and do something great with it! Remember the boy with the little fish dinner? In John 6, when Jesus fed the five thousand, it was because of the five small barley loaves of bread and two small fish from the boy. When the small meal was given to Jesus, Jesus made great use out of it. What seemed small still made an impact and fed 5,000. If that small meal wasn’t valued by Jesus, then thousands of people would have gone without food.
Who isn’t being helped because we don’t value the small things?
How can we grow to value the small things? Growing in valuing the small things comes with knowing that God will honor our willingness to utilize what we have. This starts by placing our faith in God to do big things, rather than in our own ability. Let me say that again. We can value the small things when we place our faith in God’s ability to utilize what we have to do big things, rather than trusting more in our ability.
Going big is great! As you get to know me, you will learn that I’m a big thinker and doer. However, as we go big and give it our all, we must be careful not to trust more in our own ability than we do in God’s.
What is your fish dinner? Yours may look different than mine, but both have value. Maybe I have two fish and you have ten. Nevertheless, just like the boy, we all have a fish dinner that God can use, so let’s use it and make our community and our world a better place
A Note from Our Executive Director, Jarrett Luckett
In Southeastern Wisconsin, news stories of creepy guys asking odd and invasive questions to women and kids have been in the news and on social media a lot more lately, along with stories of attempted abductions. Thankfully in most of the situations, no one was harmed. These articles have been portrayed as possible attempts to abduct someone for human trafficking. Yes, abductions happen for multiple reasons, including human trafficking. However, in Southeast Wisconsin and throughout the United States, abduction isn’t the common way that someone is forced into selling their body.
Individuals are typically forced into selling their body by someone that they know. I know it is hard to believe but it’s true. A woman or young girl is often pursed by someone within their family or someone they may enter into a romantic relationship or friendship with. In this relationship, the perpetrator works to gain trust and find vulnerabilities. Vulnerabilities can include lack of basic needs (food, clothing, shelter), the need to make more money, lack of love, lack of a father’s love and engagement in their life, insecurities, promised a job, and the list goes on.
While the recent stories of attempted abductions and creepy guys asking weird and invasive questions is alarming, it is important to not miss out on how human trafficking victims are usually groomed and tricked. I have taught personal defense classes for over 4 years to thousands of people, so please be aware and stay vigilant however, don’t let what is shocking cause for us to miss out on the subtle tactics most traffickers use.
For more information:
Psychology Today - Human Trafficking: Psychology of Recruitment
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Written by: Annie Olson | Freedom Fighter
Of the 27 million people living in slavery today, its estimated that only one percent will be rescued. Our fight against modern-day slavery must begin with prayer.
Here are 10 key things you can be praying for this coming year:
For misconceptions about human trafficking to be changed
It is often times assumed that slavery only takes place in foreign countries, when in reality it is also occurring in our own backyard. It is also assumed that every victim is in physical bondage. As a result of these misconceptions and others, countless victims go unrecognized.
Human trafficking has been defined as “the exploitation of vulnerability”. These vulnerabilities come in many forms- whether it be age, the desire to be accepted, a drug addiction, or a lack of basic resources. When these areas are protected, the risk of being trafficking decreases significantly.
For the legal system
Currently, only 1% of traffickers face any sentence for their crimes. At the same time, sex trafficking victims face incarceration for prostitution. Though our laws have come a long way in protecting survivors, there is still a desperate need for policy change.
For Unity of the Church
While it is important to include the government in the fight, the greatest force should be the Church. Though the impact of one church is limited, the efforts of all will bring about change.
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13
When a person escapes trafficking, they carry many wounds. Beyond just the physical abuse, the manipulation often leaves feelings of distrust, a lack of self-worth, and bitterness in its wake. The healing one must go through is dependent not just upon the spiritual restoration, but the physical and mental as well. Through both faith-based and natural methods, survivors can be restored to the calling God has for their life.
For the families of trafficking victims
Often times, survivors of human trafficking come from broken homes. Reconnecting with one’s family, even a loving one, can be a challenge. Pray for family ties to be strengthened, for parents to be guided in the healing process, and for healthy relationships to replace unhealthy ones. For those without a family, pray for other individuals to step into that role.
For Exploit No More’s Work
This year, ENM will be opening the first survivor home for girls in Milwaukee. We greatly appreciate your prayers for resources, that we are able to proceed in a timely manner, and for the girls we will be serving.
For those who fuel the industry
As hard as it can be, we need to recognize that the johns, the pimps, the traffickers, and the pornography industry all need our prayers too. When the demand stops, the selling stops.
For knowledge, understanding, and awareness of human trafficking to spread
Every thirty seconds, another person is sold into slavery. We want awareness to spread faster than people are bought. Pray that words are given to convey the truth, for conversations to be opened, and for people to seek answers for themselves.
For how you can be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Each one of us has specific talents and circumstances that can be used in the fight against trafficking. Whether its educating your classroom on human trafficking, making a financial commitment, or creating legal change, we all have a role.
“Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:6
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Date: Thursday, January 12th at 7:30am
Host: Milwaukee Global Shapers and Exploit No More
Join the Milwaukee Global Shapers, Exploit No More, and experts from around the country to discuss global human trafficking and efforts to help bring freedom to victims.
Note: This event has past but you can still watch the chat here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqNQvJsLwow
Shared Hope International
Nancy has long been active in the movement against sex trafficking and has worked alongside Linda Smith, founder of Shared Hope International, since 2002.
Nancy’s diverse responsibilities include speaking, writing, training, donor interactions, restorative shelter initiatives, and partner relationships. Since 2008, she has been a member of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force Victim Services Committee. She served as chair of the task force’s Legislative Committee in 2012 and 2013 and received the Governor’s Service Award for Volunteerism in 2013 for her leadership in that role. Nancy received her Masters in Social Work in December 2014.
Find out more about Shared Hope International’s work go to: Shared Hope
Mending the Soul
Rebekah has a great passion for working with women who have been sexually exploited, abused and traumatized. She holds her master’s degree in professional counseling and currently works as a clinician for Western Psychological & Counseling Center in Tigard, OR. Prior to moving to Portland, Rebekah was part of a private practice, Journey’s Counseling Center, in Tempe, AZ and a part time therapist for Calvary Addiction Recovery in central Phoenix.
Rebekah enjoys mentoring survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and leads professional Mending the Soul groups. Rebekah has been involved with Mending the Soul for many years as a participant, trainee, trainer, facilitator and mentor of women who have experienced all forms of abuse, trauma and commercial sexual exploitation.
Rebekah loves sharing how God has redeemed the pain in her own life to encourage others as they begin their healing journey. Rebekah and her husband, Michael currently live in Portland, OR. They have three beautiful and energetic children and love spending time together as a family.
For more info on Mending the Soul go to: Mending the Soul
Treasured Vessels Foundation
Alicia Bush is a native Texan, born and raised in Texarkana. From there she traveled to University of North Texas and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Biology/Chemistry. Having considered medical school, Alicia had a leaning for the healing arts. Thus, she positioned herself in surgical device sales. This placed her in the operating room every day. She distinguished herself from her peers by her profound caring for each individual patient’s best care. It was this characteristic that gained the trust and respect of surgeons across north Texas. And thus she rose to be a top ten salesperson nationwide year after year.
Alicia was always able to compartmentalize her professional and personal life. In her personal life he became the wife of a successful custom home builder, mother of three, and dedicated leader in her church. When the demands of these roles increased, she was unequivocal in making the decision to resign her sales position in 2014. With time to homeschool her children and expand her role as a worship leader, she also listened intently to a calling placed on her heart. Out of this was founded Treasured Vessels Foundation, a 501(c)3 not for profit corporation.
The mission of Treasured Vessels is to build residential treatment facilities for underage girls rescued from sex trafficking. The mission statement is: TVF is devoted to providing a safe place for healing and growth. We have a passion for restoring purpose and value to the perfectly imperfect.
Sex trafficking is the fastest growing industry in the USA. Texas is a hub with Dallas and Houston being among the most actively involved cities. On any given night, 400 under-aged girls will be sold for sex in Dallas. Their age ranges from 11 to 13 when they are stolen or coerced into “The Life”. They are subjected to a programmed degradation of mind, body, and spirit until they willingly obey. Once trapped in “The Life”, their life expectancy is 11 years. If lucky enough to be rescued, they will need 18 to 36 months of residential treatment. But for most…. there is nowhere to go…. except back to “The Life”. Treasured Vessels will change this, and Alicia Bush is leading the effort.
For more information on Treasured Vessels Foundation go to: Treasured Vessels Foundation
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