I keep running into people who think I am an "expert" on the topic of human trafficking. I'm not. I have a learning curve, just like you, and have grown each day in awareness and understanding since November 15 when I first put on my gray dress. I've had to learn; it's been the requirement along the way. I wasn't ready for all I would hear and see.
Also about learning, here's from my friend Robyn, in Cincinnati: Can't tell you how many times this week I've heard, "Wow, that is shocking" in regard to sex trafficking here in Ohio. Wearing the dress is actually fun for me (so far), but what a conversation starter!! People are really interested! Didn't realize that a dress could do that. And they are amazed that you are doing this for 6 mos! Glad I decided to walk with you for a month. There's not a day that's gone by that I haven't thought about and prayed for those girls. It's changing me. Thanks.
Everyone can help with awareness, from Jeff (director of TDP)
Trafficking is certainly one of the worst crimes in all of humanity but many are not aware of its prevalence. One of the keys to defeating trafficking and its effects is telling people about it so they will be inspired to join the fight. Everyone can do this; tell others about it. You do not need to be rich or famous or socially privileged or politically connected, just tell people what you know and you will be a part of the healing process for a girl who has suffered unimaginably. Please do not underestimate what you can do to help. Tell someone about trafficking right now; call them, e-mail them, contact them…
Mark 12 – “Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.’”
- Thanks for a volunteer for our finance committee and need for more volunteers.
- Positive response from those who see our story on Channel 13 some time next week.
- Thanks for our One Dress Lady and her story on Channel 36 and CNN.
- Wisdom as we participate in state-wide trafficking health care protocol organization.
- Thanks for a group of nurses in Oklahoma who are considering supporting our work.
- Strength and wisdom for our Awareness and Policy & Procedure Committees.
- Thanks for land and good participation in our Land Dedication Celebration.
Notice the bird I added last year on my sweater. Ha.