An unintended blessing of being on the road trip of a lifetime is sitting outside the daily news grind. Every time I peak in to check what’s happening it’s not pretty. The sheer volume of outrageous tragedies is disheartening, from beheadings in the middle east, to starving children, murder, rape, and human trafficking.
For me, I have always had a sincere desire to “change the world,” but as I travel I realize it is a very, very big place, and there isn’t much that I personally can do to change it on my own. The longer I ponder these atrocities the more powerless I feel. To facilitate waking up in the morning and going about my business without dissolving into a crying and depressed mess I apply some anesthesia to the thought until it goes away.
I have often fallen into the perfectionist’s trap that says if you can’t do everything perfectly don’t do it at all. If I can’t rescue every human trafficking victim, then why keep my eyes open for an opportunity? If my prayer doesn’t seem to pause the sword of a terrorist, why pray? If I can’t cook dinner for every hungry person, then why skip a meal? One word, numb.
Numb, deprived of physical sensation or the ability to move.
But that’s what this road trip has been about, constant unhindered movement. I GO everywhere. When I first left I had every day planned out through May, but that lofty ideal quickly got thrown out the window. Soon I landed on the scary but fulfilling momentum that comes from taking a single step on day one and watching it carry you 30,000 miles. It’s that movement that takes the numbness away, like waking up out of a coma.
One mile at a time. One more than before.
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and although I have shared my heart with many people on the road about this issue I have placed the task of truly championing the cause on the way side, afraid that I would botch it. No more. Among the ocean of good causes stands the International Justice Mission, they rescue victims, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems on a global scale. They are doing the work I wish I could. But I can…we can make the difference.
- $20 can provide an hour of trauma counseling for survivor of sex trafficking
- $120 can provide three days of critical care – the first step towards recovery for a survivor of violence
- $450 can provide ten days of undercover investigations to find girls trapped in brothels
- $818 can provide training or business start-up costs for two survivors of violence
But that’s a lot to ask of any one person. So this month I ask for just one, $1. Our movement will be the momentum that ends human trafficking.
One dollar. One more than before. We can each give one dollar until the number of people trafficked is none. #OneUntilNone
I am thrilled to announce an additional incentive to the campaign, from now until January 31st, 2015 each dollar donated to my IJM campaign will count as an entry into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card!If I reach the goal of $1000, I will draw a second winner! An extra special thank you to Paven Ghag and Mani Juttla for sponsoring this months incentive.
If you have been considering donating, there is no better time than now! Click the picture below to donate:
Let’s do this!