Today I received a phone call sharing the good news that Ricki has been rescued and is currently going through detox. Her mom Deanna spoke at the Shoppe on May 2nd . Ricki was still being trafficked but Deanna believed she was trying to get out. While we celebrate and cheer, the story is not over and the road ahead is long. It is battle one minute, one hour, and one day at a time. Prayers continue to be needed and are appreciated.
The restoration process is long and painful. Many layers will need to be stripped away. How she thinks will have to be reprogrammed; her mind has been manipulated and her thinking skewed. I remember telling her mom about Hope House and she said, “Hope House wasn’t there when she was first rescued.” This is why I am so thankful today we have a 6-bed facility in West Palm Beach that is bringing Hope. Hope House Florida is helping restore minor girls who have been victimized through trafficking. Ricki’s case encourages me to keep doing what we are doing at the Shoppe. Knowing until we have eradicated Modern Day Slavery there is a place for these girls to go so they have the best chance at a future gives me HOPE.
Reflecting on this past weekend, for every sale, there was another customer asking more about the issue of Modern Day Slavery. I am so thankful for the opportunity we have been given to inform and educate. Education is our best weapon. My heart continues to break for the girls and their families in Nigeria. The ugly beautiful as Ann Voskamp would say is due to this situation, the world is now seeing on center stage that Modern Day Slavery is alive and well. No longer can we say, “we didn’t know”.
If you haven’t watched the short video response to Nigeria by International Justice Mission President Gary Haugen I encourage you to do so. Below is the link. In addition there is an easy “do what you can do”. With a click you can sign a petition to help the U.N. prioritize its goals for 2015.
If we all act on what we are called to do we can do some revolutionary things. Let freedom ring!