WE ARE REACHING THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN IN OUR MISSION TO RAISE UP A GENERATION WHO CAN BREAK THE CHAINS OF CHILD TRAFFICKING AND EXPLOITATION.
THE DAY IT ALL CHANGED.
Lilly captured my heart and opened my eyes to the fact that many cultures around the world treat their children not as something to be cherished, but as a commodity.
I heard her little voice calling out to me from the dust-covered street, “5-baht, 5-baht” ($1.50). Lilly was one of many street children begging for money. I knew that any money I gave her, she wouldn’t be allowed to keep, so I offered to buy her some food instead. To my surprise, she asked me to follow her home. When I arrived, I discovered that this little girl had just been sold, and the traffickers were on their way to pick her up.
I desperately pleaded with Lilly’s mother to keep her, even offering to bring food every week, put her in school and pay all the expenses. But she refused. Money had already been exchanged, and if she did not hold up her end of the bargain, the traffickers would kill her. So, I asked, “How much? How much do I need to pay to get your daughter so you can pay them off?” With just $24 USD, Lilly’s little life was spared! As we drove down the long dusty road away from the house, we passed them; the traffickers had come for Lilly, but they were too late.
Ever since that day, my team and I have been relentlessly working to make a difference in the lives of trafficked, exploited, and at-risk children in Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), the war zones in between, and more recently in Brazil.
Life Impact has grown from a desire in a young girl’s heart to reach and rescue others with the power and love of Jesus Christ to an international organization that has been effectively fighting to save children for the last 20 years.
I don’t believe you are on this website by accident. Whether you are reading about child trafficking for the first time, or you’ve been a partner for years – I’m so glad that you are here right now so we can all be in this fight TOGETHER!
My heart is that this impact would continue to spread throughout the earth until every child is safe and loved!