September 4, 2023
Yesterday was Father's Day
And all I could think about was my kids, and how lucky I am to be their Dad - and yet, at the same time, a part of me was grieving for the hundreds of lost children all around the world... 😔
You see, on Saturday, I went to see a film. Sound of Freedom.
The story of Tim Ballard (played by Jim Caviezel) - an undercover investigator into child slavery - a practice which we feel largely immune and oblivious to here in the West - and yet, it is a 150 billion dollar a year industry - the fastest growing criminal industry on the planet.
And I came home stunned.
I had spent the last 2 days running a youth camp - pouring my time and energy into helping young people grow. Giving them experiences and teaching them lessons that would see them winning in the years to come. Seeing families thrive is what I live for.
Maybe it was just exhaustion setting in - or maybe, it is knowing that this profound injustice is going on right now! Kids being stolen from their parents and sold into slavery to fuel another person's greed.
Over a million children are sold into slavery every year.
More than half of those children are in commercial sexual exploitation
(This website can show you how many children were sold as slaves TODAY!)
Jim Caviezel shares a special message to the audience at the end of the film - saying that the 'storyteller' is one of the most powerful people in the world!
And so I decided, I'm going to do what I can.
A few years ago I had an interview with a friend and mentor, Ross Nancarrow, who is the CEO of Every Daughter Matters, and as I write this, he is probably just getting on board his flight, back to Nepal, back to his mission on the front lines, training leaders, setting up booths, bringing hope back to communities who are struggling just to survive.
And so I want you to do TWO THINGS
Listen to the interview with Ross - and then visit Every Daughter Matters to find out more
Watch the Sound of Freedom trailer below - and then Google to find out where you can watch it in a cinema near you
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