Last year, I completed a Discipleship Training School through Youth With A Mission in Perth, Australia. Youth With A Mission is an international missions organization committed to teaching young people about God and giving them opportunities to teach others. You can learn more about YWAM by watching this video:
My Discipleship Training School was called Priceless, and it was focused on issues of injustice, specifically human trafficking and prostitution. For 3 months, I learned about God and human trafficking in Australia, and for the next 3 months, I traveled to Nepal, India, and Thailand to teach others about God and how to protect themsleves and their communities from human trafficking. To get an idea of how much fun we had on outreach, watch this video:
In June, I'm returning to YWAM Perth as staff for this year's Priceless DTS. For 3 months, I will live, work, and learn with students from around the world and then co-lead an outreach team for 3 months overseas.
When I return from outreach, I will join the Priceless Ministry of YWAM Perth. Priceless works to end modern day slavery through prevention, advocacy, research, networking, and after care. As staff with Priceless, I will be working with women in brothels in Perth and Western Australia, at-risk youth from a local detention center, and street youth. I will raise public awareness by conducting surveys in red light districts, teaching and offering trainings, as well as increasing my own knowledge of human trafficking and prostitution.
I'm so excited to have this opportunity to bring freedom to those trapped in slavery, but I need your help. As a YWAM staff member, I am required to raise my own financial support. This includes staff fees, which cover food and lodging, as well as day to day costs like a cell phone plan, train fare, and the odd cup of coffee. I will be in Australia for 2 years, and for my first year, I have a goal of raising $9,000. I greatly appreciate any form of support, whether it be a donation, or prayers for me, the Priceless Ministry, or the 27 million people who are trapped in slavery all around the world.
In Isaiah 61, the prophet writes, "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound." I believe God has anointed all of us to bring freedom---to the prostitute, the victim of human trafficking, the preacher's kid, everyone. My dream is to see every person set free and given an opportunity to know the God who loves them.
If you'd like to get in touch with me or want to know more about me, Priceless, or human trafficking, visit my blog Fight for Better. Please, help me bring hope to those trapped in slavery, and together, we can bring freedom to this generation.
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