We are a small group of four with a big dream to help put an end to human trafficking in the Dominican Republic. We have prayed, sought God, planned, raised funds for safe homes, and will be finally be putting our words into action in one week.
Honestly? I feel like I am small and the human trafficking problem is big. So big.
27,000,000 people enslaved big.
30,000 innocent Haitian children annually smuggled and sold in the Dominican big.
So, I re-read the story of David and Goliath. Because, he was small and Goliath was big, crazy big.
I really like that story. Except I can’t say that I have the same bold,
audacious faith that David does. I wish I did. He threw off the best armour (and the sword!) that Saul gave him to wear. Then, he went to a stream, wearing his grubby shepard-boy clothes, and picked up some rocks for his sling. And, in faith, marched out across a valley to meet Goliath.
Not only was Goliath huge, he had a sword, a spear and a javelin.
This did not phase David. Or, maybe it did, but he chose to have faith despite his fear. I’m not sure. But, this is what we know. When Goliath taunted him, little David responded:
You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you…And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!
1 Samuel 17:45
So, we are committing ourselves to the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Clinging to His promises, His love for justice and His goodness. Knowing He will fill us with the audacious faith needed to fulfill the task.
Ending human trafficking is not idealistic or naive. It is audacious. And it is people of audacity who change the world.” – Rob Morris
Here is our audacious team:
From left to right:
Nich Braam– My handsome husband and my rock. He’s the power-prayer on the team and the main handyman on our trip. He’s been in touch with KMS Tools, who will likely donate some power tools for the work projects on the trip. He’s going to take the lead on building bunk beds at a safe home in La Vega.
Teresa Braam– That’s me:) I am the team leader of sorts, itinerary-planner, dreamer, fundraiser… And, very thankful for every member on this team!
Danielle Petkau– My friend and photographer extraordinaire. She will be taking photos for the ministries we are visiting, and her husband will be creating updated videos for them when we get back. She also took the lead on gathering supplies for La Alianza and the gift bags we will be handing out at brothels in Jarabacoa.
Ryan Mitchell– Nich’s childhood friend from Terrace, lives just minutes away from us in town. Small world! He is an RCMP officer, husband to Krista, and devoted Dad of four. We are thrilled to have a trained RCMP officer as our ‘bodyguard’. He is also the representative on our team that will be leading discussions with the IOM, and of course, another handyman on the team.
So, that’s our team! I’m so thankful for them!
And, I’ll sign off for now, most likely until we get back from the Dominican.
Thanks for your prayers, friends!