Having been exploited as a child myself, the issue of commercial sex trafficking is something that has always laid very heavily on my heart. It wasn't a choice I made; it was something forced upon me and allowed to happen by a mother whose eyes had been blinded by an addiction. I never spoke up because I had been warned that terrible things would happen to me if I did. The person who I was supposed to be able to trust the most – my own mother – betrayed me in the most terrible way possible. What happened to me robbed me of my childhood and stole my innocence so that I will never be able to look at the world or the people in it the same way ever again.
All through that time, there was a voice on the inside crying out to be heard. Sometimes, the cries would turn to screams of frustration and rage. The innocent child I had been was shattered into unrecognizable pieces. I remember looking into the mirror and not recognizing the face staring back at me. I wanted to understand who I was really meant to be, but no matter how hard I looked, I just couldn’t find myself. Faced with my own broken reflection, I was reminded of a God who had created me in His image and who had said I that was fearfully and wonderfully made. Who else, I reasoned, is more qualified to tell me who I am than the one who made me? It was then that I recalled the scripture Jeremiah 29:13: "…you will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
In the darkness where I thought I’d been all alone I called out to Him. He was there and I in that moment I found myself in His arms. God picked up the pieces of my life, showed me who He had always meant for me to be, and wiped every tear from my eye.
Today I have a very clear purpose and picture of who I am. I know that I’m here not just to testify to the redeeming love of God but to help restore others who have been abused. Through my work with Reclaim13, I am now able to use my own experience to share God’s unfailing and unconditional love and show young girls that there is a way out and a new way forward. For me, #Take13Back means finally taking back what the enemy stole from me.
—————————"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
Isaiah 61 vs 1-3
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