For Me, It’s Personal

By: Jenny Almquist, Co-Founder and Executive Director

Several months ago I was at a wedding where the groom stood at the front of the church just before the ceremony and personally welcomed the guests. One thing he said was “Please know that everything we do today in this ceremony is on purpose – we are not just going through the motions. We made every decision for a reason.”

That simple statement made the entire ceremony personal not only for the couple but for each person attending as well. In a similar way, I hope that at Fierce Freedom we never just go through the motions to get to the end of our mission. We strive to be intentional in what we do and that is why I want to share the following with you.

Lately I have been giving a lot of thought to issues around us in our world today. There are many! So I would like to ask you, is human trafficking and exploitation in our culture an issue to you or is it personal? Let me explain. Most of us these days know that human trafficking and exploitation is an “issue”. We hear about it on the news, our friends and colleagues may talk about it, we see billboards or posters. It’s an issue.

On the other hand, when I personally first heard of human trafficking in 2007 I had young children and I was horrified that this was happening in our world. I honestly felt like these people were coming for my kids. That is personal! I felt something and it now affected my world. This year at Fierce Freedom we would like to help you move from this being an issue that somebody needs to address to bringing it home to you, helping you see human trafficking and exploitation in your personal world and sphere of influence.

I would like to introduce you to our friend, Tia. She is a strong, smart young woman and she has a personal story of how she survived being exploited. Please watch:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA8C2xHNtpM

It’s Personal has become a theme for Fierce Freedom this year. Has human trafficking and exploitation become personal for you? Do you have a story to share with us? We would like to hear about it. You can do that by emailing jenny@fiercefreedom.org, message us on facebook or call the office at 715.514.2890. Your story could be similar to mine or more specific and dramatic like Tia’s story. We would love to hear from you (we will not share your story without your permission).

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