As far back as I can remember my first dream job was to be a police officer. Why? I wanted to drive fast without getting in trouble, of course. Growing up in the suburbs of North Texas, the only time I really saw cops were on TV in the middle of an intense car chase, weaving in and out of traffic and jumping medians just to do a u-turn and burn rubber. I’m pretty sure I could smell the tires through the TV as they made permanent marks on the streets and highways. Though I was set on being a police officer for quite some time, my dreams rapidly faded when my mom got pulled over in the middle of Tennessee for speeding. I had never seen her so upset in front of someone in authority, and I distinctly remember tightening my seatbelt and sitting perfectly straight to make sure I didn’t do anything to get in trouble with the police as well.
On the other hand, my brother grew up wanting to build fences for a living. His ginger curls would bounce as he carefully inspected our fence, making sure each board was up to his standard. I’m not really sure what changed that dream, but now he diligently works hard with DNA in order to find ways to detect cancer early. Though his present-day work still seems out of whack and uncommon, it has an admirable goal and end result. I’ve talked with other little kids and asked them what they want to be when they get older, and the gamut of responses always catches me off guard. From teachers and astronauts to Superman and the garbage man, there is one thing that I adore about little kids: they have dreams and aspirations that are uninhibited by others’ opinions and doubts, regardless of how ridiculous their ideas might seem.
Just like I changed my major in college, I have bounced around numerous issues I felt I could conquer. Unreached people groups. Gypsies. Street kids. Prostitutes. College students. Poverty. AIDS. Bible translation. Trafficking. Alcoholics and drug addicts. Domestic abuse. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed that I can’t help but yell Jesus! from the bottom of my heart so I can calm down and refocus my desires towards Him. Upon recognizing that my heart has been molded to serve His people who have been trafficked, God has clearly stated that I need to go to those places to learn and understand not only the culture and the people, but also the spiritual atmosphere and His heart in the mix of it all. Hence, why I am traveling to Nepal and India in July.
It wasn’t until a recent conversation I had that I realized people might not understand why I need to go to Nepal since trafficking in India is daunting enough. So here is some information that will hopefully help you and others understand my desire to go to Nepal.
It is estimated that 10,000 to 15,000 girls are trafficked each year through the porous Nepali borders, only to be coerced into Indian brothels. This specific trafficking route for forced prostitution is considered one of the busiest slave routes in the world. For the most part, these girls come from poor, uneducated families in mountainous villages and are lured by false marriages or promises of a job or education. Their ages range from seven to twenty-four years old, and most of the girls are virgins, upping their value as a result of the lie that having sex with a virgin can cure sexually transmitted diseases. In India, Nepali girls are considered exotic, leading to a higher profit for the pimps. If India is not the final destination, the girls will most likely be trafficked through India into the Middle East for domestic service and other uses.
Unfortunately, these realities are true for many places around the world. The Lord has created me into a woman for the people of South Asia, loving on the hurting and broken who are hopeless without Him. I believe that I was made for such a time as this and it is through His strength alone that I will proclaim freedom and restoration to His sons and daughters. My time in Nepal and India this year are intentional trips to experience the culture, to hear the cries of the people, and to listen to God share with me how He plans to claim victory over the evils in each of these countries.
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this? –Esther 4:14
I am so excited about this opportunity and cannot wait to see what happens during those two months! From the little girl who desired adrenaline on the road to a woman who desires peace in all the nations, I am humbled to have been chosen by God and will continue to seek after His heart for the redemption of His people.
What are your dreams and aspirations? What is keeping you from getting to them?
Through God’s faithfulness, I have met my first goal that will cover all expenses for Nepal and India. If you are still looking for ways to contribute to this specific trip, my teammate Emilie is still in need of funds. We need to purchase plane tickets as soon as possible, so if you’d like to donate to her, you can do so here.
Note: all pictures were taken from Pinterest