“I never look at the masses as my responsibility; I look at the individual. I can only love one person at a time – just one, one, one. So you begin. I began – I picked up one person. Maybe if I didn’t pick up that one person, I wouldn’t have picked up forty-two thousand….The same thing goes for you, the same thing in your family, the same thing in your church, your community. Just begin – one, one, one.” -Mother Teresa
A few years ago, Stephen* did not know anything about the horrors of human trafficking and modern day sex slavery. Then he attended a screening of Nefarious: Merchant of Souls. His life would never be the same. Stephen couldn’t stand the thought of millions of young women and children living in captivity. Suddenly, doing nothing was no longer an option. He became an Incurable Fanatic and a regular supporter of Exodus Cry. Soon, Stephen was sharing what he had learned by hosting screenings of Nefarious and recruiting others to support Exodus Cry’s mission. Through the simple but effective efforts of one man, an impactful abolition movement was strengthened.
Stephen’s efforts to raise awareness were amazing, but within a few months, something even more incredible occurred. Stephen met Rachel. Because he had seen Nefarious, he recognized the warning signs of human trafficking right away. The chance that Rachel might be a victim haunted Stephen, and he called Exodus Cry’s intervention team. The team immediately began an investigation and worked closely with the FBI to ensure Rachel’s safety. Within 24 hours of Stephen’s call to Exodus Cry, Rachel was rescued and taken to an Exodus Cry safe home where she would be cared for and protected.
After spending some time at the safe home, Rachel chose to embark on a journey of healing and restoration by enrolling in Exodus Cry’s restoration program. Along with other women and children who were seeking freedom from exploitation, Rachel was provided with holistic care, healing, and hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Today, Rachel’s life has been transformed. Her darkness has turned into light because of one man who heard Nefarious’ powerful cry for freedom and cared enough to take action.
Rachel and Stephen’s story is a compelling true testimony of compassion and liberation, but these two individuals are representative of many others. Over the years, it has been an honor to meet people like Stephen who have taken Exodus Cry’s message to heart. It has been a privilege to walk alongside precious women like Rachel who have sought restoration through our programs. Our work in awareness, film, and intervention exists not only to expose the issue of modern day sex slavery but to bring rescue and restoration. As Stephen proved, one person can make a difference. For Rachel, that difference was life changing. Your donation to Exodus Cry will support our efforts to reach more women who are waiting to be set free.
*Names have been changed to protect privacy.