*This post was guest-written by Lori Younker, a VisionTrust advocate and founder of worldsobright.org.*
A Novel Idea:
My first attempt at writing a novel showcased my daughter. I took the essence of her vibrant personality and fabricated a baker in the heart of Washington D.C. I gave her the name Mary Bright and burdened her with a few quirks. The writing process was meant to be recreational for me, yet I needed to form a character that my readers would embrace: a woman who wasn’t sure that her career of cake and coffee really mattered in the large scheme of things.
Little did I know that the storyline would take some twists and turns as my own life experience grew. When a teenage daughter of a friend’s friend was smuggled into a drug-house for prostitution, I began my serious research. While I met the mayoral candidate who described the problems of trafficking in our city, Mary Bright was pulled into the rescue efforts of a victim, just a few blocks from her shop.
A Harsh Reality:
I learned that everyday people can be involved in stopping the exploitation of women, men, and children, and that the process falls into three major stages. We can PREVENT the exploitation in the first place, we can physically RESCUE them from captors, and we can bring RESTORATION into their lives.
It was exciting to know that there are groups laboring significantly in all three stages. But I was left with a dilemma: Which one should I choose to support through my writing efforts? I wanted the sale of my novels to financially benefit a group on the “frontline.”
For nearly two years, I watched the videos of three major charities, read first-hand accounts of victims and undercover police, and even attended a conference in Kansas City. Little did I know my investigation would conclude one morning at my own home church, International Community Church of Columbia, MO.
A Beacon of Hope:
An old friend of previous members brought Lucy Lim to the podium. Her Spirit-filled testimony touched me so deeply that before the video played and materials were handed out, I knew I had found the mission that I could stand behind with all my heart. Lucy handed me VisionTrust.
VisionTrust reaches out to the marginalized children in vulnerable, impoverished corners of our world. By registering them, feeding them, and educating them, they are part of the PREVENTION of exploitation.
Orphaned or not, these children need to be known and cared for by the greater community, which includes a VisionTrust Local Hero trained in the Word of God. Lucy Lim is the director of the Asia division and oversees major decisions there.
Soon, VisionTrust became the focal point of my website, WorldSoBright.org. Now I redirect the funds that would have been given to guest bloggers and send it on to VisionTrust.
As we enter 2018, we are reaching the $1000 mark. Even though my story of Mary Bright isn’t in the hands of my readers yet, the fictional girl she must rescue lingers in my mind as a “captive” and represents all young women who need someone to pull them out of misery.
While I wait to find the perfect publisher, I know I’ve found the mission I can trust.