Let’s face it. We all want something to change.  We want things to be the way we want them to be. We are an opinionated people. In our minds, we know exactly how people should act, drive, work, etc. We’ve all began a sentence with, “if I were her, I would-“ or “you know what you should do?” We all have that something in us that wants to change something, improve things, make a difference.

The key word here is “want.” We all WANT things to change, we have great IDEAS, but we don’t DO anything about them. Sometimes, it’s laziness. But many times, I think we get overwhelmed. How can I, me, one person, make a difference by myself? And even if I could, I can’t help everyone.

Let me tell you about my friend Josie. She had a desire to make a difference. She wanted to help those who couldn’t help themselves; the victims of human trafficking.

You might be thinking, well that’s a broad group of people. She can’t really make that much difference. And, you’d be right.

Matthew 25:40 says, “And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”

Josie realized that if she could help just one person, and then another, and then another that it would be worth it. So, she started Rescue Her, a non-profit organization that helps victims of human trafficking.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Josie must have had a good amount of money, time and people who helped her. But, you’d be wrong.

Josie was a stay at home mom with three children. She was busy. Very busy. And, she didn’t have a lot of finances at her disposal. Did I mention she was living in CLOVIS at the time?

I remember when she started selling ZOE coffee. She was working out of her home and the coffee would be delivered there and mailed right back out with proceeds going directly toward fighting the sex slave industry. From there, she ordered and sold t-shirts and began to raise awareness. Today, Rescue Her is a key organization in the fight against human trafficking. They’re work includes prevention, sponsorships and more. They’re even in the process of building a Rescue Her Home for underage girls who have been rescued from the sex slave industry.

All because she obeyed God and took the first step.

I said all that to say this: You have a calling. God has placed a desire in your heart. HIS desire. Maybe it’s a political change, an orphanage, sponsoring a child through Compassion, or working with the ASPCA. Maybe it’s closer to home. There are plenty of places like the Lighthouse Mission, Meal On Wheels, The Pregnancy Resource Center, Wheels of Love, etc. in our city that could use your help. Maybe it’s a neighbor down the street who could benefit from you offering to babysit their children for free every so often, helping them with groceries or giving them a ride to work. There are enough people kicking back and “wishing” they could do something. It’s time to move. It’s time to stand up for what we believe in. It’s time to make a difference. Because, just like Queen Esther, YOU were called for such a time as this.

– Whitney

Here’s a few places to get started: