I first heard about The Dragonfly Home in fall 2017 when a few friends were fundraising through Dressember to support its services in Oklahoma City. They invited me to jump on board, and it was an amazing experience! I was challenged to really engage with the brutal realities of human trafficking, let the cruelty of victims’ treatment become personal and real, and speak out as an advocate. I participated in my second drive in December 2020, and I’m grateful for the chance to partner with The Dragonfly Home again this December!
What does human trafficking look like today? It is any form of labor exploitation in which men, women, or children are trapped and coerced into unpaid work. The most common forms are domestic servitude, factory work, agricultural labor, and sex trafficking. Victims are isolated, threatened, physically and emotionally abused, deprived of sufficient food and sleep, and even threatened with danger to their families if they resist traffickers’ demands.
Every donation to this drive carries redemptive power to change a person’s story. Your financial support of The Dragonfly Home goes toward their Human Trafficking Relief and Restoration Center, which provides crucial services such as medical care, legal assistance, substance abuse therapy, transportation, and job placement assistance to victims of trafficking. It also goes toward The Dragonfly Home’s Human Trafficking Transition Home, opening in 2022, which will provide 24-hour homelike care and assistance to victim-survivors.
While I have never experienced trafficking firsthand, I know what it’s like to be released from slavery. In Romans 7:14, 23-25 Paul writes, “We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin… I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.”
The freedom I know as a follower of Jesus Christ, with my spiritual bondage to sin and death broken by His sacrifice on the cross, and my story changed by the free gift of forgiveness and new life through His resurrection, compels me to fight for the freedom of others still captive in physical slavery. Will you join with me this December by giving to The Dragonfly Home and/or committing to pray for freedom and a fresh start for trafficking victims in Oklahoma and worldwide?
Thank you for taking the time to read about my Drive for Dragonfly, and have a joyful last few weeks of 2021!