It is not often we have an opportunity to change the world — But today, you may be reading my blog for such a time as this.
Will you respond?
In my upcoming book, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market, I use stories to show readers how they can make a difference in their workplace, in our country, and how the results can cascade into our world. A by-product of this kind of attitude, is employees with a heart for others, can truly transform themselves into irreplaceable people at work.
As a manager, I can assure you, selfless, dedicated, teachable employees are the first hired and last fired when times get tough and jobs get tight.
In my book, one character rallies her co-workers to take action in the war against human sex trafficking. They unite their efforts, energy, and resources to create a system of safe houses for those rescued from the vile clutches of greedy traffickers.
My story is based on people just like you, who are acting in similar ways. Investing a few minutes, a few dollars, and a bit of energy to help girls and boys farmed out for perverted uses.
I became aware of two such people recently. Kimberly L. Smith, and the woman who introduces her in the following article, author and radio personality, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson.
To me, these women are heroes, as they take action to rescue wee ones who could be our children or grandchildren.
In this season of thanksgiving, I’d like to share the heart of heroes, in Shellie’s words.
Over the years I’ve challenged my readers at All Things Southern to join me in an annual benefit for the less fortunate. We’ve done everything from drilling wells in Africa with Life Today to partnering with World Vision to buy chickens and goats for needy families around the world.
Last year I became fixated with the exponential power represented by the fellow writers I meet in my travels. Knowing these wordsmiths all had a circle of readers that enjoy his or her work and interact with them via their websites, blogs, Facebook and Twitter, I wondered what we might accomplish by combining our individual platforms and multiplying our efforts. The dream led me to launch Writers and Readers Reach Out. The positive results fueled my desire to do more. For the second year, I’m asking writers and readers to embark with me on 30 Days of Thankfulness to coincide with the season of Thanksgiving.
I was in the planning stages of the drive and personally burdened by what I was learning about human trafficking when I read Passport through Darkness, by Kimberly L. Smith. I knew immediately that Make Way Partners, the organization that Kimberly and her husbanded founded, should be the recipient of this year’s efforts. Make Way Partners works with individuals, churches, and organizations to help prevent and combat the evil of human trafficking and all forms of modern-day oppression.
If you’ll take the time to read just a few of the real-life stories on Kimberly’s blog of women and children who Make Way Partners has rescued from slavery, and for whom they provide long-term care, I believe you’ll want to participate in this beautiful journey of restoration.
Eight years ago, Kimberly began chartering small mission planes to fly her into the war zone where U.S. sanctions and Islamic regimes rendered thousands of orphans unadoptable. Providing food and opening a first-grade school in a lawless land with no other educational systems, MWP partnered with an indigenous leader to rescue and care for these most vulnerable orphans. Year-by-year, they have added a new grade to their school. Now, graduating eighth grade, the orphans of MWP have more education than many current leaders of their nation. It is time to build a high school, making it possible to raise up the next generation of educated Christian leaders who will stop the cycle of violence and slavery.
Read about a few of these amazing students and the complete high school proposal here: http://kimberlylsmithblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/battle-cry-by-guest-blogger-matt-mcgowen.html
The quotes scattered here are those of the late Helen Keller. Inviting Ms. Keller to share this journey with writers and readers feels right, for it was the power of a word written in the palm of her hand that unlocked Ms. Keller’s heart and mind and subsequently impacted untold lives around the world!
As readers and writers, no one knows the value of education better than we. Let’s dream big and build a high school for the world’s most vulnerable orphans!
Thirty days of thankfulness. It’s not a long time, but it’s a perfect time to join hands and do something grand, together.
Hugs, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson (twitter @shelliet)
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Look into the face of your wee ones — won’t you help another child learn to move from victim to victor?
Anita Fresh Faith
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author of First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market.
She’s a member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, client of WordServe Literary Group, graduate of CLASS for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith. Anita lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.