I jumped out of bed wet from tears and sweat, it took me a minute to remember where I was. I was safe. More importantly she was safe. Instinctively I ran onto Tessa’s room and put my hand on her little back to feel the rhythm of each breath. Safe and sound. It had only been a nightmare. A violent terrifying nightmare I have had a few times over the weeks preparing to go to Thailand. As I stood there I was reminded that for me it was just a nightmare. For them though it was a reality. Their everyday life trapped into the horrors of sex slavery. I sobbed. I couldn’t handle it anymore. I wanted to quit, to stop “knowing” what was happening in every city in the world. I wanted to give up and turn away. In that moment hearing the whisper “ I never turn away, not in anyone’s pain including yours” hit me hard. He knows full well our pain. He cannot and will not “unsee” our pain. He knew what the cost would be to restore our souls, He counted it when He sent His only Son. Then I remembered the phrase I tell myself when I feel discouraged and overwhelmed with this whole thing:
“Rescuing Costs something, Rescuing risks everything”
Read that again. Let it sink into your soul. Any form of rescuing costs something right? Whether it be a plane at the bottom of an ocean, or a burning building with people stuck inside, or a couple stuck on a life raft in the middle of an ocean. Thousands of dollars are spent, hundreds of hours put in, and dozens of lives at risk to help save others. You see where I am going with this don’t you?
Look at the Cross! Close your eyes and see the Son of God Almighty! In pain and anguish! It costs everything! He without sin chose to rescue us to take on our sin! God saw our brokenness and He ran to our rescue! The entire bible is a rescue story! We were a slave to our own sin…BUT GOD! In His radical generosity sent us a one man rescue team taking on our sins closing the gap between Him and us.
I say all this with deep conviction. I know full well what I’ve been rescued from. My own childhood filled with an addict for a mom, fatherless, abuse, violence, divorce, poverty and the list goes on! He literally rescued me from destruction!! I am so thankful and blessed to walk in freedom from all the things the enemy would love to oppress me under! It’s because of our own rescue that inspires us to help rescue others! It might be reaching out to inner city kids, or helping the homeless, or loving on a single mom. It is all in response to the rescue you have already received! The question is are we as followers of Him responding? Or have we taken our rescue, thanked Him and moved on? Are we pausing long enough to ask Him how we can bring hope to someone else? Jesus rescue mission has always been Life.
John 10:10 says “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” This is His heart for EVERYONE!
Yes its uncomfortable. Yes its expensive. Yes you will have to walk in faith and put yourself “out there”. It’s so worth it though! Knowing you are a part of bringing heaven down to earth! Gods plan for mankind is rescued people rescue people! I don’t know about you but I am eternally grateful that He saw what it would cost and did it anyways. I only hope that I can show someone else this path to a full life!
We leave in FOUR days. Its amazing that the seed God planted almost three years ago is coming to life! This trip is going to cost more than we had originally thought so we are still a few hundred dollars short. We have complete faith that He will finish what He has started though! Again anything we raise over what we need will go to Destiny Rescue. They have talked about allowing the girls to have a fun day. Possibly an ice cream party, or bringing them to have a beach day. I know that would be amazing!
Samm and I have been literally overwhelmed with everyone’s generosity and support. At times we are so humbled when people we hardly know step up and want to sow into His kingdom work. We don’t take this lightly at all. So thank you again!!
If you feel led to give you can do so right here on our blog up at the top the donate button is there. Many people have given in person so they can share with us why they felt they were to give and its been powerful!
Thank you for partnering with us as we all are apart of the rescue team!
We are ready to DO THIS!
Psalm 18:19 ” He rescued me, because He delights in me”
Samm & Angie