Have you ever had one of those moments when you wanted to say thank you, but the words just seemed so lame in expressing the gratitude you felt? This is one of those times. I’m scrambling for the right words here.
When I look back over this past year, I am undone at what we have accomplished together. Your commitment and support of not only our work, but to the work of ending child sex slavery and exploitation inspires us. Your sacrificial giving and passionate action humbles us.
A while back, I asked some of the girls in our safehome in the Philippines what they wanted to be some day. Their replies were;
“I want to be an architect.”
“I want to be a Doctor.”
“I want to be a teacher.”
“I want to be a Social Worker.”
It wasn’t too long ago that the aspirations of these same children sounded more like;
“I want to die.”
“I want to stop hurting.”
“I want to disappear.”
“I want my mother.”
The futures of these children have been radically changed because of your engagement with our work.
Your extravagant support, even in the midst of the current economic climate, not only inspires and humbles us, but literally changes the future for our kids. Your generosity continues to help protect and defend the vulnerable, and to provide an environment for children to not only dream again, but to recover their destiny.
Henry James wrote; “To believe in a child is to believe in the future. Through their aspirations they will save the world. With their combined knowledge the turbulent seas of hate and injustice will be calmed. They will champion the causes of life's underdogs, forging a society without class discrimination. They will supply humanity with music and beauty as it has never known. They will endure. Towards these ends I pledge my life's work.”
So…for lack of better words…Thank you. Thank you for believing in children. Thank you for believing in us. Thank you for believing that we can change the world…together.
From all of us at Love146…Happy New Year!
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