We can list a lot of reasons why you should give monthly to Love146. But today, we’re handing the microphone over. Why do people give monthly to Love146? Here’s how the monthly partners put it:
Megan and Rob Forman:
Our family gives monthly to Love146 because there is no shortcut to restoring the hearts and lives of children who have been exploited in this world. It takes endurance, patience, strategy, long-suffering, and empathy. This is not a sprint; this is a marathon. Those on the front lines – the children and the experts who are fighting every day for redemption – they need more than a high five and a “nice job;” they need to know that we are on their team.
We have their backs. We are NOT going to give up, give in, or lose interest.
We are putting our money where our mouths are for the long haul. Just because we are geographically and even personally removed from the front lines does not mean that we are any less committed to the fight. It is a privilege to be a monthly contributor to Love146. It reminds us that we are on a winning team – a team with a clear vision, a proven strategy, and a heart for justice for all children. That ownership is powerful in our lives, in the lives of these children, and in the work of Love146.
Jon and Peyton Callahan:
Giving monthly to the mission of Love146 is important. Our monthly donation offers stability to their programs. After getting the unique opportunity to visit the safe homes in Southeast Asia, seeing the prevention work being done in the United States, and meeting the fearless leaders of Love146, we know the deep impact of our contributions. Personally, we feel like we are doing our part to “keep the lights on!” We want these children to have the security in knowing there are people invested in ensuring they will eat their next meal, have a place to sleep, get the support and education they need, restore their life, and be loved. We are grateful and proud to be a Love146 Partner.
I sat shaking in the pew with silent tears rolling as Rob Morris introduced our church to Love146. I had never heard of Love146 or its mission to abolish child trafficking. On some level, I knew that adults were trafficked for sex or forced labor, but children? I felt blindsided. My mind could not comprehend that such atrocities exist in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Complacency was no longer an option.
That was two years ago this month. I committed to give a monthly pledge that day but felt it wasn’t enough. The plight of those children haunted my dreams. I partnered with two other leaders from my church to start a community-wide Love146 Task Force in northern Houston. Together, the three of us walked our Task Force through Love146’s curriculum and set out to raise community awareness about trafficking risks in our neighborhoods.
Aside from visiting local hotels and motels to educate them about the signs of trafficking, our Task Force spearheaded two community-wide fundraising events that raised tens of thousands of dollars toward the work of Love146. Our church helped establish a brand new Love146 office in Texas.
Rob’s visit changed everything. I wish that I could erase from their minds the atrocities these children have suffered, but I can’t. The only way I can help is to get involved – one day at a time, one child at a time. These brave kids deserve loving homes and a chance at a normal life. I still feel like what I do isn’t enough, but it’s a start. And I’m in it to end it.
Jennifer and David Head:
The trafficking and exploitation of children has always been a heartbreaking issue that we felt helpless to impact in any meaningful way. A few years ago, we heard Rob Morris speak at our church. What really stood out to us was not only the organization’s passion about rescuing, supporting, and caring for survivors; more importantly, they truly love them.
We have been supporting Love146 for a few years now. As individuals we would have very little effect on the devastating exploitation of children. Financially supporting an organization like Love146 gives us an opportunity to be a part of the solution – to support Love146 as they teach prevention, care for the survivors, and work towards ending trafficking.
Why do I give to Love146?
I want you to put all the (true, but) cliché answers aside: that I’m making a difference, that this is a terrible thing happening in the world, that I believe in this cause. All those things are true. But I give because I’m a part of, as Rob would say, a tribe. It’s a collection of souls from different backgrounds, skills, and viewpoints, but all united under the banner of one-four-six. I give because I know that their hearts are true – that they will never stop. And despite all the negativity and bad news about trafficking and the fact that they have to get out of bed every morning and look the beast in the eye, they focus on the good. They divide and conquer. They smile and laugh. They find the joy.
I have no idea how they do that. But it endears me to them on top of the phenomenal job that they’re already doing. Yes, I give to Love146 to eradicate child sex trafficking. But there are several orgs that are trying to do that. I give to Love146 because of the people doing the eradicating.