This past Wednesday was my first day on the Love146 team. I came into a new office, sat at a new desk and was welcomed by new co-workers.
After setting up my work email account, I found a message from Dr. Gundelina Velazco, our Director of Asia Aftercare, telling me that Remy, one of the girls in our Love146 Round Home in the Philippines, had finally seen justice. Two of her traffickers—both women—had been found guilty of trafficking after a case that lasted over three years.
They face life in prison. It’s amazing to see the work of abolition unfolding—to see the cost of enslaving a person squash the profit.
That’s justice. That’s love.
Best of all, Dr. Velazco shared that Remy finally felt liberty from those who had formerly enslaved her:
“Remy said that she is very happy that at last she has justice. She said that she is now more enthusiastic to do what she is doing, like a thorn has been removed from her chest.”
As the newest part of the communications team here at Love146, I knew I’d be reading stories as they happened, but I didn’t know I’d see it so soon.
Moving from Florida to Connecticut, I’m still getting used to how hard the snow and wind blow here. But this poem Remy wrote about her time in the Love146 Round Home has kindled a fire in my bones that no frost can chill:
The Round Home is the reason for my strength.
The Round Home is my family.
I’m cared for when I am sick.
I’m fought for when I am oppressed.
Whenever I fall down
The Round Home helps me
Stand up again and face tomorrow.
Before I often cried and was afraid
But now that’s changed.
I am saved from a dark fate.
I see a light and hope for my future
and other children like me.
I’m sure that I will lead a beautiful life.
This Friday, Remy is experiencing liberty and enjoying justice. I’m strengthened and encouraged by the restoring work of love in this beautiful girl’s life.
I hope you are too.