A little less than two weeks until we leave, excitement and nerves abound. I wanted to introduce you to our team:

Angie, besides being a wife to Jeff and mother to Will and John, Angie’s list of favorites includes parsnips, coffee, to do lists, teaching dance, kayaks and paisley. Her justice journey began in May of 2011 when she read Not For Sale by David Batstone; with a broken heart she has ceaselessly researched the problem of Human Trafficking ever since. “This trip to India came out of obedience to God’s leading in my life. I am definitely out of my comfort zone…I know that witnessing the pain and the hope of the victims will leave a permanent mark on each of us. My role on this trip is to facilitate the details so that doors can be opened to opportunities for us as a team to learn from and serve the girls and the staff at Freedom Firm.”

Sarah is a Minnesotan who loves to drink coffee, watch musicals, travel, and collect anything vintage. She is a UWSP graduate as of last spring from which she holds a BA in Dance. Sarah is full of energy an anticipation for what God has in store for her life and for India. Right now she is teaching and performing all over the Twin Cities and learning to be creative with all of the things God brings her way. Her justice journey began a year and a half ago when she lived in Costa Rica with YWAM. Prayer walking at a brothel and literally seeing human beings sold in front of her permrantently etched a calling of justice on her heart. As she looks towards India, she finds hope in knowing that God's already gone ahead of the trip and now she just needs to walk in obedience to His voice.

Olivia is a wife to Luke, mother to Levi and expecting twins in April! She enjoys photography, eggnog ice cream, and being at the lake with family. Her justice journey began when she was cast in a dance work based on the topic of trafficking and since then she has felt the Lord’s calling to work with victims in her own life. Her role in this trip is coordinating, developing and teaching dance material in hopes of continuing to restore the women in India physically, emotionally and spiritually. She is very excited to share both her passion for dance and for the Lord in India!

Marissa is a Senior at UWSP studying Arts Management & Religious Studies. Other than finding time to visit her fiance Jeff and plan for their wedding, Marissa enjoys spending her time dancing, singing/songwriting, playing guitar, and spending time with friends and family. She is a student leader with UWSP's Cru movement. Her justice story started last year with Angie and the team over a dinner conversation. Since then, the Lord has faithfully provided numerous opportunities (including this trip) to use her Arts Mgmt major, her gifts, and her heart to serve those who have experienced injustice to fiht against Human Sex trafficking.

Lindsay is a wife of Patrick and a banker. She enjoys learning, laughing, and friends. Lindsay's justice journey began by reading the book, Not for Sale, by David Batstone. This book changed her and through it God gave her a compassion for victims of human trafficking. Lindsay is thankful for this opportunity to go and serve in India and prays that the team is a blessing to the young women and staff of the aftercare facilities.

[caption id="attachment_24" align="alignnone" width="300"] (Bottom R-L) Marissa, Olivia, Sarah
(Top R-L) Lindsay and Angie[/caption]

 

Here are a few prayer requests:

Pray for clear headedness as we each manage the rest of our preparations on top of our regular responsibilities

We have about 40 hours of travel to get to the facility (and home). Please pray we would be flexible, selfless, and that the Lord would sustain us.

Pray for the girls we will be working with, that they would benefit from and be blessed by the dance sessions we will do together

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