BTD: A Beginning
The volume of which God calls you to a certain calling ranges for everyone. For me, ever since I first learned about human trafficking 7 years ago, I have felt an indescribable heartbreak that has pulled me towards this topic. It has been such a strong, unignorable feeling that for the past 7 years that I have not been able to get it off my mind.
I believe I first learned about human trafficking at a weekend church retreat in 8th grade from a musician named Steve Moakler and his wife Gracie. Together they represented a fundraising project called “Free the Birds”. Through this project, they raise money at their concerts by selling merchandise and collecting donations while also spreading awareness. The money they raise they donate to nonprofit organizations that support stopping human trafficking and serve the women and children who have been trapped in it.
“GOD LOVED THE BIRDS AND INVENTED TREES. MAN LOVED THE BIRDS AND INVENTED CAGES.”
I do not remember everything that was shared during that weekend about human trafficking, but I do remember how it made me feel. Whatever information and stories were shared was powerful enough to stick with me emotionally. As years have gone by, I have read numerous books, watched documentaries, and spoke to as many informed people as I could to learn more. I have expanded my knowledge on the topic, but I know my knowledge is powerless without action.
To introduce myself, my name is Jenna Hetsko and I am a junior at the University of Texas where I study international relations and business. As of now, I do not know what kind of career my future holds, but I do know that I want to work towards empowering women and stopping human trafficking.
I decided to begin with gaining experience in a non profit with this kind of mission. Being from the Houston area, it breaks my heart to know that my home city is one of the largest hubs for human trafficking. For this reason, I began to search for non profits in the Houston area and I happened to hear about Rescue Houston from my neighbor. I have been the summer intern here for a few weeks now and will continue through August. I look forward to gaining perspective, beginning to understand where God wants to place me in this calling, and observing the positive impact of Rescue Houston’s mission.