Will You Help Us?

“Will you help us?”  I don’t think I’ve ever had four words cut to my heart quite the way those words did!  I was sitting there with Tony, the president of CCP, and several young ladies who were about to age out of the orphanage where they lived at the end of the school year.  You could see the fear through the tears in their eyes.  I don’t really know what hurt worse, seeing the tears, hearing the fear in their voice, or feeling like I had no hope to offer them.  I mean, they had hope…earlier that night they had passed from death to life through a relationship with Jesus, but still, I couldn’t look them in the eye and say, “You’ll be alright. Nobody will be able to hurt you now.”  It just wasn’t true.  I knew that there were plenty of organizations to help them when they eventually were trafficked, but there simply were no groups, at least to my knowledge, that were actively trying to keep them from being trafficked in the first place.  I felt so useless.  You see, according to many organizations, Moldova has one of the highest rates of human trafficking in the world.  The girls that grow up in orphanages and then age out are trafficked (usually forced into a life of prostitution) at an alarming rate.  Without getting into too much detail, let’s just say it is a large majority.  For the young men, it is not much better.  They, in similar percentages, end up in organized crime.  I came home from that trip with a broken heart.  I wanted to do something, but didn’t know exactly what.  I knew that if there was to be any real work done, a new ministry would have to be started.  Then, about a month later, Tony calls.  ”Hey man, I’ve been thinking a lot about what those girls said, and I have to do something.”  A huge smile came across my face, and I knew that this would be the answer.  Before long, Tony, Jonathan and I were sitting at a table working on the paperwork to begin Crossroads Compassion Project.  I don’t know where God will take this ministry, but I know that it is an answer to prayer, and that I now have the answer; “Yes we WILL help you!”