The fight continues!

It’s been a while since the last blog, so I thought I would let you know what we have been up to. When God gave us the vision for Crossroads Compassion Project, we really had no idea what we were getting into. Oh, we knew that there are girls that need our help in Moldova. And that is, and will remain the core of what we do. But I think we underestimated what a God was calling us to do.

As we started on our quest to fight human trafficking in Moldova, God quickly showed us that this isn’t just a European, Middle-eastern or Southeast-Asian problem. This is a Global Problem! It’s a United States problem! It’s a North Carolina problem! It’s everywhere we look! But the fact is, most people fail to really see or realize what they are looking at. We quickly realized that we should be helping to raise awareness about human trafficking or the commercial sex trade (which are the same thing) right here where we are.

So we have engaged in some domestic projects in addition to our work in Moldova. One of our strategies is the screening of the documentary Nefarious: Merchant of Souls. This film exposes the global sex trade around the world, including the U.S. We have done a few public screenings of the film and we have plans for several more in the near future. Recently, we were able to attend Abolition Summit in Kansas City, MO. This was a three day conference aimed at fighting sex slavery. The conference was hosted by Exodus Cry, who produced the documentary. It was a good time of planning and networking with fellow abolitionists, as well as educational. We left KC with a new determination to fight human trafficking in Moldova and North Carolina. But this is something that is much bigger than us! We need your prayers as we work on a specific plan that we pray for God to use to impact government leaders both here in NC and in Moldova. More about that later!

We have also been collaborating with another organization called Truckers Against Trafficking. We are working on a project to “bombard” truck drivers, motorists, the general public, and hopefully victims with a way to get help, or to report human trafficking. Literally, thousands of people will be impacted by this project 24/7/365! TAT is leading the transportation industry in the fight against sex slavery. Look for Truckers Against Trafficking on the web and on Facebook. We have been working on this since March, and we are getting close to going public with this project, so stay tuned!

Last of all, we feel like God is leading us toward a good business opportunity in Moldova. This will not only be a business to get us closer to financial sustainability, it will also create jobs and most importantly, it will be a ministry to many others. This will be a very big step for us! Please pray for us and this opportunity. Pray for wisdom and God’s provision. Finally, pray for us as we continue this battle that we are fighting. Better yet……why not join us in the fight?

Tony

I Choose ALL 3!

When we started Crossroads Compassion Project we knew that getting this organization up and running would not be easy. And we were right. For many months now we have been bogged down with planning, paperwork, red tape and bureaucracy. At this point we are waiting for the IRS to make a decision about our 501(c)3 status. But when God told us (all of us) to “Care for widows and orphans” (James 1:27), He didn’t mention the IRS. He didn’t tell us to start taking care of these girls AFTER we get our tax exempt status. He just said to do it.

Today I received an email from Moldova. I have been corresponding with an orphanage director for several months now about how to help some girls that will be leaving the orphanage. Over the last several weeks, due to our limited resources, I have asked her to choose a girl that we can help when the time comes. Today I realized the time has come. Today, the director gave me the names of not 1, but 3 girls who desperately need help. In just 2 weeks these girls will have to leave the orphanage. They are 16 years old.

WHAT must be going through their minds right now? I cannot imagine the fear and anxiety that must be eating away at them. The place they have called home for years is now being taken away from them. The little bit of security and stability that they have had in their lives will soon be gone. Their lives are changing forever. They have to be wondering….Where will I go? What will I do? I don’t know how they can sleep at night.

The message from the director mentioned 3 names….Maria, Alina and Mihaela. I have known these girls for several years. I have watched them grow up in the orphanage. Then the director’s message said “Tony…you choose which one”. My heart just sank. I sat there at my desk at work today and thought “Are you kidding me? I have to choose one girl that we will help?” Or I guess you might say, I have to choose which 2 girls we CAN’T help. Then I realized how UNFAIR it was of me to put that burden on the director who has poured her life into these girls.

So I have spent the entire afternoon and evening making my decision. I CHOOSE ALL THREE! I don’t know how we will do this. The fact is….we WON’T be able to do this. GOD IS GOING TO HAVE TO DO THIS! But I cannot pillow my head tonight without knowing I have done everything possible to help these 3 girls.

I’m asking you to help us. Would you please consider partnering with us to help these girls? We have just 2 weeks to come up with a solution for them. If you can help us financially please contact us as soon as possible. If you can’t help financially, would you please pray for the girls? Please pray for the director as well. I know this is a particularly difficult time for her to have to send these girls away.

Tony Mullen