Xia Xia, Hannah, Katie, Caitlyn, Ryan and Jake wanted to educate the Denver community that trafficking and sexual exploitation existed right here in Highlands Ranch, Colorado just as in every state in America and every country in the globe.
They didn’t want to simply educate about the problem. They desired people to actually “do something” and to give them resources to do it. Their goal was to unite the community and provide tools and examples of others locally and globally that were making a difference.
The Lord perfectly orchestrated the team, its volunteers and donors for that first event. He put the right speakers in place to share their stories and show the need that everyone who is involved in that ugly world, both the buyers and the victims, needs to be loved and restored. It became evident that the Lord gave us the idea to put on the conference and He blessed it immensely by bringing a standing room only crowd during a winter storm to that first conference. It was amazing what that small team of 6 high school students, one teacher and parent volunteers and put into motion.
The Lord didn’t just bring the right people but His redemption and love for all was publicly seen. An ex buyer gave a public apology for his past actions and shared his past experience of abuse at such a young age. After he spoke a restored trafficked victim opened by stating she forgave him and that she loved him. The Lord marked everyone’s hearts with his Love, Hope and a Passion to set those people free that night.
We are grateful for all the Lord entrusted us with. All those that He has moved through and whatever direction He continues to move to make this conference possible.
It is fun to look back and see what that small team started. The SHIFT Movement grew in their 2nd event to include nearly 70 students, representing 12 different schools. Now in it’s 3rd year SHIFT has been asked to educate parents/students in audiences large and small throughout the year, partnering with experts in the field, and those who have a willingness to “do something”.