Almost a year ago, I had the opportunity to attend a private screening of a documentary, a documentary that changed the trajectory of my life. I thought I had my goals, dreams, and aspirations all lined up. Then through a serendipitous connection, I found myself sitting in a theater with no idea about what I was about to watch.
About 90 minutes later, I sat flabbergasted at what I had experienced, unable to articulate my feelings. I had just been exposed to the pandemic of human trafficking, with a special focus on child sex trafficking.
It was disturbing, but not because of the way the topic was approached, but because this was a topic at all. I had thought that slavery was a thing of the past. I hadn't even thought of the word "Abolitionist" because it held no relevancy for me.
That paradigm was shattered as I was confronted with the facts of this dark and previously, at least for me, unknown world.
But what could I do? I'm not Abraham Lincoln, nor am I William Wilberforce. I am a man of small influence. My mind was churning through these ideas and self doubt throughout the film.
Following the film, there was a question and answer period. The filmmakers were asked why they had gotten involved in this movement. Their response changed my life.
Immediately my questions subsided. It does not take wealth or fame to fight human trafficking or child sex trafficking. Do what you do, but find a way to give it a higher purpose. These kids need you.
I took drastic action. I quit my job and started a business with a unique (read crazy) business plan where we work to give 50% of what we make to support those who are on the front lines of this battle.
Since we started that business, we have expanded into helping others find ways to join this fight. I have found fulfillment in my marriage, my children, my church, but I had been missing that fulfillment professionally. Giving my work a higher purpose has given my professional life a purpose beyond the almighty dollar. I am not saying that this will be your response, but there are worse things to dedicate your life to then the freeing of child sex slaves.
I am so excited that this movie that changed my life is coming to theaters in a special one night event. On May 16th at theaters all over the country, The Abolitionists will be shown. Click here to see the trailer and purchase your tickets.
So whether this film makes you change your life completely like it did to me, or you simply find a way to help those fighting this through donations (like a rational person would), one thing is for certain, you will experience a change in who you are.