Sometimes in life you hear story that that changes apart of who you are; it’s like a virus engrains it way into your core and changes you at a DNA level. Exactly two years ago on a trip to Lake J i heard such a story. A story about a man in south east Asia investigating sex trafficking of young girls. This man and his team would go in to brothels posing as “Johns” to gather information, having to hide their horror and anger so as not to endanger the lives of the girls. In one brothel they came across a glassed room filled with young girls and cartoons playing on a TV. All these girls had been numbered, no names, just numbers. All of them were glassy eyed and glued to the TV, all but one. The little girl wearing 146, she was staring back through the window at the men as they walked through to pick out their…Slave for the night. This one girl still had a light in her eyes, she still had fight left in her. This young girl, labeled 146, left a mark on this man’s life.
Meet Rob Morris of Love146, co-founder and President. It was after his trip to south east Asia, when he came across the girl with 146 on her, that he knew he couldn’t turn back and decided to fight sex trafficking of children and orphans.
This last weekend in North West Arkansas during an IC//Orphan conference were we gathered to discuss holistic orphan care around the world. I was given the opportunity to hear Rob speak for the first time in person while he led a discussion group about sex trafficking and orphan care. There was a lot of thoughts which you may want to read about HERE.
For those of you who don’t know me, tattoos draw my attention, but more so the stories behind them. During Rob’s break out session Rob took his jacket off and the first thing that caught my eye was this picture of a young girl with wings.
Having never spoken with Rob before all i could think about was the young girl behind the glass with 146 on her. I took the first chance I could to ask Rob about his art work. He told me about a street girl he met on the same trip, one he was able talk to and get a photo of. I can’t imagine how many of these girls he came across who were being held as sex slaves at such a young age. Rob asked me if i remembered that scene in Forest Gump where Jenny is running through the field away from her abusive father, out of breath she finally crouches in the tall grass repeating “Dear God make me a bird so I can fly far far away. Dear God Make me a bird so that I can fly far far away.” Rob told me how that scene influenced him and Love 146, because Jenny was willing to do anything to get away from the abuse and pain – much like the girls stuck in brothels. The lettering around the winged girl reads “do justice, love Mercy” – words we as christians should not take lightly.
On Rob’s other forearm is this celtic design he pointed out to me. He said, “this is my tribe, the names of all my kids.” His tribe, his family made up of many different parts but all apart of the same. One arm is a reminder of what he has seen and one arm is a reminder of what he has done in the light of what he has seen. Do justice, love Mercy.
I think too many people picture Christians as those annoying people picketing and yelling, or of the jelly spine breed that don’t want to get involved. But, God calls us to action, to fight and care for the Orphans and Widows. Rob is an excellent example of doing just that. During Rob’s session he reminded us that the “Victims of injustice do not need our spasm of passion but our legs and lungs of endurance ”
What are you willing to do to fight injustice?