|She's Got My Back|
I would not be telling the whole truth about the Slave Beard idea if I didn't address my beautiful wife's involvement in it. Actually, it was her idea for me to grow my beard out to do a Duck Dynasty theme for Trunk-or-Treat at our church. At the same time I had been considering how I could get more involved with fighting child sex slavery. I knew I wanted to do something creative that would catch people's attention while educating them about human trafficking. Karlene's suggestion combined with my desire gave birth to Slave Beard. Growing your beard for an entire year (when that's not normal for you) is not something you want to take on without 100% support from your wife. She has been my biggest cheerleader throughout this experience. Sure we have sacrificed comfortable kisses (which is a HUGE reason I look forward to it's completion), but I know Karlene has my back!
Going Alone is Difficult
I can't imagine doing this without Karlene's support, or even worse against her will. There have been times where I considered shaving along the way, but she encouraged me to stay the course. Doing something different with a heavy cause like child sex slavery can be difficult. I can only imagine how hard it must be at times to be on staff with Destiny Rescue or Rapha House. Encountering the things they do on a daily basis is enough to wear anyone down. This is why those of us on this side must make sure they they know we have their backs, and that we are their biggest cheerleaders.
Do Something Today
Now that you are aware of what an important role you can play in the lives of those fighting child sex slavery, let me challenge you to do something today. Be specific, and go BIG. It could be you make a one time donation to them, or even better commit to giving monthly for a minimum one year. How about dropping them an encouraging email and tell them how much you appreciate what they are doing to make a difference in the world? Or imagine this, pick up the phone and call them directly while giving them audible words of encouragement and praise. I promise that if you do any or all of these suggestions, YOU will help ensure that the fight against child sex slavery continues. Who knows, you might just find a new passion in life to be a Barnabas to those who I call my heroes.
Just don't forget to tell them Slave Beard sent you!