Tim Tebow has teamed up with Attorney General William Barr and White House adviser Ivanka Trump to provide much-needed funding to organizations fighting the ongoing battle against the modern-day slavery of women, girls, and boys across the world.
According to NBC8, Barr and Trump hosted a roundtable in Atlanta on Monday to discuss the issue and announce the creation of $100 million in grants to fight human trafficking. At the discussion, Tebow, whose tireless work to fight human trafficking eclipses his successful career in professional sports, shared his vision for “making a dent” in the fight against modern slavery.
“I’m grateful for all of you that are here and all of the work that you have done,” Tebow said, addressing the room alongside his wife, Demi-Leigh. “I truly am so grateful, because, for me and my wife, this isn’t an 8 to 5, a 9 to 5, this is a calling.”
“It’s a calling because we believe it’s the greatest form of evil in the world today. Because there are 40 million people around the world that need us,” Tebow declared. “They need us to say, ‘no longer is it about the credit, it’s about the mission.'”
“Eventually we have to say, ‘not on our watch. Not anymore,'” he went on.
Tebow proceeded to outline a three-fold approach in addressing human trafficking. It starts, he explained, with a proactive approach to support families “before they get in a desperate situation where they do something that eventually they’re gonna regret.”
The second prong, Tebow went on, was to be “a part of the rescue.”
“That’s one of our non-negotiables, is we’re on a rescue mission. When you say ‘rescue mission,’ it puts a timeline on it… We have to live with a sense of urgency to rescue as many lives as possible.”
The third aspect of the plan is to build longterm relationships, Tebow said, because “it does take holistic healing. It takes holistic love, and it also takes sharing with someone that they might have been a slave physically but they’ve also so many times become a slave inside. Slavery’s not just on the outside, it’s on the inside as well.”
“So many times, these survivors have forgotten their worth,” Tebow lamented.
“You know, the reason why we got into this was because eight years ago, my dad was preaching in a remote country, and there were four girls that he was next to that were being sold,” Tebow recalled. “And he took out all the money out of his wallet, which was $1,250 and he bought those four girls. And then he called me and said, ‘I just bought four girls and not really sure what to do now.’ and I said, ‘that’s OK, dad. we’ve got your back.”
Tebow and his father proceeded to build their first safe home, supporting those four girls and going out to rescue more from the clutches of slavery.
“I’m so grateful for that day because it opened my eyes to what is happening around the world.”
“Another one of our non-negotiables is that there’s power when we come together,” Tebow concluded. “We need more people to be able to come together on this, because when we do, we believe there’s power, and we believe we can make a dent.”
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