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Restore: The Story of Compassion for a Girl Trafficked

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She volunteers with Restore Her. As a victim of sexual abuse herself, Beth is a perfect person to love on the young girls in this place . . . the only long-term care facility existing within the United States for trafficked minors.  

Here’s a story she shared with me.


“We were celebrating one year of being “clean.” She was showing me her bleeding thumbs. Now that she isn’t using drugs she picks her thumbs when she gets stressed.

I brought band-aids and ointment the next day. As I was bandaging her thumbs, she said with tears in her eyes, “You take such good care of me.” 

(From age 13 to 15, this innocent daughter had been sold by her mother to men who raped her. Her slavery funded her mother’s addictions. Sadly, this is a growing phenomenon.) 

This sweet girl then looked carefully at the rest of her fingertips and began to point out tiny cuts or hang nails and said with a smile, “I think you are going to need to put a bandage on all of them!”

My friend explains how God reminded her that He came to bind up the brokenhearted and how the good Samaritan put oil and bandages on the injured stranger at the side of the road. (Luke 10:25-37)

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

We are all called to “Go and do likewise.”

Oil and bandages in Jesus day. Ointment and band-aids in our day.

Kayla’s thumbs have completely healed now and I continue to trust God to heal her heart.”


This girl’s mother did an unthinkable and deplorable thing. It’s hard to imagine doing this to any child. (And yes – human trafficking is happening in our own backyard.)

However, Jesus is in the business of restoring lives to wholeness. He can restore this girl’s life and your life, just as he’s restored mine and my friend, Beth’s. 

The fact that Beth is able to demonstrate motherly love is a miracle. She had to painstakingly learn the art of nurturing as an adult because of the abuse she received from her own mother when she was a child.

God has rescued her from the darkest places and restored her to wholeness. She now comforts others with the same comfort she’s received from God.

That’s what we are all called to do . . . go and do likewise. 

Don’t believe for a second that the wounds of your past disqualify you from helping others. Quite the opposite. Your wounds actually equip you to help those who have been damaged like you have. 

There are so many who suffer. Find one and do something now.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4







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