Dear Friends & Family,
Approximately 40 million victims are kidnapped into the world of human sex trafficking today. Many of them are our children who are kidnapped by traffickers who hand them over to pedophiles who rape them over and over. And when it’s over it’s only temporary until they are handed over to the next evil pedophile. Some are as young as nine months old. In this evil world a child’s life and body are being bought and sold as a commodity and they are basically sex slaves to the traffickers. This awful world is not limited to just children as adults can fall victim too. Human trafficking generates more than $150 billion annually with the USA the worst in the world. This is a powerful evil and we will continue wage war against it. * Statistics sourced from The US Institute Against Human Trafficking and The Polaris Project.
Once the victim is finally rescued or breaks free from the horrific torture of rape, there is a three to five day waiting period for short-term care and sometimes more. Victims are confused and terrified and often left with no place to take them due to the lack of placement resources available and resulting in the survivors being placed into unfit care. These problems often times result in the victim being kidnapped again by the trafficker. The most crucial time is when the victim is rescued or breaks free. And The Agape Center will be there to provide them with support. So we are traveling to the victim’s location to help them.
After nearly 40 years of combined Professional Counseling and ministry, God has called on me as Pastor and Counselor at The Agape Center and my wife to sell all of our belongings of any value and move from our home to an RV in order to go mobile and set up a Trauma Informed Care Mobile Unit, and save these rape survivors. So we will be traveling across the State of Texas using our skills and fighting the war against child sex trafficking. We will be responding to the crisis of those needing our immediate care. God has put this in our hearts to save His children and we will be obedient in our calling from our Heavenly Father.
We ask you to donate anything God puts in your heart. Any amount will help in this war against Child Trafficking. We have set a target goal to raise $230,000, which will be immediately used in the fight against child trafficking in Texas. Funds will go towards the purchase of a truck & RV which will be used as a (Trauma Informed Care Mobile Unit), to travel to the victims to provide a Safe Trauma Unit Command post for a safe shelter, protection, trauma informed counseling, medical and for their essential needs. At NO cost to them. We are working towards on building a network of discounted lodging that will also provide a safe place for the victims for their short and long term stay.
We are a Faith Based 501C(3) non-profit Texas Corporation and we will provide receipts for tax deduction upon request. We have no paid staff or offices and we operate 100% on donations and volunteer staff.
We also ask that you share this to others so together we can help our children. We are so grateful for your generosity, support and most importantly your prayers.
I invite you to learn more about The Agape Center at www.theagapectr.org.
We love you all!
Pastor Efrem & Theresa McKnight
The Agape Center
Non-Profit 501(C)3 Texas Corportation