Tony’s Thoughts on 2015
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As we near the end of 2015 it’s a good time to take a look back at what’s been accomplished and how God has brought us through the ups and downs of another year.
It’s been quite the year for Destiny Rescue. We opened a new operation in Dominican Republic (read about it here); we had many successful raids in Thailand, which saw over a dozen children rescued and many perpetrators brought to justice; I had a long speaking tour in Australia, which raised a lot of support for our work and increased awareness about what we do; and we had a major primetime television story air in Australia, which has increased our profile there a lot!
There is so much more to be thankful for that I just don’t have the space to fit in one blog post. I could tell you dozens of stories of children who have been rescued from awful situations; I could tell you heartbreaking stories of girls who turned down our offer of freedom; I could tell you heartwarming stories of girls who graduated our Learning Centre programs and went on to university, or to open their own hair salons, or go to baking/sewing/hair school and so much more! So many children were empowered to dream big and move beyond what has happened to them and step into bright new futures – it’s been beautiful to see!
We took our foot off the rescue accelerator a little this year so we could put more resources into our Aftercare Program, but we still rescued almost 400 children from sexual exploitation – an amazing result! It was important for us to focus on our restoration process for these kids, to strengthen our foundation so they receive the best care possible when they arrive at our rescue homes. Our Aftercare staff in each of our Project Nations are incredible people with lots of experience and huge hearts to love these kids with – I have so much admiration for what they do day-in and day-out.
We also launched a new Sponsorship Program this year called “Sponsor a Home”. It was a brave move for us to step away from the tried and true Child Sponsorship model, but with so many children coming into our care and then being reintegrated, it just wasn’t sustainable for us. Our new program connects supporters with an entire home of children. I’m really impressed with our Sponsorship and Media teams for rolling this out and fine-tuning it over the past months. If you haven’t signed up already to support a home full of beautiful children, I’d encourage you to do so.
I am continually thankful for all the volunteers who choose to move overseas to join us in our Project Nations; for all our advocates in Australia, USA and New Zealand who work tirelessly to spread our message of hope and freedom; and for all our hardworking staff in our Funding Nations who never cease to impress and amaze me with their passion for our cause.
In the coming weeks we will publish our Annual Report, which will have all the statistics from the past year and some amazing celebration stories. Keep an eye out on our Facebook page and website for that – it will be a good read!
Thank you everyone for your ongoing financial support; I say it often, but we simply couldn’t do what we do without your generous support! I often hear people wonder if their $10 donation really makes a difference. And I always say “YES!” Every donation counts, it all adds up, and it’s all put to the best use possible – bringing freedom to children.
Thank you to everyone who gives of their time and resources to shout for these kids. You really are their voice in the western world, and the world is starting to listen! Keep talking to people about the evil of child sex trafficking, keep speaking up, be bold, be brave, be kind, and continue to be a champion for these children.
I pray you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year; enjoy the holiday season with those you love, and I’ll see you again next year!
Tony Kirwan – Founder and International President
Do you want to make a difference in the lives of children rescued from sexual exploitation? Our Sponsor a Home program connects you with a home full of children! To sign up click here.