Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wide Awake

10:30 PM

Tonight I got to be part of a great event. Some students at Southeastern University organized an event called Wide Awake. Partnering with Stop Child Trafficking Now and Redeem the Shadows, a message of action and encouragement was delivered to the attendees. The speakers did a great job of giving an overview of human trafficking, and bringing awareness to the injustice both locally and internationally. Stop Child Trafficking Now does a lot of work here in Tampa, and had much to offer about the situation currently. Redeem the Shadows is another great organization, focusing their efforts internationally, specifically in India. They are putting together what looks to be a powerful documentary about their trips there. But attendees weren't just given the information and left on their own. Several action booths were set up in the back for people to get involved right then. I was lucky enough to have one of these booths! I had information about my trip, and postcards to share with people. I connected with so many great people, it was all so overwhelming. Tami, from Heaven Rules, also came alongside and sold t-shirts which also help benefit me. It was a great night for connection and networking. It was so exciting to see a room of 150+ just get fired up about this injustice. Seeing other people's passion reignites the passion in me. I met a woman who had another action booth who is also doing mission work in Cambodia, and it's just so refreshing to meet new like-minded people. I just love it. So God is definitely up to something, and is knitting all these pieces together one stitch at a time. I can't wait to look back and see the whole picture of how I made it to Cambodia.

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Joy Muldoon is a full-time missionary and part-time blogger. Read about her travels, adventures, and missions here!


nec2010 said...

I went to this event, and thought it was really great. The speakers and the music were absolutely amazing. I was surprised (in a good way) at how many people showed up, and this is such a good thing. I feel like people learned a lot about human trafficking and slavery and ways they can get involved. I’m really glad I went and I definitely plan on getting involved to help stop this horrible injustice. I signed up for a few upcoming events, and I plan on becoming a member of the club at Southeastern. It was amazing to see how God is working in this area, and I feel that this event made a great impact on all those who attended.

Joy Engdahl said...

yes, i too was surprised, in a good way, by the turn out! i just love seeing people get passionate about doing something with this issue!! good luck in your involvement at the club!! i'm sure it will be awesome!