The TIU football team has partnered with national missions agency Bright Hope to raise money toward Bright Hope’s Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative.
Bright Hope’s Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative seeks to rescue women caught in India’s sex slave industry by training members of the community’s churches to identify victims, facilitate rescues, and provide rehabilitation resources. According to Bright Hope’s website, the initiative has rescued 25 young women from captivity in the past 18 months.
According to senior offensive lineman Ryan Hough, the desire to join Bright Hope’s program came after the organization visited the team during training camp.
“It began as an awareness event,” Hough said of the visit, “but then we started talking about what we could do to help.”
Despite the season beginning just two weeks ago, the reaction to the team’s desire to partner with Bright Hope has been overwhelmingly positive. Hough believes that the team’s dedication to pray for the victims has had a major impact on this reception, and he encourages anyone who learns of the team’s mission to lift the victims up in prayer.
“Even if you don’t donate, just pray,” Hough said. “Prayer is the number one way you can help us reach our goal.”
The team’s goal is to raise $30,000 by the end of the season — a figure which equates to rescuing 10 girls from slavery during the 10-game season. The team hopes to sponsor an awareness and fund-raising event during the season, but for now, donations can be made at home football games or by visiting brighthope.org/get_involved/tiu.
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