Tim Tebow is known for a lot of things. Whether it’s his signature prayer stance from his QB days in the NFL, or his work with kids who have Down syndrome and other disabilities, this guy is always up to something good.
“I’ll never forget the day my dad called me from overseas and told me he had just purchased four young girls,” the 33-year-old writes, admitting that in his mid-twenties, Tebow didn’t even know such a transaction could be made.
“People buy groceries. Shoes. Annual passes to Disney World. They don’t buy other people. But I had heard him correctly. My dad had opened up his wallet and bought as many girls as he could with the cash he had on hand.”
Tebow says his father had no choice. He made a split second decision that radically changed the trajectory of those girls’ lives, and hundreds of others through the Tim Tebow Foundation.
“There’s a saying that, ‘evil triumphs when good men do nothing’,” Tebow writes. “My dad was not going to be the man who did nothing. Had he just stood there silently, who knows where these girls would have been taken and what would have been done to them.”
With no safe house to bring the girls to, the Tim Tebow Foundation took on the project of building one.
“Honestly, we weren’t prepared. We never saw that moment coming. But over the years, that single moment in time – a moment where one man took a stand for what was right – was the beginning of a ripple effect still in motion today.”
Tebow says that because his father had the courage to act quickly on behalf of those four girls that day, countless other human trafficking victims have been rescued in the years since—some even here in the United States. And meeting some of the survivors in person, Tebow says is not just a privilege, it’s “life-changing.”
Since 2013, the Tim Tebow Foundation has worked tirelessly to help rescue victims and put an end to human trafficking. For the safety of the victims and the rescue organizations, their efforts have been kept relatively private. But this year, that’s all changing.
“I can’t help but feel that we are at a point in history – a point just like the one my dad faced years ago — where we cannot stand silently and passively watch as evil rages on,” Tebow says.
In honor of his 33rd birthday, the Tim Tebow Foundation is launching it’s public initiative, “Rescue Her,” to spread awareness, and build an army for the fight against human trafficking.
“Every person on this earth is created in the image of God – uniquely, beautifully, and perfectly. Their value is priceless, and they are not for sale,” Tebow writes.
But the task is not an easy one. In fact, Tebow admits to feeling overwhelmed by this same call to action.
“Then I remember that we serve a big God. The God who created the universe, rose from the grave and defeated death once and for all is the same One who is fighting even now for the 40 million trapped in slavery around the world.
In a video for the Tim Tebow Foundation’s latest initiative, Tebow emotionally recounts the story of a young girl who was rescued by a team through the TTF. She was a beggar who wasn’t making enough money for her family. So her mom boiled her eye out to make her look even worse to those who saw her, with the hope that it would in turn, bring more money. When she failed to collect enough, her family sold her into slavery.
“That wasn’t done by this evil man that was trying to make a lot of money…it’s not like the movie, ‘Taken,’” he says. “This was done because a mom was on her own and she got caught up in a lot of bad things, and her child became worthless to her. She was willing to trade her child for a couple of dollars.”
He adds, “Not only was she willing to trade her, but she was willing to brutally traumatize her daughter…”
“It is estimated that as often as every two minutes – the same two minutes it probably took you to read this — a human being is bought or sold somewhere around the world, one life exchanged at the hands of another.”
Tebow says the Foundation is working hard to fight the war against human trafficking in three specific ways: By being proactive, by being reactive, and by being committed to building long-term relationships with survivors.
“Honestly, I don’t know if we’ll ever win the war against slavery in this lifetime. But I know Who wins one day. And until that day comes, we’ll keep fighting for the one more. They are the ones the Foundation stands up for – the ones who need faith, hope and love in their darkest hour.”
Tebow says we all want our lives to count for something. Being a part of this fight is one sure way to make your life count.
You can learn more about their initiative, and join the fight here.