Part 2 of 2: Expanding Territories, Increasing Awareness

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INTERNATIONAL Orphan’s Heart is focused on expanding and bolstering its global ministry efforts. As part of our strategy to impact as many children and families as possible, we are strengthening and equipping our global ministry partners to further recognize the signs of sex trafficking and help draw enslaved children and teens out of the unthinkable. Romania Our focal point in … Read More

Part 1 of 2: Expanding Territories, Increasing Awareness

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Polaris, an organization committed to eradicating human trafficking and aiding survivors, estimates that 20.9 million individuals have been trafficked globally and 26 percent of those victims are children. “The number is incomprehensible but not unreachable,” stated Dr. Jerry Haag, president of Florida Baptist Children’s Homes, The Porch Light and Orphan’s Heart. “We cannot stand for these despicable  acts anymore, and … Read More

College Students “Cornering” Hope

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By Amanda Tillman / The Porch Light intern Recently, a team of creatives, including myself,  met with hopes of realizing a deep-seated dream. It all started with the question: What could 10 broke college students do to make a difference for The Porch Light? Well, we figured we could pair some of the resources available to us at Southeastern University (SEU) … Read More

But He Said “I Love You”

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With phone and ticket in-hand, 18-year-old Robin* raced to board her flight in search of meaning, acceptance and love. Robin had been befriended by an older man on the internet who offered her a “better life” by distancing Robin from her parents. The man then sent her a burner phone and money for a one-way airline ticket from Tampa to … Read More

Singing Like the Saved

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Early one morning, a staff member from The Porch Light entered the safe home to a sound that was familiar yet devastatingly beautiful. The artist was Ella*, a safe home resident and victim of child sex trafficking, who was passionately playing the piano, something she loved. Ella’s melody was an intersection of talent and therapy – a chance to demonstrate … Read More

Overcoming a Terrifying Secret

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  When AmyLynn Harrington Smoot was 8 years old, growing up in Louisville, Ky., she had a secret much darker than anyone close to her could have imagined, especially her loving father and mother. She made a friend at a playground nearby who eventually lured her to a house. At first she played dress up there, but soon she became … Read More

Where I finally found love…

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This blog was written especially for The Porch Light by Sara Ard, Greater Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force College and University Chair. My Sweet Sister, Jeremiah 1:5 says, “I chose YOU before I formed YOU in the womb; I set YOU apart before YOU were born. I appointed YOU a prophet to the nations.” I’ve thought long and hard about … Read More

Your Chance to Fight Trafficking in Florida!

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A common question we hear at The Porch Light is, “What can I do the help?” Well, today we have an answer that you can act on immediately. You can stand with us in agreement that silence is NOT golden when it comes to the wicked crime of human trafficking. On, Thursday April 13 The Porch Light is hosting the … Read More