REACHING OUT A HELPING HAND – HEART TO HEART
Dr. Tae Yun Kim, founder and CEO of Lighthouse Worldwide Solutions, best-selling author, TV personality, motivational speaker, the world’s highest ranked Ki energy Martial Arts Master, and recipient of countless awards defies any categorization, stereotypes, or anything predictable or typical.
She is a unique person with distinctive characteristics. “You are one of a kind” is one of her sayings, and with her trademark motto of “HE CAN DO, SHE CAN DO, WHY NOT ME,” over and over again, she challenges the norm and achieves the impossible.
Each year, she doesn’t just celebrate her birthday with a party. She raises awareness and fights for a cause. For her recent birthday, Dr. Kim had just learned about the evils of sex trafficking and how children as young as 8 years old are being used and sold as sex slaves.
Once they are in the claws of the sex traffickers, their lives come to a screeching halt. There is no hope, no promise of a better future, no love, no education. Their lives consist of being forced to do sexual acts up to 20 times a night. There is no medical attention, and if you make a wrong move or are caught trying to escape, you get killed.
These are children and teens just like your own sons and daughters. They have names and faces, faces that you might even know yourself.
If they happen to succeed and escape, however unlikely that is, life isn’t automatically better. They are severely traumatized, and depending on how long they had been enslaved, they have a very hard time integrating back into normal society. They need help, and one nonprofit who is helping them is Redemption Ridge.
A victim of much abuse herself when she was growing up, Dr. Kim was hurt deeply when she found out that sex trafficking is very much alive around the world, and a multi-billion-dollar business at that. How is this possible? How is it possible that we, as a civilized, well-educated and advanced society, can tolerate such evil, such horror? How do we let Satan take over and tear apart the fabric of our society? If it is such a large, humongous thing – there must be great demand. How horrible this is!
At her birthday party, she teamed up with Redemption Ridge and held a fundraiser to raise funds to support the building of a safe house that would serve as a place of hope and healing for the victims who are rescued from the world of sex trafficking.
(Dr. Tae Yun Kim matched the fundraiser amount at the event to give support to recovering victims!)
The community response was overwhelming, heartwarming and very encouraging. She collected more prizes for the raffle than ever imagined possible, and raised more than had ever been raised for this charity before.
(Terry Rasmussen, Chairman of the Board of Redemption Ridge, shares about the horrors of sex trafficking and what people do to help.)
(Dr. Tae Yun Kim and Terry Rasmussen overwhelmed with happiness!)
(Ella, Survivor of sex trafficking, became a volunteer at Redemption Ridge so that she could help the other victims to find hope and healing in their lives.)
The program started with a prayer and an introduction to the cause. There was a fabulous Martial Arts demonstration, to show how important it is for people of all ages to know the basics of self-defense, emotionally, mentally and physically. There were touching testimonials, and there was an auction and a raffle and of course a delicious dinner.
(Beres, student of Dr. Tae Yun Kim demonstrated complete determination while breaking a board in the air!)
Everyone’s hearts were touched to the core, and everyone walked away with the desire and commitment to put an end to this evil.
Together we can do this, Dr. Kim said, together we can end this. Let’s ask God to help us defeat this horrible abomination of sex trafficking.
“You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:14
We can do this. We will do this. HE CAN DO, SHE CAN DO, WHY NOT ME!
Please go beyond your comfort zone, reach out and help end this horror of horrors. Join together with friends, neighbors, law enforcement, schools and whatever you can think of.
This is how Dr. Kim spent her 70th birthday. Walking her talk. Showing what she’s made out of. Showing through action that her main goal in life is to help others achieve what they were born to be, and especially helping them get their God given right back to living their lives in freedom!
HE CAN DO, SHE CAN DO, WHY NOT ME!