Founder of The A21 Campaign, Christine Caine, releases her new book Undaunted today. If you buy on or before September 16, then 21% of the proceeds from the book go to helping girls find freedom through this organization. Here is a excerpt taken from the beginning of the book. Enjoy!
Six months after my husband, Nick, and I launched the A21 Campaign, a rescue ministry for young girls caught in sex trafficking, a hurting young woman from Russia asked me a question that rang in my ears, shook my mind and unsettled my heart: “Why didn’t you come sooner?”
We were in the safe house in Greece, with 14 recently rescued women all listening in. No one spoke. But I could feel their eyes on me, their minds screaming that same question.
On the surface, there was a reasonable answer: I hadn’t come because I didn’t know. How could I be blamed for not fixing a problem I didn’t know existed?
But I didn’t offer that excuse. The depth of their suffering at the hands of cruel and evil men deserved more than that.
A scene from the Steven Spielbeg’s movie Schindler’s List rolled through my mind. The movie tells the story of Oskar Schindler, a Gentile businessman in Nazi Germany who saved the lives of more than a thousand Jews by breaking the law to keep them working in his factories.
In one powerful scene, Schindler is thanked for what he has done by a crowd of those he has rescued. The grateful Jews present him with a ring inscribed with a saying from the Talmud: “Whoever saves one life saves the world entire.” But, distressed, Schindler says, “I didn’t do enough.” He looks at his car. “Why did I keep the car? Ten people right there.” He pulls a pin from his lapel. “This pin. This is gold. Two more people ... and I didn’t ...” He then collapses into tears.
Sitting with those hurting women in Thessaloniki—that was my Schindler’s List moment. What in my life had been my golden pin—the thing so precious that I never thought to use it to ransom someone else?
“I don’t know,” I stammered at last. Such weak, small, light words for such a weighty question. “I am so sorry. Please forgive me.”
I focused on each girl. “From now on, wherever I go,” I said, “I will ask them the very same question you’ve asked me. I will not sit back waiting, hoping, wishing for someone else to do something. I will be that someone. Now that I have found you, I will find other girls like you. I will do everything I can to stop this.”
When we feel that gentle urging to make a bold step, serve others and commit, so often there are reasons we hold back. We don’t feel qualified. We think we lack the strength, the wisdom, the money, the experience, the education, the backing.
We feel afraid. Weak. Poor. Stupid. Unqualified. Daunted.
Adapted from Undaunted by Christine Caine. Copyright ©2012. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com