What It Takes To Rescue A Girl From A Brothel In India?  Is It Really Worth It? Yes, She’s Worth It!

I am writing this from India while on an undercover rescue operation with our team.

Many people ask me what it takes to actually do a rescue. As briefly as possible, here’s just a little of what it takes.

The rescue mission I’m currently on began several months ago when I contacted James, my Director of Operations here in India and instructed him to begin a Rescue Mission. He got the team in place to begin the planning for undercover investigations. That meant the paying of salaries for the Director along with 3 other field operatives. While they’d love to do this for free, they have families to support.

So the investigations began. That meant going into the Dance Bars and Brothels searching for the youngest girls they could find. Some of the expenses included travel, hotels (just cheap, $10 a night hotels), food (meals that very few reading this would eat), tips and various other expenses. Then there’s the phone and communication costs along with hidden cameras. Just to let you know, the travel I mentioned is not flying. The team here will hop on a bus for 12 hours one way to get to a particular city.

On this operation there was the added expense of medical care for one of our precious team members who was hospitalized after a brutal beating when he was discovered. He was back doing investigations within 2 weeks. I had dinner with him last night and he is fine. He will not be intimidated or deterred.

In the meantime, there’s another team back in the United States (headed by me), that has to raise the funds for all of this. This is all in addition to the expense of me joining the team in India.

All of these expenses are before the girl is even rescued. Once a girl is rescued there’s the expenses of medical exams, counselors and aftercare. It amounts to thousands of dollars.

By the time I reached Mumbai, India I had traveled more than 45 hours. I could have gone to a hotel in Bangkok during a layover there, but chose to save the $100 to use on a couple of good meals for the team in India. The first was last night and it was worth the wait.

With all the expense that it takes to rescue children from slavery, you can see why there are just a handful of organizations willing to do the work that JOY International does in actual rescue. We don’t talk about rescuing children – we do it. My Director here shared with me that many of the top rescue organizations still advertise they do rescues, but stopped because of the major expense and extreme danger. We could only come up with about 4 that still do rescues. That’s in a country of a billion people.

So, Is It Worth It? Yes, She’s Worth It!
While sitting in the various airports in Denver, Los Angeles, Bangkok and India, I watched the hundreds of people walking around who had no clue that I was on a mission to rescue children forced to be a slave in a brothel. With billions of people living on earth, I wondered if months of preparation for this rescue operation along with the many hours of travel was worth it. Is it really worth the effort that goes into a rescue operation for a child that hardly anyone knows? Even I don’t know her. I don’t know her age. I don’t know her name. I don’t know what she looks like. But none of that mattered or changed the way I felt about her and what was happening to her. I didn’t have to think about it very long before this verse came to me: “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Dont be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” – Luke 12:7

God created the child we are trying to rescue. He knows her name. He knows what she looks like and He knows the number of hairs on her head. Even as I write this, He also knows where she is and the abuse she is suffering. That’s not what she was created for.

Yes my friend. Yes my brother. Yes my sister. It is absolutely worth every moment of speaking about this atrocity across America and around the globe. It’s worth all the pleading, begging and whatever it takes to try and motivate people to action in helping me raise the necessary funds for her rescue. Yes, even as I hit a milestone today of being barefoot for 600 days. Whether it be for one, two, five, ten or one thousand children, it’s worth it. God loves that child and longs to see her set free. He wants to comfort her and to dry her tears.

It’s written in Psalms 126:5: “Those who sow with tears, will reap with songs of joy.”

Your joy is coming child. Your joy is coming. God truly loves you and so do I. You are worth it all.

~ Dr. Jeff Brodsky from Mumbai, India

Will I Be Barefoot – The Rest of My Life?

July 19th was the end of my challenge of going barefoot for 1 year.  When I woke up that day I was truly excited about finally putting on a pair of shoes. Actually, I was thrilled about putting on a pair of socks! I sat on the edge of my bed (socks in hand) and was ready to feel the warmth and softness of those socks around my very calloused feet. I stretched them a little, brought them towards my feet and then something very strange happened.  I couldn’t get them past my toes! “What the…” I thought. With a little more determination I tried again. You can choose to believe this or not, but this is exactly what happened. It was as if there was a force (an angel perhaps), pulling the sock in the other direction – away from my feet! It wasn’t anything you could see – but I certainly could feel it. I thought, “What the heck is going on?” I literally began to weep – and pray. I cried out, “God, I don’t understand what’s happening?” I then began to see the feet of the children who motivated me to begin my barefoot journey in the first place. I was reminded – they’re still out there – along with millions of others. Barefoot children at high risk of being taken by the traffickers and forced into horrific life of the child sex trade. I began to weep again.

I put the socks down and had a serious conversation with God. As I was reminded of the past year, I thought of the many people who would say something to me about being barefoot (especially during the winters in Colorado).  Some were pleasant – some were rude.  I also remembered the articles that were written and the many people who contacted me about wanting to help me in the rescue of children from the brothels.

When Gail (my precious wife) awoke and asked me about wearing shoes again, this was my response. “Gail, I’ve made a decision to keep going barefoot. Not only will I go barefoot, but I’m going completely barefoot. I won’t even wear sandals.” She was a bit shocked and asked why.  I said, “During the past year there were many times that people responded to me being barefoot in a way that helped me share the plight of the children we are trying to rescue. Some responded in a way that helped our rescue efforts. Gail, if during the next year my being totally barefoot motivates even one person to action and it helps me rescue just one more child; I would go barefoot the rest of my life.”

Although she may disagree with my method, she knows my motivation and understands my decision.  I hope you do too.  As of this writing, I have been barefoot for 475 days. Will I ever wear shoes again? I sincerely don’t know. I’m certainly not looking forward to this winter in Colorado as there have already been several days where I had to walk in the snow (I’m as cautious as possible). As long as I feel called to do this, I will not compromise. I’m sure many disagree with what I’m doing and that’s okay. Until you’ve walked a mile in my shoes (oops, I mean feet), all I ask is that you respect my decision and try to understand why I’m doing this. If you don’t, then maybe one day we can meet and have a heart-to-heart talk. While standing outside with my 12 year old grandson Izac, he noticed that I was experiencing some pain from the cold. He said to me: “Papa, why don’t you just put on a pair of socks?” I said, “Izac, I can’t do that. The children I am doing this for can’t cover up their pain, so neither will I. Do you understand?” He did.   

When I experience a little pain it reminds me why I’ve decided to go barefoot. It’s not only to share the message of the horrors of the child sex trade, but as a show of solidarity and a way for me to relate to these children in a small way. 

What about you? I’m not saying you have to go barefoot, but I do challenge you to do something to help in the rescue of children who are experiencing a life of unspeakable terror and pain that most people cannot possibly fathom. Will you accept my challenge to get involved? I promise you this – if you do something to help get a child out of a brothel and see them go from a life of hopelessness into a life of JOY – it will give you a feeling of accomplishment and significance that is indescribable.  If you want to do something but have no ideas – contact me and our team will put together some ideas to help you.

Whether you help raise funds or bring awareness to this horrendous crime against children – do something. The decision you make can literally help bring a child out of a life of horror and into a Safe Haven filled with security, joy and true love.  

Dr. Jeff Brodsky
President/Founder

“No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause. “ ~ Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

“One hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be a better place because I was important in the life of a child.” ~ Anonymous

Tragedy In The Philippines

WARNING: Portions of this story has graphic content

For the past 30 years I’ve been involved in the rescue of children in some way. The past 4 years we have been devoted to the rescue and restoration of children forced into the child sex trade. It is without question THE worst, most evil, horrific and heinous crime perpetrated against children in our world today. I read horror stories literally every day – 7 days a week. Just go to www.twitter.com/joyupdate to see what I mean. Each story of the commercial sexual exploitation and abuse of a child is heart-wrenching alone – but no story or report has gotten me so upset and angered about this nightmare to children as this. I’m sickened by it. As the headline I wrote says – a child was beheaded during an anti-trafficking campaign. The report was sent to me by my friend and co-worker in this fight, Diana Scimone of the Born-2-Fly Project. This is one of the projects that JOY International supports.

Here is an edited version of the report I received from Diana: (you can read her entire report here: http://bit.ly/qq8iZp)

Child Kidnapped, Beheaded in Village Where B2F Anti-Trafficking Program Being Taught ~
Reported by Diana Scimone ~

“When I tell you that child trafficking is organized crime, I’m not kidding. Trafficking is very, very lucrative with very few risks. Organized crime has made it the 2nd-highest grossing illegal industry on the planet.

So what happens when you threaten the traffickers’ livelihood?

~ Let’s say you want to cut off the supply line of kids…
~ Let’s say you teach kids and parents how to stand up to traffickers…
~ And let’s say you do this in an area where kids are regularly kidnapped and trafficked…

What happens?

This is what happened in a village in the Philippines where our brave partners have been openly teaching the B2F Project anti-trafficking curriculum to children and their parents.

First, our Philippines director was attacked by a trafficker who broke one of her ribs. (He was arrested.) Then this happened, as reported by the Philippines director:

“One of the children who we have worked with for over a year was kidnapped this week and later returned with all his organs gone and head cut off.

“His mother is obviously traumatized and is uncertain where to go from here and to be honest I just don’t have answers for her. My heart is breaking and I feel angry all in one breath.

“We have had so many children taken from our village in the last couple of months that our team is in shock and the government is searching for answers and help.

“Our course is set to expand whether we are ready or not. Prevcention is what we are aiming for.” ~

I am outraged and shocked by the murder of this child and I condemn it in the harshest possible terms. This was a warning shot from the traffickers. No traffickers bother to return a body; they did it as a warning to the team to stop interfering with their livelihood.

Did it work? Has the team pulled back?

Here’s what the Philippine director emailed a week after this child was murdered:

“After many setbacks physical and emotional, being run off the road and vandalism, we are still standing and focused probably more than even before. Our team members are more more determined than even before to protect these children and youth especially.

“Two weeks ago I was involved in a [trafficking] intervention, which saved several young girls and was an exceptionally rewarding experience.

“Our most recent test of Born2Fly is going great. The kids are loving it and the teachers and parents numbers are increasing too. Thank you, blessings and strength to you as you spearhead this movement. We are with you all the way.”

What an absolute honor to partner with brave warriors such as this director and her team who are standing up to the despicable actions of these traffickers. Please keep this team in your prayers as they continue to fight on the front lines. They are my heroes.

From Dr. Jeff Brodsky ~
My friends, I consider myself to be greatly motivated in this fight. When you’ve looked into the eyes of children who have been rescued, held them in your arms while they share their stories and weep, if it doesn’t motivate you to action then you need to check the beat of your heart. To bring greater awareness to this global tragedy, I’ve now gone barefoot for 462 days with the last 3 months 100% totally barefoot. After reading this tragic story of what the traffickers did to this child, I’m ready to put on combat boots and go into a new battle. These animals must be stopped.

A one man war will not accomplish much unless that man has an army behind him. So I’m recruiting. Yes, YOU can help in this fight. Do you know what wins wars? Commitment and major funding. We are fighting a 32 billion dollar industry. Our enemy has the funds to fight. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE EXTRA FUNDS TO GIVE – WE CAN HELP YOU BE A FUNDRAISER. A young girl at a high school in Colorado said she had no extra money as she is saving for college, but what she does have is passion and commitment to help. She is putting together a fundraiser (with our help) where she is going to go barefoot for a full week (I suggested one day, but she’s committed). You don’t have to go barefoot, there are a myriad of things you can do to raise funds to help us in this fight.

Our greatest weapon in this battle is more money. The funds we receive are used for the huge expenses for undercover rescue operations as well as the cost of after-care. It is also used in the area of prevention through education and the prosecution of the traffickers and abusers.

Let’s not allow the tragedy of what happened to this child be in vain. Let’s show the animals that did this that they did not stop or deter us from our fight against the sexual exploitation of a child. Let’s show them that what they did has motivated us to greater action against them and we will not be stopped.

Please write to me personally www.joy.org/contact and tell me how you would like to help.

I need your help to win this war – one battle at a time.

Dr. Jeff Brodsky
President/Founder

To Give Now, Click Here: www.joy.org/getinvolved/donate/

“One hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be a better place because I was important in the life of a child.”

‎6 WOMEN TO ROW A BOAT ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN!


As President of JOY, I get to meet some fascinating people. This morning I had the blessing of  meeting with Andrea Quigley in Boulder, Colorado. What an incredible woman!

Andrea is skpper of the 1st all female team to attempt to row a boat (yes, I said ROW a boat!) across the Atlantic Ocean to help in the fight against Child Trafficking.

You can see all the details and donate to this incredible cause at: www.rowforfreedom.com

JOY International fully supports and endorses this incredible journey. This is a prime example of something I have shared in the past – the importance of all of us working together to fight what I believe is THE worst, most heinous, evil crime perpetrated against children in our world today.

Although JOY International will not be a recipient of the funds raised, Andrea and the Row For Freedom Team have chosen 2 excellent non-profit organizations to help. One is ECPAT-UK. ECPAT is an acronym for End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking. They do wonderful work, especially in the area of educating the public of the plight of trafficked children. You can see their work at:  http://www.ecpat.org.uk

The other organization that will benefit is also an excellent organization that is fighting this evil: The A21 Campaign, which provides victim relief, perpetrator accountability, victim after-care and structural prevention to victims of human trafficking. For more info go to www.thea21campaign.org 

Alone, we can do something to fight the sexual exploitation of children – but working together we accomplish so much more. We MUST be willing to work together to fight this evil!

To all the prayer warriors for JOY International I’m personally asking that you would be in prayer for Andrea and each of the team members:

  • Julia Immonen
  • Debbie Beadle
  • Helen Leigh
  • Kate Richardson
  • Katie Pattison-Hart

These 6 woman will endure incredible hardship during their more than 40 day ride (they are also hoping to break a world record). Again, I ask all the JOY International Prayer Warriors to go to the www.rowforfreedom.com website – get all the information and start praying for this awesome team of women – today!

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and His understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:28-31 

Several of my favorite quotes:

  • “Our doubts are traitors, And make us lose the good that we oft may win, By fearing to attempt.” ~ William Shakespeare
  • “Victory belongs to the most persevering.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
  • “One hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be a better place because I was important in the life of a child.”
  • “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” ~ Albert Einstein

    You go girls! You are all awesome!

    Dr. Jeff Brodsky

10 Day Countdown – 1 Year With No Shoes

Today begins my 10 day countdown to the end of my 1 year journey of not wearing shoes. You would think I’d be excited about finally being able to put on a nice comfortable pair of shoes. Surprisingly, I’m not. As a matter of fact, I can’t imagine even putting on a pair of socks, let alone shoes.

Pictured here are the feet of two of the children in Cambodia who actually started me on my barefoot journey. It was when I saw these children (along with several others) that started me thinking about the plight of so many children who are at high risk of being exploited by the most vile, evil men on earth today. These children were standing barefoot outside a garbage dump in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The predators who seek them out will give promises of a better life. Once lured by their lies, these children are taken to a place where they are forced into a life of servitude. Usually beaten, drugged and forced into submission, they are forced into prostitution but I refuse to call them child prostitutes. They are sex slaves. The child is forced to serve the most depraved, despicable, sick human beings on earth.  I will do anything to rescue even one of them.  

That night, while taking off my shoes in the comfort of my hotel, I couldn’t stop thinking about these barefoot children. I wondered what it would be like to go 1 full year without shoes. I made the decision that as a show of solidarity and a way for me to relate (in a very small way) with these children, I would do it. I would go 1 year with no shoes – even through the winter in Colorado.

Now that the year is coming to an end, people are beginning to ask me if it was worth some of the discomfort and suffering I endured.

I have never once given it a second thought. The children who are forced into this life of terror and horror are forced to service 10 to 15 men a day…every day. Suffering? Discomfort? If the small amount of pain I went through would help bring awareness and the potential of even one more child being rescued in my lifetime – I would go through the rest of my life without shoes. Yes…even for just one more child.

On day 300 of my barefoot journey I challenged people to join me and go barefoot for just 1 day. I got 1 response. I’ve come to a place in my life where I know people are not me. People don’t think the way I do. People don’t feel what I feel. Sometimes it saddens me that so many people just don’t get it. I’d like to say I understand, but that would be a lie. I don’t understand why the entire world is not in an uproar over this crime against the precious children in our world.

I’d like to leave you with a challenge. During the last 10 days of my barefoot journey will you consider joining me for just one day? How about a half day? Even one hour.

If you do accept the challenge and someone asks you what you’re doing, don’t tell them about me – tell them you’re doing it to bring awareness to the plight of children who are forced into the child sex trade and used as slaves. If it opens the eyes of just one more person to the desperation of these cherished children – it would be worth it.

“No man is worth his salt that is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

~ Dr. Jeff Brodsky ~

I’ll Stop Doing This Work When…

I’m an early riser. I am usually out of bed anywhere from 3:00 to 4:00 every morning. It’s really not by choice, because once my eyes are open – that’s it for me. The moment my eyes open, my thoughts awaken too. My first thought is usually the same – a greeting to my Lord with thanks for giving me another day. I then ask for a blessing for my wife, family, friends and co-workers in this fight. My thoughts then turn to what can I do today to be more effective in this battle? The rescue of child sex slaves.

One thing I can say without hesitation – this was not what I dreamed of doing with my life. It was not the profession I thought I would be in. Many times I’ve wondered when it will end. This morning, I pondered, “When can I stop doing this work?”

Then I began thinking of the many children who have already been rescued. I began looking at the numerous pictures I have of those who now have a life of hope… and joy. When I looked at the picture of Somana (the one with me in the picture), the answer came to me. “I’ll stop doing this work when the last child is rescued or when God takes me home?”

I know without question there are more children like Somana being held captive in brothels around the world and forced to do things that are unspeakable. How can I stop when I know this to be true? JOY? These children have no idea what true JOY is.

If you want to hear her story – in her own words – click on this link: Somana’s Story

When you are bombarded on a daily basis (literally 7 days a week) with dozens of news reports from all over the world of child sex slaves, child prostitution, child trafficking and the worst stories imaginable of child abuse – it’s sometimes overwhelming. In October 2010 I wrote a story about How I Stay Focused when there’s so much pain. If you never read it – please click on the link.

The easiest way to stay focused is to meet someone like Somana and hear her story and see the new life she has as a result of being set free from slavery. Then I hear a story of rescue like the one I received yesterday from a group we’ve supported and worked with in Thailand and the successful rescue of 8 more girls – and it gives me hope. It helps me to know that rescues happen. Not nearly enough because there are simply not enough people doing actual rescue. There are many organizations that claim to do rescue, when in reality – they do restoration – care after rescue. Both are necessary, but there are simply not enough people or organizations willing to take the risks associated with actual rescue. It’s risky, it’s dangerous, it’s costly and you are entering into the most evil, atrocious, heinous world imaginable. JOY International is willing to do whatever it takes if it means a child sex slave is set free from her life of pain and horror.

We are planning an undercover rescue operation in late May. I cannot share where or any details here. If you would like detailed information, feel free to write. Please know we will verify who you are before sending any additional information.

We welcome your support as the rescue operations are costly. You can donate by simply clicking here http://www.joy.org/getinvolved/donate/

Other than my own personal relationship with God and being with my family, there is no greater JOY in my life than knowing we had something to do with setting a child free. When you give to our work – you’ll know what I mean, because we cannot do these rescues – without you and your help.

Be blessed and be a blessing,

Jeff Brodsky

“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be a better place because I was important in the life of a child.”

Feel free to ask questions or leave a comment below.

Hear No Evil – See No Evil – Speak No Evil

Greetings All,

I recently read a post from a precious young woman who was part of the youth group I Pastored many years ago. Here is what she wrote:  “I heard the most horrid thing on the local news tonight! I feel sick to my stomach from it. I wish I had not heard it. It keeps replaying in my mind….my heart is heavy  :(

When asked what happened, she shared: “A 2 year old boy, abused/beaten to death. They were reporting all the horrific details.”

~ Some of the advice she received from (well-meaning) friends was: “I hate that kind of thing.” “Fill your mind with things from God and there will be no room left for “news”.  “News is depressing at the best of times and that’s why I hate the local news.”

I changed her name, but I wanted to share what I wrote to her, because I have heard this so many times. It almost reminds me of the 3 monkeys – “See no evil – Speak no evil – Hear no evil.” We must not turn a blind eye to the evil things happening in our world. We must stand strong in our faith and fight injustice. Especially when it’s against an innocent child. We must “see it, hear it and speak against it” if we want to change our world. Here was my response:

My Dear Mary.

You will always hold a special place in my heart. I have to respond to what you wrote. I want to begin with this verse from John 14:27 ~ “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” ~ Mary, you are a gifted, anointed, precious woman of God. When I see and read of your life with your husband and your beautiful children, my heart explodes with delight for all of you.

Yes Mary, there is evil in the world. In the verse your friend shared, it says “whatever is just…” Turning a blind eye to the injustices in the world and ignoring it is the worst thing we can do. It’s our responsibility as Christians to fight injustice. I believe, the reason you responded the way you did is because of the sensitive spirit that God has blessed you with. I hope it always stays with you.

You know the work that I do with JOY International. I receive more than a dozen news reports from all over the world every day about the worst horrors imaginable that happen to children. Sometimes, I wish that God would simply call someone else to this work. It is the worst form of evil in our world today. Each day I hear the cries and feel the pain of children suffering around our world as they are forced to do the most despicable, heinous things we can imagine. It literally tears me apart. As I hear their cries, I remember the following verse in Psalm 126:5 ~ “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” ~ It’s to that end, that I work diligently.

When I see one of the girls we rescue singing and dancing before the Lord, it gives me a joy that is indescribable. It would never happen if I looked away and did nothing. Mary, you don’t have to do what I do. Some (like me) are called to go, some are called to send, but we are all called to pray.

When you see (and feel) the injustice and horrors of our world, my hope would be that you would pray for the victims and perpetrators and to sing songs of praise that you are blessed with a wonderful husband and 3 precious, beautiful children.

Mary, always, always remember… it’s not the sadness of our situation or the horrors of the world we look at, but we need to “be thankful in ALL things” because “the JOY of The Lord is our strength.”

Be blessed Mary… you’re already a blessing.

A Blurred Vision Needs Focus

“Success is focusing the full power of all you are, on what you have a burning desire to achieve.”    
     ~ Wilferd A. Peterson (1900-1995)

On my last trip to Cambodia I met with many leaders from several different organizations. They are all doing wonderful work in the areas of Rescue, Restoration, Reintegration and Prevention of children and young women who are forced into the sordid world of commercial sexual exploitation.

After flying to Cambodia from Australia where I met with a Rescue Team and the most fascinating young woman I have ever had the privilege to meet, my meetings in Phnom Penh began straight-away. Each day from sun-up to sun-down I met with a myriad of leaders. In some of those meetings I was joined by a team of leaders I was co-hosting from Saddleback Church.

After each meeting, I gained greater insight and a stronger perspective of the needs of not only the various organizations – but especially the girls that are rescued or convinced that there’s a better life than the one they have working in the brothels.

During the past 16 months of traveling more than 100,000 miles on 5 trips to Cambodia and Thailand, I’ve gotten a clearer focus of how to reach and touch the lives of children and young women being used and abused in the most heinous, horrific way imaginable. Each time I think of what happens to these precious girls – my heart breaks a little more and I become more determined to see them set free.

I remember after my 2nd trip I was ready to start a work there as quickly as possible. After correcting a hasty decision that would actually have taken me away from the vision God called me to, I took quite a bit of time to reflect on what happened. I was reminded of a line from the Simon and Garfunkel song: “Feelin’ Groovy”: “Slow down, you move too fast!” ~ And that’s exactly what I did. As difficult as it was for me, I realized that if I wanted things to be done right, so as to accomplish the best result, I had to do the following:  I had to slow down! I needed to take the time and effort to learn of the depths of this tragedy and have a deeper understanding of what could be done – in a proper way, so as to ensure that the best end result is realized in the life of each individual child and young woman.

You know what – it worked. What I have learned the past 16 months of going, meeting, asking, watching, seeing, and doing has given me a much greater insight and understanding of how JOY International can best be used. I found many organizations that do things right and many that do things wrong. I found organizations that claim to do Rescue – when they are actually doing Restoration. There’s a big difference. What I learned will result in a much more efficient use of our funds and a better end result in each life we touch. Although I was anxious to get something started as quick as possible, with each trip I had a tender peace as only God can give, because I knew He had His hand on me as He was directing each meeting, each experience and every step I took. I truly praise God for His loving-kindness and patience with me as He guided my steps and taught me valuable lessons that will result in greater long-term success for our work and especially in the lives of those in such desperate need.    

JOY International now has now established some key strategic relationships with some of the most successful organizations in this field. International Justice Mission, Precious Women, Daughters of Cambodia, Chab-Dai, Love 146, White Doves, MST Project and Celebrate Recovery – just to name a few. I have learned that in order to win the battle against this atrocity we MUST be willing to work together.  I have evaluated many organizations and have found the ones we will work with and the ones we had to walk away from. Those we have chosen to work with have the highest degree of integrity and ultimately – success.

When you give into the work of JOY International you can have comfort in knowing your funds are not just going to one organization – but to many that are working diligently – together – to accomplish the greatest end result you could ever hope for in the Rescue, Restoration, Reintegration and Prevention of children and young girls, who are brought out of a life of pain, a life horror and a life of sadness and guided into a new life of true JOY. Thank you for supporting this work through your prayers and financial gifts.

       Dr. Jeff Brodsky

In Need of a Better Slingshot

How do you kill a giant? We all know the story of David & Goliath. David did it with a slingshot. I sure could use him right now, because the giant I am fighting is much bigger. His giant was one man, while I’m fighting an entire industry. A 32 billion dollar a year industry. An industry called Human Trafficking and The Child Sex Trade… and it’s growing. Something is very wrong here. Very wrong. Sometimes I wonder if the best slingshot I have – is my pen.

There are hundreds of thousands of children’s homes, orphanages and organizations working with orphaned, abused and abandoned children around the world. Yet, THE (yes, THE) worst atrocity being perpetrated against a child in our society today, has just a handful of organizations that are involved in the actual RESCUE of children being held captive and used in the most heinous way imaginable. I’ve heard the excuses of “It’s too dangerous” and “It’s too dirty… too evil… too…” Would it be too dangerous, too dirty or too evil if the child we were trying to rescue was your child? Probably not. Why is that? Why can people risk their lives for their own child – but not for a child of God?

My friends, this is what’s wrong in Christianity today. We have no conception of what truly loving one another is all about. Love our enemies? Oh my. How can we love our enemies when we don’t know how to love each other? I see it in Churches all over the world. I see it in Ministries (Christian Ministries), fighting one another, jealous and envious of another’s success. Something is very wrong here my friends, and the only one who can fix it - is us. How can we make the world jealous of what we have – when we don’t a true understanding what we really do have?

We are allowing our enemy to destroy us… one Ministry, one Church, One Family, one Person and one Child at a time. We are fighting a giant and we need a better slingshot.

I’m going to engrave a name on my slingshot. I’m going to call it “love.” My friends, we cannot possibly love our enemies until we learn to love one another… unconditionally.  That’s loving “because” – not “if.” Not if the other person says the right thing or does the right thing or dresses right or looks a certain way (or color), but simply loving each other “because” God told us to – and it’s the right thing to do. It’s what will make the world a better place… for all.

Got a giant in your life? Maybe your giant is called fear. Maybe it’s called prejudice or hate. Perhaps you call it something else. There are many names for a giant. Maybe we both need a better slingshot.

I wonder what would have happened with David, if there were 1,000 giants standing before him. Would the army behind him have taken up their slingshots? I don’t know. What I do know is the giant that stands before me is not alone. There are literally hundreds of thousands of brothel owners, pimps, pedophiles and abusers of children in our world today. We MUST fight this battle together. Sorry David, but this one is going to take more than a slingshot and more than one man.

As David relied on his faith in God, so do I. I know He has called me to fight this evil. I cannot believe He has not called each one of you to do the same. I challenge you to fight with me. I’ll even provide the slingshot. Let’s add a word to love and call it JOY – because the JOY of the Lord is our strength. And as we stand strong – together – we can win this fight and end this evil.

I know you would do anything to rescue your child – what will you do to rescue God’s child?

   “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you…” – Jeremiah 1:5

   So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world.Isodore Duncan