What If Christians Got There First?
two-part blog series
Pizza Can Prevent Child Trafficking?
Amy Rowan’s new husband was a night manager of a pizza place, and Amy took a job delivering pizzas so she could spend more time with him. One night she delivered a pizza to a “rent-by-the-week” motel. There were four young children outside of one of the motel rooms who watched excitedly as Amy jumped out of her car and started walking looking for the room where she’s was supposed to deliver the pizza. The children excitedly asked Amy if the pizza was for them. They were hungry, and it was obvious that they didn’t have anything to eat. It broke Amy’s heart to see the looks on their faces as she told those kids that the pizza was not for them..
They sank back down to the steps where they’d been sitting, and Amy quickly delivered the pizza to the person who had ordered it, but her heart was heavy. She couldn’t get the sight of the disappointed faces of those hungry little children out of her mind.
Later that evening, an order got cancelled, and her husband was going to throw away two perfectly good pizzas. Amy instinctively grabbed those pizzas, jumped in the car, and headed toward the run down motel. No one was ever more excited to see pizzas coming their way than those kids when they saw Amy coming right toward them with a big smile on her face. Imagine how Amy felt as she told those four precious children, “YES, these are for YOU!”
Amy didn’t just drop the food and leave. She knew the value of relationship. She stayed and talked with them. She learned that their Mom was working at whatever jobs she could find just to pay for the motel. She saw that they had very few personal items, but she learned that those children were grateful to simply have a place indoors in which to sleep.
Over the next few months, Amy would deliver “cancelled” pizzas to those kids, and she’d take the time to find out how they were doing. The kids looked forward to those visits from Amy. When Christmas time came, Amy and her husband knew their mother had no way to give them any gifts, so she and her husband used the money they had been saving to give to their church to purchase toys for each of the kids. They had $300 left over, which they gave to the Mom. It turned out that $300 was exactly what that Mom needed for a deposit on a little apartment that they could call their own.
It wasn’t long after this experience that Amy heard about Royal Family KIDS. Yes, you guessed it, Amy Rowan, is the Royal Family KIDS camp director in her home town in Montana.
Of course we can’t say for sure that those children will never be lured in by traffickers, but we do know that kids who have at least one person who believes in them and cares about them are far less likely to be duped by a trafficker.
Christians getting there first is part of larger wish—one that Rhonda Sciortino champions with the Faith In Motion group (Orange County, CA). She conveys “when regular people like you and me help—on their own or through faith-based organizations and businesses, families are healed, children and teens are mentored, and tragedy is averted. Through the national Love Is Action Community Initiative, Christians ARE getting there first!” Rhonda Sciortino is a successful business person, author, speaker, and former foster child. She serves as a national spokesperson for Royal Family KIDS.
Royal Family KIDS (RFK) continues to be an effective and preventative source in the fight against human trafficking as it relates to the foster community. RFK and its volunteers across the nation, play an integral role in changing the sex trafficking ‘victim’ storyline by PREVENTION and RECOVERY. When foster children experience RFK camp and mentoring programs, there’s an opportunity to redirect the likelihood of them being potential trafficking victims. Our programs strike-out trafficking, because risk factors such as neglect, abuse, and abandonment are minimized and sometimes eliminated altogether.
In case you missed it – Part One of our series: https://rfk.org/rfkscirotino2partseries1/