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Retired NFL legend turned professional MiLB player Tim Tebow is more than just a public champion of Christianity — as of this week, he’s now also a public champion for trafficked women and children across the globe.
This week the longtime philanthropist dropped a bombshell news announcement about his Christian charity, the 7-year-old Tim Tebow Foundation.
Though the foundation has been known publicly for providing humanitarian services to communities in need, including those here in the states, it turns out that behind the scenes, it’d been fighting a secret war against abject evil.
“TTF has been actively fighting against human trafficking since 2013. For the safety and security of both the victims and the rescue organizations operating on the ground, we’ve kept our involvement completely under the radar,” the former NFL star revealed in an op-ed for Fox News.
But now, Tebow continued, he “can’t help but feel that we are at a point in history – a point just like the one my dad faced years ago — where we cannot stand silently and passively watch as evil rages on,” and that it’s “time for Christians around the world to take a stand, to raise our voices and say, ‘No more.'”
Thank you for joining this fight and sharing my OpEd! Visit the link below to read “Not On Our Watch”
Every person on this earth is created in the image of God – uniquely, beautifully, and perfectly. Their value is priceless, and they are not for sale.https://t.co/gXmrAfw9Oq
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 14, 2020
Note what he wrote about his dad. According to Tebow, back when he was in his mid-20s, one day he received an eye-opening call from his father.
“I’ll never forget the day my dad called me from overseas and told me he had just purchased four young girls. … Surely I had misunderstood him,” he wrote.
But he hadn’t misunderstood his father.
“People buy groceries. Shoes. Annual passes to Disney World. They don’t buy other people. But I had heard him correctly. My dad had opened up his wallet and bought as many girls as he could with the cash he had on hand,” he added.
The reason that his father, Robert Ramsey Tebow II, purchased those young girls was to save them from being trafficked: “Had he just stood there silently, who knows where these girls would have been taken and what would have been done to them. Had we not stepped in to build a safe home, who knows where these girls would be now.”
However, what began with his father saving four girls quickly turned into a family mission that’s remained clandestine for years, including through the formation of TTF, but that Tebow is now confident needs to be shared with the whole world.
Learn more about his new campaign below:
In explaining why he’s decided to go public with his work, Tebow wrote of the “life-changing” experiences he’s had meeting survivors like the one seen in the video above.
“Meeting some of these survivors in person has been more than just a privilege, it has literally been life-changing. But I sometimes still wrestle with questions and wonder how things got so out of hand. Where did things go so terribly wrong? How did we fail to not take a stand for what is right, to say ‘not on our watch?'” he wrote for Fox.
“When a young girl has been trafficked over and over and over again, finally realizes that she’s valuable, not because of her body, but she’s valuable because of her worth, her inherent God-given worth. That changes a life. But I would say just like anything, some of them hit you harder than others,” he added in the interview below.
No matter, he continued, because the time for change is now.
“No more will we allow girls and boys, many of whom are just children, to be bought and sold as if they were just products for someone else’s personal gain,” he wrote.
“Every person on this earth is created in the image of God – uniquely, beautifully, and perfectly. Their value is priceless, and they are not for sale.”
He continued his op-ed by asking all readers to donate money to his cause so that it can be used to save more women and children by providing the following three services:
First, TTF provides education on trafficking: “Studies have shown that awareness and education regarding the issue of human trafficking are key to preventing it before it can even begin; protecting the most vulnerable,” he wrote.
Second, it partners with those organizations that deploy actual field agents (think swat teams) to execute raids to save trafficked women and children.
Third, it helps provide long-term care to saved survivors “through the establishment and support of safe homes where they can receive comprehensive, holistic care for as long as necessary, recognizing that recovery is often an exceptionally challenging and sometimes life-long process.”
Evil triumphs when good men do nothing. #SaveTheChildren
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) August 14, 2020
Tebow concluded his op-ed by again reiterating the need for more Christians to take a stand.
“Here’s the thing – we need others to join us in the fight. Whether or not they do won’t change our mission. But with others – with you — we can reach one more,” he wrote.
“Honestly, I don’t know if we’ll ever win the war against slavery in this lifetime. But I know Who wins one day. And until that day comes, we’ll keep fighting for the one more. They are the ones the Foundation stands up for – the ones who need faith, hope and love in their darkest hour.”
Tebow is a proud Christian who’s faced relentless backlash throughout his career for his outspoken faith. Just weeks ago, Twitter came after him for daring to share a video about the Bible:
Twitter censors Bible-based motivational video posted by pro-baseball player, Tim Tebow. pic.twitter.com/jDwsWeH9gO
— WTHuston (@WTHuston) July 30, 2020
See the original tweet below:
This could be your time. That breakthrough could be tomorrow, or it could be next year. But, you have the opportunity to turn however you’re being tested into a testimony. So many heroes were wounded deeply before they were used greatly! pic.twitter.com/ldTu5acIDO
— Tim Tebow (@TimTebow) July 27, 2020
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