No Coincidence

by Yvonne N. Levesque

It was a regular Tuesday morning.  I was taking a short drive and listening to NPR on the car radio.  The radio guest was talking about Human Trafficking and then I heard the words ORLANDO and CENTRAL FLORIDA.  This is my backyard!  My family lives here.  And then I heard a still small voice speak into my heart 'do something about this'.  I've had a calling like this before and will be happy to tell you about all the times that I've listened and I'm sad to say there are times when I haven't.  I started that day thinking seriously what can I do?

Later, that very same day I received an e-mail titled 'Help???' and began with 'Warning-I have a huge favor to ask. Is there by any chance any possibility that you could come to Night For Freedom and take some photographs of the evening?'.  Ahhhh.  I can DO that.

As a confirmation [that I was exactly where I was supposed to be that night], I realized a telephone connection that I had once made with the speaker, Ryan Vescio, Assistant State Attorney, and other connections that I had with others attending the event.

One of the speakers was a surprisingly eloquent teenager who was rescued from human trafficking and is now thriving as part of a faith community.  Do you know how hard it is to capture images with tears welling up in your eyes?

I was moved by the generosity of the people involved in this event, the generous guests, the sheer amount of great donations, and the talented artists including Chef Mateo, a man with a freedom story of his own and the ability to bring a group of really cool people and a bunch of ingredients together to make a fabulous meal!

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