Tim Tebow on Human Trafficking: ‘Nothing is Too Big for Him’
By Allyson Vannatta, Senior Writer
Tim Tebow penned an emotional op-ed for Fox News about his personal connection to human trafficking—and why he’s so determined to fight it.
The former NFL quarterback detailed how his father “purchased four young girls” while on a trip overseas. But instead of purchasing the girls for his own gain as thousands of others do every day, he did it to free them from a life of trafficking.
At the time, Tebow said he was “completely unaware such a transaction was even possible.”
“People buy groceries. Shoes. Annual passes to Disney World. They don’t buy other people,” he wrote. “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.”
When his father returned home, Tebow said there wasn’t a safe home to take the girls to, so they built one.
“Honestly, we weren’t prepared. We never saw that moment coming. But over the years, that single moment in time – a moment where one man took a stand for what was right – was the beginning of a ripple effect still in motion today,” he explained.
With many questions still on Tebow’s mind about how human trafficking “got so out of hand,” his foundation, the Tim Tebow Foundation (TTF), is stepping up to the plate to help combat this evil.
Since 2013, the TTF has been fighting against human trafficking. However, Tebow has kept their efforts under wraps to help victims, and rescue organizations working on the ground, feel safe and secure.
Now, he’s ready to go public with this fight.
“We cannot stand silently and passively watch as evil rages on,” he wrote.
“It’s time for Christians around the world to take a stand, to raise our voices and say no more. 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 continued, “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.”
Tebow admitted that he, too, gets overwhelmed when he thinks about how big this problem is. But he ended his essay with this truth:
“The God who created the universe, rose from the grave and defeated death once and for all is the same One who is fighting even now for the 40 million trapped in slavery around the world,” he wrote.
“Nothing is too big for Him. Nothing. He doesn’t need us, but He chooses to use us.”
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Not On Our Watch. Today is my 33rd birthday, but way more important than that is what I am about to share with you, something that has been on my heart…It’s long, but I believe it’s worth the time. Visit the link in my bio for the OpEd published by @foxnews PREVIEW: I’ll never forget the day my dad called me from overseas and told me he had just purchased four young girls. I was in my mid 20’s at the time, and completely unaware such a transaction was even possible. Surely I had misunderstood him. 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. It was a split-second decision. At that point in time, there was no safe home to take the girls to. So we built one. There’s a saying that evil triumphs when good men do nothing. My dad was not going to be the man who did nothing. 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. My dad had no choice that day. My foundation had no choice… Visit the link in my bio for the rest of the article.