Quarterly Reach Newsletter 2018 Vol. 3

Volunteers praying with Debbie before the Community Brunch.

FOUNDER'S MESSAGE

In one of A.W. Tozer’s writings titled The Importance of Direction he said, “If we should seem at times to be a bit slow, let it be remembered that we do know the direction we are called to go, and as long as we have followed the original urge we have been blessed with success beyond our best expectation.”

Have you ever struggled with slow beginnings? Have you ever wondered “how is this ‘thing’ ever going to make a difference in my city?” Have you ever thought “am I still doing what I dreamed of doing?” Well I have. Over the years, I have had many conflicting thoughts and moments in the building of Without Permission. I have however, never questioned the heart of God to call me to such a work for His kingdom. As God has woven together the ministry and reach of our great team, I am encouraged with the pace He has moved us. As the days have turned to years, I see the wisdom of His timing and the team’s response to human trafficking. I am reminded that all the work to bring victims and families to hope and healing comes through people, people with lives, families, needs, struggles and disappointments, too. 

I share this thought with you to say how great it is to be part of this journey with you all. We are making a difference, and we intend to be here for a long time. Your commitment over the past 8 years to volunteer, give, serve and sacrifice have been an encouragement to me to keep believing in the call of God to end the culture of human trafficking here at home. Your investment in WP no matter how small or great has kept a slow, steady, faithful, intentional, local response to the victims and the families of sex trafficking. Remember “we do know the direction we are called to go, and as long as we have followed the original urge we have been blessed with success beyond our best expectation.”

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.” Zech. 4:10

Because He Lives, 

Debbie Johnson

CEO and Founder