“Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” – Jeremiah 17:14
I was first overwhelmed with the love of God when I was 24 years old. I was at a point in my life where I believed I was broken beyond repair and at rock bottom. It was there that God showed me that yes – I was broken but not worthless. I had experienced trauma in my childhood, but everything that was meant to harm me, He would turn it around for my good. Since that time, God has put a yearning in my heart to see lives transformed and healed by the boundless love of Christ.
I remember hearing a testimony of a fiery, charismatic young woman from California who was sharing how her life radically changed once she came to know the Lord. By allowing Him to use her, she left everything she knew and moved to Thailand to help rescue children who were being sold into slavery. It wasn’t until about five years later that I heard this woman’s voice again through a video that was shared with me. This time, I heard more details about her ministry and all that God was doing in Thailand through her.
This fiery, strong woman from California is Lana Vasquez, founder and missionary of Life Impact International. Her ministry involves physically rescuing children from human and sex trafficking, preventing at risk children through education and other means from being trafficked, and healing through the powerful love of Jesus Christ. Children who are rescued at Life Impact are not just rescued – they are adopted into their forever families. The children grow up learning about God’s love and their purpose – and they thrive. They become evangelists, powerful worshippers, and even prayer warriors! From the depths of their pain and trauma, God brought them out and is using them to turn nations toward the One who rescued them.
We have had the privilege to travel to Life Impact to visit this ministry to see with our own eyes what God is doing there…It is nothing short of jaw dropping amazing. A few images from our past trips are below. Our family will be going there again in a few weeks along with 23 members of our church fam to sow into the ministry. We are honored to learn and grow as we walk alongside Lana and her team along this journey.
Needless to say, we will be offline for a bit! You can find out more about Life Impact and the wonderful work God is doing there by visiting: https://lifeimpactintl.org/
Photography | Anny Photography