"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible." ~ T. E. Lawrence
In my last post I talked about how The SOLD Experience was coming to Bellingham, WA. This was Hope4Justice’ major awareness event for this year and I’m so excited to say that it was a huge success!
Over 1000 people walk through the exhibit during the 5 days it was in town (set a new record for SOLD). It took the collaboration and partnership of 100+ volunteers and several local businesses/organizations. It left me humbled, inspired, and so honored to work some wonderful volunteers who gave up time with their loved ones, put their hearts into each task, and showed us what it really means to lead through service. I’m so grateful for each one of them.
The aftermath of this event is a future filled with possibility. So many people who experienced SOLD and walked in the shoes of a modern-day slave for a few minutes now want to help stand up for those slaves. Some of them will undoubtedly rise up as new leaders in the community. I can’t wait to hear their visions of how we can bring justice and freedom to the 29 million slaves around the world. I’m so excited to help them fulfill those visions. And I’m so grateful to have new friends who will join me in carrying the torch.
Here’s some photos of The SOLD Experience. I hope it can give you a sense of the exhibit and how powerful it was. You can listen to the audio that everyone heard as they walked through the exhibit here.
Photo descriptions (top to bottom, left to right): SOLD logo, SOLD entry area, SOLD introduction room, child soldiers in Sudan, Red Hand Room (child soldiers), cartels in Mexico (prostitution and child soldiers), debt bondage in India, child prostitution in Cambodia, response room, response room, William Wilberforce quote, call to action.