The summer going into my senior year I prayed to God, “Give me something bigger than myself. Use me in new ways, break my heart for what breaks yours.” And boy did He do just that.
I was at CDYC, which is where I first heard about Bethel, and there were statistics about human trafficking on giant pieces of cardboard. Those statistics wrecked my life. I was deeply moved and I knew God was calling me to do something about it. At the same time, God was calling five of my friends to do the same thing. And that is how Bought At A Price started.
Five of the six of us were seniors, three of us going to Bethel, one to IU and one to Asbury, while Jaron was still just a sophomore. We hadn’t given much thought to the future but focused very much on the present. So we started with selling t-shirts and bracelets. Then we decided to put on a concert, the only problem being we didn’t have a band. But God was working and Disciple called us and asked to play at our concert. It was such a God thing!
B@AP is partnered with Tiny Hands International, and they had a representative come to our concert. The coolest part was the money that was raised, nearly $1,500, which saves about 75 girls from being victims. And in the summer we held a worship night and raised $500 to give to two missionaries that were going to Cambodia to work with the girls.
Then it came time for us seniors to go to college. We decided we’d still be part of the group and we’d still spread the word any way we could. We were concerned that it might fall apart but it’s done the exact opposite.
The three of us at Bethel have given speeches on it, sold t-shirts, had a video shoot and next week we’re having a photo shoot for the Bethel magazine. God has continued to use us and it’s just so awesome to be a part of something bigger than myself.