This week we met with a lovely woman from Brazil who was trafficked to Switzerland for prostitution. She was willing to take part in an audio interview, which ended up being over an hour in length. By the end, the emotion in that room was palpable.
I often struggle knowing what to say to someone who has experienced such violence and trauma. But I set aside my fears of saying the wrong thing, looked her directly in the eyes, and told her she was beautiful, and brave, and precious. Tears streamed down her face. Words of life have more power than we realize, especially when someone has heard so many words of death. As I’ve reflected on this encounter, Toby Mac’s Speak Life has become the week’s theme song.