We are so blessed to have Deni assisting with the VMP (our mentoring program for professional development). As a certified career and life coach, Deni provides individual career coaching sessions, to our attendees; helping survivors of sex trafficking reclaim purpose & find direction for their lives. She is an absolute gem and I personally do not believe our program would be what it is without her!
The “Heart and Part” of Deni Anderson
I have been passionate about justice as long as I can remember. After learning about slavery as a child, I would imagine myself coming along side one of the freedom fighters and working to free those who had been enslaved. Eventually, my passion for justice led me to working with under-served, urban youth, which I did for more than ten years.
When I ran across the terms human trafficking and child trafficking, I set out to learn everything I could about this unimaginable tragedy. I began educating myself on statistics, underlying causes, contributing factors, how trafficking looks in different countries, and about the people and organizations that are working to end trafficking around the world.
The more I learned, the more I shared as I worked to educate others along with myself. But the whole time, I felt the urge to do more.
Having worked as a career and life coach for more than four years, I began looking for opportunities to use my knowledge and skills to help those working with survivors become more effective.
It was during this time of researching trafficking using YouTube and the internet that I “met” Rebecca. I was immediately attracted to her humor, her honesty and her boldness.
Eventually, I contacted Rebecca and shared with her my interest in using my career and life coaching skills to support survivors. Now I have the privilege of partnering with RBM and helping people achieve the passions and purposes they are called to live out.
As I continue thinking about ending trafficking, I am struck by two quotes. The first is by William Wilberforce, “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”
The second is by Micah who said we should do three things – act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with our God.
I know the painful reality of justice that is absent for many girls, boys, women, and men in numerous places around the world. That is why I strive for perseverance to live justly, love mercy and walk humbly with God.
How about you – what do you want your response to be?