Five Trevecca students are set to spend their spring break serving in Boston, Mass., on a mission trip aimed at helping better equip the church to fight human trafficking and minister to survivors.
“Giving back looks differently for many people and for me this trip is my opportunity to give back to those human trafficking victims who have been overlooked and neglected,” said senior Sofia Guerrero, who will serve as a student sponsor on the trip. “This is an issue that has gone on for many years and affects women the most. If I am not engaged in helping or advocating for them then who will?”
Guerrero will be joined by Trevecca students Vanesa Gasca, Sarah Miller, Ashley Rust and Taylor Wise. The group will travel to Boston, where they will join a team of three Eastern Nazarene College students and two ENC faculty members.
From March 3-10, the combined team will participate in service projects at Boston organizations that support those who serve on the frontline of the anti-trafficking movement. The team will also distribute “hope care kits” for women who have been rescued out of forced labor. Trevecca students contributed various items to include in the kits, all of which were collected in chapel on Thursday, March 1.
Sarah Miller, a senior, says the trip will be her first Trevecca Around the Globe (TAG) trip as a Trevecca student. She didn’t want to miss an opportunity to serve, particularly when she could help people affected by human trafficking.
“Human trafficking is something that I’ve been thinking about a lot and have learned more about over the past couple of years,” she said. “I hope that our team will gain a greater understanding of the issue itself and how best to help survivors so that we can share that knowledge with others. The more awareness we can raise about the issue, the more small steps we can all take together to seek justice and to show survivors God’s love.”
For Taylor Wise, a senior history major, the trip is also a way to prepare for her future, which she hopes will include working with those affected by human trafficking.
“I’lll be attending law school in the fall, and the issues we will be learning about [on this trip] are becoming increasingly more prevalent in today’s legal field,” she said. “They’re also issues I feel passionate about addressing as an attorney. These are issues that are hard to discuss and issues most people don’t realize the extent of. I want to be able to learn more about how we as Christians can bring the love of God to those who have been affected.”