No day is the same, no life is the same, and no event is the same.
Lindsey Crawford, executive director of Freedom13 Ministries, is on a mission to rebuild the lives of people she serves.
“Our mission, purpose, and resources are based on our theme verse Galatians 5:13: ‘For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another,’” Crawford said.
In doing this with her Freedom13 coworkers, Crawford said the organization is focused on healing after trauma, including sex trafficking.
“No day ever looks the same. Just like everyone else, I have administrative duties, but I love the regular interaction I have with the women involved in our sex trafficking outreach – Purchased: Not For Sale Northeast Louisiana,” Crawford said. “Throughout the day, we have students and volunteers who participate in classes centered around Bible study, life skills and trauma informed recovery. It is always a special day when someone walks in our office asking for help and/or needing more information about our organization. I have opportunities each month to speak to student groups and adults on the reality of social media and technology in addition to hosting trainings on what sex trafficking looks like in our community.”
One of the ways Crawford and Freedom13 help women is through the annual White as Snow: A Queen’s Celebration event.
“A Queen’s Celebration is a day for Freedom13 to pour out love, encouragement and hope for those who will be a part of this day,” she said. “Women from all over Lincoln Parish and other areas will gather for this celebration and experience a day fit for a queen. We provide opportunities for women to feel the love of Jesus, see the love of Jesus and know of the support this community has to offer. Additionally, we will honor our guests by providing a meal, gifts and fun activities. Any woman in our community who needs to be pampered and/or treated as a queen for the day is invited to attend this free event.”
This year’s event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29 at Temple Baptist Church. Guests are asked to register by clicking here or by calling the Freedom13 office at 318-242-1300 so accurate preparations can be made.
Individuals in the community who would like to help support the event can donate items such as body gel, soap, handbags, jewelry and other items for the gifts, Crawford said.
“We also need sponsorships for the event,” she said. “Since we do not charge a ticket price to our guests, we ask the community to sponsor women at $50 a guest. Individuals, small groups, and businesses can support Freedom13 and this huge outreach event through sponsorships online at https://freedom13ministries.com/give/ or in person at our office at 1831 N. Trenton St. Suite 3 in Ruston.
Crawford said she never thought nonprofit work was what she would do with her life, but she said as she learned about the needs in the community, her heart broke for the broken.
“Honestly, we are all broken a little and in need of redemption,” Crawford said. “Freedom13 is just one of several organizations in Northeast Louisiana that offers resources, relationships and recovery. This is what God asked me to do with my life. I feel convicted when I second guess that, but usually the Lord finds a way to remind me I am right where He wants me.”
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