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You may feel there is not much you can do to make an impact on the huge problem of human trafficking. Your gifts can make a difference.

But, your impact goes beyond a single gift! Mother Theresa said, "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."

You could be the person that begins a ripple that turns into a mighty wave of freedom!

You have a network - connections with your family, small group, church, and friends. Could you be the one to spread the truth about human trafficking with your inner circle?

How do you do that? We’ve made it easy!

#1 - Share Upcaged with a Friend.

If you're not already on our email list, subscribe today. Then, send the link to a friend and ask them to subscribe. Help them grow in their understanding of the problem of human trafficking and how they can be a part of the solution.

#2 - Download our free Bible Study (and share it)!

We’ve developed a Bible Study that highlights God’s passion for the cause. We would love to share Bathed In Sunlight with you for free, and encourage you to share it with your inner circle. Then, encourage them to share it with their small groups, churches, friends…and on, and on. We can see a ripple effect that reaches wider, impassioning more people to answer God’s call to announce freedom to all captives (Isaiah 61).

#3 - Take a step.

We aren’t asking you to go into the trenches and onto the frontlines to help survivors. Our incredible team is trained, positioned, and ready to make an impact in Eastern Europe and beyond. But we need YOU standing behind us praying, encouraging, and supporting us.

What’s your step? Asking your small group or church to study Bathed In Sunlight together? Is it to make a donation for the first time? Maybe it is to commit to monthly giving by becoming a Key Holder? To increase your monthly giving?

You may only be one person. But you can take your stone and cast it across the waters to create many ripples. Pray. Give. Activate your network. Unlock freedom for survivors today!

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All summer long, we’ve been sharing with you the horrible reality of 50 million people enslaved in our world today! This truly is a life and death situation.

As hard as it can be to face these facts, we believe it’s the first step in throwing open the doors to free survivors. The more you know, the better anti-trafficking advocate you can become, and we want to spread this knowledge.

Rescue is only the first step for trafficking survivors.

We must walk alongside her through the healing of complex trauma. It takes time, commitment, love, and the support of many people.

But she will begin to heal, see her worth, learn new skills, and learn to fly!

There is hope.

And it begins with you.

Stop for a minute and imagine the world of good YOU can do today. You can see it clearly in the lives of two survivors.

We are watching Tamara, who just found freedom this year, begin to find her way, thanks to partners like you. Hear her incredible story.

We have seen incredible transformation happening in Snowy’s life over the past four years! Read the most recent update on Snowy's healing journey.

If you've heard about the horrors of trafficking and you want to help, you can accomplish a lot this summer. If you don’t want to sit back and just let women and girls continue to live in bondage, you can unlock the cage!

Here's how you can unlock the cage in 2023:

Give $23

You could skip one fast-food meal out this week. Maybe you could do without a few extra lattes this month? Could you set aside $23 to impact the life of a human trafficking survivor instead? $23 might not sound like it can accomplish a lot, but check out this quick video to see just what your $23 can do this month when you partner with Uncaged!

Give $230

What good can $230 do in 2023? There’s still plenty of summer left for celebrations. Maybe you’re planning a backyard barbeque or a back-to-school bash. You’re likely to spend a couple hundred dollars on groceries and supplies for that. For the cost of one summer cookout for your friends and family, you could feed a human trafficking survivor for a month!

Give $2300

You can bring a survivor to The Sanctuary for an entire healing experience with a gift of $2300, paying for a four-week trauma-informed retreat!

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I arrived at the Sanctuary on a July evening. After a wonderful meal with some of my favorite people, we decided to play a game. One of our precious survivors, Tamara volunteered to go and get the game from our art therapy room.

A few minutes later she arrived in our dining room carrying the game and a tiny bird in her hands. She found this sweet little thing in the middle of the road. The bird was wounded and she was concerned.

She said “I think she feels abandoned and alone. I just couldn’t leave her.” The tiny thing was shaking and afraid. We sat trying to assess the situation, coaxing the bird, trying to feed it a few crumbs.

Tamara quickly said “I have a little shoe box in my room. I’d like to make her a nest and keep her safe.” I followed her down to her room and we collected the box. On our way there, we then spotted an empty nest and decided that this could be her temporary residence. We climbed up and retrieved the nest and placed it in the box.

As she lowered her into the box, Tamara said to the little bird, “You are safe. This is your home. You are home now.” At this point, I was choking back the tears. Her words echoed what we had said to her just a few months ago when she arrived at The Sanctuary. She was battered and bruised, shaking and terrified. Just like the tiny, wounded bird.

At breakfast the next morning she shared with me that the little bird passed away during the night. She was sad but her comment showed her beautiful heart, compassion, and empathy. She said, “but at least she was not alone.”

Today Tamara is doing quite well. Her physical bruises and broken bones have healed. She is beautiful. Her heart and mind are healing…that’s going to take some time. We see the incredible potential within.

Like the little bird, when a survivor arrives at the Sanctuary her “wings” are broken. She has been abused physically, mentally and emotionally. Years of trauma have left her confused, wondering if she can trust anyone in the world. She has lost her identity and become someone’s “merchandise.”

I’ve been thinking about this Latin phrase: “Alis volat propriis, meaning, “She flies with her own wings.”

We’ve seen it and know it to be true—survivors of human trafficking can experience true healing and transformation. We have seen survivors who come to The Sanctuary regain their wings, and “come back to life.” These brave warriors go on to raise families, start businesses, and fight for broken and abused souls. She becomes self-sufficient.

One day soon we hope to say of Tamara, “Alis volat propriis. She flies with her own wings.”

Thank you for supporting women and children like Tamara. Let’s see her fly!

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