Warrior against human trafficking
“You always think about human trafficking being something that happens in other countries,” she says. “I didn’t realize how much it takes place right here in our own communities.
“It became a passion of mine that, in my ministry, wherever I go, I want to do something as a Salvation Army officer to help combat trafficking.”
When Miller became program secretary in the SWONEKY Division, she saw the problem in Columbus and in Cincinnati. She helped obtain funding needed to start an anti–human trafficking campaign and allowed many talented staffers to participate.
“It’s a combined effort of many people coming together to make this program successful,” Miller says.
While some people are more comfortable working in the streets or at the drop–in center, Miller’s roles are to acquire the needed funding and to be a passionate advocate for the cause.
“I’ve seen how the Lord has blessed a vision and how He continues to make paths available for us,” she says. “It’s a tremendous blessing to me, even as I sit in the background.
“These women and their children need someone to be their advocate and their voice. It’s important to be their support and their encouragement and to help them see the identity they have in Christ.”
Miller says the victims of human trafficking have had their spiritual identities “stolen.”
“I know my identity is in Christ,” she says. “What drives my passion is that I want [these victims] to see their identity and their worth in Jesus. Hopefully, through our services and programs, they will be brought into a relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Miller says Salvation Army staffers share both the Bible and their testimonies.
“Many of us come from broken backgrounds and perhaps have had our identities or our spirits crushed,” she says. “We share our testimonies and where we are now. It’s nothing we’ve done ourselves, but it’s all through a personal relationship with Christ.
“We can restore our identity and worth and know that we are loved and cared for by Christ. We use God’s Word to point them to a relationship with Him. That’s what helps to make them whole.
“It’s not about what’s happened to them, it’s about who they can be now in Christ.”
by Robert Mitchell