The Exodus Road Launches {A Giveaway Here, a Post Somewhere Else}

by Laura on August 28, 2012

Growing up as a preacher’s kid in a fairly conservative, Bible-belt church, married to a youth pastor who’d never visited a strip-club in his life, and moving overseas originally to help run an orphanage, I never in a million years would have imagined I would be handed a front-row seat to some of the darkest places I’d only seen depicted in seedy movies {movies, which, if I were honest, I would be too embarrassed to watch with my own mother}.

But God has a way of throwing us curveballs, a tendency to write our Story in ways not expected. You can read my own account of how we first got started down the road of undercover investigations into the sex industry today over at one of my favorite sites,

a Deeper Story.


Also, in an effort to promote the new website dedicated to The Exodus Road coalition in SouthEast Asia, one of my sponsors has agreed to do a giveaway. VinylArt Studio is donating $40 worth of store credit for the wall decoration of your choice {like the one pictured} to anyone who does any of the following {total of three entries available}:

1. Visit the VinylArt Studio and leave a comment telling us which sign you have your eye on or just letting us know you clicked over.

2. Visit and leave a comment telling us that you a} liked it on Facebook and/or b} subscribed to the mailing list for updates on rescue. You can get two entries for this– just leave us separate comments for each way you entered.

*International residents will need to deduct cost of international shipping from the $40 store credit.

The drawing will close on Saturday evening, Sept. 1.


Don’t forget to head over to A Deeper Story to read my account of what it was like to send my husband into brothels. Like, on purpose.

  • Brittany

    I would tell you which vinyl I liked over at VinylArt Studio, but I really couldn’t pick! They are a great store – I just favorited them :)

  • Crystal

    I just came from reading your guest post. You and your family are heroes for the kingdom of God! I have been praying and seeking where God would send me and as of yet I don’t have any answer. You are blessed to be used so mightily and I pray that He will continue to keep you and your husband safe and provide peace that passes understanding as only He can as you seek to serve Jesus through serving His people, “the least of these.”

  • Stephanie Baxter Halland

    I came to your blog, because I read your guest post at A Deeper Story, ( excellent by the way!) I also checked out the vinyl art Studio, and liked them, I like The scripture the best!

  • Stephanie Baxter Halland

    I also liked The Exodus Road on Facebook

  • Symphony Chau

    laura! you are really great and amazing, just read your post over at a deeper story and it just blew me away.
    it’s seriously so good to hear about what’s going on in the field and what people are doing to eradicate Human Trafficking. I’ve been doing some advocacy (walkathons, raising awareness) and did a lot of academic research on the subject matter, but hearing it from the grassroots/on the ground perspective is so refreshing and good to hear. keep on writing and doing what God is calling you to do–i’m over here on the other side of the internet supporting you!! :)

  • Elise Eichler

    Laura, I’ve been reading you’re blog for some time now and I really love it. It makes me laugh and cry. It encourages and challenges me. Thank you! I’ve subscribes for the Exodus Road mailing list and liked it on Facebook (not just because of the giveaway 😉

  • Christie Hagerman

    The new site looks GREAT! I liked it on FB. :)

  • Christie Hagerman

    How nice of the VinylArt Studio to host a giveaway for you! Their stuff is beautiful. I’ve always written my own verses on the walls, but these vinyls would be SO much prettier!! :) i think my fave was “and your joy shall be full”

  • Trisha

    I was so ecstatic and emotional on Sunday reading about Sarah’s rescue! I just watched your video telling her story, and it was so beautiful to hear once again that her story includes the “rescue”. i truly appreciate the picture your help to paint of God’s behind the scene work as we are desperate for His rescue…such a imperative reminder for me. Thank you for boldly sharing her story and believing that rescues are possible.

    BTW I also checked out the VinylArt Studio..CRAZY cool wall, window, and shirt art. Really amazing stuff…I’ve got my eye on the dandylions of the live, laugh, love one :o)

  • Erika

    Laura, I just returned from a short term trip where I led a team who worked to support an organization in the Near East which provides aftercare for victims of trafficking. I have signed up for the Exodus Road newsletters as I am trying to continue building my network of those involved in this fight and keep learning so that I can be more effective in my future efforts to be involved.

  • Erika

    I looked on the VinylArt Studio site and would love to have a custom piece from them with Psalm 139:13-14a to put in the nursery for our first child due in January!

  • Susan Bernstetter

    Thank you for sharing this incredible story. May God continue to bless you, Matt, your children and your ministry.

  • Logan Wolfram

    I do like Exodus Road on facebook

  • Logan Wolfram

    I do subscribe to all of your updates

  • Logan Wolfram

    I like the “I am not ashamed” and “Mighty to save” scripture decals!

  • Rebecca Little

    love the Great is Thy Faithfulness vinyl art! …and the Zephaniah 3:17 passage…and…

  • Rebecca Little

    Liked Exodus Road on facebook, too. Thank you for being a voice in the “wilderness”.

  • Judy Bonnell

    Laura, I have been reading your blog for the last year and love your writing and insights. I go to Bear Valley Church in Lakewood CO and we have a group of men and women, mostly women called Standing Against Trafficking. We do awareness meetings once a month, raise funds for groups that fight trafficking, and a Christmas Tea and Bazaar where organizations that fight trafficking in one way or another can sell their wares. All of the money goes right to the organization. Anyway, we would love to have you come speak to our group. We usually meet on the 2nd Monday of the month, but in Nov. we are meeting on the 1st Mon, the 5th. I would love to talk to you about speaking at that meeting, and sharing your vision for this new organization, and your thoughts about your time in Thailand. Could you please reply to this email and we can talk further. I’m down in the Springs quite a bit as my daughter and family lives in Manitou Springs. Thank you so much for your work in this area and for sharing your blog so honestly! Judy Bonnell

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