Here’s how we led up to our “Big Ask” yesterday.

At the end of the sermon, seven of our young worshippers came out on the platform carrying large photos of children from around the world who have been victims of human trafficking.

We told the stories of the global children through an audio presentation written by Chris Macedo and narrated by Marcy Smith.

As the moment neared its conclusion and the background music gained in intensity, Marcy gave the “reveal”: “thanks to the work of the International Justice Mission, the children pictured AND the children holding the pictures now share one precious thing in common — FREEDOM.”

Then our Good Shepherd children turned their photos around to reveal the word FREEDOM spelled out on bold letters.

We moved into “He Reigns” and “Chosen Generation” and people poured up to the altar to offer their financial gifts to our project.