Late September saw the naming and establishment of Pearl Alliance. And now, after over six months of meetings, planning, and organizing, we are finally ready to go public with our fight against human trafficking.
Austin Bevere’s Story
In March 2008, Gary Clarke, Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church London, invited me to live at his house for a couple months. At this time I was ten months out of high school and had no idea what I wanted to do in life. Pastor Gary believed that in doing so, I would be able to really seek God on what He wanted me to do in life. I gladly accepted the invitation and a month later was off to London.
During that first month I was able to get alone with God and focus on my purpose in life. I knew God had a plan for me and realized that worrying about it was doing me no good. So, I decided to just focus on seeking God. By doing this, I was able to see God’s direction for me better than I had ever seen it before.
One day I was downstairs doing my laundry when the answer to my question (what is my calling?) finally came to me. The answer was John 13:34… the verse I had read the day before.
John 13:34 says, “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.”
This was what God wanted me to do! I had been so focused on myself that God was not able to show me what He wanted me to do for others. In that moment, I realized God had called me to love others in the same way he loved me and that I was going to be a part of an organization that helped and loved people worldwide. I didn’t know how this vision was going to become a reality, but I knew God had revealed to me a glimpse of his plan.
A week later I got a call from my mom (Lisa Bevere). She was in northern England and invited me to come visit her. I agreed and boarded a train to Leeds. After I had settled in, my mom and I talked about my experiences in London over the past month and I shared the vision God had given me the week before. I told my mom that I knew I was supposed to help the poor and the broken but I was unsure how. I expressed to her my desire to create a branch of Messenger International specifically designed to help the widow, the orphan, and the poor.
In amazement, my mom told me about a meeting she had the week before with the board members of Messenger International. In this meeting, my mom expressed her heart for women forced into human trafficking and how she wanted to be a part of their liberation. She knew Messenger International should be part of the solution. We then realized that I could initiate the project. We connected the dots and realized that I had received my vision hours after my mom had finished the board meeting. It was confirmation from God.
On the 23rd of June, I left London and headed back to Colorado Springs. I had received the foundation for the plan God had for me and was ready to get to work. At the time I knew very little about human trafficking, but was determined to learn as much as I could about this vast evil I would be fighting.
Over the next month I researched and collected as much information as I could about human trafficking. My mom and I also met with leaders of other organizations that were already involved in helping stop human trafficking to better understand where our efforts would be needed the most.
I know Pearl Alliance is part of God’s big plan to show this broken world his inexhaustible love and I am committed to whatever He needs me to do. I am looking forward to the future and the role God has called you and me to play in this master plan!