“Illuminate the love of God in some of the darkest places”: a response to human trafficking

Kelly Roy Williams in Nashua, September 2015. Photo by Ellen Kolb.
Kelly Roy Williams in Nashua, September 2015. Photo by Ellen Kolb.

Kelly Roy Williams leads a ministry that some might think is out of place in southern New Hampshire. She reaches out to people, adults and children alike, who are being sexually exploited or trafficked. There’s a way you can support her efforts – read on.

When I recently heard Kelly speak at a Nashua event, she mentioned one of the times “business” picks up: race weekend, with its tens of thousands of visitors to New Hampshire. Naive of me, perhaps, but I was surprised. She continued, “I’m going to refer to this as modern-day slavery, because that’s what human trafficking is. These are human lives, lives that God has determined are valuable and in need of protection.”

Kelly first became aware of the extent and effects of sexual exploitation during a trip to India. She began to work with girls who had managed to escape from the sex industry. Back home, she recognized that sexual exploitation and trafficking were going on in our area, too. Thus was born Illuminating Love, which Kelly describes as a combination of “outreach, mentoring, ministry, worship, missions and more….Illuminat[ing] the love of God in some of the darkest places.”

Read more at the Illuminating Love web site. Even five minutes there will be an eye-opener.

This month, Kelly has launched an appeal that anyone can support. “Adopt a Month” invites individuals, groups and churches to pick a month and then provide that month’s outreach gifts for the women and children assisted by Illuminating Love. Find out more at illuminatingloveministries@gmail.com.