What’s the price?
Join a Love Without Reason medical mission and be prepared to become part of someone else's
story in ways that you can never forget. Philip was impacted by what went from encounters into
lifelong friendships. In fact, he includes many of those life-shifting moments in his
autobiography, "If Philip Can, You Can Too."
As a parent, you conjure up every type of scenario that could potentially happen. Teenagers, not
so much. In fact, every parent experiences their kiddos pushing the boundaries every day, all
the time. They are wired to test us and see how far they can go; it's in their nature. However,
sometimes that pushing creates a reaction that no one could imagine.
Rachel was a typical teenager. Born and raised in a city on the Eastern coast of India, she
tested the boundaries with her parents. One day, walking out of her home turned into two nights
spent on the street. Rachel had ended up in the heart of a bustling city alone and scared.
Feeling relieved and grateful at the invitation of two strangers to join them in their home for
her was just an act of needed kindness.
Rachel entered a home and woke up in a new city. In one evening, she had been drugged, sold, and
loaded on a train. Waking up in Mumbai, Rachel was taken by the traffickers and sold again to a
brothel. Rachel was a fighter and spent three years in a dank dungeon. She was kept from the
sunlight that entire time. Why? Human trafficking is about utterly breaking a human life. Rachel
was exhausted and finally became compliant with the trafficker's demands. What was their price?
For months an utterly shattered, helpless, and miserable little soul found her body every night
brutally ravaged multiple times. This continued until the day her own life shifted. A young man
who had been a customer was determined to fight for her to become his wife. His determination
became a ray of hope. Rachel was freed to start her own life and family with him after
incredible courage and perseverance.
Philip, who is the inspiration behind Love Without Reason, actually met Rachel during a Love
Without Reason outreach trip. He could never forget her story. His friendships with Rachel and
so many other families grew with each visit to India. With Rachel's permission, Philip would
often share her story with others who felt like an empty shell trapped in a life of slavery
-like Rachel. Rachel's story becomes their ray of hope.
It is special indeed to watch as Rachel continues Philip's desire to help others.
Today, Rachel is one of the biggest advocates for awareness and prevention of human trafficking
of youth. She now shares her own story with young women of all ages in Mumbai. The Project
Butterfly center is a place where women experience life-shifting moments. Working with those who
advocate providing education and reintegration into society is truly transformational. The women
find incredible courage and perseverance because they want to be free like Rachel.