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ABOUT TROY BREWER

Troy Brewer is the founding and senior pastor of OpenDoor Church in Burleson, Texas. He is known for his relevant and authentic teachings, amazing insights, and studies on the wonders of God including astronomy, numbers, typology, and times and seasons. He has a radical love for Jesus and a passion for serving people beyond the norm.

As a sixth generation Texan and descendant of Henry Brewer, who fought at the battle of San Jacinto, Troy also has a passion for all things Texas. Troy has been married to his beautiful wife, Leanna, since 1989, has four grown children and six grandchildren.

Troy has a passion for “reaching Christians for Jesus” and is seen by a world-wide Internet audience every Sunday and Wednesday from OpenDoor Church. His unique style and revelatory perspective brings clear and simple understanding to complex Kingdom issues and principles. He likes to say he has the “gift of realness,” and that ability helps him reach both the lost and the saved with the transformational teachings of Jesus Christ.

Troy is a one-of-a-kind Christ follower – a true extension of the arms of Jesus. He is a servant whose greatest desire is to bring the authenticity of Jesus and the reality of the Kingdom of Heaven into the lives of people around the world.

An offshoot of OpenDoor Church in Burleson, Texas, Troy Brewer Ministries encompasses Troy’s media and musical efforts to reach the lost and free the enslaved worldwide. To book Troy for a conference or speaking engagement, email info@opendoorexperience.com.

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anti-sex trafficking q&a with Troy Brewer

Troy Brewer Ministries is actively working with orphans and vulnerable children
in Mexico, India, Colombia, Belize, Uganda and Southeast Asia.

Troy and Leanna have traveled the globe establishing villages in some of the most remote, dark corners of the world.

Through SPARK Worldwide,
Troy, Leanna and his partners bring hope and the Gospel of Jesus by helping them
build schools, churches, medical clinics, water wells and orphanages for the poorest of the poor.

A modern-day abolitionist, Troy has a holy hatred for slavery,
and many of the children he and Leanna care for are in danger of being trafficked as sex slaves.

In an effort to redeem as many girls and boys as he can from the horrors of sex trafficking,
Troy founded Troy Brewer Ministries
to rescue and pay off the debts of sex slaves across the globe,
setting them free in every way.

how did you get started rescuing girls from sexual slavery?

Troy: On a mission trip in Central America several years ago, we were feeding people in a trash dump when a nice looking little old lady and two skinny little girls came up to me.

My friend who speaks Spanish told me, “This lady is a madam and she wants to know if you want these little girls for sex.”

I was shocked.
They were just tiny and starving.

I took them to one of our orphanages and told them, “Nobody’s ever going to hurt you again.”

The cost to set them free was $90.

They are now all grown up and doing great.

Troy: Redemption and transformation.
That’s what the Gospel of Jesus is all about.

We demonstrate the goodness of God – we demonstrate redemption be setting people free
because the Bible says,
“It is for freedom’s sake that we have been set free.”

My partners and I take that very seriously.

what motivates you?

In your opinion,
what is the root problem
behind sexual slavery?

Troy: The No. 1 problem is a
“me-first, survival of the fittest” worldview.

No other religion or secular worldview
sees people as intrinsically valuable.

Only Christians say,
“You are a child of God and are worthy to be treated
with all kindness, respect and dignity.”

Only Christians value life and freedom
because Jesus does.

Number 2 is an addiction to porn.
American and European men traveling the globe
as sexual tourists that causes much of the market,
but porn is prolific in most cultures.

So many people say,
“I’m not hurting anyone by looking and this,”
but they’re fooling themselves.

Our thoughts lead to actions,
like molestation and rape.

That’s why God wiped out the world
with a flood in Noah’s time.
“The thoughts of man were continually evil.”

He didn’t have to judge them by their actions
because he knew their thoughts.

Porn doesn’t lead to anything positive.

It only leads to slavery for all involved.

Troy: Mostly 9 to 27 years old
though we have rescued many kids much younger.

Our youngest rescue was 38 hours old.

He was being sold for sex at a slave market in Southeast Asia.

One of our undercover operatives paid $500
to free that little boy and we set him up with heart surgery
and a forever family that loves him.

We think of sexual trafficking as girls being kidnapped or stolen but in India and other non-Christian nations,
the problem is much more socially acceptable.

What age range
are the girls and boys you rescue?

how so?

Troy: The practice of being a bond-servant
is still in play in many nations.

Only the rich in these nations have access to banks.
The husbands or families of these girls
take out loans from loan-sharks.

These people are uneducated
and don’t understand what compound daily interest is
so they are easy prey for some really bad people.

When they default on their loan,
the loan-sharks take their wives and children as collateral
and put them to work in brothels.

It’s demonic.

We pay off their debts and set them free.

Troy: We have no cookie-cutter plan.

We do everything relationally
depending on each girl’s situation.

We give them Jesus, medicine, food, housing,
education, job training, micro loans for small business–
we find out what fits each girl’s needs and situation
and that’s what we do.

King Jesus is very personal with us,
so we help them each in a very personal way.

once their debt is paid,
what is next for these girls?

You have very successful sewing schools in India and Belize.

Tell us how that is making a difference?

Troy: These girls can be independent
if they learn a trade.

There are only a few patterns they need
to learn to make Indian clothing.

We give them the treadle sewing machine,
tons of fabric, and all they need
to set up their own seamstress business
to support their children.

Troy: The thousands of girls we’ve rescued,
almost all of them have children.

One of our 17-year-old girls has five children.
She was literally pregnant at 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17.

We also help their kids by giving them
medicine, food, shelter and education they need
to be free in every way.

Once we rescue them,
we’re responsible for them until they can help themselves–
and we’re OK with that.

We know it may take a long, long time,
but why wouldn’t we help people when we can?

These girls don’t come to you alone.

Many of them have children,
is that right?

Why is Nepal such a hotbed
of human trafficking?

Troy: The problem there is girls being raped or smuggled across the border into India to slave markets
because there is almost zero chance a trafficker,
once caught, will be prosecuted.

In Nepal, the victim must pay $1,000
for prosecution of their perpetrator goes free.

The word is out and the girls of Nepal
are literally being stolen from that nation.

Troy: Our work in Nepal is more about prevention.

In Nepal, girls are generally smuggled
across the border bridges into India for immediate sale
at slave markets.

Men literally bid of these girls on their phones or by internet–and they are put on a plane to the Middle East and never heard from again.

We work with a ministry
that has highly trained profilers at those bridges
–a bridge intervention team–
that spots possible victims.

They blow a whistle and the police come running.
They are questioned and the girls are rescued
before they are sold.

How does
Troy Brewer Ministries'
work in Nepal
differ from what you’re doing
in India?

What do you do
with the traffickers?

Troy: We are all about justice
so we pay the $1,000 fee to prosecute them
and send them to prison
where they cannot hurt another girl.

Then we go to prison and tell them about Jesus.
We’ve paid for the prosecution of over 50 traffickers—
both men and women,
saving hundreds from sexual slavery.

We have an amazing law team that has not lost a case yet.
We answer evil with good.

Troy: This is how bad it is in Nepal:

Six children, all under the age of six,
were literally scooped up from a poor village
and thrown in the back of a truck headed for the border.

Our bridge team immediately said,
“What’s this one guy doing with six little bitty kids?”
They stepped in and rescued the children.
We are still looking for their parents.

Our team has actually asked people,
“Why did you do this?” and they generally get told,
“A man’s gotta make a living.”

They have no regard for human life because their religion, whether Hindu or Muslim,
says you deserve what you get
if you’re poor, abused or assaulted.

Christians don’t think that way.

Can you tell us
about the truckload
of small children
your team in Nepal rescued?

What if you
cannot find their parents
or the girls have no home
to go back to?

Troy: We have started an orphanage and a girls home.
We’re setting up a sponsorship program
and looking for partners to help us keep these kids
from becoming a sad statistic.

Troy: Poverty is the biggest factor.
People have kids and they can’t feed them
so they marry their daughters off
to much older men and often for a price—
even if they know they are monsters.

In Belize, India and Nepal,
girls are often married off between 12-18 years old.
Some of these men have other wives,
so these girls are often abused and abandoned.

The bottom line is that child marriage is not acceptable.
Let’s call it what it is: trafficking, slavery.

Girls are very vulnerable
in Belize, Africa, India and Nepal.

How does child marriage
play into this?

How do Hindu beliefs
play a key role in making
these girls targets for trafficking?

Troy: In my opinion, the caste system is demonic.
In the Hindu way of thinking,
if you are born into poverty,
you deserve that from a past life.

It’s Karma so they are shunned.
If someone helps them, they are shunned too–
literally abandoned by their family and village.

If a girl is raped, violated or abandoned
by her husband after marriage,
she is shunned by her family and village.

Troy: We’re finding that sexual trafficking is very different
from nation to nation depending on the government.

In Belize, over 90 percent of trafficking in that nation
happens WITHIN THE FAMILY.

An adult male is molesting the kids
or he’s trafficking them out for money–
and there are no legal consequences for abusers.

Literally, nobody is helping these kids.

We’re teaming up with ministries already on the ground there to find solutions and rescue some of these girls
and even boys.

How does Belize differ
from India and Nepal?

What is the role of the church?

Troy: The role of the church is to get off our blessed assurance and help someone.

Help people– even if they will never come to your church.

We know God is good.
Our job is to spread His Goodness
even as it seems like evil is taking over our world.

You know, so many Christians don’t even believe God is good.

They see hurricanes, sickness, violence,
poverty, slavery and say, “If God is good, why?”

The answer is God is good and evil is not.

Those problems are OUR problems.
Slavery is a human institution
and we need to solve that problem.

That’s why Jesus didn’t abolish human slavery
or poverty while He was on earth.

He abolished a much worse kind of slavery–
eternal slavery to sin, death and Satan.

Again, our job as the church is to answer evil with good.
I will not be impressed with evil because
a little bit of good can overcome a whole lot of evil.

Troy: Two ways.

First, our biggest problem right now is there are many border crossings from Nepal into India, eight of them major crossings.

We only have the funding to man five bridges,but we want to do eight or more.

It’s $3,000 per month to man a border crossing.

Second, monthly partners not only give us the ability to rescue girls and boys, it is the backbone that funds the ongoing care of these girls and their children.

We need more partners to continue the work as there are literally millions of child slaves.

How can people get Involved?

What do you say to the person
who says that is the problem—

“there are millions of slaves and you can’t help them all”?

I would tell them to get over that religious spirit
that says it’s God’s will that these people perish.

It is not God’s will that these kids are sex slaves—
that they are raped and tortured every day of their lives.

Stop partnering with the Spirit of Gamaliel,
the Pharisee from Acts 5:33-39 who said,
“If it’s God’s will it will happen. If it’s not, it won’t.”

It’s never God’s will that someone is a slave.

Take responsibility.

Get up and help somebody.

Even if you can only set one person free,
that act of freedom and redemption is EVERYTHING
to that one person.

One life at a time.

That’s what we say and we mean it.

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