Hello! My name is Jalyn. I am a wife and mother of 2 precious children. We live in Indiana and my husband is the pastor of a small, country church. We've been in ministry together for almost 10 years.
A couple years ago, we went on a short road trip to celebrate our son's birthday. We stopped for a bathroom break at a gas station just outside of St. Louis, MO. On my way inside, a group of young (pre-teen/teen) girls and a couple adult women were walking in. Nothing seemed amiss until I heard one of the adults snap very harshly and loudly at the girls to stay close and not walk ahead. Immediately, red flags started going up. These girls were plenty old enough to have a little independence walking into a gas station to use the bathroom. I observed this group for several minutes and everything about the situation was off. I felt heavy with concern for the girls and trafficking was the first thing that came to mind.
I didn't know what to do, what questions to ask, or how to help. My husband and I did attempt to talk to the group (who later joined up in their vehicle with a man--the ONLY one who did any talking when confronted). I took a photo of the license plate and we reported it to police.
I've lived with the memory of these girls for a couple years now. I've committed to learning more about human trafficking and fighting back. I started using my Instagram platform to raise awareness and Ariel, who happened to be a follower of mine, tagged Zera House on one of my posts. I checked out this organization and absolutely loved its mission. What made it even better was ZH's Christ-centered approach.
After one phone call, the Lord made it clear that Ariel and I were meant to be! Our drive, passion, goals and vision for the future is so in sync. I believe this is a task God has been preparing me for for a very long time. I am honored and so excited to join ZH in its ministry.