(Jacksonville, Florida, October 7, 2020) Following the public elevation of their fight against human trafficking this past August, the Tim Tebow Foundation recently launched the Rescue Team, an army of people committed to engaging, inspiring, and equipping others joining them on the front lines.
The need for the Rescue Team was born after the Foundation saw thousands of individuals pledge their ongoing support to free the millions ensnared in slavery across the globe during Tim Tebow’s social media fundraising campaign for his birthday on August 14. To date, the fundraiser has raised over $1 million in support, more than doubling its initial goal of $500,000.
“We are both honored and humbled by the many supporters around the world who not only supported our mission financially, but who took an additional step and asked for even more specific ways to help,” Tebow recently shared. “We truly believe the Rescue Team will make a significant and lasting difference in the lives of countless victims of human trafficking here in the United States and abroad. We know this mission will not be an easy one, but together, we move forward with confidence in this battle to which God has called us.”
Under the continual guidance of the Foundation, members of the Rescue Team have committed to serving in one or more of three roles:
- Defender – Defenders are those who have committed to financially supporting the costs incurred in the fight against human trafficking. In addition to monthly giving, when a specific need arises, this is the team who steps up to meet it.
- Advocate – Advocates are the ones who are bringing awareness to human trafficking by raising their voices in their own communities. Through peer-to-peer fundraising and social media networking, this team’s primary role in the battle is to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.
- Prayer Warrior – Prayer Warriors are an army of people who have partnered with TTF’s Prayer Ministry in consistent, intentional, and guided prayer for those rescuing and being rescued. When lives are at stake, this is the team that will stop and pray, lifting up those in need.
“We are absolutely certain there is incredible power to push back darkness when we come together,” said Steve Biondo, Tim Tebow Foundation President. “That is what the ‘Rescue Team’ is all about. Together, we can accomplish so much more in terms of prevention, rescue, and survivor care. Together, we become a powerful force of love and hope that can defeat the evils of human trafficking. We look forward to seeing what God does around the world through the army of warriors He raises up to advance in love, by faith, with hope as a ‘Rescue Team.’ We are grateful for the support of thousands worldwide!”
To learn more about how you can join the nearly 15,000 supporters already a part of the Rescue Team, please visit: https://www.timtebowfoundation.org/rescue-team