The Destiny Rescue story began with Founder and International President Tony Kirwan sitting down one day with a friend pondering what they’d like to do with the rest of lives. Tony recalls, “One day I had lunch with a mate of mine and, for whatever reason, got all deep and meaningful. For me, it was a real God moment and the first time I thought I was to be hands on.” Up until this point, Tony was busy managing his own electrical contracting business in northern Queensland, Australia. He had always thought he would be a “giver”, not a “goer.” However, that day God put a seed in his heart that would grow to be something significant in the days ahead.
A short time later in October of 1998, Tony and his father went on a trip to Cambodia to investigate if moving to an impoverished nation was what God was asking of him and his family. While there, Tony saw kids in the dump with open sores, swollen bellies and little or no clothing. That very night, Tony poured his heart out to God and sensed an overwhelming urge to do something. He explains, “I remember I was about to pray something like, “God have mercy on these children”, but before I could even get the words out, I felt what I really should be praying is, “God have mercy on me if I don’t do something to help these kids.”
When Tony returned from his trip, he shared with his wife what God had revealed to him. And around the same time, God began nudging her to get involved and work with the vulnerable and poor, as well. Eventually, with united hearts, their young family moved to Thailand and volunteered with a mission organization. While there, they heard about a Christian man visiting Bangkok being offered children for sexual pleasure for $400 USD. Tony said, “When I heard this story, it really hit me and I knew I had to do something. It was at this point, I believe, God put the vision of Destiny Rescue in my heart.”
Today, Destiny Rescue has grown into an international organisation with hundreds of staff and volunteers in nine different nations, all working towards the same goal of seeing child sexual exploitation end in our lifetimes.
And as long as sex-trafficking and child sexual exploitation exist in our world, we will continue to fight and be advocates on behalf of the enslaved and vulnerable.
This is our story – ordinary people with God-sized hearts that are passionate about setting others free.
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