My girls and I have lived in Minnesota for 13 years now. We moved to our little town just after our move here. My oldest, Baby, was going into second grade. I was a stay at home mom and very involved in the elementary school. That meant I got to know a lot of the kids in her grade. One of those kids was Brittany Partridge.
Her family and ours went to the same church so we got to know them pretty well. Baby and Britt became the best of friends. They were inseparable for years. As they went into Middle School they did a lot of activities together and were in youth group together. Finally they headed into high school and things changed, as they always do.Brittany was involved in Track and Cross Country during the school year, as well as being a straight A student. Every summer, starting in 8th grade, she headed overseas to do missionary work. Baby was more into the academic activities (sports were NOT her thing…sorry Baby) and her summer was spent at home. This was a sad time for me because I thought they’d be close forever.
Interestingly enough, as they went into their senior year of high school, they started spending more time together and became even closer than I think they were before. It was a wonderful year for the two of them. I thought they might even go to the same college because Baby wasn’t getting the financial help she needed from her local college of choice, but Abilene Christian University was offering her a pretty nice package. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be. The girls went to different colleges.
Britt’s first year at ACU she wanted to get her fellow students involved in “bringing hope and freedom to enslaved young women.” She’d found a passion for helping those pulled into human trafficking while on her mission trip in 2007 in Romania.
While at ACU she started volunteering at an organization called Eternal Threads, which “works to rescue girls in Nepal.” Britt and a couple of her college friends were inspired by the red thread in the Eternal Threads logo and that’s where they decided to “design a red thread bracelet.”
The RED Thread Movement sprang out of Brittany’s heart, along with the co-founders, for the enslaved young women and girls. They are getting the word out through various organizations, concerts, events, and chapel forums.
Tomorrow I’ll share more about the RED Thread Movement and how you can get involved!