When a Heart’s as Big as Dallas
On June 15, 1999, Pam Cope was living out the American Dream: a husband, two kids, a beautiful home, and spending time going to her son’s baseball games and taking family vacations to Disney World. One day later, that dream was shattered when Pam’s worst nightmare came true—her fifteen-year-old son Jantsen died suddenly from an undetected heart condition. In the midst of her anguish, Pam not only discovered who she really was, but realized a purpose for her life that was greater than she could have ever imagined—and, it was half a world away.
Last week, some of the Frog Street family sat down with John O’Toole and Rachel Johnson, directors of Touch a Life Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Pam Cope, who now resides in Dallas, TX. We listened intently as John and Rachel detailed the ongoing mission of Touch a Life—rescuing children who are being trafficked into slavery in the countries of Vietnam, Cambodia and Ghana (West Africa). Funds raised and channeled through Touch a Life go toward both housing and educating the children who have been rescued, in hopes that a new generation will rise out of these efforts to pour back what it has gained into the cultures and societies from which it came.
Frog Street will feature Touch a Life Foundation during our 2012 SPLASH conferences, in an attempt to increase awareness of this powerful work. We hope you will stop by their booth at SPLASH to visit with Pam, John or Rachel, and to find out what fun way they have come up with to allow you to touch the life of a rescued child.
Pam Cope chronicles her life experiences in the book Jantsen’s Gift: A True Story of Grief, Rescue and Grace (with Aimee Molloy). More information on Touch a Life, including videos and Pam’s blog, can be found at www.touchalifekids.org
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