How can you affect others in the fight against human sex trafficking?
Several years ago, Thomas Fideler became aware of sex trafficking and educated himself on the issue. Compelled to share what he was learning, Tom began hosting awareness presentations at his church. Through these presentations, Tom met Nick and Jo Lembo, associate pastors of Tom’s church at the time. Tom’s boldness to educate his community inspired the Lembos to get involved! Jo now serves as Shared Hope’s Puget Sound Regional Growth Strategist and Nick serves on the Board of Directors, and co-chairs The Defender USA, the men of Shared Hope. Tom continues to use his skills and passion to make a difference!
Tom is now retired and started The Color of Light Photography, turning a hobby into a business, traveling around the world to capture images and preserve memories. In 2013, he offered to donate one year of photography services to Shared Hope International for all Washington events! His contribution to our mission was vital to helping us communicate our programs and projects to the rest of the nation. He photographed the March 2014 release of our newest training product, Gang Trap, and its corresponding training and the public showing of Chosen, in partnership with Tacoma Public Schools. The highlight of his service was capturing the adventures of our Nepal guests! In October and November of 2014, four residents of Asha Nepal, our long-time partner in Nepal, who have been in our care since they were young, traveled to the U.S. to be a part of the Night of Hope 16th anniversary tour. He captured their visit to Pike’s Market and the Seattle Space Needle and preserved tender moments of gratitude at the Night of Hope benefit dinner.
We are so grateful for Tom’s desire to donate his passion to fight sex trafficking. He is a commendable example of how all skills can be used to serve the cause!
What can you do? Share with those you know about your passion to fight human trafficking. You never know the extent of influence you may have to change the direction of someone’s life to serve. You may have a gift or talent that you can donate to Shared Hope or a local anti-trafficking organization to support the effort, share the workload for full-time staff, and leave a legacy!
To learn more about how you can get involved, learn about our Ambassador of Hope program!
You can connect with Tom on his business Facebook page.