My name is Dillon Mundie, and I have been a representative of the Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI) for a few months now. As a representative, I go out to the community and seek out ways to educate them about the horrific crime of human trafficking. My first presentation was January 10th of this year at Mechanicsville Christian Center (MCC) located on Shady Grove Road. Before this experience, I’d never presented in front of this many people before. I didn’t really know if I was going to be a good public speaker. Even when presenting projects in class, I got nervous. What would I do in front of a larger audience?
I was presenting at an event called “The Mix”. The Mix is the youth group at MCC, which has an average of 70 kids each week that attend. I attend every week, and since I was now a representative of RJI, I saw this as the perfect opportunity to reach out to not only adults, but teenagers like myself who are interested in helping the community and ending injustice. So I talked to Pastor Daniel Susenbach who leads The Mix and asked him if there was a possibility of me sharing my experiences over the past couple of months and informing others about the horrors of human trafficking. He was totally on board from the beginning, which took a lot of faith considering the following: I am not a member of the church, he doesn’t know me too well, he sees me once a week, and he’s never seen me speak in front of a large audience. With this great opportunity, I knew that I had to take advantage of the situation, reaching out to as many people as I could. Throughout the week at school, the presentation night was promoted and close to 100 kids and adults showed up that night for the presentation.
Before the presentation, I was very nervous. I was shaking and my palms were sweating out of fear: fear of failure. Was I going to get through this? Was the message I wanted to convey going to come out smoothly and how I and RJI wanted it to? The student leaders at The Mix and Daniel himself pulled me aside and prayed over me. A weight was lifted off my shoulders. Knowing that my peers were supporting me every step of the way was incredibly helpful, and knowing God was watching every move I made was also very encouraging. I knew I could do it now. I gave the presentation, just as I had planned, giving as much information as I could in a short period of time while also keeping others intrigued and interested in the issue.
The main point I wanted to make at the end of the presentation was this: don’t let this be a “hot topic”. Hot topics are part of culture, and culture consistently changes. I wanted people to be as passionate about this issue as I was, and many were. Many kids seek to travel down the same path I have, wanting to become representatives of RJI. Others now want to use their specific God-given talents to help prevent human trafficking. This is exactly why I do this; I want to inspire others to get involved with this same cause. I know so many people may look at me as a kid, and I understand, I still am a kid. But 1st Timothy 4:12 says this: “No one should despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” As part of the youth, I’m called to be an example to the believers, and so is every other teenager just like me. What I’ve learned through this whole experience is this: your actions define who you are. Taking action for something you’re passionate about, no matter what your age, is important. I’m called to be an example to other believers, and that’s what I’m trying to do. Many kids believe their voices won’t be heard by adults because they are kids. I’m here to show them that through God, anybody’s voice will be heard. ~ Dillon Mundie