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March 26, 2022 12:00 pm
The Lantern Rescue team is at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention. Mark and Robby sit down with former elite special operations soldier and Founder and CEO of Operation Light Shine (OLS), Matt Murphy, who shares his testimony, the inspiration behind OLS, and the work the organization does through the Intercept Task Force.
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This is lantern rest. We tell the stories we talk about rest, we empower you to do something about once a let it not be said I was silent when the wowing another special show for you today, live from the national broadcasters convention in Nashville.
So we get a chance to meet some of the outstanding partners unbelievable to me Mark how God creates these contacts for you guys and so we got a real opportunity they in one of those contacts and so I let you marketers. This is way got a contact that Murphy here is the founder of operation light shone really a coalition that he's put together that we are honored to be part of some other credible people in the trafficking fight. Lisa found also intercept task force. Now he's a former Green Beret and a lot of other accolades after that that he never wants to talk about himself is really humbled. The highest level of operation credible things for our government, freedom, and he is he is now turned his heart and passion to fight human trafficking. He is assembling this coalition effort in a way that Robbie's never been done before. It's actually credible and we probably do 10 shows you know is he is a personal testimony about why here so you guys. Robbie, I know it all before you go there. I gotta tell the puts on headphones and actually bad. I understand it's been a tough way to get into this, but you know I really your own stories and my sister was cover like were kidnapped just disappeared on 2019 by a guy who would drop bad things are before and held by the investigation is a dead end in a few days and then Christmas Eve 2019. Her body was found in the river Mississippi since that's where this journey started overseas at the time. From what I understand I was I was overseas working in Germany was a special forces liaison officer for the Polish command which was practicing rehearsal for literally what's happening right now you know and I arrested so I was over there and then my sister missing. At first we don't want to alarm you got that on driving talents and snow shoes a lot of mistakes in life know how bad it was apparent that a lot of the stuff from but then after a few days they start wondering question you go week to week three reset hearing from you okay and so as you started in on that investigation. Apparently God laid out a plan that you can see where there were a lot of pieces to the puzzle. Definitely one of the most frustrating things I think is when you're in the family and in a situation where someone is missing because it seems like no one's ever doing enough and you still like that. They just don't care whether or not investigating hard enough they miss something very emotional roller coaster to be a part of the family especially love the situation, but it turns out when we got to the point here later back. The only thing that was in her folder for the Memphis Pl., Fargo was a missing persons flyer investigated and the reason why was because she was taken to County but reported in the city and then her body was found in Mississippi so you have multiple different jurisdictions Police Department's share of agencies involved to communicate, share information, because of that no evidence gets lost, things can disappear and I was a big driving force for approval why I'm here and what were doing was operationalized on right so from what I understand, intercept came first. Now, so I decided to start numbers light shine saws with you was a dark time. My life I turned away from God. For while you know a lot of the things I had to do my career evil. When you think about how you how you operate in the world with no special intelligence world, especially in special operations. You get sent places to do things that are not always in my morally just, and a lot of the things you have to become not not righteous now and it starts away on your heart starts affect the way that you view the world and the way you interact with the world. So I got pretty dark because pretty lost.
So my sister when she went missing.
Special forces pulled and pulled me back to the states.
It may be an instructor and I was there for lack of a better word, I just have a purpose in life and I'm just doing a dead-end job teaching something I don't really care about, you know, lost everything with you know my buddies and teams in the mission and then coded shortly after that just drink every day to press for the first time in 16 years on processing war, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, lost after structuring the things that I had done the things I've seen it hit me hard and then on top of that sister everything with my family was still going through rough rough so I was playing his video game called call duty all during the cove lockdowns Mrs. shooter game you know there's really nothing else to do and I just drink all day long.
I was just depressed.
Some days I wanted to go find the guys you know hurt my sister some days I felt hopeless and drama Green Beret. You know the done all the stuff I came say mom, sister and so it's stuff so I'm playing call duty, and there's this thing called duty were if you kill enough people on the game and the video games and wargame your gun turns gold so is my only goal in life was like they had a new category where can do anything depressed, drinking blank, all duty to finally get the goal gun and today I get the goal gun was sedated like the one from the highest of the high like over the microphone co-good lockdown achievement, depressed, drunk on the couch and then there was the lowest of lows because I just realize only thing Adaline was trying to get this gone. The siding room for the game turns off its knowledge goal is not room. I was allows a wake-up call so after a lot of thought dark places months of just being depressed lost. I just got is what you doing what are you doing so I just started googling, human trafficking, because a lot of the rumors around my sister's death involved in human trafficking. We still don't know the extent we know she's traffic before she died to help pay for drugs support a habit but we saw no circumstance or death really and it would, but with that.
So as I'm googling human trafficking.
I'm learning about all these organizations that do stuff like you have operation around railroad and some other entities that you know about you draft around the world have in her lantern yet and in the stories, tell me motivated some like you know what to start a charity in our life know that I like so so I googled how to start a charity, and then I bought a book how to start a charity on Amazon and I was her husband has free crazy strays. I know I do. I still don't know they carried out as ago and so the I started looking into okay how can I make a difference by sticking to start a charity, you have to actually make a difference. So you know you have guys you kinda do like vigilante type stuff you know like the Batman we go to the rescue people give other cherries it take care of victims. You get all kinds of different entities in the space but what I realized really quick as I didn't know what I didn't know I had a certain set of skills and talent ability and connections in the network, but I don't know what I did know. So I went and I start beating down doors in law enforcement like I gotta find somebody who can guide you and I don't want to make a difference overseas. At first I wanted to make a different writer backyard where my sister was taken solving problems that made her investigation turn into your body in the river. Two months later the police to work together.
Saws like I'm in a try to do something different. So I beat condors all over town and just grace of God. This guy census found religion again. This process, this is what brought me back to God. This is what brought got back in my life and there every day is just as much as what were doing is helping other people told me that's the beautiful part about this so I have been on Cobb's doors trying to talk to everybody you finally get to a buddy who's a country while it is the nighttime country home, his creation during the day and she tells me about a day job. He he tells me about this. They have a child exploitation unit there in home security Nashville. They fight the child sex abuse material and try to hunt these predators online and rescue the victims that are out at the end of these videos of imagery that he may I get to meet with one of the agents and just by grace of God. One of the best guys in the world it fighting child expectation works with Interpol create a lot of the systems they will use the same kinsman he is. He is he does like to say when I say that he's the best I say top five now just to appease them. But here's the best I finally got the opportunity with them. After months of trying to end up just being station in Nashville Tennessee. He left the national headquarters came to Nashville Tennessee and I was like this one's on Lascaux Weirsdale and security is wife to retire out of the national now the best kind of worlds in the backyard. I met with him.
He invited me to a conference room at the home as security officers about eyes full agents couple FBI people in their but I got to sit down at this time. You know I had by vigilante at still people online is gotta stop so I'm at the knees drag her out of the street exactly LOL you do it lives now and I went had pitched every idea had to fight human trafficking at this table and he just tells me know that stupid someone already does that. That's vigilante that's illegally not under sit in their wealth right now like that to that of work so I just kind of like the way he tells stories.
I leaned back in my chair and stared stealing what I really did is I leaned back in my chair and I prayed for second because I was like I don't want to do, so I just I just looked at him and I said hey you tell me how I can make a difference and the difference was this concept we build intercept task force and this is been the most beautiful journey of my life because while we've created this perfect place consumer's journey was right because it's basic today into well I know our listeners are excited to hear the benchmarks we got to go to break we come back with Matt Murphy operation lights on your all kinds of risk going on before you faith-based organization, the international rescue operations for people suffering from human trafficking lantern specializes in sending you a special operations law enforcement and intelligence personnel department with host nations and assist them in reading specialized units combat ongoing security from genocide, and terrorism is a nonprofit charity.
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Welcome back to lantern rescue and what what a story of rescue. Just as I as I hear Matt Murphy story that you can see the guys gotta rescue us before we go rescue anybody.
I guess to some extent and we can kinda hear that in your story map.