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March 30, 2022 6:11 pm

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March 30, 2022 6:11 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 good Truth Network the following program contains sensitive content listener discretion is advised previously on my MM rescue. I remember a woman pain and to our facility, a victim of trafficking, and not every time she came in she had a new sexually transmitted infection. I remember one time she came in and so I said something to my mom and me time and I said don't do something.

I mean we can send her back out to him right and my boss said okay no way she's she's a big girl.

She wanted to leave, she would welcome Drew went to risk a ministry program to bring light into the darkness of human trafficking. It's time to white the way to freedom. This is interest. We tell the stories we talk about rest, we empower you to do something about what should not be set.

I was silent when the well we got another special show for you today. Come alive from the national broadcasters convention in Nashville. So I 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 display in one of those contacts and so I let you marketers.

This is way got a contact 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 know 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 incredible things for our government, and he is he is now turned his heart and passion to fight human trafficking and he is assembling this coalition effort in a way that Robbie's never been done before. It's absolutely incredible and we probably do 10 shows a bunch you know is he is not his personal testimony about why your so I will serve you guys. Robbie, I know it all before you go there.

I gotta tell you what's on the headphones Christian talk is actually bad.

I understand it's been a tough way to get into this, but you know I really your own stories and you my sister was governor like a kid not just disappeared on 2019 by a guy who would rough drop guns about things for before 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 her so for literally what's happening right now you know and I rush so I was over there and then my sister missing first two alarms got that on driving talents and snow shoes a lot of mistakes in life know how bad it was. My parents had 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, 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 situation where someone is missing because it seems like no one's ever doing enough and you feel like that they just don't care whether or not investigating hard enough, they missed something mystically very emotional roller coaster to be a part of the family especially love that's in a situation, but it turns out when we got to the point year 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 the share information and because of that, no evidence Chris lost things can disappear and I was a big driving force for approval why I'm here and what were doing was over/under right so from what I understand, intercept came first, know so I decided to start numbers light shine 300 salons with you was a dark time in my life. I turned away from God for a while know a lot of the things I had to do my career for 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 under heart source 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 just when she went missing. Special forces pulled and pulled me back to the states. It may be an instructor and I was offered for lack of a better word just have a purpose in life anymore. 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 it 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'd seen it. It hit me hard and then on top of that sister. Everything in my family was so rough rough so I was playing his video game called call duty all during the cove lockdowns this is sheer 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 hurt my sister some days I felt helpless and grandma Green Beret and other done all the stuff I came say mom and sister and also it's stuff so I'm playing call of 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 can do anything depressed, drinking blank, all duty to finally get the gold gun and today I get the gold gun was sedated like the one from the highest of the high like over the microphone coded lockdown achievement, depressed, drunk on the couch and then there was the lowest of lows because I just realize only thing I had a life was trying to get this guy on the side room for the same turns off its college golf sunroom.

I was allowed as a wake-up call so after a lot of thought dark places months of just being depressed and lost.

What are 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 habit, but we saw no circumstance or death really and with that, so just come googling human trafficking on 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 me 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 phrase I know I do. I still do not make every death is ago and so that the I started looking into okay how can I make a difference like 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 going to 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 building connections in the network, but I know I didn't know what I did know. So I went and started 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 difference writer in my backyard where my sister was taken solving problems that made her investigation turn into your body in the river.

Two months later, the police tell working together sounds 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 been on Cobb's doors trying to talk to everybody finally get to a buddy who's a country's well. It is the nighttime country home is created during the day and she tells me about a day job, but he he tells me about this. They have a child exportation unit there in home security Nashville five child sexual 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 exploitation works with Interpol create a lot of the systems they will use the same kinsman you see is it is like to say when asked to 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 ended up just being stationed in Nashville Tennessee. He left the national headquarters came to Nashville Tennessee and I was like a swan song Lascaux Weirsdale and security of his 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 going to sit down at this time. You know I had by vigilante had and still hunt people online does. Gotta stop so I'm at the knees drag him out of the street exactly where you go to do it live 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 on him to 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 spilling out at 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 a copyright on Ensco's perfect place consumer's journey was right because it's basic today into well I know our listeners are excited to hear the exports we got to go to break we come back with Matt Murphy operation lights on your there's all kinds of risk going on before you faith-based organizations, 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, terrorism and human track is a nonprofit charity.

They offer services free of charge. Human trafficking is thrown into the second largest collective human reaching an estimated $50 billion in annual activity lantern rescue was developed rapidly to combat and operates through a train international network in order to rescue women and children, sex and labor slavery and facilitate gearing up for operations right now and you can see how you can support the following program contains sensitive content description is advised.

Welcome back to lantern rescue and oh my goodness what what is story of rescue. Just as I as I hear Matt Murphy story that you can try to save it. That's got to rescue us before we go rescue anybody. I guess to some extent and we can kinda hear that in your story map but is the gentleman met with you to start this so what's the next step would happen to the next step was all God thing. I don't have any photos doing with the charity, you know, build organizations and then things overseas with the charity and you know all the laws and rules of stateside every single day. The right person came in my life. You know the right people from board members, friends, relationships, my network offered to do a free website you know your offering legal help and advice and counsel and in just it was it was just magical. How quick this happened. So we we've got the 501(c)(3) application and that got approved less than a year ago this month. I don't remember the exact date then blown up too many times, but so we got the charity piece done and then it's time to build the task force concept concept behind this is that you can basically take a charity and support the police and in ways that the government does now is private funding and what we can do is we can as a charity we go out and get a building in town and how's everyone a fight human trafficking and child expectation from federal, state, local entities together and this one building and by doing that you accomplish much solve every single problem in the investigative process because now you have federal jurisdiction. State jurisdiction and then the accounting the city jurisdiction within a task force in trust task force.

The next thing that you do and this is one of the most beautiful things as you bring the top level of federal agents rattle the training the schools.

Everything else in your ear, integrating them with you guys from counties and cities you probably haven't had access to the type of training the resources the funding all that kind of stuff. The federal guys are bringing everybody up to a higher higher level higher plane and creating an environment relational Energizer that again.

I cannot tell you how many men and women from federal, state, local entities of come up to me crying and hugged me and said thank like move over this and you know from my standpoint, Mark. When I hear there's some like what this started with covert and I was listening to a story was planned because a couple right. This is not long ago, but in your introduction to the point that he's not only happened this quick but completely effective because eat you up and tell me of all about it. It's incredible what God is done with Matt. There was not a trial racetrack that went around the home stretch just like you're done what I simply should take somebody five years at least 50 or possible stiffly got going and so lantern got involved. Obviously, I was probably year ago we chatted and have actual buddy) and he will say his name will say his name because this was the first guy in the states. That was like effectively doing something and he was talking about task force.

We have such a similar business model of one of the top five guys back him know him. Oh, that God will know you know but his vision. Matt's vision of how it should be a task force and how and what he was just describing you know that's the similar model we try to build overseas and so were unique in that way the natural fit that it is a very natural for everything from the name operation lights on the slicer light involved in the strike and both of those things. So as you start to see this got me other you talk about these people come up and hug, and in all this that obviously you're seeing fruit like forgetting rescue so so so right now the first task force established in Nashville, Tennessee. Right now we have multiple different agencies operating in that task force digital forensics going on. We have a federal prosecutor in this move then as a one-stop shop to get to the offenders rescue the victims issue warrants were from within the building and eat our building out how were going to a partner into aftercare for the victims right now as well.

We've been very fortunate to train another partnership to be going out soon with the pre-popular Christian football player and I went to one of the worst titans ever played again here that the beauty of it is as you. We have it is just brought everyone lives in this fight together this doing it the right reasons.

It's doing it the right way. This is by all of us together. This is it just me and and and what a star light shine what he's done with lantern or the other partnerships were going into this is this is God bringing everybody that has a heart to save kids together and these are just people with the have good intentions. These are people that are the best in the world at what they do and the coalition that were building under the umbrella right now is just some of the most talented capable people in the world I got I must fit in a meeting couple weeks ago and we get a text from from a friend foundation that we work with added so it's a missing girl fire scrubbed and missing for five days in Dallas. Nobody could find her. We get it. I sent it to our team that were about to fully find of just the most exceptional people in the world. 22 minutes later we had a genotype to another location. Beautiful 22 minutes later from the time I sent the text, and she was rescued. This safe place safe on my couch and that's the thing it's and this is not a knock on the police officers that are do their job. The best they can.

They work with the resources I got so many departments things around this country are underfunded or underappreciated, or under resourced or understaffed. You know they they are not only are they trying to fight the criminals are trying to fight the system to be able to fight the criminals.

The red tape. The politics that the nonsense runs world. God bless the men and women in this country in law enforcement that there are seven in trying to fight and save our kids but what were trying to do is give them everything that they need to be successful.

The training technology. The resources that the talent imagine Mark this policeman gets this text. This girl is at this location. The elation he had that as we go make that arrest and the information able to do that than the family that was on the other end of that and oh my goodness Cassidy of what matters put together a credible and there there on a mission there duplicating that in multiple places this is game changer. It really really is so I might, I know every listener because forklift networks Same thing.

I got on my heart is like how you feel like outcome after your heart through the last couple years from a standpoint of making progress towards every day I get better and it is not an overnight process. This when you do what I did for so long and a lot of people have done it. I would it's a dark cloud of I and you know, at first, like when I first started a thousand parameters like I didn't deserve that and it should spend every day get a little bit better sometimes to couple subs that you jump forward writing my relationship with God has changed a lot, and I don't necessarily go to church. You know I watch on TV and I do my own Bible study of the Bible app on my phone so I just like to read that some will Bible study and I try to spend at least 15 minutes a day just after you know the Bible at notification. I have set upwards tells me hey it's time to study whatever gives me and then pray about it.

Think about it that's that's just something about my life and I pray now that I thought God's will is asked to go on record.

I'm sure Mark would agree with me.

He listened the whole time it's I think you you you can tell the that the root by the fruit right I mean you know clearly that I've done this interview and I'm affected. I mean, I saw the look in your eyes. You know, when you're talking about how God came after you and I can see that you know that it's real and it's a beautiful thing and so I know the person with me and that that but we need to be praying for Matt and for this coalition from Mark for Landon rescue operation light shine and then what's the name of the coalition again.

This operation like this operation light shine operator license that the charity are product is called intercept that's the intercept test and that's what were trying to span across the country got 22 governors want talk right now about bringing intercept states were actually in conversation right now down in Florida to expand hopefully some pretty quick progress on that really just as fast as the donor contributions and donations come as fast as we can move answer and that it's it's amazing to me market is that we target action but in a way as to how we want to say it.

You bring in people like the football player you described and in different people through the national broadcasters convention here it is. I mean I'm blessed out of my socks. I get to meet you and see you know what God is doing through you and and again you know we've all got stuff and none of us deserve, not any of us deserve what God's done for us and so you know I'm with you I have time with us what they have learned and this is just my interpretation of my study. Like when you look at the New Testament is nothing that Jesus going to dinner with sinners. That is only about you and you know II know I'm not perfect. I still make mistakes. I try to do good. Try to be just a try and I try my best to make a difference and change other people's lives like that is been changed my life. But you know that I think that's the biggest thing that kept me away from Christian for so long as everybody lives. I got on the throne and not just as an and it wasn't until I started to be able to like make a difference and actually get to see the change in me and the change that has another's and no one that I'm not perfect and not holding myself to a standard is not attainable and you and just living my truth and doing what God tells you doing M and taken advantage of all opportunities and people of God's put in front of me and that's life-changing. How life-changing. While thanks Mark just humbly thank your listeners continue to pray for us and and wonderful organization for God's doing out there because you know anytime I hear this. I can't help but think that girl that we interviewed him and now she was screaming right here.

Is anybody here this night just like you and God clearly does and he's clearly doing some some and we this is the Truth Network

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