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Regent University Law Students Are Changing the World

Students from Regent University discuss working with organizations around the world to combat human trafficking, protect children, secure religious freedom, and uphold global human rights. Read Transcript


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NATASHA DELILLE: Towards the end of my trip in India,

I was able to go on a raid.

We're driving there.

It's raining and turn the corner and you just

see all these girls.

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But there were these two girls and one girl,

she had an attitude and didn't want to talk at all,

and the other girl, there was just this innocence to her.

And she reminded me of someone I knew

and so it was just like, oh my goodness,

you look-- it's so scary because you look like someone I know.

We didn't think the very first day when we'd walk in we were

going to get slapped down with a not even partial-birth

abortion, but after-birth abortion.

The bill was handed straight to us and they said, look,

there's cases going on in Europe.

We have testimonies of people who have killed babies

after an abortion.

The first time we're bringing this up in Parliament

is in two weeks so [SNAPS FINGERS]

get this together.

PALMER HURST: It was a baptism by fire, to say the least.

They threw us in and said, here you go, get ready to roll.

So our first week there, we were drafting a petition

to the Council of Europe almost immediately,

which was a pretty fantastic introduction to European law

and the study of European law.

We were doing really important work particularly

on infants who were born alive from an attempted abortion.

A lot of times in Europe those infants are either left to die

or actually killed.

DANIEL TIRLE: I work with institutionalized children

and I basically implemented an educational program

at one of the orphanages.

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Once you're there, you see the poverty and the hopelessness

so many people live in.

It just marks you forever--

like gives you a stamp on your heart and you never forget it.

Those images of the children, the women, of men

stay with you for the rest of your life.

And I found that the best ways to empower them

through education by placing Christian tutors in government

orphanages.

It has been probably the biggest blessing of my life

to get to know these children, to get to help them

and I think it helped me more than I helped them.

Jesus says, it's better to give than to receive

and I really found that to be true.

There are girls waiting to be rescued.

I mean, these girls were in India

but there are girls waiting to be rescued all over the world,

including in America.

And as Americans, we tend to forget this

is happening in our backyard.

This is a really serious issue and if we don't care--

these girls are just going to be subject to this.

I first was in denial and at first, I said, Lord, I just

need to push through this.

It's purely academic and I need to get this done.

It was Palmer who first came home and I looked at him--

I said, what's wrong?

And he burst into tears.

What have we been working on?

How is that not gripping you?

And that's kind of when the floodgates opened and we both--

we spent the entire night in tears.

It helped me realize in this line of work I'm going into,

I can't put that stone wall up.

I can't just say, this is work.

This isn't my life.

This isn't spiritual for me.

This is real.

PALMER HURST: This program makes possible things that

are otherwise not possible.

These grants make it possible for us

to go do what God has called us to do

and there's no better gift you can give somebody than that.

And being able to live out what God has in store for them.

DANIEL TIRLE: Well, this whole experience has just given me

a purpose in life and I'm just thankful to God

that I think I've found my purpose in life by working

with these children.

I know why I'm living.

I know why I'm in school.

I know what I'm going to do after I finish school.

Sometimes you, yourself can't get out there directly

and do this type of work.

But God can use you to help someone else do that

and we should work to further kingdom purposes.

If you want to be able to reach India--

if you want to be able to reach Africa--

if you want to be able to reach the EU and all of these hurting

countries who are just begging for our help,

this is the way to do it.

I thank and I bless every single person

who's already given or is even considering

giving because it allows us to do God's work

and there's no other way to say it.

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