Kim Harms

Life Reconstructed

The Story of 14

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Do you remember 14? I do.

  • I remember renting movies from Picadilly Circus with my friends on the weekends.
  • I remember singing in the choir, writing for the school paper, taking stats at wrestling meets, running on the track team and working at a can redemption center to earn money for college and for spending.
  • I remember slumber parties where we would eat junk food and talk about boys until 2 a.m. My Mr. Dreamy at that time was a boy named John.  In hindsight, I’m thankful he never recipricated my feelings 😉
  • I remember my parents attending every single event I was involved in, and taking me to places like Mt. Rushmore and Disney World.
  • I remember a loving family, lots of friends and a very secure and happy life.

That’s my story of 14. What’s yours?

I have recently become aware of a horrible, widespread human atrocity that is turning some 14-year-old girls’ stories into nightmares. It’s called Human Trafficking. Did you know –

  • There are literally millions of girls in the world being sold into slavery; most of them into sexual slavery.
  • The average age of a trafficking victim is 12-14.
  • UNICEF estimates that 30 million children have been victimized through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years.
  • The US Dept of State estimates 300,000 American children are at risk of being trafficked into sexual exploitation.
  • It happens in Iowa.

Does that give you the willies? Does it turn your stomach? Does it make you appreciate your story of 14? Does it make you want to do something?

Here’s your opportunity. It’s called Hold ‘Em for Freedom; a  Texas Hold ‘Em tournament at Ballard High School on March 5 at 6 p.m. For a $25 entry fee, you can spend an evening playing cards while raising money to fight human trafficking. For info or to register, go to or contact organizer Matt Simpson at 515-250-3725.

Who knows, maybe your involvement in this event will help end a 14-year-old girl’s nightmare and begin her story of healing.


Author: Kim Harms

I am a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

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