Laura Hamilton (Class of 2009)
Years at TFC:
What you did following college:
Shortly after graduating I had the opportunity to go on a short term, four-month mission trip to Southeast Asia serving with organizations working to fight human trafficking. I came back from that trip knowing I would never be the same person that I was before I left. The Lord begin to put India on my heart, and facing the realization that He was calling me overseas was extremely challenging as it was a path I had never considered for my life.
In May 2012, I moved to India with a team of three other young women and God opened the door for us to open and run a community center in a red light district in Mumbai, serving women who had been trafficked into forced prostitution. As a part of this ministry, my team and I had the opportunity to hold regular prayer meetings, meet medical needs, and to simply be an open door to provide support and resources for the women. I spent two and a half years in Mumbai and in that time I built deep relationships with the women in this community. I returned to the U.S. in November of 2014 and almost immediately was given the opportunity to again step into full time ministry, joining several of my teammates in launching the next step.
What you are doing now:
In 2014, Hope Restored India was founded out of our hearts to see the women in Mumbai’s red light districts empowered with hope for freedom and a future. We are opening a Community Development Center this year which will offer vocational training alongside classes in life skills and English, all of which will provide viable opportunities for women to build sustainable lives outside of the red light districts.
I have been honored to be a part of Hope Restored for the past year, and to see the ways in which the Lord has continued to guide every step of this journey. Since March 2015, I have been serving on staff as the Director of Development, which has given me the opportunity to travel and bring awareness here in the U.S. about what is happening in India and how the Lord is opening doors for restoration in these women’s lives. I’d love for you to connect with me and my team for more information by visiting www.hoperestoredindia.com.
Other items of interest:
I am a “dabbler” and enjoy being involved in a lot of different things. I was on the basketball team my first year at TFC and was a member of the Strings Orchestra for three years. Over the past two years I have had the opportunity to pursue contemporary dance through two different programs designed for adult beginners!
Impact TFC had on your life:
My time at TFC equipped me with tools, academically, spiritually and relationally, for life and ministry. I am thankful for my professors there who invested in me and consistently encouraged me to seek and follow the Lord’s calling on my life. Though I wasn’t pursuing a cross-cultural major or missions while at TFC, the underlying missional heart and focus of the entire campus gave me a passion for bringing His Kingdom to the nations. The skills and tools that I gained in my counseling and psychology classes truly equipped me for working to bring the hope of Christ’s healing to hurting people. I learned to live and grow in genuine community during my years at TFC, and I built lasting friendships that continue to be an incredible blessing in my life.