FORT SAFETY IS A DREAM THAT BECAME A REALITY
HOW WE GOT STARTED...INSPIRED BY A LITTLE PRINCESS
Fort Safety is a dream that became a reality…
…a dream that a father could honor the short and courageous life of his daughter, while planting hope where there is fear, while giving courage where there is anxiety, and providing light where there is only darkness.
The idea for Fort Safety was forged during an emotional time in John Winstanley’s life:
The first was death of his 7 year old daughter Laura after a long and courageous battle with Mitochondrial disease (click here to find out more about this devastating illness). Life dealt her a tough assignment. Laura was born prematurely at 28 weeks gestation and she weighed just over 1 pound. She never let life get her down. Unable to talk or walk, she never gave up, always smiling and laughing.
On the day of her funeral, the church was packed with her family, friends, doctors, teachers, school bus drivers, therapists, nurses, and fellow school friends, who were there to honor a little girl that had changed their life.
John realized that day, that if his daughter could change so many people’s lives without ever saying a word…why couldn’t he do the same with a voice, and with a story.
That story was the second part of how Fortsafety became to be. In his life John Winstanley had been a victim of bullying, abuse, depression, hatred, loss of hope, and an addiction that almost cost him everything. Like everybody else he had buried those pieces of himself deep down inside, never wanting them to see the light of day. But inspired by Laura’s legacy, he realized he need to share those stories with others so that maybe they would be inspired to get help or tell their own story.
Finally, the third keystone in the creation story of FortSafety was the growing frustration that John felt (and which fortsafety’s Board of Directors shares): a frustration of watching children, teenagers, young adults, and marriages fall victim to the damages caused vile content and bad habits on the internet….and NOBODY at that time was talking about, or doing anything about it.
What damages am I talking about? Here is a summary of a few:
sOME OF OUR RAVING FANS:
FortSafety is bravely talking about topics no one wants to talk about but every family is affected by. It’s a conversation I wish we didn’t need to have, but it is essential if we want to protect the hearts, minds and bodies of our kids. FortSafety informs, equips, and empowers parents to create an internet safety plan that enables them us to protect our children and youth.
Fort Safety is boldly part of leading the way to end the demand side of the sex industry. Reality is most ministries in this field invest in the victim to reach and restore. The truth is, rescuing a victim does not end the demand for human trafficking and sexual exploitation there will be a free individual who takes the place of the rescued girl or boy. To truly end sex trafficking, we must address the sexual perversion running rampant in our culture. A deadly drug with little stopping the use. This addictions tentacles reach our schools, churches, and homes. It is not going away. Thank you Fort Safety for offering hope for those struggling with porn addiction, educating those who do not understand what is happening and going after those not yet
You were quite a blessing yesterday. I am actually from the Columbus area and almost didn’t come because “it didn’t relate to our preschool children”. HA! Was I wrong, and the entire time I was also thinking as a grandmother of 6 (oldest granddaughter aged 10 – yeah, I know – that scary age). I was mesmerized by your presentation and awakened to so much. I have already discussed the information with two of our teachers this morning. Thank you again for your honesty and your conviction to make a difference. You have!