Originally from Kolkata, India, Anna Beard was adopted into an American family and raised in North Carolina. Throughout her life, she faced extreme sexual and physical abuse, eating issues and severe abandonment. She is also a survivor of domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST). Anna is a graduate of Mercy Ministries, a free of charge Christian residential program that assists young women with life-controlling issues. At Mercy Anna allowed God to restore her soul. She is on fire for God! As a survivor advocate, Anna is active as a consultant who assists various organizations throughout the country as they develop their own programs to help survivors of sex trafficking.
A powerful public speaker, Anna gave the keynote address at the Restore One Banquet in Greenville, NC. Anna also spoke at the Trafficking in America Task Force (TIATF) Conference in Nashville, TN. She also was a guest speaker for Children At Risk’s Accolades Luncheon in Houston, TX. Anna also serves on the Advisory Board and Policy Advocate for Forsaken Generation. Along with serving as the keynote speaker for the Richmond Justice Initiative’s “Trade of Innocents” screening , Anna also lobbied for anti-human trafficking bills at the Virginia General Assembly. Anna also served as a panel speaker for the North Carolina Coalition of Sexual Assault symposium “It’s Happening to a Girl Near You” in Fayettville, NC.
Anna’s story was also televised internationally on Univision’s show Primer Impacto, Her story was also featured in The Salvation Army’s “Young Salvationist” Magazine. Anna’s story has also been featured on several websites such as: “Redemption Ridge” in Oregon and “In the Booth with Ruth” in the United Kingdom.
Anna has served as the Community Relations Director for On Eagle’s Wings Ministries Fields of Hope Program branch in Miami Beach, FL. She recently enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to complete her B.A .in Sociology. Although she misses working in abolition full time, she is excited to further her education. She is humbled by God’s Grace and Mercy during her healing process. Most of all, she is just glad to be FREE!
A graduated from Mercy Ministries in February of 2012. God did a work in her life! He showed her how the abuse is not her fault. He has shown her that He will never leave her nor forsake her. (Psalm 27:10) God has showered her with love! His love never fails! He will heal you if you let Him. Choose life daily! He is the redeemer and the healer! Only He can bring full restoration. People often fool themselves thinking they can do it themselves. A can now receive love and give love because God first loved her!
Her life verse is:
The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still.
He is always faithful! He is your comfort and your strength!A now fully sees how she is a New Creation in Christ! (2 Cor 5:17)
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