Timothy Ballard is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Brigham Young University (BYU) alumnus, and a best-selling author who shares a passion for American history in his books such as The Lincoln Hypothesis and The Washington Hypothesis. His books explore connections between key events and leaders in American history and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Timothy (Tim) Ballard is also a retired government agent and the founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad. Founded in December 2013, the nonprofit organization has gathered experts such as former CIA, former Navy SEALS, former Special Ops, and former federal law enforcement to lead coordinated identification and extraction operations in conjunction with law enforcement throughout the world to bring an end to child slavery. There are also aftercare specialists who make sure that the rescued children have the healing they need.
He has partnered with the Pittsburgh Steelers to shed light on Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.). In a video released on Wednesday, 14 March 2018, Head Coach Mike Tomlin told The 700 Club, “All you have to do is be exposed to what Tim and company are doing at O.U.R. How significant the work is! How much needed the work is! I spent some time praying about it and thinking about it, but just thought it was worth our time to bring O.U.R out here and spend a couple days with us as a football team. God would take a hold of that and the relationship has grown.”
Ballard sat down with The 700 Club to talk about his experiences with the non-profit’s mission to liberate the more than 2 million children around the world suffering as sex slaves. When asked what drives him to do the work that he does, he said, “My kids! I have 7 children and whatever kid we’re looking for out there in the world, when I look into that victim’s eyes. I see my child’s eyes! This is called empathy! Empathy, we should be praying for empathy. When God sees that you are willing to have empathy, even though it hurts a little bit, oh He’s there. He sends His power and you feel it. And there’s almost this triangulation between yourself, that child victim, and the Lord.”
He also talked about the connection between physical and spiritual deliverance. He said, “And deliverance, the way we think of it, it’s more than just spiritual. I mean it is physical! The Lord cares about that physical deliverance because the physical deliverance leads to the spiritual deliverance. That’s why God cares about people in captivity, nations in captivity.”
Ballard told The 700 Club that the last thing that he and his team does before they go in is kneel in prayer. They pray for the children they rescue, as well as, the perpetrators they arrest. “It’s about bringing the principles of Christ’s gospel to the world and letting that cleanse our society. . .. God is the cause for liberty!” he said.