A lullaby has a way of helping each of us find solace amongst the thorns. Such was the case with Operation Underground Railroad’s Founder and CEO Tim Ballard.
Rescuing children from sex slavery never even entered his mind when Tim Ballard signed up with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Having previously served in the CIA, Ballard moved over to HSI soon after the attacks on the twin towers in 2001 in order to better protect America’s borders. But fate had a different plan for him.
His boss was creating a special task force to rescue children being trafficked across the boarder from San Diego, California into Mexico and Ballard was invited to be a part of the team. The idea did not exactly appeal to him. It is an ugly underworld that he didn’t want anything to do with, however, after a great deal of soul searching he agreed to help.
The first rescue involved a young brother and sister who were kidnapped and whisked across the Mexican boarder to be entertainment and play toys at a sex party. In a daring HSI undercover operation, Ballard infiltrated the party as an undercover operative and rescued them both. The siblings were then turned over to a recovery center in California.
The idea of staying with the special task force weighed heavily on Ballard’s mind after that. Should he continue rescuing children from the nightmare they find themselves in? What effect would this have on his life – on his family? Or should he continue to protect America’s borders as he had planned to do?
While contemplating the fork in the road, a song came on the radio. It was a lullaby written and sung by Peter Breinholt – and it spoke to Ballard. The lyrics talk of bad dreams and how he hopes the bad people “won’t come round here no more… and maybe you will stay here to hold on to.”
It was the turning point for Ballard. He knew what he had to do and he’s been doing it ever since.
Lullaby Lyrics by Peter Breinholt
As I lay myself to sleep I’m awake And nobody else is here – Sometimes I wish I could fly away So they won’t come round here no more – They won’t come round here no more
Did you see the castle in the air And all the people living there Or did a bad dream call tonight – Well they won’t come round here no more
So sleep now and be still And know that There’s no fear
And maybe You’ll stay here to hold on to When things get bad – So be still And sleep now And know that There’s no more fear
And maybe You’ll stay here To hold on to – There’s one thing you should know – They won’t come round here no more