On September 14, 2023, Ambassador Richmond led an invigorating sermon for Vanguard University’s Thursday morning chapel service.
According to the Global Center for Women and Justice, “Ambassador Richmond is an attorney and diplomat focused on combatting human trafficking, advancing democracy, and affirming human dignity.”
To add to this credibility, GCWJ states that, “[h]e was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, named one of the federal prosecutors of the year, and called ‘every trafficker’s worst nightmare’ by the head of the FBI’s human trafficking program. As Ambassador, he held the United States’ highest-ranking position dedicated to combating human trafficking. As founder of Libertas Council, he seeks to galvanize leaders to shape practical solutions to fight human trafficking. Richmond is also the Chief Impact Officer for Atlas Free, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Senior Advisor to Love Does, and a frequent speaker on justice, foreign policy, leadership, and vocation.”
Ambassador Richmond started his chapel service with the question, “Have you ever felt like giving up?” He went on to elaborately outline the moments in life that no one is going to write a story about. He stated, “[w]e live in a culture that says we’re all supposed to be important, that we all have a legacy. Your great grandchildren are not going to know who you are.”
He went on to say that, “you’re not supposed to have a legacy, you’re supposed to be a legacy and live in the moment.” Ambassador Richmond went on to give examples of what makes life meaningful and important. He instructed the students on how to live in the moment and how their actions make tangible impacts on those around them.
His sermon was moving and eye-opening for the attending Vanguard students. Many students left the sermon verbalizing their thoughts and feelings about his message, desiring to be their own legacy and live in the moment.