Last month, like most Wednesday mornings I went to the Fox studios in West LA to do my regular segment on Good Day LA. I completed the segment at around 8 and decided to hang around since I did not have another appointment until after 9 am. Josh Kaplan, the Senior Executive Producer invited me to hang out in the control booth and see how some of the "behind the scenes" things are done.
Well, things progressed as normal through the program until a segment with Robin Sax on Sex Trafficking. The piece focused on the fact that the ones forced into prostitution were not criminals, but victims. Being interviewed on this topic were Markese Freeman of the Los Angeles County Probation Department and Jessica, young lady who had been rescued from prostitution. As I watched the show I noticed that Jessica looked a bit familiar, but I could not remember where I had seen her before.
The segment concluded and as the show was ending I made my way back to the Green room to get my things. I noticed Mr. Freeman and Jessica were still there. I went in to greet them and as I shook Mr. Freeman's hand Jessica jumped up and shrieked "Pastor Gray!!" I looked at her not fully remembering her although she looked even more familiar. I wasn't sure if she was calling me Pastor Gray because she had previously seen me on Good Day LA or from one of the churches I pastored. I obviously had a confused look on my face because she said, Don't you remember me from the church, Pastor?!?! Its Jessica!! All of a sudden I could see the face of the cute young girl that attended our church 15 years ago. I said, "Jessica! Oh my gosh! Its you!!"
During that time in the Green room at Fox studios we had an amazing time of reunion. We hugged each other over and over again. It was like being reunited with one of my own daughters. We sat for a few minutes and talked and exchanged contact information. We took pictures together (well, I took pictures :).
Jessica, who attended our church with her mother in the mid 1990's, was so special to me. She was always polite and friendly. She was a precious sweetheart of a young lady. My wife, Pam and I rarely speak about our precious memories of our time at that church without talking about the young people that also attended. Jessica is always one of we speak fondly of.
Today started out as a normal day. Thank you to Fox, Good Day LA and Robin Sax for a joyous reconnect.