Annette Thompson Communications and Community Engagement Volunteer
Although I have traveled a lot in my lifetime I have always lived in Minnesota, so I say I am a big healthy German / Norwegian Minnesota girl. I spent most of my growing up years on Bald Eagle Lake in White Bear Lake. Having learned to waterski on the St. Croix River at the age of 5, I was competing in slalom, trick, and jump at a national level by the age of 12. My two brothers and I, along with my Mom and Dad, all participated and traveled to local, regional, and national tournaments. I guess you could say my family made the most of the short Minnesota summers. After graduating from White Bear Lake High School I attended Brown Institute in Minneapolis, completing their Radio and TV Broadcasting program. After a couple of years of small town radio gigs I returned to the big city for a job in Telecommunications. For 15 years I traveled the metro area designing, installing and cutting over large phone systems. As telecom converted to data so did I. For the past 15 years I worked as an IT project manager with various customers across the US. Managing technical projects has been my life long career, always changing, always challenging, yet also fun.
In 1985 my husband and I purchased a very small home on Spring Lake in Prior Lake. That’s where my son and daughter were born. After 10 years on Spring Lake, we moved to Prior Lake. I have lived in Prior Lake for the past 35 years.
While raising my kids I became involved with youth and my community. I coached soccer for 6 years, grades K through 6th. I taught Sunday School for a couple of years, later I was a small group leader for 7th and 8th grade girls. The tradition continues as I am currently my granddaughters Awana small group leader.
I have attended Friendship Church for the past 22 years, currently I am serving on the Hospitality Team. I have attended BSF, completing 9 years of the 10 year program. During 2005 and 2006 I went into the women’s prison in Shakopee as part of a ministry with my church. In 2006 – 2007, I was so blessed when I was able to work at MN Adult and Teen Challenge. I am still connected with them and have friends that work there. It is an amazing organization. I exponentially spiritually grew while I worked there.
Currently, I am an elected official serving my second term as a City Councilor for the City of Prior Lake. Something God called me to because I would have never picked it in a million years.
God originally broke my heart for sex trafficking back in 2000 when I read a story in Christian magazine about a 12 year old girl who was kidnapped from her grandmother’s home in Asia and sold into sex trafficking.
She was rescued by a Samaritans Purse worker, taken into their program where she received care, and eventually Christ. They bought her a juice machine, provided her business training, and at the age of 15 she supported herself selling juice in the market. It troubled me so I never forgot it. I have always had deep compassion for vulnerable youth, kids without parents, or kids without attentive parents. They are victims of their circumstances, they grow up vulnerable, some become troubled, some fall into evil. My heart breaks for these children. I would love to help lead them to Christ, to healing, and to a new life.
Thank you for the opportunity to become a member of your team. I look forward to working with you as we spread awareness and prevention to youth and communities regarding sex trafficking and bring them the love and hope of Christ.