Reading the news about oppressive circumstances happening somewhere else in the world is one thing and going to see the oppression is quite another. Recently returning from a nation where so many things are exalted except one very important thing…human life. The life of a girl…to be more specific. Asia is filled with crimes against women, including sex trafficking, exploitation, gendercide, caste systems, child brides, parents selling their own children…not for food, mind you, but for TV’s and the thirst for money. Poverty and lack of education certainly plays a role in this oppression, but you see it isn’t just the poor children who go missing in India…it’s the daughters of the wealthy too. There are approximately 27 million people enslaved in the world today…that is more than at any other point in history. There are more educated people in the world today than ever and yet slavery is still at an all time high. That is because it is the matter of the heart, a problem within the heart of man to enslave another. To exploit girls for sexual gratification (or anyone for that matter), to wail in despair because you have given birth to a daughter instead of a son, to oppress women daily is all a matter of the heart (in addition to evil). As the Bible says…“out of the abundance of the heart…”
A few facts for India:
*15-20 children go missing daily in Delhi alone.
*According to BBC News in 2011 alone there were more than 24,000 reported cases of rape in India….Delhi is the rape capital.
*According to the BBC News the trafficking of women and children has RISEN 122% over the previous year
Education or the throwing of money at a centuries old problem will not solve it…only the passionate, furious, jealous love of Christ will. You see, only the blood of Christ can cover sins so great, heal the broken souls and free the millions held captive. Only God can change a matter of the heart, especially one so entrenched.
A nation is at an all time low when the worst sentence to be uttered is…“it’s a girl.”
Yet, in a dark moment the knowledge and witness of God’s passion for the abandoned, enslaved, the destitute, the captive has wrecked not only every preconceived notion I had of God, but has also captivated my heart. His love is beyond anything we can comprehend. That in a human being’s darkest moment He reaches out from Heaven and rescues His daughters and sons. Phew…..takes my breath away. God, give us a heart for your daughters.
“No longer will they call you deserted or name your land desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah (means ‘my delight is in her’), and your land Beulah (means ‘married’); for the Lord will take delight in you, and your land will be married.” Isaiah 62:3-5
I was privileged to work with a ministry that is working hard to save girl children from horrible fates, educate and empower women and work to heal the broken hearts with the love of Christ. For more information on how you can help email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Facts taken from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20863860