Adopt a month is a great opportunity to get involved in reaching the hurting and broken with the message “You are Loved.” Individuals, groups, churches can all adopt a month in 2016 and provide the gifts for outreach for that chosen month. For more details email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A video by Exodus Cry on What is Human Trafficking? A worthy watch!
Today my heart feels broken.
Broken for the forgotten.
Broken for the hurting.
Broken for the abandoned.
Broken for the children who are currently being targeted by traffickers and no one knows it.
Broken for the people who go about life and do not know what is happening to the children within their zip codes.
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and my prayer is that the community in my state…in my nation awakens to this issue and decides to be apart of a solution.
There are so many who are working to fight trafficking in the United States and globally, but we need more. We need more people to have their hearts broken for these enslaved souls and take a stand to say, “Not in my community!” As this month goes along I ask that you would educate yourself on this epidemic, share the knowledge (because knowledge is meant to be shared) and decide how you can help end human trafficking in your community. There are thousands of broken hearts and souls trapped in slavery today in the United States and they need your heart to help end it.
WHAT CAN I DO?
**Educate yourself on this issue. Then share the information.
Some great websites include sharedhope.org, polarisproject.org, exoduscry.org, you can also check out the “Love Doesn’t Exploit” page of this website for some information.
Books to read: The Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores, Renting Lacy by Linda Smith, Made in the USA by Alisa Jordheim
**Decide to do something…anything…just refuse to do nothing
You can play a part, no matter how big or how small it is all important! You can give financially (or raise money) to an organization that is fighting trafficking, you can volunteer your time at an organization or outreach, you can host a speaker at your church, library, coffee house, etc. There are many things that can be done to help victims.
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, but let’s not let it end there. Your heart is needed.
Until every heart is free.
Reading the book, The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom, again has brought to my heart an encouragement of great proportions. If so many could risk their lives to hide and save thousands of Jews, elderly, disabled, young men and others the Nazis deemed unworthy during that nefarious regime, we can surely do something to rescue those who are led away to captivity today. We can certainly refuse to do nothing. There is an estimated 27 million people enslaved in the world today and millions more who know nothing about it. Millions of fellow human beings, who if they all did just one simple act, would make, at the very least, a profound dent on modern day slavery. What is one simple act that every person could do?
*Participate in an activity that is raising funds to fight trafficking, especially if it is for a safe house for victims of human trafficking.
*Donate to safe houses, projects bringing awareness or organizations that are actively working with victims.
*Educate yourself on the evils of trafficking and then spread the news, the more who know the better.
*Encourage law makers to create laws to fight trafficking and protect victims.
Again, we can all refuse to do nothing because one simple act can mean everything to one trapped in captivity. As Dr. Seuss once said, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
Check out A Light in the Night 5k/Fun Run, Walk to END Human Trafficking at alightinthenight.org
One of my favorite parables told by Jesus in Luke 15 is the shepherd who leaves his ninety-nine sheep in search of one. It reflects His heart and character that He believes that one person is worth it. It reflects that each life is precious and valuable. To me it speaks the message that when there are more people entrapped in slavery now than ever in history, and it can be daunting to think about helping as many as you can, to focus on one at a time is a far greater encouragement. We can all become weary and burned out, but when we carry the attitude that even just one is worth it because one is too many it can change everything. Some food for thought:
*God would likely have spared Sodom and Gomorrah for one (Genesis 18).
*The shepherd leaves the ninety-nine for the one (Luke 15).
*Jesus would have died for one.
Can you imagine how many more lives would have been lost during the Nazi resistance, if people didn’t find it important to smuggle “just one more” out of the Nazi clutches? Never think that one treasured life isn’t worth it.
As I prepare for outreaches this summer I know that even if one life is saved then it is all worth it. If only one girl receives lifesaving information, then it is all worth it. Because one person enslaved is too many. You too can do something for just one.
Ways that you can fight human trafficking in your area:
*Support local task forces, join a coalition or group that is fighting trafficking
*Support organizations that are fighting trafficking, rescuing and aiding victims
*Volunteer at awareness events, fundraisers, etc.
*Educate yourself and spread awareness
You can make a tax deductible donation to help fund For Such a Time Ministries summer outreaches here.
Characteristics of Love Series
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It ALWAYS protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 (emphasis my own)
January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and with more people enslaved now than ever in history we can safely say that we have a monstrous problem on our hands. Human beings are buying and selling each other; men, women and little children. While I say the word “human beings” I recognize what drives this industry…evil, pure evil.
Women and children are forced to sell their bodies (actually someone is selling it for them), forced to have abortions, and are becoming drug addicts just to try to mentally, emotionally and spiritually escape their daily horror. There have been times when I have looked at what seems like an unconquerable situation, where heartache reigns and evil triumphs. Then, I remember what love is and who love is and my heart is renewed within me. Isaiah 61 promises that Christ came to set the captives free and God isn’t a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19) and it also says that He has given us what we need to overcome.
We can have faith, we can have hope, but the greatest of these is love (1 Corin. 13:13) and love is the greatest thing we can give. Remembering, that real love doesn’t exploit and it is the action of love that will bring an end to this atrocity. Love will not buy sex, love will not sell another human being, love will rescue, love will heal, love will reach out and love will not exploit because it always protects.
Next time you see a picture in the news of a woman arrested for prostitution, don’t skip by the article, don’t skip by the picture. Look at her, have compassion and pray for her (act in love). Next time you hear about a prostitution ring (trafficking ring) being busted, don’t ignore it…thank God (the One who is love).
I also urge you to get involved, even if it’s only for January…do something because someone needs you…heck the world needs you. Be the love someone needs because they matter. Make a decision to protect…make a decision to love.
Characteristic of Love #6…love protects (it doesn’t exploit)
Want to learn more about human trafficking and what you can do?
Books about trafficking:
Renting Lacy by Linda Smith
Refuse to Do Nothing by Shayne Moore, Kimberly McOwen Yim
The Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores
Nefarious, Merchant of Souls
Not My Life
Not For Sale
Born into Brothels
Half the Sky