Did you know that over 21 million people worldwide are victims of human trafficking?
If you’ve looked at much of this site, you’ve probably realized my ministry is all about connecting people to God’s heart. You may be wondering how a heavy subject like human trafficking fits in with that focus. Well, in the past several years, as I’ve personally caught glimpses of His heart, Jesus has allowed me to share just a tiny taste of His grief over the nightmare experienced by those trapped in the living hell of modern-day-slavery—particularly those exploited in the sex trade.
Those little glimpses have broken my heart.
I lived in Thailand as a child and have made several trips there in recent years. One recent trip in particular was a “this changes everything” wake-up call that turned my heart inside out. I know it marked me in an eternal kind of way and I’m still seeking His face to know exactly what to do with all of it (for a few posts dealing with this specific issue check out the “justice” category on the blog). I may not know specifically what my role may be in the future, but I do know I can’t sit by and do absolutely nothing. This page is part of doing what I can right now.
In fact there are few things we can all do right now:
~ We can see. We can quit hiding our heads in the sand and stop trying to protect ourselves from ugly issues that don’t fit into a nice tidy world. This is an incredibly difficult issue to really see. Believe me, I get it! But if it is too “painful” for us to even look at, what hope is there for those who are actually trapped in the nightmare?
~ We can ask. We can enter into a dialogue with heaven and ask the hard questions–then purpose to position our hearts, and lives, to hear what God is speaking to us individually.
~ We can respond. We shouldn’t do what God isn’t asking us to do, but we can–and must–do what He is asking us to do. And we will never know what He is asking us to do if we’re not first willing to see and ask.
In addition to praying and supporting organizations and individuals who are on the front lines, I want to use whatever platform He gives me to help raise awareness of this most heinous of injustices. Toward that end, if you are ready to “see” “ask” and “respond” here are some helpful links to check out:
Exodus Cry – My heart so resonates with the prayer focus of Exodus Cry. They address abolition in both spiritual and practical ways. It also helps that a treasured friend heads up their Restoration department. 🙂 EC has produced an amazing documentary – Nefarious: Merchant of Souls. If you haven’t seen it, you should.
Forgotten Children – Because I live in Southern California, I love the work Forgotten Children does on the streets of San Bernardino. In addition to street outreach, they have a drop-in center and a safe house.
NightLight – NightLight has been operating in the heart of the red light districts in Bangkok for years now. In addition to outreach, they offer life skills and employment (in their own jewelry business) to those seeking refuge and freedom. If you buy their jewelry (available online) you enable them to have even greater impact.
Agape International Missions (AIM) – Agape works primarily in Cambodia (the country that, in addition to Thailand, weighs most heavily on my own heart). If you see the movie Nefarious, you won’t forget the stories told by AIM’s founder Don Brewster … ever.
The Exodus Road – This is an organization that has come to my attention several times in recent months. I’m in the process of exploring further, but they have a broad reach and seem to be particularly effective in covert rescue operations and in mobilizing volunteers. They have also produced several video clips to raise awareness. This one is particularly powerful and really hits home for those who may be paralyzed by the magnitude of the problem.
For more info on how YOU can get involved, please check out GRACE AS JUSTICE – a digital magazine that seeks to equip, educate, and empower readers to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking.