Modern day slavery, part 2.

I can’t think of anything worse than the trafficking of children for exploitation. Although doing nothing comes close.” Steve Graham

But it is so easy to feel helpless in the face of such a great evil.

Thankfully, there are many organisations working in researching the problem, in the prevention of human trafficking, in the freeing of its victims, and in their rehabilitation.

Not all of us, however, can be involved in these operations. Nevertheless, Betty Reese was right when she said ”if you think you are too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.”

What we CAN do is be aware. ”There is but one coward on earth, and that is the coward that dare not know.” (W.E.B. Dubois). How I wish I had known about this sooner. Take the time to be informed about this tragedy. And then, help raise awareness by telling the people around you.

As well as this, these organisations need financial aid. Consider a monthly donation to one of your choice – there are most likely organisations working in or from your own town. Buy your e-cards from Give to your local taskforce.

A few of my friends and I have decided to give up things that are financially significant for 4 months, from the 1st of September. Our aim in this is A. to raise awareness and B. to be, in a very small way, helpful financially to an organisation we are in the process of choosing, having contacted a few to see how best we can help.

Therefore, we are giving things up that cost a good bit in our budgets; and giving things up which will cause conversation – in giving up things that are so obvious, we hope people will ask questions and allow us to talk about the issue. I very much enjoy clothes shopping, but have decided that if a little girl somewhere only has 1 t-shirt to choose from, and another is being given clothes that are far too mature for her child’s body, I don’t deserve the clothes I have, much less anymore; as well as Diet Coke…why should I be able to spend money on a drug when people are being drugged in order to be taken advantage of by monsters? Another friend takes great pleasure in eating out but is giving that up as sign of solidarity and to raise funds, as well as awareness. Another is giving up luxury items in his weekly shop.

We don’t want people to get caught up in a ‘movement’, and we want people to be convinced it is something they want to do. Do consider joining us…it won’t change the problem overnight, but it is a small contribution that, hopefully, will create a ‘sting in the bed‘. Although we are starting this on the 1st of September, a date that is coming up very soon, it is not too late for you to join in this, if you feel so led.

If you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will shine in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” Isaiah 58: 2-4

Francis Chan writes…”Why is it that the story of someone who has actually done what Jesus commands resonates deeply within us, but we then assume we could never do anything so radical or intense? Or why do we call it radical when, to Jesus, it’s simply the way it is? The way it should be?

Let hope rise and darkness tremble…

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