“Thus says the Lord: Do justice and righteousness,
and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him who has been robbed…”
Since it’s the 27th of the month, I’m honoring the 27 million slaves in the world today. If you’re new to the blog, I invite you to check out some of the links at the bottom of this post, which will redirect you to some of my previous posts on the subjects of slavery and trafficking.
I’m going to keep making this thing personal.
(Because to each of the 27 million, it can’t get more personal.)
I’m going to keep asking you to get involved.
(Because God asks you to get involved.)
I’m going to keep learning with you. And praying that our learning leads to caring. And that our caring leads to doing.
(Which is where truly caring always leads.)
I’m going to challenge you to commit to doing just one thing to increase your awareness of human trafficking and/or slavery in the next thirty days.
Here are some simple ideas:
1.)Add trafficking issues to your social media feeds. I’m on Facebook pretty frequently, and seeing status updates from groups that deal with human trafficking/slavery has been an excellent way to remind myself of these matters on a regular basis. Here are a few to try:
Here’s a great local organization if you’re in central/southwestern Virginia:
If you prefer another social media platform, you can search for and follow organizations that are actively spreading awareness about trafficking and slavery.
2.)Read The White Umbrella by Mary Frances Bowley. I purchased my copy recently after hearing the author speak at a local ministry. She is a devoted advocate for victims of sex trafficking right here in the U.S. - girls who have been exploited and used by criminals, then cast aside by society. She sees the gross injustice of placing these precious victims in detention centers, where they often end up, and has formed a comprehensive ministry called Wellspring Living, which cares for their bodies and their hearts, and shows them the One who can care for their souls. You can watch a video overview of their ministry here. You can get your copy of the book here.
3.)Read through a prayer guide. Prayer guides offer bite-sized pieces of information in the form of prayer requests. And once you know…you just might pray. A Heart for Justice offers several prayer guides you can work through.
4.)Check out the Red Light Blogger, part of the ministry of Women at Risk, International. Then take it a step further and subscribe to receive these posts in your email. You can find Red Light Blogger here.
5.)Get familiar with the CNN Freedom Project. I’m not a supporter of what I consider to be liberal media. But CNN is doing something important here, and God can use them to fulfill His purposes in the world. You can find their blog here.
If one of these options don’t appeal to you, head over to Google and do some searching. If you learn something new or find another great resource, I would love for you to share it by leaving a comment below.
The slaves in the world don’t have the luxury of free time.
Will you take a few moments of yours on their behalf?
Other posts at A Divine Encounter on human trafficking:
Learn…Love…Lift in Prayer the 27 Million - A passionate introduction, where I present an overview of the human trafficking issue.
Learn…Love…Lift in Prayer II – A thorough focus on prayer for the 27 million slaves in the world, offering specific requests to guide your praying and links to other resources on prayer for human trafficking.
Learn…Love…Lift in Prayer III – An informative post presenting information about the ministry of Women at Risk International, and challenging you to get involved in a simple, painless way.
Learn…Love…Lift in Prayer: Kidnapped Nigerian Girls – An eye-opening post spotlighting the girls kidnapped in Nigeria, making their experience more personal and offering opportunities for prayer.
Learn…Love…Lift in Prayer: Get Local! – An inspiring post offering suggestions for making a difference in human trafficking in your own community.
Learn…Love…Lift in Prayer: Your Footprint - An eye-opening glimpse into labor slavery and your contribution to it.
Written by Jennifer Clarke