“Defend the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.”
An impression left.
The area covered by something.
In this case, it’s the impression left or area covered by me.
And rather than being the print of a ballet-flat or a boot or a flip-flop or a bare foot,
this footprint is human-shaped.
And not just a single human.
Seventy-six of them.
Had enough riddles?
I took a quiz today. But it wasn’t a “Which Disney Princess Are You?” quiz or even a “Which State Should You Live In?” quiz.
It was a quiz quantifying my slavery footprint.
No, I don’t house slaves. No, I don’t kidnap humans and sell them as slaves. No, I don’t buy slaves.
But I do have some stuff.
Quite a bit of stuff, actually, when compared with the vast majority of the world.
Stuff made of metal.
Stuff made of textiles.
Stuff I eat.
Stuff I drive.
Stuff I browse on and type on and blog on.
And truth be told, I don’t spend any time thinking about where my stuff came from. Before the store where I purchased them…the truck that brought them there…the distribution center that shipped them out…the factories that assembled them…
Where did the parts come from?
Where did the metals come from?
Where did the ingredients come from?
Where did the fabrics come from?
Too often, the answer is slaves.
That bothers me. Probably not enough. But a lot more than it used to.
It bothers me that 78 percent of the 27 million slaves in the world today are in labor slavery. That’s over 21 million people. Men and women. Boys and girls.
Since knowing better must precede doing better, I encourage you to check out your slavery footprint by clicking here.
No, it’s probably not 100% accurate. I don’t think that’s the point.
I think it’s supposed to get us thinking about our stuff and where it came from and who made it and at what cost. Not dollars-and-cents cost. But body-and-spirit cost.
Because maybe when you see your number, you’ll see faces in your minds eye. Faces created by the same God who created ours. Loved by Him as much as He loves us.
And just maybe you’ll ask Him to act on their behalf.
And perhaps you’ll even consider what you can do differently to use your voice…
for those who don’t have one.
Other human trafficking resources:
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.
Written by Jennifer Clarke