There is nothing more vile and sinister as the wickedness of human trafficking in the U.S. and all over the world. My missionary heart compels me to pack a bag and run—to these places—and offer relief through a helping hand, a shared word, a crust of bread. Yet each morning finds me in that hollow place between comfort and grief as I pray and seek God’s will. It is in that place that I realize His will for me right now is deep and fervent prayer. We must believe that the wounds of any nation can be significantly healed through awareness and prayer. I’ve listed below some ways you could and should help. One person can make an incredible difference in the life of one young girl or boy, a life snatched for the purpose of the filling of a pocket. May God give us zealous and passionate hearts to respond to these so desperate.
Read Isaiah 58:6-11
A strategy of prayer is paramount to engaging our compassionate efforts. This strategy must include both faith and faithfulness for the lost and broken. Each prayer holds abiding value on earth and in heaven. Commit to praying specifically and fervently for hurting hearts. There are three ministries below you can pray over and then seek God’s will for how you can help. Action must first begin with prayer. Then God will reveal the work He wants you to accomplish.
MINISTRY FOCUS – CALL & RESPONSE
Slavery is defined as exploitation, violence and injustice, and involves children and young people who are forced to work without pay and without the ability to leave. Very often they are abused and beaten. At over 27 million, there are more slaves in the world today than any other time in history. Over 17,000 slaves are trafficked in the U.S. every year, and they can be found in restaurants, hotels, domestic and agricultural jobs. Slave traders made a staggering $32 billion just in 2007, and the numbers are dramatically increasing. http://www.callandresponse.com/trailer.html
Subjection to involuntary servitude, debt bondage, or slavery for the purpose of using a person for labor. Victims are often kept in a condition of servitude by abuse, threats and/or lockdown. Female victims are often sexually abused. Read Kumar’s story here: http://www.callandresponse.com/giving_project_0809_ijm.html
The use of a person for a commercial sex act induced by force or fraud and used on the account of which anything of value is given to or received by any person. Sex trafficking is considered the largest specific sub-category of transnational modern-day slavery. Read Puja’s story here: http://www.callandresponse.com/giving_project_0810_ten.html
What I see brings grief to my soul because of all the women of my city. –Lamentations 3:51
The sale and trafficking of children for bonded and forced labor, commercial sexual exploitation and/or forced conscription into armed conflict. Child slavery is perpetuated by poverty, debt bondage, mass displacement, pandemics such as HIV/AIDS, war, and the traditional roles of girls. Meet Ravi, Rama and Rambo through this powerful video: http://www.callandresponse.com/giving_project_0809_fts.html
“You understand, O Lord; remember me and care for me. Avenge me on my persecutors. You are long-suffering–do not take me away; think of how I suffer reproach for your sake.” –Jeremiah 15:15