Beloved, lets End It.

“If I were to remain silent, I’d be guilty of complicity.” -Albert Einstein 

From the book Get Lost by Dannah Gresh; “In India tonight, an eleven-year-old girl is being tucked into bed by her mother. The girl likes purple and loves dancing. She plays as hard as any child you know and helps her mother with her younger siblings. As her mother smooths her daughter’s hair and bids her goodnight, the older woman pushes aside the thought of her daughter’s upcoming twelfth birthday. On that day, she will be sold. Not for labor. For sex.”  

The story in Get Lost was one of the first times I realized that slavery did not end with Lincoln and there are people still enslaved today. I remember sitting with my bible study group at the beginning thinking this will be just another fun time reading about purity and growing closer to the Lord with my lovely friends, but that day my life and outlook truly did change forever. Let me tell you, at this point in my life I had been praying and asking for a mission trip to go on, and immediately after reading the story of that precious little girl I knew I needed to be a voice for the voiceless and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. I decided right then that I was an abolitionist.

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The first time I went to Thailand to fight human trafficking through awareness, prayer, and sharing the gospel, my team and I worked closely with the Jessen family who started and run Compass 31 in Thailand.

From the book The Lucky One by Jenni Jessen; “She was only four years old when she was sold into the sex trade. White picket fences and steepled churches all guarded secrets that were not ever supposed to be told. In kindergarten, she began praying every night that Jesus would let her die. In second grade, she sat in church on a Sunday morning swinging her feet from a wooden pew behind the man who had paid to rape her the night before.” 

“She shouldn’t have survived it. If God had answered he prayers, she wouldn’t have. Here is the true account of how she was brought out of captivity and into a life of freedom.”

This book leaves you in awe of the One who is sovereign, it helps to draw you into a place where you long to have a deeper relationship with Jesus. The way that Jenni has woven her story and the events of her life into a book makes you feel as though you are there with her as she goes through something that is unimaginable to some of us. Jenni’s story is oh so heartbreaking but it also gives an account of the even greater God who cares deeply for each one of us and longs for us to come home into his arms, just as Jenni says, “His arms have been outstretched and waiting for you for more than 2,000 years. Please, dear one, do not waste another minute.” When I read, “…Then when all of your emotion is finally spent you can crumple into the muscled arms of a Jewish carpenter.” it resonated with me because of the way Jenni describes Jesus, it makes my heart happy to think of the Jewish Carpenter whom holds an unconditional love for each one of us. Jenni’s accounts are truly chilling, but the freedom that has come from her captivity shows you the true love and power of Jesus.

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Human Trafficking is defined as “the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation.” You may read that and think its just a definition, but for over 30 million people it is real life. And there is no such thing as child prostitutes, just children being raped.

The truth is that every 26 seconds a child is sold into human trafficking and is forced into life bonding horrors. They are raped, beaten, and humiliated daily. By the time you get done reading this, another has been sold.

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Every life is priceless and each person has value. God cares deeply for EVERY person in this world. Jesus’s love is so deep that He gave up His life so that we may become healed. Betsy ten Boom (who is the sister of Corrie ten Boom) once said, “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.” These human beings, these precious souls, these priceless people are in unfathomable situations but God knows, He knew them before they were even formed in their mothers womb, He knows every hair on their head, God knows where they are and wants them to come home and find their hope and healing through His everlasting love. Yes they can be freed from the situation but without Jesus and a relationship with Him there is not true freedom. John 8:36 “So if the son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” How will they know about Jesus if they are never told? Romans 10:13-17 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Jesus wants us to take up our cross and follow Him {Matthew 6:24} and tell or help those who are going to tell the world they are priceless and dearly loved. Everyone should know that they are worth it. They are worth fighting for. I’m fighting to End It. I fighting for her. I’m fighting for him. I’m fighting for them.

Slavery happens all around the world, even in places you might not realize. Here you can check your Slavery Footprint to see how many slaves priceless people in slavery were working for you.

Hebrews 13:3 “Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated as if you  yourselves were suffering.”

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But even in the midst of what may seem unfathomable, God is at work. Here are some links to wonderful organizations that are trying to end injustices. Many are fighting human trafficking and poverty. I invite you to look into them to know what they are doing and so that maybe you can partner prayerfully and/or financially with them and help to End It. The list is not limited to those below but these are here to get you some information and ways to partner so that you too can become an abolitionist.

 

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Compass 31 “Jenni Jessen is a wife, a mama, and a survivor of human trafficking. She and her husband KJ, live in SE Asia where together they founded Compass 31. They are freedom fighters who have dedicated their lives seeing captives set free.”

 

A21 “We are a non-profit organization who believes that we can end human trafficking together. ”

 

End It Movement “END IT is a Coalition of the leading organizations in the world in the fight for FREEDOM.”

 

Not For Sale “In 2001, Dave Batstone discovered that his favorite Bay Area restaurant had been the center of a local human trafficking ring that forcefully brought hundreds of teenagers from India into the United States.”

 

Love Does “By providing a safe and fun environment for kids to learn in, we create future leaders who break cycles of poverty, restore hope in their communities, and spread love wherever they go!”

 

Destiny Rescue “It’s a scourge on modern society. Millions of children around the world are trafficked or trapped in sexual exploitation with little hope for freedom. We bring freedom. We shine a light in the darkness.”

 

Operation Underground Railroad “We exist to rescue children from sex trafficking.”

 

Love146 “We’re working to prevent child trafficking & exploitation, care for survivors, and empower a growing movement. Love is the foundation of our motivation.”

 

Exodus Road “Empower Rescue, Equip Nationals, and Encourage Collaboration.”

 

IJM “Rescue Thousands. Protect Millions. Prove that justice for the poor is possible.”

You can also visit The Polaris Project to see a variety of resources & information.

2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”

Jeremiah 31:1 “At that time, declares the Lord, I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they shall be my people.”

Please share this, not for me but for those enslaved. Share so that others can become advocates for people facing life bonding horrors, so that soon all will be free. Let them know they are the Beloved of Christ.

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#UntilAllAreFree #Priceless #EndIt

“You may choose to look the other was but you can never again say that you did not know.” -William Wilberforce

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