“Slavery is one of those monsters of darkness to whom the light of truth is death.”
Our prayers this week are for prevention, freedom and education. Three keys to ending slavery in the future. In areas of prevention one important aspect is the prosecution of traffickers and the de-criminalization of victims. In many countries victims are afraid to go to the police because they will be out-cast and become the ones criminalized.
- Awareness would be raised around the world to communities at risk of being trafficked.
- Traffickers would be prosecuted for their crimes. Leviticus 19:15
- Victims wouldn’t be criminalized. Deuteronomy 16:20
- Victims of human trafficking would be freed. Psalm 136:24
- Victims would be freed and healed physically, spiritually and mentally. Revelation 1:5
- Mentally freed slaves would find complete restoration. Isaiah 49:8
- Children would have access to education.
- Women and families would know the lies of traffickers. Proverbs 30:8
- Families would have the education needed to find work. Isaiah 65:22
We are so grateful for each of you standing up for justice in the world. One prayer can change the lives of millions. If you would like more prayer points click here. We believe that Christ in the hearts of people is what will bring true and lasting change in the dark world of slavery. Colossians 2:6-7 NIV
One of the best selling books in the Christian culture in the U.S. is called “The Five Love Languages” written by Gary D. Chaplain. The book explains how each person receives love through different expressions of love; one of the five ways is through gifts.
I feel loved the most when someone takes the time to get, make or create a gift for me. One of my favorite gifts this year was from a little girl I teach dance too who is four years old. It’s a picture of me as a beautiful bride wearing royal green and on the other side a picture of her in a fanciful princess dress. The best picture of me as a bride I have ever seen.
I know some of you might be asking what does my love language have to do with freedom and ending slavery? And what does a four year olds picture. Everything. Because the gifts received and gifts given are made by human hands, and all of these hands have names, faces, a mother and a father.
Just like the little girl I teach but when she gave me a gift, it was from a place of safety and love. But children around the world who are exploited do not get the leisure of safety, freedom or love. This is where our buying power comes in to bring freedom and safety for those around us and half way around the world.
Here are 5 ways your gifts can express freedom for Christmas:
- Shop Fair Trade here are some amazing sites Shop with Meaning, Rescue Her (They are friends of mine, opening a safe house in India) Greater Good Ten Thousand Village and one of my favorites The Body Shop
- Use Amazon Smile if you buy through Amazon. Pick a charity that supports freedom it will not cost extra but will provide a donation to your charity of choice.
- Give back this Christmas and buy for someone else as well as for your friends and family. Contact a local shelter for trafficking victims and ask what they need. Many times they need the basics, shampoo, soap, undergarments.
- Buy a unique gift for the person that has everything or hates stuff. I love buying goats for Christmas and I live near Dallas, Texas. One year I bought two chickens and a goat. Through World Vision, it supported a family in need half way around the world and kept them out of slavery. They will probably say “Best gift ever.” World Vision Samaritans Purse (I have worked personally with them and they are one of the most amazing, loving and dignity giving organizations that exist)
- Express Freedom. Pray for the freedom of those trapped in slavery this Christmas so next year they would know freedom. Donate to freedom, and those fighting for the end of slavery.
Imagine if everyone did all five of these the amazing changes that would happen in our culture and the world. Thank you all for your passion to give freedom this Christmas.
Christmas, Freedom, Human Trafficking, Justice, Prayer
Awareness, Child trafficking, Christmas, Fair Trade, Freedom, Gifts, Prayer, Slavery
Right now there are an estimated 35.8 million slaves living in the world. Out of that number 40% are forced labor. The ones suffering the most are the children, I have personally looked into the eyes of children that were forced to beg, girls tricked into sex slavery and women who were forced to work in sweat shops. Forced labor is a very real part of slavery throughout the world and one I have seen first-hand.
As Christmas approaches and people around the globe begin to buy presents, some of these gifts could be tainted with slave labor. So, our prayers this week are for change, freedom and ethics. We will also post ways that you can help through buying ethically.
- God bring freedom to those living in forced labor and reveal ways for them to find freedom and escape enslavement. Psalm 68:20
- Help children to be rescued from slave labor and law enforcement actively seek to free them from their traffickers. Proverbs 11:8
- Bring awareness to the issue of forced labor throughout the world that results in freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17
- Corporate responsibility, let business seek to change any forced labor issues they have in the supply chain of their products. Jeremiah 34:8
- Countries to address issues of forced labor practices.
- Cultural change in countries where slave labor is accepted. Psalm 55:19
- Consumer’s to care about the practices of mass-produced merchandize. (Not look away when forced labor exist.)
- Society to use ethics when buying and selling products. Proverbs 23:23
- Jesus example: That people would be more important than the products and living wages would be the ethical standard. Psalm 45:4
Thank you for joining us to pray for freedom for those trapped in forced labor and change in society. We know your prayers are making a difference.
Today we are praying and fasting for over 250 girls that were taken in a school in Nigeria on April 14th. The plight of these girls become famous last spring when they were abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
Take action and raise prayers and your voice to the government of Nigeria to Bring back our Girls. Please join us in prayer for their freedom, action on the part of the government and justice for those in the terrorist organization.
- God bring freedom to the girls that are trapped in slavery by Boko Haram. Isaiah 61:1 Isaiah 8:10
- Release the right people to intervene on the part of the girls and bring them freedom. Amos 5:15 Amos 5:24
- Give strategic intervention to free these girls and prevent other attacks.
- Let each girl have hope in their hearts in You. Acts 2:26
- Give hope to each family that is waiting for their child to return. Hebrews 11:1
- Protect each child from giving up, fill their hearts with pure hope that comes from Jesus. Hebrews 10:23
- Let the government move to action to free these girls and stop terrorism. Proverbs 21:15
- Remove any Politicians or law enforcement that are corrupt or will not move for justice and protect their people. 2 Peter 3:10-11 NIV
- Release people that will move to bring these girls freedom and return them to their families safe and sound. Micah 7:14-20
Thank you for praying with us for their freedom and standing up for these girls. To the families of the girls our prayers are with you and in God that your children will soon be home with you. #BRINGBACKOURGIRLS
Thank you all for standing with us in prayer to end slavery, we know your prayers are changing the world. As we stand in prayer this week to fight against this horrific human right abuse our prayers will be focused upon prevention.
One of the main problems of human trafficking that we have currently seen is the prejudice that people have against the victims. Maybe a victim of human trafficking made a unwise decision that still cannot justify the actions of the trafficker. An example, a 14-year-old girl was at the mall it was closing time and it was raining outside. No one showed up to pick her up; she was in and out of Child Protective Services. I man in his late 20’s drove up and persuaded her to get in the car. She was raped given drugs and sold for two weeks.
When the case came to court the man was given probation. I believe the prejudice against the girl and the decision she made to get in the car were factors in court case. We can’t justify evil by one person’s bad decision. We cannot justify wrong. When I read this story I was infuriated, it makes no sense that a child could be seen as the one at fault. I started to read comments about the story, and many people felt that she should have known better than to get in the car. This is a dangerous way of justifying wrong. It is also one of the reasons that children are being criminalized when they should be seen as the victim.
This week we will share more stories about this injustice that is happening in the court system and around the world. As we learn about injustice we have to remember that our hope is always in Jesus and when we pray change happens.
- Children who are at risk would be protected from traffickers. Joshua 24:17
- Intervention would happen for anyone that is about to be trafficked. Exodus 6:1
- Victims would find freedom. Romans 8:21
Thank you all for your continued prayers for justice and freedom we know your prayers are changing the World. As we pray for justice this week we ask that you would continue to pray for the school girls in Nigeria that are still being held captive. We must never forget these girls or their families. #BringBackourGirls.