Prayers to End Child Slavery

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The problem of child labor is far reaching from America to Asia and in Africa. Child labor has effected all parts of our imports and exports, as children are easily manipulated by adults and used many times as a commodity. The very ones that should be protected because of their innocents and vulnerability are the ones that are suffering. Here are a few examples of ways that children are being exploited and the people that are exploiting them.

Fast facts about trafficking worldwide from World Vision:

An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked each year for labour and sexual exploitation, according to the International Labour Organization

Forms of trafficking include sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic slavery, forced marriage, organ removal, and exploiting children by involving them in begging and war.

Trafficking brokers often have the same nationality as their victims. This allows them to use local connections, to win trust, and if a victim resists, to threaten his or her family.

This week our prayers are going to focus on the children and their freedom. Believing in God for restoration of their lives and families.

  1. Protection: God would protect and intervene on the part of children.
  2. Freedom: Children would be able to escape their traffickers and find a safe place  to stay.
  3. Healing: Children would be healed physically, emotionally and spiritually from the enslavement they suffered.

But let all who take refuge in you be glad, let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Psalms 5:11

“The word came to Jeremiah from the Lord after King Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people in Jerusalem to proclaim freedom for the slaves.”

Jeremiah 34:8

Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing  will quickly appear;
then your righteousness  will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

Isaiah 58:8

One of the best ways for these children to know freedom is through knowing they are loved by God and created by Him. These are just prayer points but there are so many issues involved in child trafficking. Please take time to pray what God has put upon your heart for the children around the world.

Thank you so much for taking time to pray with us, we are praying for you to know all that God has for you. Remember your prayers are changing the world.

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Fighting to End Slavery

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This year I met with a family in which I knew the daughter (a young girl in middle school) was putting herself in dangerous situation. As I met with mothers to tell her about her daughter it was beyond difficult. It is awkward and uncomfortable, but when you fight the evils of slavery you cannot sit back and only do the short program to teach about the dangers of slavery and never delve into their lives. To fight the evil of slavery you have to be willing to get messy, you have to be willing to fight. And you have to know that sometimes you lose a battle but you never stop fighting for justice, you never give in to complacency or hopelessness.

Your eyes and heart need to be constantly fixed on Jesus. Not in the circumstance or the evil that you know exist, but the love that you know is eternal. Evil will come to an end, but the grace of God will never end.

Two continents, one in the Americas and one in Asia yet the stories are so similar it could be the same country. A small group of people-abolitionist, going to meet with mothers to ask about the safety of their child, to ask if they know the dangers their daughters are in, or the situation their daughters were found.

It isn’t glamorous, heroic or adventurous. It’s not a movie, and no one gets a medal or recommendation at the end. But if the warning is heard and intervention happens you get the greatest reward any justice fighter could have, freedom for a child. No one might ever know that you played a part in this child’s life, no pictures are taken, no stories are written in the press, no glory given.

Because the child isn’t a number or a statistic, she has a face and has a name. Someone you have loved, hugged, feed and prayed for and you know that you must honor her, her family and her future.

If you want to get involved in fighting against slavery here are a few questions to ask yourself.

  • If I fight to end slavery would I still do it if no one knew about the work I did?
  • Can I ask the victims of trafficking if I can tell their stories before I share them?
  • Am I willing to get messy and fight?

 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
And whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

Jeremiah 17:7-8

These are questions that we have to ask ourselves on a weekly basis. Especially the last, am I willing to get messy and fight for their freedom?

Let me explain,  this means to love them even when they are cussing at you, to go into an uncomfortable situation and ask their families if they know what their child might be up to, to speak up when you see injustice. To never give up hope and know that what ever has happened to them or what they are deciding to do, Jesus is enough to set them free. 

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Prayers of prevention and intervention to end slavery

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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.

Prevention

 

Justice

Intervention:

  • 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.

 

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The fight for freedom

 

Sea of GalileeIn a recent trip to Israel I visited the location where Jesus and Peter walked on the water. The Sea of Galilee, surrounded by valleys, rich plant and sea life. And as the sun or the moon shines on the water it glistens as if glitter was thrown in it as the wind blows small ripples to create waves. You can see where Jesus spoke from the Sermon on the mount, the remote place where He went to pray. And look at the sea where by walking on water  He taught us things impossible with man and always possible with God.

As I looked out on the Galilee, a peace came upon my heart. I imagined Jesus walking on the water as the moonlight made Him seem like a ghost. Him reaching His hand out to Peter and saving him from drowning.

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard and probably said that Peter didn’t have enough faith to walk along side Jesus in the sea. But that really isn’t true. Peter was always beside Jesus, talking, walking, eating and asking questions. I don’t think it was his relationship to Jesus that was the problem I believe it was his understanding or mis-understanding of who he was. Peter knew Jesus could walk on water because he was, but Peter had doubts about himself and who he was in Jesus. Doesn’t that sound familiar?

Many of us say that it was the circumstances or when the wind started to blow and the waves started to get higher fear came over him. No, I don’t think that was it. I think, Peter didn’t see himself as Jesus saw him at that point. What is really funny is Peter is the only child of God that ever walked on water, at least as far as I know. Peter also didn’t have our advantage either, we know that Jesus died on the cross and was raised but at that point Peter didn’t know that was going to happen and had yet to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We however have the knowledge of both.

In combatting human trafficking it’s essential to have faith to get out of the boat and listen to Jesus and Him only. Not to listen to lies or let fear have a place in your relationship to God or others. The lies say,

  • It doesn’t matter.
  • You can’t help.
  • There will always be slaves, what’s the point.
  • You’re work is not making a difference.
  • It’s too hard just throw in the towel.

You can’t save people or children from themselves, other people or from external circumstances. But you can make a difference and if you are walking beside Jesus in the fight for freedom. People will be freed. Many times I have seen or heard of people that were warned about traffickers, even about the specific people they were around being traffickers. They didn’t listen and sometimes bad things happened and other times on the 9th hour someone intervened and they were spared. But through it all faith is crucial in the work and prayer is the only way we have seen miraculous stories of freedom. To know who you are in Jesus regardless of what is going on around you and others to stop listening to lies. And to know who Jesus is, that He will never leave or forsake us in the water or on dry ground. Then to know that for the ones we work with.

I will leave you with this statement I heard from a counseling trainer last week “If you can’t let people leave your office un-saved, unhealed, and unfree. You shouldn’t do this job.” After four years of working in combating human trafficking I understand, but I also know that I will never give up hope until ever slave is free. I have stopped listening to the lies.

 

 

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Prayer for Justice in Court Systems

IMG_0558The judicial system is crucial to end slavery and create an atmosphere of freedom. Right now in courts around the world victims are seen as criminals and many times they never see justice. This week we will pray in faith for change and transformation around the world for places that are in need of justice.

One of the common factors that obstructs justice is prejudice and social inequality. In India for example justice is denied many times to women, in the Middle East rape victims can be put in jail and in America victims are criminalized. Injustice, so what happens when a girl is trafficked and sold as a slave. She many times is the very one that is criminalized, although small changes are happening we still have a long way to go.

Join us this week to ask God to change court systems, laws and bring freedom to those that have been victim to injustice.

Courts:

  • Justice: That court cases around the world would not show partiality to anyone because of funding, social stasis, race or religion but be objective and reflect justice. Exodus 23:2
  • Judges and juries: The judges and juries who are assigned to trafficking cases would be informed about slavery and the complexities with trafficking victims. They would have God’s wisdom in each case. Exodus 23:6
  • Lawyers: God would provide lawyers to fight for freedom. They would be anointed to try each human trafficking case they are given. Ezra 7:10

Laws:

  • New laws: Any gaps in laws that deal with human trafficking would be addressed and changed. Psalm 119:7
  • Current laws: Laws that exist would be enforced and judicial systems would pursue cases of human trafficking. Leviticus 18:5Leviticus 25:18
  • Change laws: Any laws that criminalize the victim would be exposed and changed. Laws around the world would reflect Christ justice and heart for people. Psalm 119:108
  • Wisdom: That laws would protect women, children and men. Any laws that prevent that would not be passed. No one would become a casualty of new laws and fall between the gaps.

Freedom:

  • Victims freed: Any victims that are enslaved because of unjust laws would be found and freed. Luke 4:18
  • Strength: Survivors and victims would have the courage and strength to stand up for justice. They would be freed from the fear of facing their trafficker. Deuteronomy 31:6
  • Survivors: Would find peace and know Christ redemptive power. Ephesians 1:7

Thank you for joining us to pray for the end of slavery. We know that your prayers are changing the world.

 

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Prayers For “Bring Back Our Girls” Campaign

Another disappointment with the Nigerian School girls after peace talks fell apart. The Nigerian government had been in dialogue with who they believed represented Boko Haram but the leader of the Islamic terrorist group denounced the talks in a recent video.

I cannot imagine the horror of the parents of the 219 girls still missing for over 200 days now. But we cannot forget these girls or their families and we must defend the rights of girls going to school. If we allow terrorist to keep, sell and stop these girls then we are sending a message that this kind of behavior will be tolerated.

The question is “What can I do?”

  • Pray for these girls to be freed.
  • Pray for their families.
  • Pray for justice
  • Sign the petition asking the Nigerian government to find these girls.
  • Join us December 1st to pray and fast for their freedom.

We must never forget these girls or stop fighting for their freedom. #bringbackourgirls.

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Prayers for Survivors Healing, Physically, Spiritually and Mentally

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Thank you for joining us in prayer to end slavery and human trafficking. We know that your prayers are changing the world and making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

As survivors struggle to rebuild their lives a few elements are essential. Shelter, safety and physical healing are just a few of the needs of a trafficked victim. This week we are praying for those needs plus the spiritual and mental healing of each survivor.

Healing:

  • Father we ask that you would heal survivors of any physical trauma they have endured through being trafficked. Jeremiah 17:14
  • God let miracles of healing happen in survivors around the world. Luke 19:37
  • Bring mental healing to each victim of human trafficking. Romans 12:2 

Spiritually

  • God help survivors to see themselves as you see them as healed and restored through Jesus. Luke 4:18
  • Remove any lies they have believed about themselves and others through the trauma they have received. Zephaniah 3:13
  • Heal them of any trauma bonding to the traffickers and remove fear from their lives and they would know the perfect love of Christ. 1 John 4:18 

Mentally

  • Give them new hope for their lives and future. Galatians 5:5
  • Help their minds to be renewed and any attachment to the past broken off of them. 2 Peter 1:8-10
  • If they feel any shame or guilt let them understand that it was not their fault. Isaiah 61:7

Shelter, so many victims are in need of shelter right now around the world. I live in the United States and victims of exploitation and trafficking struggle to find needed shelter. As we continue to pray for freedom lets remember to also pray for shelter for the victims that is safe and a place of grace and kindness.

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New Statistics about Porn and Society

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As a part of our collaboration with the “White Ribbon Against Pornography Campaign” this week to raise awareness about the adverse effects of pornography and to help end the slavery of women and children here are a few of the latest statistics on porn in society.

This post is from the blog of Ex-porn star Shelley Lubben who founded Pink Cross Foundation. The group concentrates on outreach and evangelism of those in the porn industry, especially performers, and offers support to those wishing to leave the industry. When women or men in the porn industry contact Pink Cross for help, Shelley and her team send care personalized packages filled with encouraging cards, books, Bibles, CDs, beauty supplies, gift cards, and other practical supports along with financial assistance to help them in their recovery. 

Current Porn statistics are offered here as they become available.
Links are not provided when the site has provocative material.

80% of UK teens say porn is “too easy” to access or stumble upon on the internet.
46% of teens said sexting is a part of everyday life for teenagers.
70% said porn was seen as normal by their peers at school.
1 in 10 told their parents about stumbling on to porn on the internet.
2/3 of girls and nearly 50% of boys said growing up would be easier if porn was harder to access.
DailyMail, UK, August 19, 2014

64% of American men view porn at least monthly, the percentage of Christian men is nearly the same.
79% of men ages 18-30 view porn at least monthly.
67% of men ages 31-49 view porn at least monthly.
55% of married men view porn at least monthly.
Digital Journal, August 14, 2014

Christians who support gay marriage are seven times more likely to approve of pornography, six times more likely to approve of promiscuity, and five times as likely to approve of adultery as compared to those who don’t.
The Global Dispatch, August 14, 2014

The percentage of UK women who cheat on their husbands has risen 40% in the past 20 years.
Counsel & Heal, July 25, 2014

80% of college students in India watch porn; 40% watch rape porn.
76% said that watching rape porn leads to the desire to rape a woman.
ABP Live, India, July 24, 2014

Of a survey of 8,000 girls and women in India, 49% said they learned about sex from watching porn videos.
India.com. June 25, 2014

40% of Canadian boys grades 4 – 11 are viewing porn; 1/3 of these, every day.
Business Standard, June 13, 2014

Of a survey of 248 Oxford (UK) students:
71.8% of all students said they view porn;
91% of men vs 51% of women.
The Oxford Student, June 12, 2014

68% of Christian men and 50% of pastors confessed to viewing porn weekly in a recent survey.
Christian News Wire, June 11, 2014

50% of Pornhub’s 38 million users are viewing porn via mobile devices.
TimesLive, June 5, 2014

To see more statistics about porn and society click here to the original site.

 

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Prayers to End A Culture of Porn and Bring Freedom

 

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:2

This week is “White Ribbon Against Pornography” a movement that raises awareness about pornography, the link in sexual exploitation, sex trafficking and the adverse effects to porn in our culture.

I am sure many of you have been exposed to porn, dated someone who was addicted to porn or if you were like me you didn’t realize till later that you ex was watching porn which led to the demise of  what you thought was a loving relationship. So this week we are standing strong in prayer for freedom, society and cultures around the world to be porn free.

Recently, I found out the number one buyer of sex is American men. The US produces 89% of the world’s pornography. I was shocked. I truly believe it’s the link between pornography and our culture that has caused this, and statistics say that men who frequently watch porn are more likely to become buyers of sex. Let’s pray for change and stand in our faith in God that this will change.

Freedom:

  • Children trapped in slavery through pornography would be found and freed.
  • Law enforcements around the world would work cases to find children trapped in slavery through the Internet.
  • Those who are trapped in slavery through pornography would find salvation and freedom through Christ. Psalm 119:45

Society:

  • Any addiction to sexualized images in societies would be replaced with purity and righteousness. Philippians 4:8
  • Porn culture would be exposed and people would seek freedom and right relationships. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  • Pornography would not be acceptable in societies around the world. Habakkuk 1:13

Healing

  • Love & Grace: Christ love would surround people that are struggling with an addiction to pornography. They would be freed from indifference and shame. Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Righteousness & Purity: People would seek Christ righteousness in their lives and purity that comes through Him.
  • Any shame that is holding people back from getting help and freedom would be replaced with grace and redemption through Christ love. Romans 3:24

 

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Men Pay to Rape Women

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Have you ever done something that you didn’t want to do? Have you ever made someone do something they did not want to do? Well that is what a girl who is sex trafficked deals with everyday. Imagine a minor that is 17 or under being forced to have sex with multiple men everyday. This is rape.

Rape: The crime, committed by a man, of forcing another person to have sexual intercourse with him without their consent and against their will, esp. by the threat or use of violence against them.

So many times we like to candy-coat the picture but to pour sugar on poop doesn’t mean it isn’t poop. And it still smells like crap. I think this is what we do when we talk about prostitution, we either make it a joke, blame the girl or say “boys will be boys.” When the reality of buying sex looks very different than any of these three outlooks.

If I guy is buying sex from a girl who is being trafficked then they are paying to rape a victim. They are not buying sex from someone who wants to be there. That girl is forced to be there against her will and is under threat to her health if she does not sleep with the buyer. This is the reality of human trafficking. The buyer himself become a rapist.

Most of the statistics for buyers in the United States are married men ages 35-50 years-old. Out of the number of men who purchased sex 47% went through with buying even when they found out the girl was a minor. I wonder if men would buy sex if they knew they could be charged with rape?

In America agencies and organizations fighting against human trafficking want to change the laws to make it tougher on people buying sex. Right now men are just getting a ticket they can pay and it goes off their background or past record. But new laws are being looked at to make it a felony to pay for sex. This means it would go on their background and they could do prison time or get probation, which could cause problems for them in their future.

I am sure some of you are reading this ane thinking that is harsh. But we must stop seeing buying sex as a victimless crime. I have been working with victims and even the women who are strong and have healthy lives are still dealing with the after-effects of what happened to them while being trafficked. It is not a victimless crime.

I believe change happens when people face the reality of the situation and address the issues that need change. We believe if you are seeking God and truly want freedom that it’s available for you, if you have a problem with addiction to pornography or sex their are ways to get help. Here are a few XXXchurch, PureHope.

Next week starts the beginning of the “White Ribbon Campaign” hosted by Porn Harms. From October 27th through November 4th people will wear a white ribbon to show solidarity with those who have suffered from the effects of pornography. Join us next week as we stand with the “White Ribbon Campaign” and pray for victims, societies and people around the world

 

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