Prayers to End Human Trafficking

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.

Prevention

  • 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

Freedom

  • 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

Education

  • 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

 

 

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Prayers and Fasting to End Slavery

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This week we have prayed and fasted for victims of human trafficking that were abducted by traffickers. We have prayed for the girls in Nigeria, the immigrant children at the U.S. border and for others around that have fallen prey to traffickers. Our focus has been on rescue, restoration and redemption.

Today our prayers are for freedom for all of children around the world that are trapped in slavery.

Rescue

Father bring miracles of freedom. Bring freedom to the Nigerian girls that are trapped in slavery. Bring freedom to any children that were taken at borders around the world. Bring freedom to people enslaved.

Stretch out Your hand from above; Rescue me and deliver me out of great waters, From the hand of for

 

Restoration

For those that have been freed bring restoration over their lives and healing physically, spiritually and mentally. Let them know the healing that come through Jesus love.

Restoration of Israel ] This is what the Lord says: “In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you; I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances,

 

Redemption

Unite families that have been destroyed through slavery. Bring redemption to families that need miracles of your freedom and transform nations to fight for justice.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption.
Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

In addition to these prayers we would ask you to take time to pray for legislators and governments around the world. For laws and law enforcements to stand up for justice and refuse corruption and victim blaming. This week and possibly into next U.S. legislators will be voting for new laws that can effect the lives of victims of human trafficking around the world. Please keep them in your prayers, as well as other governments that are trying to address issues of blatant injustice.

 

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Prayer & Fasting for Nigerian Girls

The girls have been in captivity over 100 days now and still our prayers are for their freedom and safe return to their families.

A girl in school

If you are a school girl in many parts of the world it is a privilege and not a right. An honor and not a given that you will be able to go. Many of these girls parents and to sacrifice for their daughter to be able to go to school. And in this circumstance girls from all over the surrounding areas were in the school taking exams.

Imagine the fear these girls must have felt when they were snatched away by men with guns. Over 250 girls were taken that day alone but countless other children have been abducted then sold by people using the children’s vulnerability as their weakness. Traffickers, extremist and ruthless people with no regard for human life and dignity. Power, money, greed and an inhuman ideology that fuels slavery and injustice.

But I want you to know “that greater is He that is in you than He that is in the world.” We cannot stand idly by and let the enemy gain power and try to take innocent children that need protection. And we have the greatest weapon against the enemy that has ever been known to mankind-Jesus. The power of prayer and to stand with courage along the families of each one of these girls. And cry out to God for their freedom, safety and healing. Today our prayers will be for the rescue, restoration and redemption of these girls and all of the children abducted and taken into slavery.

Rescue:

God let these each girl be freed from this terrorist group. Bring freedom to any children that has been taken into slavery. Let your protection surround each child.

Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.

Restoration:

Help every girl that has been abducted be restored by the love of Christ and freed from the emotional and spiritual abuse they have suffered.

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:37-39

Redemption:

Let each child that has been taken into slavery know your redemptive power through Jesus Christ. Let them know your love never left them alone.

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

Ephesians 1:7

Thank you all for praying with us we know your prayers are changing the world and bringing freedom to children in need of rescue, restoration and redemption.

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Prayer & Fasting to End Slavery

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Little girl gone

Imagine a girl living on the streets trying to survive, she has a mother but her mom and her can only survive if she try’s to earn money as well. She is 8-years-old and longs for security, the security to know that she will eat daily, have a place to sleep where she isn’t afraid and the security that her one-year-old sister will survive till she is two. For many children this is a daily reality in which human traffickers prey upon. And even if you are living in the western world you are not immune.

Just as we know that up to 60,000 minors were found on the border of Arizona and Texas in 2014 alone. But the question is what about the kids the traffickers took? I wish I could say that all the children made it safely somewhere and none were taken but the knowledge I have of human trafficking tells me otherwise.

Today our prayers are for those little children around the world that have been taken and sold. For their freedom.

Rescue and Freedom:

  • God help any children that have been abducted and sold to be found and freed. Let them be rescued or find safe ways to escape.

He is the God who avenges me, who subdues nations under me, who saves me from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from a violent man you rescued me.
Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing the praises of your name.

Psalm 18:47-49

  • Help them to continue to hope for freedom in Christ. Protect them from danger and harm.
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread yourprotection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
  • Jesus heal them physically, spiritually and mentally from all the pain they have received. Restore their lives in ever way.
Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.

Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healedyou.” And the woman was healed at that moment.

Matthew 9:22

We are continuing to pray for the school girls in Nigeria to be released and find healing through Jesus.

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Prayer & Fasting to End Slavery

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Thank you all for joining us to pray for the end of slavery. Your prayers are changing the world. There are three areas that we are going to focus on this week as we pray rescue, restoration and redemption. Each day we will join together to pray for those abducted and sold into slavery would be rescued and set free.

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As the families of the school girls in Nigeria wait for their children to be released and rescued we will stand in faith for there freedom. We will trust in the God that created these girls and not in governments that are unable to act on behalf of there freedom.

Rescue:

  • Let all of the girls in Nigeria who have been abducted to be rescued and freed.

“Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.”      Exodus 6:6

  • Bring freedom to children around the world that have been taken and sold. Let them be found and freed.

“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free” Luke 4:18

  • Help them to have faith and hope for rescue and freedom through Jesus.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

Thank you for praying with us for justice and freedom for children around the world that have tasted the injustice of slavery. I know that God will bring miracles of freedom through our faith in Him.

#bringbackourgirls

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Prayer & Fasting to End Slavery

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July 20th through July 27th we are praying daily and fasting to seek God for freedom on behalf of the school-girls abducted in Nigeria, and for other victims that have fallen prey to traffickers through deception and kidnapping.

In recent weeks news stories have highlighted what is happening in and around the world.  The girls abducted in Nigeria, the 60,000 immigrant children alone the U.S. border. Numerous stories of children taken around the world and disappearing. We have become more aware of the problem now we are given the opportunity to pray for freedom, justice and hope.

Please join us each day as we pray for the freedom of women, children and men around the world this week. And to seek God’s heart for justice and action in solutions to ending the atrocity of slavery.

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Prayers of Freedom in the Justice System

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The 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. 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

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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Insecurity fuels Human Trafficking

As more countries face issues of insecurity more children are vulnerable to human traffickers. In 2014 over 60,000 unaccompanied children have entered the United States. These children are brought over by smugglers from other countries after they have paid a handling fee that could be anywhere from $500 to thousands.

If this many unaccompanied children were able to enter the U.S. then how many fell victim to human trafficking? The question is scary when you think about how many children actually made it to the border of the U.S. How many others became victims on the journey and how many others were enslaved?

In Nigeria in April, 2014 over two hundred school girls were taken and believed to be sold. If this many made it into the news how many more girls fell victim that no one even knows about?

Insecurity is the real issue, people flooding into the border in the U.S. is fueled by the problem of insecurity in Central America. Many of the children are believed to be from Honduras. Which has the highest murder rate in the world, it is double compared to other 9 countries that proceed it many of which are also from Central America.

There are three basic needs that children have to grow up healthy, physically, spiritually and mentally. They are safety, significance and love. As Christian’s we know the source of these is God and when our family, government and country are unable to fulfill these basic needs He is always there.

One question that many people have asked about the children at the border is how could parents let their children go by themselves across the border with strangers?

Remember not to judge. In so many circumstances around the world smugglers, and traffickers are well versed at lies, manipulation and control tactics. One of the best lines in a book is from “To Kill a Mocking Bird” in it the father tells his young daughter, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” 

As parents in Central America are faced with unemployment, high murder rates, crimes and are surrounded by insecurity on all sides. They probably felt as if their children are better off trying to make it to safety then staying in their own country. Many parents probably gave all they had just to pay for their child to take the journey.

 

This month in our prayer and fasting campaign we will focus on these three needs. We will be praying for the rescue of children that have been taken, restoration of their lives and families and the redemption of their hearts. Starting July 20-27th we will be asking God to intervene in the lives of children trapped in slavery.IMG_4243

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Prayers for Education and Awareness to End Slavery

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Awareness and education, two necessary tools to bring an end to human trafficking. It’s hard to work in combating human trafficking and still think that awareness is needed to end slavery. Because it is so apparent, every week in the news a story is out about an under-age girl being trafficked by an adult, a bust by the police on child pornography or a survivor speaking up with courage about what they have endured. And when you go to certain countries all you have to do to buy a child for a few hours is to walk down the street and pick one out.  On the surface more people are aware of the problem and it seems so obvious yet we still need awareness and education to end slavery.

Two major factors that are needed to bring awareness and education to end slavery. One is for communities to know the dangers of human trafficking and how traffickers operate. The other is to stop the criminalization of victims of human trafficking. Many times as I raise awareness about slavery this problem comes up, and to be honest many non-profits that work in combating human trafficking are to blame for the lack of proper awareness. As they tell stories of victims that are bound in chains or in shipping containers, which is beyond horrific. But so is the story of the little 12 year old girl tricked by a man 30 or older saying he is her boyfriend and selling her at a local motel. Both are human trafficking, are awful, wrong, unjust and  both are slavery.

By law in the U.S. and most countries, human trafficking have the elements of force, fraud or coercion. Many times the victim is not under lock and key, they are watched but not chained in a room. There are victims that are but many are not. So our prayer this week is that people would understand the law, have grace for the victims and desire justice for the criminal’s.

As we pray this week for more people to become aware of the problem of slavery lets also make sure that truth is revealed about victims. Many times when cases come to court the myths and misconceptions about human trafficking stop real justice from happening in the judicial system. We know that prayer can change that and bring true and lasting change to stop slavery.

Awareness:

  • Aware: People around the world would be aware that slavery exist and know the forms of human trafficking. 2 Samuel 22:29
  • Informed: As awareness is raised, people would be informed about human trafficking. That victims are not always under lock and key. Misconceptions about slavery would be exposed. Proverbs 22:20-22
  • Law: People would understand that slavery happens through force, fraud or coercion. Court cases would reflect the justice. Exodus 23:6

Education:

  • At-Risk Communities: People who are high risk of becoming victims would know the signs of traffickers. Be aware of the ticks they use to deceive. Psalm 111:10
  • Teens: Would be taught about slavery and how to prevent and stop it from happening to them and their friends. Exodus 4:15
  • Responders: People working with the public would know what to look for and report slavery.

Freedom:

  • Rescue: People that are enslaved would be freed. 2 Timothy 4:18
  • Restoration: Victims would know complete restoration through Christ Jesus. Amos 9:11
  • Revival: Jesus change hearts around the world and bring revival that brings freedom to the enslaved. Luke 1:17Acts 15:9

This week we will continue to raise awareness about slavery and how you can spread the word to bring change in your community. Please continue to pray for the girls that are still missing in Nigeria. We will continue to pray for their freedom. #BringBackOurGirls

 
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The Real Truth About Human Trafficking

IMG_3319The real truth about human trafficking is that it’s not going away any time soon. But we can make a difference. We just have to be able to ask ourselves the tough questions individually, within society and globally. If we don’t then change will not happen anytime soon and people will continue to live enslaved. Questions we need to ask,

  1. Why after all the awareness is slavery still rampant?
  2. What needs to happen for slavery to end?
  3. What part does can my individual life bring change to someone enslaved?

The first question is the toughest to answer, I have been raising awareness about slavery for more than four years now and still more is needed. Just a few weeks ago I was in a meeting where a person who is in contact with victims of human trafficking didn’t see them as victims. Criminalization of victims is all too familiar around the world, I see it in the United States, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

In another incident at an awareness night with a group of young adults 18-25. I gave them different scenarios about human trafficking. They were true stories of survivors, how they were trafficked, how they escaped or where rescued and what happened within the court case. In one of the cases the victim was not a likable person. I happened to know her and she was difficult. She wouldn’t listen and always wanted to be around the wrong people that would cause her harm regardless of what anyone said. Although, she was difficult to get along with doesn’t mean that she wasn’t a victim or suffered at the hands of people who took advantage of her, human traffickers.

As I shared with these students, they expressed their feelings that she was to blame for her enslavement. I had explained the law and what human trafficking is in the United States by law anyone is guilty of human trafficking when the court can prove force, fraud or coercion. The court system proved all three in this case. But these students kept asking me why she didn’t escape. They couldn’t understand why she didn’t leave. The fact that she was never under lock and key confused them.

I think that organizations have talked about human trafficking and slavery in the U.S. and around the world and have shared stories of human trafficking where the victims are locked in rooms, in cages, and warehouses. Making it seem like escaping would be like escaping Alcatraz (A prison system in San Francisco that was built on a rock. Almost impossible to escape.) There are many case like this and they are horrible, but many times threats are an invisible chain that keeps people enslaved. If we compare modern day human trafficking to 18th century slavery many times the threats were the chains that kept them in slavery.

In the coming weeks we will address these questions to stand for justice, freedom and end slavery. If you want to make a real difference in ending slavery join us to fast and pray for an end to slavery. We want to continue our prayers for the girls in Nigeria that were taken #bringbackourgirls. And stand with the families in prayer to see them returned home.

 

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