Things to Remember When Praying for Freedom

When you look at statistics and numbers in the fight against human trafficking and slavery they are tragic and daunting. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime states that only one out of every one hundred victims are freed from slavery, 99 will die enslaved. Out of that number 80% are women and children sold for sex slavery. In the short three years that I have fought to bring awareness, advocate and help survivors of human trafficking the one thing I know that has worked the best is prayer. Only God knows each persons name, He knows how many hairs are on every head. This week in prayer for the end of slavery I was reading the story of Habakkuk, how no matter what the circumstances looked like he prayed from a place of knowing God. Our prayers have to come from that same place, an understanding that God can do all things.

Habakkuk’s Prayer is so encouraging that no matter what circumstances may be, what they look like. God will always be God. Three things the prayer of Habakkuk taught me:

  1. Rejoice in God
  2. Remember to have joy
  3. Realize God is my strength

Rejoice, Remember and Realize that God can end slavery all I need to do is ask in faith and for the other 99 to freed. I cannot do it myself, nor can one person or organization but God can do anything. And His love for the victims is greater than mine.

I know this because the Bible says, nothing can separate us from His love. “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39.

We are praying for you to know the love of God daily. To rejoice, remember and realize that nothing can separate you from His love. Thank you for praying with us to end slavery your prayers are changing the World.

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Prayers for Freedom, Salvation and Justice to End Slavery

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At Prayer For Freedom we believe that only Christ can change the hearts of men. And when He changes them they will never be the same. So in every program, project and event we have it’s essential that freedom in Christ is the center. In all of our work from prayer to prevention programs we know that only Christ love is able to bring change and justice.

Right now there are 29 million slaves in the world and that number sadly is growing. As awareness is growing which prevents slavery blatant acts of injustice are happening as well, like the 200 school girls still enslaved in Nigeria by terrorist. And the women in Iraq who were taken and reportedly sold by the terrorist group ISIS. Change starts in our minds and hearts but that change can be for evil or for good.  One idea that is a lie can start a chain reaction where the end result is injustice. Just one simple idea, dark eyes are better than light eyes, light skin isn’t as nice as dark skin. Lies that turn into thoughts that become a belief, then a system in which injustice, intolerance and abuse breeds.

But the great news is when salvation comes into a life so does justice. Because justice starts with Jesus.

“He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands shall wait for His law.”

Justice

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

Salvation:

  • Survivors and victims would know the love of Jesus. Romans 8:39
  • Traffickers would repent and free the people they have enslaved. Acts 2:38
  • Revival would start around the world and people would know who they are in Christ. Free people. Matthew 3:2

Thank you for praying with us to end slavery we know your prayers are changing the world.

 

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Kind Words in a Harsh World

Many of you can imagine that working with survivors of human trafficking can truly break your heart. Just as their hearts have been broken and exploited by the traffickers.

Choosing words of kindness and not advice in trying to help survivor’s or for that matter any hurting person. In a World ready and willing to give their opinion it takes a tight mouthed person to stop and say nothing. If you are from the Western World it is not natural to keep your opinion to yourself, or from a large family like mine. Our natural reaction is to give advice and help the other person and hopefully if they do what we tell them their problems would be solved. Yet the most important thing that could be done is to give a kind word.

This week I was working with survivors teaching ESL (english as a second language) and said to a student “You are learning so fast, you did great. Gosh your smart.” The survivors that I have the privilege to teach are the most brave women and girls I have every met and incredibly intelligent. After my last class the women came to me and said”no one has ever told me I am smart.” She lived her whole life in a World full of oppression. I said a few words, I didn’t give her advice on what to change or how she can do better, I gave her kindness. I pray that I will learn this lesson with all the people that are in my life, that my first words are kindness.

Our prayer for you is that you will be able to share words of kindness to survivors of human trafficking and all the people you are around.

“But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankindappeared, 5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration andrenewing by the Holy Spirit”

Titus 3:4-5

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Prayers for Freedom, Salvation and Education to End Slavery

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To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding, To receive the instruction of wisdom,
 justice, judgment, and equity;To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion.

Proverbs 1:1-3

Vulnerable people are the prey of human traffickers. One way that people are vulnerable is a lack of education.

 58 million primary school-age children are not in school. More than half of these children are girls and 75 percent of them live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Of all the primary-school age girls globally, 20 percent are not in school, compared to 16 percent of boys in this age group. That is one-in-five girl worldwide who aren’t going to primary school.

Half the Sky Movement.

In the prevention work that we do in an urban city in United States we have several kids that are either illiterate or have minimal reading skills. This brings vulnerability to each child that grows up attending school and yet unable to read.

I also believe that Jesus is the true path to freedom and when He is present in a person’s life then they choose the path and live in the destiny that God has for them. Which is freedom.

So this week our prayers are focused on salvation and education to see an end to slavery.

Education:

  • God protect girls who are in school from traffickers, terrorist and anyone that would try to prevent them from becoming educated. Psalm 61:3
  • Father, help education to be accessible to children around the world.
  • Provide teachers for children that can teach and inspire change in each child. Exodus 18:20

Freedom:

  • God help children to be freed from slavery. Psalm 81:6 Psalm 82:4
  • Victims would be free spiritually and mentally from traffickers and abusers. Galatians 5:1
  • Children would be free to live in the path that God has for them. Jeremiah 29:11-12

Salvation:

  • Survivors and victims would know the love of Jesus. Romans 8:39
  • Traffickers would repent and free the people they have enslaved. Acts 2:38
  • Revival would start around the world and people would know who they are in Christ. Free people. Matthew 3:2

Thank you for joining us in prayer we know your prayers are changing the world. Please continue to stand in prayer for freedom for the school girls in Nigeria #bringbackourgirls. And for the Christian girls and the Yazidi women held captive, reports say they are being sold.

 

 

 

 

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The Link between Terrorism and Slavery

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Recent terrorist organizations have become more blatant as they grow in arms and raise a name for themselves. This year alone two relatively unknown groups have come into the media spotlight and worldwide recognition for abducting young girls and selling them into slavery.

The first known this year happened in April of 2014 when over 250 girls from Nigeria were taken. The girls were in school taking an exam in the village of Chibok. The terrorist group Boko Haram captured 274 girls, out of them 50 managed to escape in days the others are believed scattered. Reports out of neighboring villages stated many girls had been sold into slavery for $12. Others believed to be held captive to boarder for the release of other terrorist in prison. The group has continued to abduct other women and girls from villages.

Another group in the Middle East is Isis. Recent reports say that young women and girls have been taken and are being sold at a market set up to sell slaves. This group gained a reputation in the past month for horrible attacks on Christians and minority groups in Northern Iraq. They are also in control of oil and gas fields in Iraq and Syria. Which gives means to continue reigning terror over both these countries.

These two groups that were relatively unknown have now attained worldwide status by horrific acts of terror. It’s not the enemy in a different country but the killing, abducting and selling their own countrymen for their personal ideologies and gain. To sell victims into slavery during war is not new however the velocity in which these acts are happening seems to be accelerating.

We must ask the question, “Why?”

Are children so vulnerable a terrorist group can abduct them in the day and 4 months later little is done to procure their freedom?

Have we become so hardened that we are indifferent to genocide within a people group?

Is the true question “Why do we allow injustice?”

The link between slavery and terrorism is injustice and I passivity by world leaders to lead nations without fear.

If you are like me though you don’t know what to do or how to do it, your not a world leader. You give money if you can and say, “It’s not right” but feel helpless to really bring change. But as Christian’s we are given power and authority by God. In prayer and a relationship with Him we can change the course of history, to reflect the justice that Jesus gave when He died and rose again on the cross.

We can continue to pray for the girls in Nigeria to be freed. We can pray for the women in Iraq and Syria that are being sold to find freedom and safety. We can do that because,

IT MUST BE STOPPED!

As a Christian and Human Rights Activist I want to take up arms and fight for the lives of these people and young girls. But I cannot, I am not equipped or trained to fight these people with weapons made by man. If I tried I would be a goner in less than the time it takes to pull out a weapon.

Yet I have the best and greatest weapon of all, the Sword of God. Prayer. Which equips me.

We must take a stand and pray for their freedom because their freedom and ours is intertwined. These terrorist groups will not stop until they gain as much control as possible. Injustice in one country affects your life, your families life and all those around you. In a quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. He said,

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

If we as Christians do not stand up for justice who will know that true justice only comes from Jesus?

Join us today and everyday in prayer for people around the world that are suffering from injustice and help us change the course of history to be freedom.

 

 

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Prayers to End Slavery

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In 2013 a report came out estimating 29.8 million people were living in slavery. Right now our estimate is 29,799,989. Where did we get our findings through prayer and the news. Let me explain, this month in North Texas a joint operation involving 12 law enforcement agencies arrested 18 johns, 4 pimps, rescued 5 minors and helped provide services to 65 women and children. In Georgia 7 minor girls were found after being sold as slaves to men, they were freed and 5 pimps/traffickers were arrested. The same weekend we had a team of 30 pray for victims to be found and set free, that justice would happen and lives would be transformed.

Many of my friends have heard me say “drip, drip, drip.” It’s a quote from the Author Seth Godin. It basically means consistent, persistent perseverance. That change almost never happens in a flash but with small consistent drips. One drip at a time. I believe praying for justice is the same, consistent, persistent prayer that perseveres regardless of the circumstance. And God in His mercy frees 12 slaves, and eventually 29.8 million becomes 29.7, then 29.0. But we have to continue to pray and act for freedom. We must never get complacent in our fight and passion to end injustice. It can’t be a fad that changes with the tide but a constant fight till all are free.

This week our consistent, persistent prayers will be for freedom for the 29.7 million enslaved. And one prayer at a time we will believe in freedom for the girl trapped by the lies of her trafficker, for the family bond by debt bondage in India, and for the teenage girl that is being sold in the neighborhood we drive by everyday.

Freedom

Physically:

  • People trapped in slavery would be found and freed. Luke 4:17-19
  • Traffickers would release people they have enslaved. Jeremiah 34:8
  • Law enforcement would actively find victims, free them and provide a safe place for them to recover. Psalm 27:5

Spiritually:

  • They would receive Christ and Gods plans for their life.  Romans 10:9-10
  • Victims would be set free in their minds, heart and soul from the abuse and they would know Christ thoughts and truth for their lives. John 8:36
  • Victims would be filled with hope for their future and forgive the past. Psalm 9:18

Mentally:

  • Victims & survivors minds would be healed from the trauma of the past. Psalm 107:20,
  • They would be healed of all sickness mentally and physically from being enslaved. Isaiah 53:5
  • They would know the restoration of Jesus Christ and live in His love for their lives. Amos 9:112 Corinthians 13:11

Thank you for joining us in prayer to end slavery. We know that your prayers are making a difference one prayer at a time and we will see freedom for those enslaved.

 

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Prayer and Unseen World of Slavery

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,the conviction of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1

Daily, I sit and pray that God would change a World that I generally never see, the invisible World of forced child labor. It was about four years ago that I heard slavery still existed, and almost every part of my life had been touched by slavery in one way or another. My cheap coffee picked by slaves, the cotton in my summer pants harvested by elementary school children in Uzbekistan. My weekly chocolate treats from children in the Ivory Coast, the parts in my laptop or smart phone fueling funds for child soldiers.

This is a unseen  world I have never seen, yet my life is joined to theirs. What if this unseen world I cannot see is a part of a very real and spiritual world that is created by my decisions to look only at what I can see. I can see my coffee, chocolate, smart phone and laptop. I cannot see the way or means in which they were harvested or built.  But I must ethically ask the question. Do my decisions bring others a life of slavery? And if so what are the consequences of my sins on myself and the world around me?

Ephesians 6:12   For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

In the past four years I have met slaves, they have faces and names. Slavery has a face. Many times it is the face of a child, as I write this on my laptop I pray that if any child was forced into slavery because of my purchase they would find freedom. That God would bring the invisible freedom that they long for a reality.

Slavery does not have to be invisible or visible anymore in today’s world. If we are praying for God’s will on the earth then we have to fight for freedom. In the kingdom of heaven there are no slaves. Now I buy what I know to be fair trade, and I pray and ask God for intervention on the part of children trapped in slavery. What I buy and what I pray can change the World.

How have you identified slavery in your life?

 

 

 

 

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Prayers to Prevent Human Trafficking

 

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Thank you for praying with us for the end of slavery, your prayers are bringing change and transformation around the world. This week we are asking for a prayer request for our ministry in North Texas. It has been our prayer for the last couple of years to open up a center to train survivors and high-risk youth with life skills,  job training and placement and disciple them to live free in Christ. We are in need of a building and workers to love each survivor and teen. Thank you for your prayers for freedom for those entrapped around the world we know freedom is coming.

 

Our prayers this week are for prevention, freedom and justice. 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.

 

Freedom

  • God would bring freedom to people and children enslaved in these countries. Galatians 5:1
  • Any people who have been transported as slaves across borders from these countries would be found and freed. 2 Corinthians 3:17
  • Child brides and children in forced labor would be freed. Ephesians 3:12

Prevention

  • Children and their parents would know the tricks traffickers use to deceive. Proverbs 2:6 Proverbs 2:12
  • Awareness would be raised in these countries to prevent human trafficking. Proverbs 1:20
  • Laws would be enforced and become a deterrent to traffickers. Leviticus 18:4

Justice

Thank you for standing with us in prayer for freedom around the world. We know that you prayers are changing the world.

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Slavery still Exist

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As I work in the fight against slavery there are moments when I stand back and think “how can this be?” Driving in my car as I pray, God how can I live free while others are bound in slavery, while children are enslaved. And I pray let me do my part to end human trafficking and to love those that have been trapped in slavery.

Many times my own ability to help is limited by funds, time and the overwhelming understanding that 29.8 million people are enslaved. When I’ve spoken to others one of the frustrations they have shared with me is they don’t know what to do to bring change. Over three years ago we started Prayer For Freedom as a movement in prayer to call on God to bring change and in that time miracle’s have happened and change has resulted for hundreds of people’s freedom, laws have been changed and justice has been revealed. We still have a long way to go but through change is happening.

This week our prayers have been focused on the top ten countries known to be the worst for slavery. The first is a country in Africa, called Mauritania which has the highest proportion of slavery in the world. One statistic for the country said that 20% of the people are living in slavery. Forced labor, child brides and domestic servitude are just a few forms of slavery that exist in Mauritania. Women and children are suffering the most as discrimination against them have been passed done through generations.

In research from the “Global Slavery Index” it said,

Slavery in Mauritania primarily takes the form of chattel slavery, meaning that adults and children in slavery are the full property of their masters who exercise total ownership over them and their descendants. Slave status has been passed down through the generations from people originally captured during historical raids by the slave-owning groups.

Instead of passing down a family business their children are born into a world of slavery. Well, this I cannot accept. We should not accept children will be born owned as a piece of property like an animal. I might not be able to fly around the world and free these 140,000 people believed enslaved in Mauritanian but I can pray for change and believe that God will bring change in each one of these countries in a powerful way. That generations that have known nothing but slavery will taste the freedom that comes through justice and Jesus.

Indoctrination to ensure people in slavery accept their situation of ownership is a key feature of slavery in Mauritania, with understandings of race and class, as well as some religious teachings being used to justify slavery. Without access to education or alternative means of subsistence, many believe that it is God’s wish for them to be slaves.

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I can pray that the twisted lies they have believed will be broken from their minds and hearts and they will know freedom. Join us to pray for this nation and for all of the 28.9 million that are enslaved.

We can always remember that,

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

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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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