Prayers to Prevent Slavery

Light through the Darkness

“Slavery is one of those monsters of darkness to whom the light of truth is death.”

Frederick Douglass

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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Five ways your gift can express freedom this Christmas

Gift of Freedom

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)
  5. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prayers to End Forced Labor

IMG_1332Right 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.

Freedom:

  • 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

Change:

  • 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

Ethics:

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

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Nigerian Schools Girls Hope For Freedom

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In the Declaration of Universal Human Rights established by the United Nations and signed by almost every country in the world states in Article 4,

“No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.”

Right now the Global Slavery Index estimates 35.8 million people are living in slavery. Almost every country in the world has laws that prohibit slavery. Yet women make up 80% of all slaves, and 50% are under-age girls.

It’s been over 7 months since 300 girls were taken from a school in Nigeria by a terrorist organization. They have been reported as sold for wives for as little as $12.00. This is blatant and horrific act of evil. And if we stand by and allow children to be taken at a school then sold, injustice will reign around the world. This will not be the last time a terrorist organization will do this act of defiance if one act is ignored.

The question is after all of this time why are they not home? When world government leaders have offered help to the government of Nigeria. Why are these girls still trapped in slavery, and held captive?

Is it corruption? Is it incompetence to act swiftly to free the 270 girls still missing? There is a reason. We might not be able to see the 35.8 million people that are trapped in the darkness of slavery. But we do know where and who has these 270 girls, so why are they still trapped in slavery?

Now is the time to stand with these girls and their families and say we collectively will not allow this. This type of injustice we will not allow in a world that believes in freedom. So we are asking you to do two things. Pray that the God who created every living thing will bring freedom to ever one of these girls. That they will be returned to their families and find the healing they need. And sign the petition asking for Leaders around the world to do what is necessary to free these girls. Petition for Action 

 

 

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Prayers of Freedom For Nigerian School Girls

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.

Freedom:

  • 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.

Hope

  • 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

Intervention

  • 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

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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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