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.
Few months ago I worked with survivors of human trafficking teaching ESL (English as a second language.) I said to one of the student’s “You are learning so fast, you did great. Gosh your smart.” The survivors I had the privilege to teach are the most brave women and girls I have every met and are incredibly intelligent. After my last class the same 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, 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”