Some of you may know my passion and connection to the issue of ending human trafficking. For many, that word might bring up different ideas, but for me- it strikes a chord of determination- a feeling that I HAVE TO DO SOMETHING.
I first learned about the issue (also known as modern day slavery) a few years back from an organization called International Justice Mission. The founder, Gary Haugen, wrote a few books and one of them ended up in my hands and changed me forever. “Good News About Injustice” reveals the astounding truth that there are more slaves in our world TODAY than ever before; that people live in bondage across the globe and the faces it takes are numerous. It ranges from bonded labor in brick kilns, rice mills, and tea plantations in India, to child labor in the coffee fields in Central Africa, to the streets of Calcutta, India; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Bangkok, Thailand; and Denver, Colorado, USA; where women and children are trafficked in the form of commercial sexual exploitation. And in reality, this is happening every day. All over the United States, and all over the world. This stuff can be daunting. It is overwhelming and so many of us would rather not think about it. We may feel sad for the people we hear about, but when the day is done, it’s easier to just forget about it and keep on living our lives in freedom.
I think it’s something I have taken for granted. It’s something I often forget to be thankful for. But now, knowing that it is something millions of people around the world don’t experience, it’s time I stand in the gap, in whatever way possible, to work for freedom of others. It is the best way to show thanks – to be moved to action – for the benefit of someone else.
SO WHAT’S THE “GOOD NEWS” about injustice!?
For me, this is a human rights issue. A social justice issue. But it is also an issue of who I am and what I believe I’m called to do. My faith is the driving force behind why I need to do something about this. I believe in the God of Justice – the one who cares more deeply about the oppressed, the enslaved, the broken people of the world, than we can imagine. The God who asks me to be as He is- to give abundantly, to love extravagantly, and to loose the chains of injustice. One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is Isaiah 58. Here are just a few things from this chapter:
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday…”
The GOOD NEWS is that God is up to something-and He has been since the beginning. He has not left the precious ones that are facing slavery every minute of their days. He has not forgotten and He wants freedom. But, He calls those who believe in Him, to be the doers of justice. He pleas with us to be the ones. “If you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed” He says, “then your light will rise in the darkness….He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land”. His plan is bigger and better- but we must not get complacent. We have been commissioned and we have a responsibility to act.
IT’S TOO BIG. WHAT COULD I EVER DO?
This is the common feeling and it can stop us dead in our tracks….but we must overcome that lie that there’s nothing we can do.
Last week I was at a meeting with some dedicated people who want to see people be restored and brought out of slavery and oppression, and into freedom.
One of the women there is an FBI agent who works on the Innocence Lost Task Force for Colorado. She works directly with girls and young women who have been sexually exploited on the streets of Denver, Colorado Springs, and other parts of the state. She has a caseload of more that 40 victims that she works with and she would say there are many more still in “the life” that are in need of freedom and restoration. Restore Innocence is a non-profit born out of a heart for the oppressed and an awareness of the need for safe housing for girls who have experienced unthinkable trauma from being exploited. The hope is to build the Cinderella House, a place of healing and restoration for girls in Colorado who need safety, treatment, and most of all, hope.
GIVE RESTORATION. GIVE HOPE.
Restore Innocence needs your support. These girls need your support.
Restore Innocence is doing a few things that require the support of people who care about this issue and want to make a difference. Here are a few ways to get involved and bring hope:
Give RESTORATION :
We need financial support to continue our services to the girls, to run our programs, and ultimately, to build the Cinderella House. CLICK HERE to give Restoration.
We are collecting special items for the girls we are currently working with. Here is a helpful tool to guide you:
You can also support Restore Innocence by shopping Restored Bow products
or booking a photography session with Love Roots Photography, where 10% will go to Restore Innocence. Contact me at Loverootsphotogaphy@gmail.com or 719.510.4995
If you pray- we need it!: continuous prayer for the girls (those we are working with, and those we don’t know, yet), for the ministry, for all people experiencing slavery. To recieve our weekly prayer newsletter, send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org