During this first month (of many) of different challenges and fasting, we have been meditating over some ministries and organizations to bring awareness.
One of my favorite new friends, Sarah (check her out at Flying Kites!), has so kindly offered to guest post on the blog today AND provide a giveaway! Check the end of this post for entry information.
Prepare your hearts for this, readers.
-Did you know Sex trafficking commonly involves deception, kidnapping, rape, and sexual enslavement of girls (as young as 6!) and women? (Link)
–Did you know it’s one of the fastest growing crimes in the world? (Link)
-Did you know nearly 2 million children around the globe are currently forced into sexual exploitation? (Link)
–Did you know 300,000 children in the U.S. alone are at risk every year for commercial sexual exploitation? (Link)
-Do you want to stop reading this?!?!
Yeah, I hear ya. It sure sounds less messy to pour myself a cup of coffee, put my feet up and flip through a magazine.
So, do I brush this great injustice under the rug and pretend it doesn’t exist? Do I wallow in guilt because there’s nothing little-ol-me can do about it? Both these responses are unhealthy and go against what the Bible teaches about the oppressed.
So WHAT can be done?
Did you know one of the best things you can do to help end Sex Trafficking is EDUCATE YOURSELF?
Little-ol-me started educating herself and you know what happened? My heart started to ache and I started to pray. Prayer changes things.
I’m not an expert on this subject, but I wanted to introduce an amazing, Christ-centered ministry called Tiny Hands International
Tiny Hands is doing unbelievable things in Jesus’ name – focusing much of their efforts on intercepting sex traffickers in Nepal who are trying to smuggle vulnerable girls into India. To date, over 5,000 girls have been rescued!!
Go ahead and check out their website, but here are just a few things I love….
*Want to “spiritually adopt” a girl? Check out “One Girl Prayer Initiative” . A $10 donation will get you a hand-crafted bracelet and a prayer card with the name of a girl who’s been intercepted. I wear my bracelet almost 24/7 and it is a great reminder to pray for Tiny Hands.
*How about a cute purse (plus more!)? Check out the “Freedom Products” where 100% of proceeds go toward Tiny Hands’ Children’s Homes, Anti-Trafficking Efforts & Women Empowerment Ministries.
*Read Sold by Patricia McCormick. Although Tiny Hands doesn’t actually sell this book, I first heard about it through them. Sold is a novel based on true life stories of exploited children in Nepal. It is written from the viewpoint of 13-year-old Lakshimi. It’s explicit, yet tactful and most of all: it educates. I always encourage people to read it and pass it on. Think how many more prayers could be offered on behalf of God’s vulnerable children?
*Watch Meena’s Story. This will take that HUGE number of sex slaves and make it so incredibly REAL. It’s worth the 5 minutes it takes to watch. (video)
*Why not become and advocate for Tiny Hands? (link) It’s basically what I’m doing right now – spreading the word about how to help!
Thanks for taking the time to read this post and to Rachel for promoting such Christ-centered ministries!
God Bless you all! Sarah
SO powerful. Let’s not hide behind our sinful excuses of why we CAN’T do something, and start making advocacy and global-care our priority! (for more information, see Matthew 28:18-20 and all of Acts)
Sarah is graciously donated 2 copies of Sold for a giveaway!
3 ways to enter:
1. Comment on this blog about what you are going to do to be an advocate for women and children stuck in sex trafficking
2. Begin following this blog to stay in our fellowship of challenge and radical living and comment that you have done this
3. Post a link to this blog post on facebook and leave a comment on here that you did it
Sarah and I will come up with an exciting way to choose the winners by TUESDAY and they will be announced on WEDNESDAY MARCH 6TH!