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Being wrecked by the sex trade

A megachurch leader recently posed this question: “What wrecks you?” He argued that whatever disturbs our soul, whatever causes us to lose sleep at night, whatever thing we just can’t stand may be the same as our calling in ministry. Many of our missionaries are being exposed to the sex trad…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
megachurch leader recently posed this question: “What wrecks you?” He argued that whatever disturbs our soul, whatever causes us to lose sleep at night, whatever thing we just can’t stand may be the same as our calling in ministry. Many of our missionaries are being exposed to the sex trade in Thailand for the very first time. They’ve heard the term, maybe read about a few stories, but now they are seeing the reality, actually allowing their hearts to be touched by the experience of seeing it first-hand… and it is wrecking them.
Here’s an excerpt from Lisa Smith’s blog on human trafficking:
Over the past few months the Lord has been opening my eyes to so many atrocities happening all over the world. He is breaking my heart for the things that break His. One of these atrocities is human trafficking: the trafficking of women and children as sexual slaves. It is happening all over the world. Impoverished women and children all over the world are ripped from their lives and thrust into this horrendous nightmare. They are trafficked through many different ways, but the three most common are:

  1. Lured through false job advertisements (They are offered jobs abroad as waitresses, nannies, models, and maids). Traffickers target desperate women with little education from countries with high unemployment rates. They offer them what they believe to be their only way out of the poverty.
  2. Kidnapped from the streets. Many women and children are just stolen from towns and villages, forced into the trunks of cars, and smuggled across borders.
  3. Sold by parents or orphanages. Many children are sold either by their parents or by the orphanages where they live. Many believe that they are offering their children a better life by sending them to another country where they will receive education and a chance for a job. They do not realize the unspeakable horrors that await these precious little ones.

Once they are smuggled across the border, these women face unimaginable terror. They are locked in rooms or basements, beaten, tortured, repeatedly raped, and eventually sold to a pimp or brothel owner…

Before the Race, I had heard the term ‘human trafficking’ but I didn’t really know anything about it. But now I have seen it with my own eyes. I have met the children that are at risk to be trafficked. I have walked down the street lined with bars in Pattaya and seen a 2nd floor bar that boasts having all Russian girls. Human trafficking is happening all around us. The problem is not only overseas. Atlanta has one of the highest populations of trafficked children in the United States.
The more I have learned and researched, the angrier I become and the more passionate I become about raising awareness among the church. We cannot sit idly by!! The church needs to be taking a stand against this darkness! If you’re heart is stirred for these women and children and you want to get involved in the fight against human trafficking, here are some resources and organizations that can help you learn more. Read the rest of Lisa’s blog on the sex trade…
So, what can’t you stand? What wrecks you?

Comments (5)

  • What stirs the deepest response in me is loss. Its effects on people, especially kids. I lost my brother when I was 15 (he was 17), my first baby, and the number of young friends and family whose grave I have stood beside now far outnumber all the available fingers and toes I have to count on. Jesus wept – not a few delicate graceful tears rolling serenely down His peaceful cheeks, but the loud wails and deep sobs of middle eastern mourning. Yet He knew He was only 10 minutes from raising Lazarus from the dead. So why the tears?

    I wrote this on my blog recently: “I think He wept for the pain He saw. He broke His heart over the love and brokenness of the friends around Him who wept for Lazarus. He wept for the separation, the anger, the confusion, the terrible ache. He wept because the children He made were hurting and hurting badly with their sense of loss. They called Him “man of sorrows, acquainted with grief.” And I don’t think He only wept once in His life somehow. I suspect He wept more tears than could fill an ocean, His heart broken by His compassionate care for the ones He loved so much.”

    So far for me that has not been something I respond to by forming an organisation, but it’s a one on one care for the people I know and meet. And boy there are a lot of them that cross my path. Wrecked for platitudes, wrecked for not feeling, this one runs deep in my heart probably exactly because it has hurt me so badly and so often. “God comforts us in our troubles so that we can comfort those in trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” (2 Cor 1:4-5)

  • Prostitution of any kind, willing or not, breaks my heart, Seth. Seeing women not know their identity, led alone walk in it, breaks my heart, period! I feel like I am tied up in a stall and can’t get out… some would call it the pruning season. Whatever it is, know that I am standing in prayer and fasting UNTIL God releases me. Then watch out world b/c I’m pissed!

  • We need to live with broken hearts about sexual sin of all kinds.I remember speaking to a Thai young adult who had been a male prostitute for mostly European patrons the better part of a decade. He follows Jesus now. It’s not hard to excite and incite people by problems. They are global and everywhere. The real challenge is to have a “God birthed” plan (not some avant garde “cause for the moment”) which motivates honest intention toward results oriented action. Christian culture is fad driven and filled with spiritual attention defecit. It’s also often fueled by a “chasing of the money”. Watch the number of Evangelical nonprofits created in the years ahead focusing on the environment.

    The reason I love you, Karen and AIM is that you are neither.

    Stay the course…..


  • That’s because your foreign policy dictates that your leaders support despots who have brought missery to their own people. Kleptocracies who line their pockets with blood money from taxes and kickbacks from foreign aid-which was supposed to alleviate the suffering of these peoples. So long as your people benefit from another countries cheap goods and services, your leaders will support them. It’s really sad. That’s why the whole world rooted for Mr. Obama…the promise of change. If you mus be a friend, be a friend of the people-not despots who would be willing to sacrifice their people to fight your wars. My country’s gov’t was so callous as to pocket rice donations from Vietnam for calamity victims. Maybe you should as well right off our loans as a nation as you did with Pakistan…we never beneffited from it anyway. Be that as it may, I am hoping you get out of your economic woes as a better people. Maybe it is God’s way of letting you experience the suffering of poor nations who have suffered through the mismanagement of their leaders with your support. God bless America.

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