Wow. This was horrific just to read. Makes me think of my usage of time and my resources. I love what ministry I do now but think about using my time for saving these young kids from this terrible situation. Dang.
At age 13 Sonya was rescued by International Justice Mission and brought to our center. She had never gone to school, never been loved, never told she was worthy of love. Today, she is on her way to America in less than a month to start a new life! She has thrived in our center, and in America, she will have a private tutor and a family who is ready to accept her with loving arms. She knows Jesus. She knows His plan for her. She knows she is free.
Dear Daddy Seth,
I am too much blessed by her story.I slute to her and your mission too.
God bless you and Sonya.
These girls are not statistics. They are not numbers. They are at the very center of our God’s heart. Thank you for telling their story. Thank you for giving a voice to those without one.
“Oh Jesus, this story never ends – on this side. Lord, please use me to bring true social justice to those who are broken and have no hope. Annoint my hands to bring freedom…”
When I mention the term “social justice” around many of my friends, they look at me as if I am some bleeding liberal who has drank the kool aid. They don’t understand that my passion for bringing social justice stems from my drinking of the Spirit of God who has called us to bring Good News and hope to the hopeless.
We live in an age of distortion! I sit here shaking my head. It seems so clear to me. My heart continues to break.
“God, please raise up a generation of young and old alike who simply want to follow you into the homes of the broken and follow you to the poor…”
“Break me, use me…”
Thanks Seth…The power of any message is in direct proportion to the impact of a story. You tell them well……
Thanks Seth for getting this message out there and giving time to raise up a team to help. I was just this past week watching a TV program on this very subject and I was appalled at how little I knew about what is happening. I then started praying asking God to please show me what I can do. I started praying for the victims. Then I remembered He said to “pray for our enemies.” Oh, this wasn’t easy but then I started praying for the traffickers and the abusers. Still haunted by the startling statistics, I began educating myself on the subject and found some websites (like A21Campaign and Polaris Project) that have lots of suggestions. Yes, there are many things that are outside of my capacity but I found a few I could do – like make a phone call. Then I called my representative and encouraged her to cosponsor HR5575, “The Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victim Support Act of 2010” Now today your blog. . . so what next?
I appreciate the engagement with the issue, Naomi. As you pray, God will give you the next step.
And please pray for Steph Tyrna and her team as they leave for Cambodia in less than 2 weeks. They are raising support still, but believe so passionately in the cause, they are leaving in faith, believing that God will supply. To read more, go here: http://stephanietyrna.theworldrace.org/
It’s interesting that I read this entry just after reading a chapter in Richard Stearns book, “The Hole in Our Gospel.” Rich was lamenting the necessity of providing statistics because they “numb the sensibilities.” He offered a 2006 study as proof.
Three groups of ordinary folks were presented with the following: 1) group one read a true story with photo of a poor starving African girl named Rokia, 2) group two received the same info on Rokia along with general statistics of poverty and homelessness in Africa, and 3) group three received only the statistics. Afterward, all participants were asked to donate money for the cause.
Guess which group donated the most money? It was group 1 (personal story only) followed by group 2 and finally group 3 donated the least amount. I thought group 2, which received the personal info plus the statistics would have donated the most, but apparently the added statistical info actually DIMINISHED their desire to give. Perhaps it’s a psychological reaction to the immense problem; feeling overwhelmed by the huge need. I can help ONE person in need, but knowing there are hundreds of thousands more in the same boat makes me feel totally inadequate and the help is just not worth anything.
Anyway, this study tell us that Alli is correct to relay Sonya’s story. Yet, let’s always be careful not to sensationalize the details.
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