Friday, April 6, 2012

This. Must. Stop.

As my friend said, "and just when I think I am starting to grasp the reality of child exploitation in our world..."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/afganistans-dancing-boys-are-invisible-victims/2012/04/04/gIQAyreSwS_story.html

I don't know how. I guess not until Jesus chooses to return and restore His order in this world. But until then, we must do everything we can to make this stop.

These precious children. We must protect them.

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Great place to shop

It's amazing, this community of abolitionists!

Every time I turn around there is another organization doing amazing things to keep men, women and children from being trafficked, another organization rescuing victims; and another organization creatively supporting those rescued.

Stop Traffick Fashion is my latest discovery.

If you have a need for birthday gift, maybe for the holidays this year, take a look at what they have there. Their jewelry is beautiful, affordable and is a great support for women rescued from trafficking.

Survivors who have been rescued from their captors make almost all of our accessories and receive income from STF sales. In addition, a portion of all sales revenue is donated back to our partner organizations that rescue victims and provide rehabilitation and training.
Happy shopping!

Poverty, Hunger and Trafficking

The more I explore, the more I learn that poverty is one of the critical elements in the human trafficking trade.

Today, I was sent a link to the latest World Vision online magazine. It is beautiful and worth a complete read. This issue focuses on the global epidemic of hunger.

But an element in an article about praying for those who struggle with hunger caught me off guard:

Pray that children are no longer forced into sex trafficking.

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. Today, an estimated 2 million children — most of them girls — are enslaved and abused in the global commercial sex trade. Many children are sold into prostitution to pay off family debts or abducted from the streets and forced to work in brothels. Children who escape or are rescued face a difficult physical and emotional recovery process.

Dear God, there are times when it is right — and righteous — to be angry. It is right to be angry about people who sexually exploit children. Let that righteous anger fuel action, Lord. Don't let it fade into complacency.

For people who work in such poverty that hunger is a mainstay, human trafficking is always a threat. So, as we pray for famines to end and tummies to be full, we also pray for protection from the ever-present threat of traffickers.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Day 8 of 72

I am a little bit late to the party.

But the Passion organization has put together a very cool website: http://72daysforfreedom.com

There are so many resources there. One that I especially love are the 72 prayer points. There are so many times that I find myself completely at a loss as to what to pray. Human trafficking is so overwhelming. These 72 points are so helpful in trying to focus on particular elements of this tragedy.

I hope it is helpful for you, too.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Preventative Abolitionist

I created this blog to have a space for me to process, write and figure out how it is I am called to respond to slavery in our world. Its not that I want to hold this separately from my "normal" life. It just felt right to have a sacred place where I could focus just on this.

But every once in a while, there is a particular story that is bigger than this little (and very, very quiet) blog.

Recently, we decided to sponsor a child through Compassion International.

The entire story of our "adoption" of Mikael is here: http://virginiabreens.blogspot.com/2012/03/mikael.html

There you'll see why I now call myself a preventative abolitionist!

Hey Ladies!

I'm so excited about the organization a friend of mine just shared with me.

It is called Free the Girls that is working to get women who have been rescued from sex trafficking employed.


The organization is young and has not yet confirmed their 501(c)(3) status. But I love the idea. And I love seeing folks getting creative about how to serve trafficking victims all over the world.


The folks at Free the Girls are gathering new or gently used bras to ship to countries in Africa where the women there (who have been rescued from traffickers) can sell them.


Now if you'll excuse me, I have some drawers to clean out!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I need thee every breath

There is much for me to learn about Lent. Growing up in a more protestant tradition, Lent was a practice in which we rarely engaged.

At All Souls, I have learned to pay attention to this time of introspection, repentance and anticipation of healing.

Tonight, I'm playing my violin in the Ash Wednesday service. The hymn I Need the Every Hour.

What a lovely thought.

This morning, I opened my Nook to read today's entry in Jesus Calling. It is written from the perspective of Jesus, his words of love to the author.

The first sentence this morning?

"You need me every moment."

There ya go.

I'm not sure how or why, but this will be my meditation this season of Lent.

I need thee every breath.