“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Saturday, September 17, 2011

I Love Stopping Slavery

“Now then, stand still and see this great thing 
the LORD is about to do before your eyes!" 
1 Samuel 12:16 NIV

Christopher and I volunteered at the SCTNOW.ORG Walk/Run this morning.  I have to admit that I don't know a lot about this organization or about the cause it represents, so you may wonder why I volunteered at all.  

And may I admit even more?  I don't want to know more about the cause it represents. 

Child sex trafficking.  Child sex slavery.  Adults abducting children.  Pimping children to make money.

When I think about the stories I heard this morning about why this organization exists, I actually have to stop myself.  If I think on the stories, I would cave in on myself.  Stories that are not part of my reality.  Stories that make me think that my tainted childhood could not even be considered tainted at all in comparison. They are so unreal.  And it is as if I have to force myself to partly think they are not real, so that I can continue on with my day.

Where I live.  Portland, Oregon.  We're considered a hub for child sex trafficking.  Better yet... Pornland, Oregon.   That's where I live. 

And it would be easy for me to think that there is nothing I can do to stop this situation.  To help any of the precious children.  But I wonder if awareness is part of the solution.   You can't be part of a solution if you don't know a problem exists.
SCTNow exists to stop child trafficking by targeting the source of child trafficking: predators who drive the sex industry everywhere in the world, including in your local community. SCTNow has partnered with specially trained operatives familiar with what it takes to infiltrate, investigate and bring to justice the predators victimizing children worldwide.
I know I can't solve the problem.  But I can't ignore it, either.

"Then the King will say to those on his right, 
'Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! 
Take what's coming to you in this kingdom. 
It's been ready for you since the world's foundation. 
And here's why:

   I was hungry and you fed me,
   I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
   I was homeless and you gave me a room,
   I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
   I was sick and you stopped to visit,
   I was in prison and you came to me.'

"Then those 'sheep' are going to say, 
'Master, what are you talking about? 
When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, 
thirsty and give you a drink? 
And when did we ever see you sick or 
in prison and come to you?' 

Then the King will say, 
'I'm telling the solemn truth: 
Whenever you did one of these things 
to someone overlooked or ignored, 
that was me—you did it to me.'"

Matthew 25:34-40 The Message

1 comment:

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

You continue to walk well, sister. All for the cause of the kingdom!