~Boromir to Faramir in The Return of the King
Orphans. This is where my heart truly lies the most. I’m not exactly sure what stirred up the tug once more. Perhaps looking back on my pictures from Ukraine. Since I first learned about the plight of orphans, from Eric and Leslie' Ludy’s books, my heart has been broken for them! Children have always had my heart. I love children! That’s all there is to it. I wouldn’t have worked at a daycare off and on for four years and worked as a nanny for two if I didn’t. I would not be working a bunch of crazy, loud, beautiful fourth grade girls in AWANA or spend a week at camp with seventy odd children if I didn’t love them. And that love extends to a point of pain sometimes. When I hear of children hurting it breaks my heart to pieces.
When I found out the statistics on orphans I was crushed. Approximately 148 million children do not have a mommy and a daddy. These children are not comforted when they wake up with a bad dream (most of them live a bad dream every day). They have no one to run to for protection from the school bully. Most don’t even attend school. Those that are in an orphanage are actually not much better off than those who aren’t (especially socially).
In Ukraine orphans are considered worthless. No one wants to hire an orphan even if they did go to school and even university. It’s the stigma. And it’s not just Ukraine….around the world.
What are we as Christians doing about it? I like what Eric Ludy shared in one of his podcasts a few years ago. His son, Hudson, was three at the time and his solution was- “if we bring all the orphans in to our family, they won’t be orphans any more.” From the mouths of babes as the saying goes.
So there are roughly 148 million orphans in the world today and about 3 billion people on earth claiming to be Christians. If just 30% would take one child there would be no orphans.
I may not be able to do much now is a single twenty-four year old lady living as a daughter at home, but I can be a voice. I can advocate their rescue and adoption, and I can support those who are doing what they can. Are you doing what you can?
This is also one reason I am so excited about this mission journey through the World Race. I cannot wait to love on the orphans!
At the beginning of 2013 I was able to take part in Passion via internet. Once again they highlighted slavery and slaves. Once again my heart stirred within me. No man, woman, or child should ever be the property of another person. Many people think slavery was abolished from the United States 150 years ago, but the truth is as many as 17,500 people are trafficked into the United States annually. That’s nearly 48 people a day. There are more slaves now, 27 million to be exact, than there were in William Wilberforce’s day.
At times I feel so apathetic about the whole thing. What can I do to help them?
One of the things I heard during Passion was that slaves often ask “Where is God when I am here suffering?” Where is He? The only way these people can see God is through you and me so in essence what they are really asking is “Where are God’s people? Why are the people of God not coming to save me as He saved them?”
So men and women of God, where are we? Are we turning our backs? Are we turning up the music so we don’t hear their cries? Are we quickly passing them in the streets because we don’t know any better?
We need to be better informed. In order to fight a battle you must know what you are doing. Polaris Project has a good article on what signs to look for in a suspected trafficking case.
There are people already on the front lines fighting, but they need our help. They don’t just need our funds (though greatly appreciated), they need our hearts and our voices.
There are so many ways to help those trapped in the deception and terror of human trafficking.
Another way to get involved is to help stop the demand. Find out what products are being produced by slaves (its not just the sex industry, though that’s a big part) and either refuse to buy that product or send the company/producer a letter letting them know your stand. Let major companies know you want their products, all the way down the line, to be made by men and women not in bonds. Slavery Footprint is a good way to do this. While you’re there you can check out just how many slaves are working for you right now. It is eye opening.
I honestly cannot put into words what I want to say in this post. There are men, women, girls, boys, brothers, daughters being used to the point of death both in their bodies and in their spirits. What are we doing to help them? What are we doing to show them that God is indeed there loving them and rescuing them? What are we doing to be the hands, feet, and heart of the One who saved us?
What are we doing to save those that are enslaved?
I realize I have left some loose ends here on my humble little blog. I do not intend to let this blog fall into disrepair while on the World Race and blogging through that. From time to time I may stop by to let those of you still here know what is going on with me. When or how often I cannot actually say, but hopefully it will happen. For now though I do hope you will forgive me for the lateness of these next two posts. I know I started my series on The Voiceless last year and I haven’t forgotten it. Here now are the last two installments of that series.
PostScript- To get more updates come on over and visit my World Race blog at Build YOUR Kingdom Here