Fight for Freedom

Today is February 27, 2014 and there are 27 million slaves in the world. Men, women, and children trapped without a voice in brothels, warehouses, factories and mines. These people deserve to be free and not be owned by another human being.

I first became interested in the movement to end slavery with the human trafficking issue. I wrote a post last year about my involvement with Araminta Freedom Initiative. Their mission is to awaken, equip and mobilize the Church and our community to end Human Trafficking in the Baltimore area. Before I got engaged I went through their volunteer training and have recently started volunteering with rescued minors in Baltimore City.

It has been an incredible experience getting to know these girls who used to be in the life. Hearing their stories and helping them get back into society by working on their resumes with them or helping them look for housing. They are going back to school and starting careers - what they would have been doing if they weren't trapped by the slavery of being trafficked. 

This past weekend I attended the Justice Conference via simulcast and heard from amazing speakers about God's heart for justice. As a Christian we are expected to fight for justice and for God's people that are in captivity. Jesus said, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." {Matthew 25:40} God's hope and desire is for every person to live in freedom and unity. Until that happens, we are commanded to be a light in the darkness, a voice to the voiceless, and work to restore His kingdom to be a place of truth and love. 

The scripture that pushes me forward in this mission is Isaiah 61: 

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.

For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. 

The craziest thing I learned this year is that many of the girls that are trafficked in Baltimore are under 18. Some of the rescued girls I work with are 15 or 16. They are raising kids and trying to build a life for themselves and are being incredibly courageous. I respect them so much for starting their life over. But there are still millions out there that are still enslaved. What can we do to help set them free?

  • BUILD AWARENESS - People don't know this issue is happening. Spread the word. 
  • PRAY - The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. {Psalm 145:18}
  • DONATE - The people working to fight slavery in this world need resources to free the people.
  • GET INVOLVED - If you are in Baltimore, take the Araminta volunteer training. 

I don't know about you, but it makes me mad that there are more slaves in the world today than at any time in human history. It is time to stop ignoring the tough issues and start talking about them. Let's fight against this injustice. Become part of the End it Movement and give a voice to the voiceless. 

Every person deserves freedom.

I watched this the other day and it blew my mind. Hear Annie Lobert's story from being trafficked to being free. 

Click on the image to watch the film on I am Second. 

Click on the image to watch the film on I am Second. 

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners...to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes... {Isaiah 61}