I have heard speakers from many different organizations. I have supported ministries near and far. I have sponsored children. I have several friends serving in the mission field near and far. I say that I have a heart for the work that God is doing. And I hold my head up, almost proud of myself for being so "aware" of the world and supportive of God's work.
Tonight I had a MAJOR reality check. I had heard about this organization, but tonight I learned about Destiny Rescue (click to learn more). David Grant, a friend of mine, recently began working for Destiny Rescue. He was speaking tonight at "That Thing" at Epworth Forest. He shared a story...a story about a family who sells their daughter to a man who promises help and money and a job for her. And it was a lie! What the man did was bought the daughter and put her to work in a brothel. I cried, sobbed the entire time that David was speaking and we were seeing video clips about the sex trafficking that is taking place. I heard an astounding statistic - "EVERY 26 SECONDS another child is trafficked, most sold into sexual slavery." I did the math, that is about 138 children PER HOUR! It makes my stomach churn.
My heart is heavy. As I watched those videos and listened to David speak I couldn't help but think, "those girls remind me of my students, or so-and-so's child." It hit me in a personal spot...children. I love children so much. I cannot imagine what these children, innocent children, are going through. And it happens to another every 26 seconds.
I can honestly say that this cause is important. I have friends who have been to these countries and volunteered with organizations that are fighting sex trafficking. And I will admit, until tonight, that I had NO IDEA how little me could help.
I am praying. Praying for God's direction in how I can help. I would encourage you to check out this organization. There are MANY WAYS that you can help. I would ask that you start by praying. Pray for God to move. Pray for people to take a stand against sex trafficking. Pray for a heart that breaks for these girls and boys. Pray for a way to help.