David (of the famous David and Goliath story) might have nothing on Tiny Hands International (THI). Here’s why I think this …
Tiny Hands is committed to finding the greatest injustices in the world and working toward bringing relief to those living under its oppression–especially orphans, street children, and the victims of sex trafficking.
Poverty and Human trafficking are multi-dimensional threats. They deprive people of their human rights and freedoms, increase global health risks, and fuel the growth of organized crime. Below are some basic statistics and facts on these issues:
- 27 million people are modern-day slaves
- There are 20.9 Million victims of Trafficking worldwide as of 2012
- 2 million children are subjected to prostitution in the global commercial sex trade (UNICEF)
- Trafficking in women is the second largest global organized crime today, generating approximately $32 billion annually
- Of individuals trafficked internationally from impoverished countries, 80% are female and 50% are children.
- An estimated 10,000-15,000 girls are trafficked out of Nepal into the brothels of India and beyond each year.
- The average age of those trafficked is 11-14, though some are as young as 6.
- Even if recovered by the police, girls as young as 13 are often put in jail for illegal immigration.
- Victims who are not rescued are known to assist in the trafficking of new victims in a desperate attempt for their freedom, perpetuating the cycle.
Tiny Hands International is taking on the giant!
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First Samuel 17 tells the story of David and Goliath. I suspect you are probably very familiar with the story. Last March, I stood in the Valley of Elah where this epic battle took place. Scripture tells us that the Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them (17:3). When Goliath issues the challenge to the Israelites, he instructs, “Choose a man and have him come down to me (17:8).”
We often face our giants and see our God at work in the low places.
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Goliath is described in detail: He stood over 6 cubits tall (over 9 feet). The iron point on the spear shaft he carried weighed 600 shekels (about 15 pounds). His scaled armor weighed 5,000 shekels (6,000 in some translations, which is about 125 pounds).
These stats point to two things, which aren’t to be missed …
1. Goliath was ENORMOUS and STRONG
2. Hebrew readers would likely have recognized that the repeated use of the number six IDENTIFIED GOLIATH WITH EVIL. Even this description of Goliath’s coat of scale armor reminds us of Satan as the serpent in the Garden of Eden.
In contrast, David is described as a young, insignificant shepherd boy, herding sheep in the wilderness. Did you know that shepherds were very young? It’s likely that he was only eight – ten years old.
And you know who wins, right?! Yup, the one with the least. Have you ever considered how often in Scripture we read about the underdog coming out on top?! Seriously, it’s incredible! Do you know why?
A single follower of God PLUS God ALWAYS equals a MAJORITY!
The “giant” facing Tiny Hands International may seem to be a hopeless situation
One of Tiny Hands International’s core values is: Do Much with Little. They are determined that their resources belong to God, and the faithful execution of the right strategies makes an impact for those He loves in this life and eternity.
There are more people that need help than Tiny Hands International can possibly impact on their own. However, they can ensure that they impact as many as possible. If Tiny Hands is not an effective steward of what God entrusts to them, the number of people they can impact is decreased. The $100 that THI spends to intercept a girl provides value beyond saving a single girl from the horrors of trafficking. It may also allow them to file a case against a trafficker, and identify a route or transit hideout for our investigations department to pursue.
God created the ministry of Tiny Hands and—through others—He provides all the resources that are needed. As stewards, THI is responsible for maximizing the impact of every dollar given to the ministry.
His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.
You were faithful with a few things,
I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master. ‘
For I testify that according to their ability,
and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord,
begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints,
and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God.
(2 Corinthians 8:3-5)
While Tiny Hands International knows they are facing a giant, they also know that God is FOR them.
Tiny Hands PLUS God equals a majority!
In the end … OUR. GOD. WINS!
“With God, what seems like a hopeless situation is not only possible, it’s FAVORABLE, because only God can turn a … VICTIM into a VICTORY.”
He is ABLE and He is FAITHFUL.
My daughter Kadi and I will travel to Nepal with a team from Tiny Hands International in 30 days. We leave March 19 and return April 1.
1. Please pray for this journey as we conduct interviews and take photographs in an attempt to capture the heart of THI for the book we are writing for them.
2. Please pray for Tiny Hands. Here is a current link to their February prayer needs.
3. Please GIVE to this ministry who is committed to doing much with little.
4. Please FOLLOW our journey and this ministry. I’ll be telling the story every Monday leading up to the trip on my blog as well as daily (or when we have electricity and/Internet) while in Nepal. You can follow the story by following my blog, Facebook, and orTwitter; and follow Tiny Hands on Facebook and Twitter.