We’ve had several insanely busy weeks between our trip to Nepal, recovery from Nepal, graduation and a HUGE party, a quick trip to Seattle, an ENORMOUS garage sale to benefit Tiny Hands International, reclamation of our house after all these events, transcribing all of the audio interviews from 2-weeks worth of interviews in Nepal, and finally this last weekend – CareFest (where we worked all day at a garage sale benefiting Feed My Starving Children). Whooosh … Exhale.
So, forgive me if my Justice-Minded-MONDAY post is coming to you on a Tuesday. Now you know why.
The tardiness of my post doesn’t diminish my passion for the subject. In fact, I’m pretty sure I qualify as an “incurable fanatic.”
I recently watched “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls,” a documentary which takes viewers behind the veil of the sex industry. It is not for the faint of heart. I had to stop watching to blow my nose and pray – more than once. Here’s the trailer …
This is what we did not see when we were in Nepal … the horror and total depravity of the sex trafficking industry. Why didn’t we see this? It’s not because it doesn’t happen where we were. No, 12,000-15,000 girls are trafficked out of Nepal …
EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR.
We didn’t see it because we were there to see the work of Tiny Hands and they are in the full time business of intercepting girls who are being trafficked from Nepal into India and other Gulf Countries BEFORE they go to the brothels.
I’ve watched so so so many movies and documentaries on trafficking. (Some day I’ll share the list with you in case you are interested in learning more.) I’ve also read countless books and my TBR (to be read) pile grows daily. I can tell you that I’ve yet to read or watch any of these resources without seeing quotations by William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833), a fierce and persistent voice in the abolition movement in his day.
If to be feeling alive to the sufferings of my fellow creatures is to be a fanatic,
then I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.
This summer, as I am working on my book for and about Tiny Hands International, I’ve been keeping a list of things we can DO. The Nefarious Documentary listed three things that also topped my list. What I especially loved is that these are the same 3 things that epitomized Wilberforce’s movement. Here they are …
#1 ~ PRAY.
Pray for the least of these who are most vulnerable to exploitation.
Pray for those who are already experiencing exploitation and abuse.
Pray for organizations who are committed to interception, rescue, love, restoration, and salvation of the least of these.
Pray for the individuals who are employed by/volunteer for these organizations. Pray for the protection of their hearts and minds.
Pray for the families of those who are being exploited.
Pray for the traffickers, brokers, companions, and johns who perpetuate the sex industry.
Pray for men all over the world who are addicted to pornography.
Sign up for the One Girl Prayer Initiative with Tiny Hands and pray for a girl who has been intercepted and by God’s grace won’t face the life of terror and pain that awaited her in a brothel.
#2 ~ AWARENESS.
Tell people about the greatest injustice of our time – slavery – human trafficking.
Share this blog post and other stories on Facebook and Twitter.
Talk about it with friends and family.
We recently spoke at our church and shared stories and pictures of Tiny Hands in Nepal. We prayed for 50 people to show up. God blew us away with 95 people! One family was so moved, that they generously gave a gift of $1250 to Tiny Hands the next morning. (To God be the glory!!) You never know what He will do 1)with your obedience to bring awareness to the issue and 2)with a sacrificial and generous gift like that.
Wilberforce said, “You may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say that you did not know.”
#3 ~ Give
There are many organizations involved in stopping the injustice of human / sex trafficking. Pick one and support them! Do so wisely though … do your homework. Our family has chosen to put our full support behind Tiny Hands International because we have worked closely with them, their core values align with God’s Word, they are being the kingdom by working through the local churches in Nepal, and they are faithful to do much with little.
You don’t have to have a hefty bank account or deep pockets to give. Give first to your local church, and then find ways to give to your chosen organization.
Keep a little piggy bank that’s meant to collect pocket change for your favorite ministry.
Tiny Hands has many giving options. We are particularly fond of the Verse 11 partnership option. 2 Corinthians 9 VERSE 11 says, “Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God.” (NLT) The Verse 11 partnership allows you to give $11 each month.
HELLO? $11 a month! You can blow that in one trip through a drive through coffee shop.
We recently had that ENORMOUS garage sale with all the proceeds going to Tiny Hands International. It was amazing. Many friends brought items, priced items, and worked the six hours of the sale. Other friends took higher-ticket items and sold them on places like e-bay, Craigslist, and Facebook sale pages.
Our grand total … drum roll, please … $2500!!
We can think out of the box and be creative in our giving. If you have a gift or talent … USE IT for the good of a ministry fighting injustice.
Nefarious said it best …
[Tweet “The crisis of sex slavery does not need interested observers, it needs incurable fanatics. @Nefariousfilm @TinyHandsIntl #justice”]
I am an incurable fanatic.