Injustice: It’s No Reason To Be Sad (all the time)

Honestly, I had no idea what to write about this week. With that is everything going on; clashes in Egypt, genocide in Lybia, earthquake in New Zealand plus the floods/fires/cyclones we’ve been battling here in Australia, I found myself feeling overwhelmed.. wanting to take a step back.. shield my eyes from the hurts of others..

So I figure, if I’m feeling this way, maybe some of you are too. This week’s post won’t teach you about trafficking or poverty or any social justice issues but it WILL help you to deal with the emotions and pressure often bought about by reading/learning/hearing about this stuff.

This post is heavily inspired by a recent series (Winning Over a Negative Mind) recently preached by our pastor at The Church at Vineyard and will hopefully give you some keys to help overcome negativity when it comes to visit. Continue reading

Sex n Social Justice: What to Tell Your Children

A few weeks ago we were talking on Twitter about The A21 Campaign’s Key2Free project. Some of you may remember I had worn a key on a necklace on January 21 to help raise awareness of Human Trafficking. I looked like a bit of a geek wearing a massive old car key around my neck but I did get to chat with a few people about the subject. Problem was, one of those was my seven year old daughter who wanted to know what Human Trafficking was. I didn’t know what to tell her so I told her the bare minimum and made a mental note to be better prepared next time. Many of you echoed my comments on this. Hence, this wonderfully informative interview with a professional in the area of child psychotherapy!

This week we’re priveledged to have Psychotherapist Collett Smart answering our questions on discussing sex and social justice with our children. Collett provides counselling to children, adolescents and their families. She is also involved with Collective Shout: For A World Free Of Sexploitation.

Here she generously provides insight gleaned over her 20 year career: Continue reading

One Industry, Millions of Victims

We haven’t really discussed porn on Every (1) Matters but if we’re trying to combat issues like Sexualisation and Human Trafficking, I think we need to address it. Pornography affects many sectors of society. From the children exposed to it years before they are ready (average age of first exposure to porn is 11), to the slaves forced to perform in the shoots, to the marriages breaking down due to porn addiction. No one is immune to the ill-effects of pornography.

Perhaps our main weapon in working against the cycles of Human Trafficking and Sexualisation is the power to deal with pornography in our own lives.

I know this is a big call but I wanted to at least put it out there…

Porn is a part of just about everyone’s life – whether we like it or not. Sources say 65% of men and 45% of women view pornography. So if it’s such a big problem, what can we do about it? Continue reading

Whatever is True – Guest Post

This week’s post is written by the lovely Kay from Heart and Soul Pursuits.

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Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, whatever is excellent, whatever is praiseworthy, think on these things. (Phil 4:8)

Lately I have been contemplating the whatever moment. ‘Whatever’ is an interesting word depending on how you say it and where you place the emphasis. It can be taken to mean “so what” like who cares but I rather like thinking of this word in terms of whatever it takes. Whatever it takes to be true, whatever it takes to be noble, whatever it takes to be pure, whatever it takes to be lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. 

I recently travelled to Uganda as part of a global team, volunteering for two weeks at Baby Watoto. While over there I had opportunity to think on these things and put all of this into practice. As our plane began its decent I was overcome with emotion.  I was finally achieving a long held dream. I was sharing this journey with two friends and a team of six other girls from around the world. It had been a long and arduous road. We had fundraised for much of the year and been thoroughly consumed with preparing for this trip. Multiple vaccinations had been taken, families sorted, bags packed and plans set in motion. My dream was about to come true.  Continue reading