Yep, when it comes to charities and charitable organisations, I’m discriminatory. This is how I see it; there are way too many people living beneath the poverty line. They lack clean water, food, shelter, safety, necessary medical care, education and on many different levels – freedom. These problems are huge but this is where God comes in – only He is big enough to fix them. He also has a plan.
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.
This week I finally made the decision to become an abolishionist for The A21 Campaign. The A21 Campaign “is comprised of individuals, organizations, government officials, and people like you who are committed to abolishing injustice in the 21st century. Our goal is to raise awareness, take legal action where appropriate, and offer rehabilitation services to rescued victims of Human Trafficking in order to fight this injustice from a comprehensive approach. Additionally, we want to branch out to address this issue from a preventative standpoint, aiming to cripple the Human Trafficking trade so there are fewer victims that need to be rescued.”
I have thought about becoming an abolishionist for a long time but, truth be told, I felt intimidated. As a mum with young kids, no university education, limited professional experience and a limited budget, I figured there wasn’t much I could do to help. Then I realised that even if I can only do a little bit, it would be a tragedy to hold even that to myself. So, I took the plunge, signed up and during the process, learned more about Human Trafficking and specifically, trafficking into Australian. Continue reading →
Yeah I know, fasting isn’t a popular subject. But if you’re a Christian, fasting and praying might be something to consider if you’re passionate about seeing strongholds brought down and people set free. Many people fast for their families or for personal breakthrough. Have you ever thought about fasting and praying against poverty? Human trafficking? War?
God gives us this promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NKJV) Continue reading →
Some subjects are difficult to bring up. Human trafficking, poverty, sexual abuse; these are all subjects nobody really wants to talk about. Ironically, it’s these subjects that we must bring up. If we don’t have conversations about human trafficking, how will the shroud of secrecy be lifted? If we don’t discuss the millions of starving people, from where will the funds come to feed them? If we don’t bring up the fact that our children are being exposed to too much sex, too early, who will even notice it happening?
Part of the edict of Every (1) Matters is to help all of us raise awareness about the issues plaguing our people; because every 1 matters.
There are some great resources flying around the www so I’ve collated a few. These clips are easy to share, tweet, fb or email. Send them to your friends, family and colleagues. Start the conversations.
Human trafficking isn’t a popular topic. Most of us would prefer to enjoy our comparitively good life than get down and grimy hearing about what goes on in the back rooms of our seediest brothels. Difficult as it may be, it’s important to talk about human trafficking and help others to understand that we all have to do our bit in the fight against it. We don’t have to be full-on about it and there’s no need to traumatise everyone with the gory details but if there’s an opportunity to drop a comment about how common it is or that it’s happening here or to mention a documentary you recently saw (or an awesome blog post you read!!), take the opportunity and allow them to begin processing the fact that human trafficking exists EVERYWHERE.
This book has the potential to change its readers. It has the potential to touch them deep inside and alter something within, propelling them, making it impossible for them to now do nothing about the atrocity that is human trafficking.
Somaly Mam was abandoned as an infant, raped at twelve and forced into marriage at fifteen. After being sold to a Cambodian brothel, Ms Mam endured an unimaginable existence but was able to escape and has found a way to help other victims of this terrible trade. Continue reading →
It seem whenever we see something we’re passionate about changing, we’re encouraged to “write a letter”. Despite my best intentions, I haven’t written many of these letters in the past. To be honest, I feel like it’s a bit of a waste of time, who’s even going to read it, right? After seeing the impact Melinda Tankard Reist‘s open letter to Lovable has made (and writing my own letter to Moscow Circus), I’ve felt encouraged to start getting on the band wagon and joining in the letter writing revolution. I’ve looked around and found some great advice on letter writing. Continue reading →
The A21 Campaign are doing amazing things, working for the freedom of slaves across the globe. This month, they share the story of a beautiful young girl, ‘Karlie’, who has been given back her freedom.
At the age of 14, most girls are getting ready to enter high school, are hanging out with friends, and are dreaming about their futures. But for Karlie,* this was a far cry from the living nightmare that had become her reality. At the age of 14, she was forced to “get ready” for the incomprehensible, “hang out” with people who were her father’s age, and never knew if she would wake up the next morning to even have a future. Continue reading →