- India has 25.7 million orphans, more than any other country in the world.
- Girls as young as 7 are being forced into prostitution.
- 30,000 girls are trafficked annually in India (that’s 82 girls per day!).
- Child laborers in India who work in the silk industry get one day off per year.
Those statistics tear at my heart. I have often said that every child in the word desperately needs to know that there is at least one person who is crazy about them. To know that so many children in one country are alone saddens me in a way that I cannot adequately describe.
That’s why I’m so grateful to the men and women who work with As Our Own. Their mission is to rescue children from certain enslavement and exploitation and provide aftercare in a family environment. But they realize that merely dealing with the brokenness is not enough. They are working with local churches and community leaders to educate and equip them to provide hope, counsel and encouragement to protect children from ever being in danger.
What can you do? First of all, go their website and educate yourself. Then take action! Financial donations are always welcome, of course. You can even choose which project will benefit from your gift! You can become a part of the prayer team, dedicate proceeds from a garage sale and more.
It is not my purpose to overwhelm anyone with my recent intense focus on the issue of human trafficking. But I know too much to simply shake my head at how tragic it all is. I have three daughters. In a different time or place, with a different set of circumstances, they could be trafficking victims. I praise God that they have been spared!! But there are other daughters/sisters/cousins/nieces who are living in what must feel like Hell itself. For their mothers/sisters/aunts/cousins I must do what I can.
As I read and research, there are times it feels overwhelming and hopeless. There are times I wonder if the little I can do is enough. But I can’t stop trying if for no other reason than these words from Matthew 25:34-40
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Our Abba sees what these women are suffering and this principle from his word leaves no doubt in my mind as to whether or not I can throw up my hands and say, “I’m only one. There’s nothing I can do.”
I can pray. I have and will continue to do so.
I can write a note to a woman who has been rescued. I have one waiting to go out in the mail. (Check out this link for suggestions and an address – The A21 Campaign.
I can help educate those around me and encourage them to act with me. I’m working on an idea right now and I’ll let you know how it plays out!
This is not a women’s issue. Every one who claims the name of Christ is called to reach out to “the least of these.” I’m ready. How about you?