They sat, blankly watching cartoons on TV. They were vacant, shells of what a child should be. There was no light in their eyes, no life left. Their light had been taken from them. These children…raped each night… seven, ten, fifteen times every night. They were so young. Thirteen, eleven… it was hard to tell. Sorrow covered their faces with nothingness. Except one girl. One girl who wouldn’t watch the cartoons. Her number was 146. She was looking beyond the glass. She was staring out at us with a piercing gaze. There was still fight left in her eyes. There was still life left in this girl… – Rob Morris, Love146
I first became aware of the modern slavery atrocity in college, after seeing the movie Amazing Grace and reading some of Zach Hunter‘s work. I decided to speak on the topic for my speech class and dove into research. That’s when I read the quote above for the first time. That’s when my heart broke for someone I’d never met.
Twenty-seven million are enslaved worldwide right now – more than were traded during the entire existence of the British slave trade.
Many are women and girls; age doesn’t matter. They are abused, incarcerated in a living hell they can’t hope will end. I remember sitting appalled, tears dripping off my chin in my dorm room as I realized how much I didn’t know about the world and the pain of the people Jesus loves.
Christine Caine spoke at NewSpring Church in Anderson a few years back and for the first time helped me see a way to act. There are people trying to save them! They are taking light to the darkest places. I had felt so overwhelmed when I had learned about sex trafficking and slavery. The A21 campaign suggests some things we can all do on its page 21 Ways to Help. God hasn’t forgotten these who are hurting, but we who are free and who bear His name cannot remain ignorant.
As we linger on theme of freedom this month, keep in mind those who are not physically free. If we struggle to understand the freedom we’ve been given in Christ while we live nonchalantly in a free land, imagine how inconceivable freedom of the soul is to someone enslaved in misery. Pray for them, and put your faith into action to help free them.