The other day, Kelly Minter challenged me to find something that breaks my heart and do something about it.
Ok, just to clarify here, I'm currently doing her study on the book of Nehemiah, through which she challenged me to find something that breaks my heart and do something about it.
So . . . a few days after reading that challenge, I came across this post by Anne Voskamp, on her blog A Holy Experience .
One of the things that breaks my heart is that young men and women around the globe are being sold into slavery, or forced into slavery. They often end up in the sex trade. If you think slavery was abolished back in the 1800's, you are sadly mistaken.
The A21 Campaign, (established by the firebrand for Jesus Christine Caine), exists to abolish injustice in the 21st century.
They have a four pronged approach, as outlined on their website here. They prevent trafficking through awareness and education, they protect those who have been trafficked by providing transition homes, they prosecute traffickers and they partner to meet the needs of those rescued as well as work to abolish trafficking altogether.
I love that they are in the business of mercy for victims AND justice for the perpetrators.
"He has told you O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8
There are a list of 21 ways to get involved on their website here.
I chose #1 - Write a Letter.
I shared this idea with a friend of mine, and she not only designed two different cards for us to make, but graciously offered to host a card making party at her house. We invited some friends and fellow Bible studiers - and the rest is history.
I left her home that night with a pile of cards filled with love for the rescued.
It seems like a small thing, but I hope that to each one of the women who receives one of the cards, it will be a big thing.