Sunday, January 17, 2010

National Slavery Human Trafficking Prevention Month



South Africa's New Slave Trade and the Campaign to Stop It (thanks Constance for the article link)

January is National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention month. Be informed. Slavery is not an issue of the past but a ubiquitous and horrific reality TODAY. And it's not just a problem of third-world, war torn Africa. Pick a country, any country, and I guarantee you will find humans being bought and sold!

It's easy to feel hopeless in the face of such wickedness. It's easy to get caught up in our own daily disasters. If you heart is moved by this information, then please take the next step. Do some reading. Visit some of the websites below and take action.

Some books we've read:
A Crime So Monstrous by Benjamin Skinner
Just Courage by Gary Haugen (founder of IJM)
Good News about Injustice by Gary Haugen
Terrify No More by Gary Haugen

Here's are the websites to organizations that are in the business of seeing an end to modern-day slavery and can empower you to take action.

Psalm 10

Why, O LORD, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

In arrogance the wicked hotly pursue the poor; let them be caught in the schemes that they have devised.

For the wicked boasts of the desires of his soul,
and the one greedy for gain curses and renounces the LORD.

In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek Him;
all his thoughts are, "There is no God."

His ways prosper at all times;
Your judgments are on high, out of his sight;
as for all his foes, he puffs at them.

He says in his heart, "I shall not be moved;
throughout all generations I shall not meet adversity."

His mouth is filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;
under his tongue are mischief and iniquity.

He sits in ambush in the villages;
in hiding places he murders the innocent.

His eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;

he lurks in ambush like a lion in his thicket; he lurks that he may seize the poor; he seizes the poor when he draws him into his net.

The helpless are crushed, sink down, and fall by his might.

He says in his heart, "God has forgotten,
he has hidden his face, he will never see it."

Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up Your hand;
forget not the afflicted.

Why does the wicked renounce God
and say in his heart, "You will not call to account"?

But You do see, for You note mischief and vexation,
that You may take it into your hands;
to You the helpless commits himself;
You have been the helper of the fatherless.

Break the arm of the wicked and evildoer;
call his wickedness to account till You find none.

The LORD is King forever and ever;
the nations perish from His land.

O LORD, You hear the desire of the afflicted;
You will strengthen their heart;
You will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed,
so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.


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