Wednesday, January 19, 2011

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving

You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving 
(Amy Carmichael)

Amy Carmichael was born in Ireland and lived from 1867-1951. She devoted her life to loving others and serving God as a missionary throughout Japan & South India. She worked specifically with rescuing girls who had been forced into prostitution.

Back in the 1920s, Amy rescued hundreds of orphaned children -- especially little girls that would be dedicated to Hindu gods for use in sexual temple rituals. By God's wonderful grace, some had miraculously escaped from such pagan slavery and were led to the Irish "mother" who lovingly cared for each child God sent her.

In 1931 she prayed, “God, please do with me whatever you want. Do anything that will help me to serve you better.”

That same day, she fell, suffering fractures that would cripple her for the rest of her life.  Not one to be discouraged or bitter when faced with pain or persecution, Amy now had the opportunity to demonstrate God's faithfulness before a much larger "host" of witnesses. While her growing children had continual freedom to enter her bedroom and share their hearts with their beloved "mother," she now had the quiet times that allowed her to write books, poems, and letters that were translated and shared around the world. (text found here)

This horrific epidemic of child trafficking and sex slavery still goes on today.
After drug dealing, human trafficking (both sex trafficking and trafficking for forced labor) is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today, and it is the fastest growing

The Bible clearly speaks of us giving a voice to the oppressed. Giving a voice to the people who don't have one.

Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute. Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy. (proverbs 31:8-9)

At Passion2011 they had a goal of raising $45,000 to fund 10 rescue operations to fee sex slaves in the Philippines. Each operation frees 15 women.
At Passion 2011 there was enough money raised to fund 29 rescue operations, that's 435 girls rescued. 

That's 435 lives saved. 
435 lives redeemed from the pit. 
435 lives freed from the yoke of slavery and abuse. 
These girls and women are given counseling, training to find a job and restoration. 
They are given their life back.

To learn more about how you can be a part of the movement to end human trafficking, check out:

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