There’s another bad-news-conversation and another “no” to find a solution to.
“Opening a home for trafficking survivors is not for the faint of heart.”
She says it with a gentle, confident tone of voice. She is one woman leading other women in pursuit of justice and she is well-acquainted with what it means to be steadfast in the work; what it means to have a devoted, long-term passion. This passion is to see the “least of these” come to a place of restoration and healing.
So where does this passion come from?
What is the source that keeps you going when you have to climb wall after wall of “No” and “Do more” and “Not enough“?
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.
And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead,
he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
:: Romans 8:11 ::
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit,
who is in you, whom you have received from God?
You are not your own; you were bought at a price.
Therefore honor God with your bodies.
:: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ::
But when the time arrived set by God the Father,
God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law
so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped by the law.
Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage.
And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father”
Now, you are no longer a slave, but a child of His.
And if you are a child,
God has made you his heir.
:: Galatians 4:4-7 ::
Since the Spirit of Christ now dwells in believers’ bodies,
getting a Christian engaged in sexual sin is the closes Satan can come to
personally assaulting the person of Jesus Christ.
That ought to make us mad enough to be determined to live victoriously.
Sins against the body also have a way of sticking to us and making us feel like we ARE that sin
rather than the fact that we’ve COMMITTED that sin.
:: Beth Moore ::
With knowledge of that truth I say human trafficking is a direct affront to the Kingdom and to the gospel.
The enemy of our souls is not a creator. All things have been created by God and for God. The enemy resorts to perverting and exploiting the very gifts of God for his own purposes. What was originally created to glorify God and bring about deep satisfaction and intimacy of spirit between two people, is often used to foster greed, power, lust and evil desires.
The things of the Spirit which we love, the joy, the peace, the unity and satisfaction in Christ….all of those things are our inheritance in being adopted into the family of God.
The enemy’s plan is to steal as much of what is rightfully ours, our gifts given to us from the Father, and distort those gifts for his gain. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t “See a demon behind every bush” and I think we, as Americans, are especially good at distracting ourselves from Kingdom work all on our own. However, what’s also true is that there are forces at work on this earth who are diametrically opposed to everything Good, everything True and everything Holy.
But praise the Lord for being the One who is doing a new thing!
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
:: Isaiah 43:19 ::
This is why women need the Word.
We need the word when we see evil attack the body and the Body.
We need the Word who speaks life to our broken places, to our marginalized places.
The Word brings light & life to the places where darkness & death rule over the lives of sisters & mothers & daughters everywhere.
How can the rest of the world be caught blithely cat-napping when our girls, our daughter,
to being our whims trafficked and bought and sold,
as if that chain of DNA that makes you female are chains that make you invisible.
For such a time as now we will risk comfort, for such a time as now we will risk ease,
for such a time as now we will say no to oppression’s disease,
for such a time as now we will give up so our sisters can rise up.
Because there is nothing worth having inside the gate
when you’ve got sisters losing everything outside the gate.
:: Ann Voscamp ::
My mom is hospice nurse. Every day of her work week, she abides with those who are sick or dying or injured, she sits with their families and friends. Most of us run from sadness and pain, but she went back to school after her children were raised precisely because she felt called to sit in those thin places with the hope of Christ, bearing the ministry of simple presence and comfort. She carries sadness that isn’t hers to carry because most of us cannot carry these moments alone and yet there are so few who will make peace with our despair. This is her act of worship.
Our culture doesn’t really accept hard or heavy things in our every day lives, our every day lives in which we are to be successful, to be happy at all costs, to look good and to feel good and to be good….or at the very least to be doing “just fine”.
Within myself, I’ve been able to be “just fine” too often. I can compartmentalize well. If you want me to box up the pain I hear and the stories I gather into my “trafficking box“, then I can. I can take it into myself and never let you know that it’s hard. But this comes at a cost. Because there, right there, is where pride breeds and self-righteousness sounds like “Good, they think I’m joyful and not breaking inside”. Right there, in moments of isolation and pride, trafficking has affronted the Body.
The thing about compartmentalizing is that those trafficking boxes get too full and start spill out into the rest of life. They get full of hard questions and small doubts. When waiting for “yeses” and the big “go ahead” that we need to start getting our place of refuge full, I have secret doubts. Even today, I fight against this urge to explain and rationalize away the questions.
And when all that get’s too uncomfortable, then I hear Him saying “I AM”. And I AM is all about doing new things!
In those moments of the “not yet” of the Kingdom…it’s in those moments that I believe NO ONE IS FORGOTTEN.
In those moments I believe that ours is the God who sees us, EL ROI.
Yes, in those moments I believe.
Believe the hard things are for our good and for his glory
Believe there are better days coming
Believe that we are on a journey toward Redemption.
Believe in the One who is making all the impossible things new.
“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”
:: Mark 9:23 ::
When faced with times in which God’s grace isn’t easily seen, my dad says,
“It’s a terrible tragedy when we see, but we don’t have vision.”
When trafficking attacks the body, and when the Body is attacked by the enemy, when I can’t always see a victory…
In my vision is Victor.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
:: Romans 8:37 ::