Gently, yet uncontrollably, tears started to fall from my eyes as the words, “He is jealous for me,” began at the background while I was watching the documentary, Nefarious: Merchant of Souls. The acute pain and the overwhelming weight of evil I felt in the stories of women sold and sexually violated reverberate in my ears. Words flee me in attempting to paint the affliction that these women bear everyday in their lives. I choke with fear and anger for how this could be present today, and yet it is. The reality of being treated like animals daily endured by thousands, maybe even millions, of women in the world is incomprehensible.
Wounded to the very core, I cannot look the other way. I needed to do something. I must do something. Praying is what seems to be the first thing I can do. Then, writing about it to declare war against this brutal assault on God’s children.
Slavery has taken on a new robe in the form of human trafficking, in the form of violating women, girls as young as 6 years old, treating them as if they are but beasts. They are sold and resold in the ugly business of prostitution. They are displayed, used, and trampled on for the sole purpose of entertainment and sexual gratification of clients as if they have no value — as if they are not even human.
No. Value. Not. Even. Human.
But not for our Father in heaven, no, for He values them. He has not forgotten about them. He has heard their cries and is aching to release them from this oppression. The song, “How He Loves,” reminded me of that. God is jealous for them. God is jealous for these precious girls. He is pursuing them now, because He loves them just as strongly as He loves you and me.
And He is calling us to join Him in the war He is waging against this very tangible evil that is blatantly destroying His cherished creations. His daughters. His princesses.
I pray, as children of God, that we do not ignore the atrocious reality of modern-day slavery, of prostitution.
I pray, as children of God, that we begin to take arms together to combat what God certainly would not stand for — appalling acts of violence and abuse towards girls. May we not pretend that this is not happening.
I pray, as children of God, that we be broken for His priceless daughters who are captives of this vicious prison.
They are exquisite to Him.
And just as He died for us, He died for them too.
Note: God has heard the cries of His children and He is working to set them free. If you want to join in this work, you can do so in many different ways. One of which is unceasing prayer on behalf of those who are in this wicked business. Another is by checking out and by becoming a part of some of the following movements that God is using to fight against human trafficking. These are the two that I found to be working in response to God’s call on behalf of these girls: Nefarious: Merchant of Souls and Agape International Missions. You can also get a copy of the documentary and watch for yourself what I spoke about in this post.
August 28, 2013
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