Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. It is estimated that there are 27 million people enslaved around the world.  At the missionary convention in November, I was introduced to a couple of organizations that are working in this field.  Also, a long-time fan of Natalie Grant's music, I want to share her organization with you as well. 

I encourage everyone to visit the websites below, learn more about this issue, and become a voice for those that have none.  Of the 27 million, most are women and children and many are sexually exploited.  This is NOT ok!!!!  Honestly, I knew little about this issue until I really became immersed in the adoption community.  Orphans are some of the most vulnerable people and easy prey for those who profit through human trafficking and the sex slave industry.  The thought of one of my children living such a tragedy is more than I can bare.  The thought of ANYONE forced to live such an existence is sickening.  PLEASE become aware, become an advocate, DO SOMETHING!  Get to know some organizations working in the trenches and how you can help!

Rapha House is currently located in Southeast Asia but has set a goal of global expansion.  This organization specifically reaches out to and rescues young girls who are enslaved and sexually exploited. Rapha House operates several safehouses and group homes and takes on the ministry of loving and healing these young ladies.  I encourage you to follow their ministry, like them on Facebook, purchase some of their products, and/or make a donation towards their redemptive, kingdom building work.

STREETLIGHT invites all to partner with them to become modern day abolitionists to eradicate child sex slavery.  While at the missionary convention, Jon and I sat in on a session led by StreetLight.  We learned about StreetLight's Life House in Phoenix, AZ that houses female domestic minor sex trafficking victims.  It is equipped with teachers, counselors, medical professionals, etc.  This allows the young ladies to heal in a safe and loving environment.  Again, get to know this organization.  Remember Human Trafficking is not just a problem in other countries, but something that has been documented in all 50 of the United States.  Unfortunately, it is global.  We cannot ignore it any longer.

The Home Foundation was founded in 2005 by Christian singer/songwriter Natalie Grant after she spent time in India's red-light district.  She saw children for sale on the street.  After educating herself on the issue, she began The Home Foundation with the mission of eradicating human trafficking both domestically and abroad. 

One other thing you can do is help support the Home Foundation by attending Woman of Faith!

Women of Faith is a weekend conference with wonderful Christian speakers, comedians, worship leaders, and the fabulous music of Natalie Grant.  It promises to be a weekend of spiritual renewal.
How can you support the Home Foundation through your attendance?

Whether you are registering online or calling in, use the code : HOME

And The Home Foundation will receive a percentage of your purchase price.

With using this code you will also receive $10 off your total purchase!

It’s that easy!

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