It has taken me years to realize that letting the sufferings of the oppressed and helpless shake my own inner peace or sense of God’s love does not make their suffering easier.
It just immobilizes me.
No, losing my own mind over it might not help them.
But doing something does.
And do something I will.
Photo credit to: IJM.org
I know it’s almost a year away, but the IJM Benefit Dinner in Washington DC is one of the most life-changing, hopeful, world-changing events I’ve ever attended in the past. Next Christmas (2014), Nate and I are hoping to save enough $ to host a table and take 8 other people with us. Not only are you supporting the nonprofit in active rescue of victims (and their stories are amazing), you are also changing your own life, and the lives of the people at the benefit dinner, by being in an environment of hope and action that you’ll never forget.
I can encourage others to contribute a monthly or one time gift to IJM.org as well. (http://www.ijm.org/give). As stated above, IJM actively rescues victims. Victims are forced to have sex with as many as 20 men a day, but when IJM rescues them by working with local police, they are taken to an aftercare house and receive the best counselling, medical care and hope as is possible to offer. I can pray and donate, but IJM can offer tangible, real help.
For an organization that works close to home, check out Polaris Project. Polaris Project works close to home. It will ground you in facts, open up your eyes, and offer you hope at the same time. There is a hotline you can call if you ever are concerned about suspicious activity. There’s a petition you can fill out to urge Congress to pass HR3344 to prevent labor trafficking, such as in the case of Chris, who came to the US for a promised job but was forced to clean hotels rooms for 18 hours a day at a significantly lower wage. Threatened and abused and without access to basic necessities, Christopher was alone in a strange country. But he managed to escape and is now safe.
There is a lot we can do.