Modern Day Slavery: What can I do?

First of all, your feeling of anger and indignation is welcomed and Biblical. In Mark 10:14 Jesus himself was indignant when his disciples tried to keep the children away from Him. Indignation is a proper response to the horrors that these children of God are suffering. This indignation should move us to action.

  1. PRAY! Matthew Henry famously said “You can do much after you pray but you can’t do anything until you’ve prayed.” Prayer is the most important thing that you can do because we pray to a God who listens and answers prayers. As you pour your heart out before God for these slaves you too will be transformed.
  2. GIVE! After prayer you should consider how much you can give in supporting the work of those who have been called to be at the front line of fighting slavery. Whether we want to believe it or not, we are rich. We have been blessed to be richer than most of the people in this planet. If your household income is $30,000/year you are richer than 93% of the people in this planet (find out how rich you are compared to the rest of the people in the world at: www.globalrichlist.com ). God has blessed us with wealth and we must use it to for His purpose. All the experts say the same thing. They don’t need us to conduct investigations or do any actual work. They need money. It costs money to set slaves free and it cost money to heal them and rehabilitate them. It is NOT God’s will that we free slaves into a second class citizenship. Our goal is to free slaves and help them find their purpose in the Kingdom of God, on earth as it is in heaven. This costs money and because we are so rich we must sacrifice. We must take fewer vacations, buy fewer toys, enjoy fewer luxuries, give up the insignificant things of the world that all may enjoy the eternal things. Some organizations that I would encourage you to give are:
    1. International Justice Mission: www.ijm.org Through IJM your money can:
      • $250 covers the cost of six days of after care for a victim.
      • $500 covers the cost of seven days of legal advocacy.
      • $1,000 covers the cost of 20 days of investigation to help bring freedom to the oppressed.
      • $1,700 covers the cost of operations for one day in an IJM field office.
      • $8,500 covers the cost of operations for one week in an IJM field office.
      • $18,000 covers the annual cost for an IJM national lawyer to be a full time advocate for the oppressed.
    2. WorldVision: www.worldvision.org Sponsor a child through World Vision. Sponsor one for each one of your kids so they can have a sponsored brother or sister. World Vision works extensively in the US and around the world. Fighting slavery is one of their goals.
    3. And of course Mosaic Peace, the ministry Providence’s VBS is working with. You can send your tax deductible contributions to: 643 N.W. Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107.
  3. LEARN and TELL! Educate yourself. Surf the websites from the previous posts and read the books suggested there. It is heartbreaking but we must know. We need to know because we need to tell others. Most importantly, we need to learn so we can identify it.
  4. SHOP!… Differently Dr. Kevin Bales likes to say “We are not guilty of slavery, but we are all responsible for it.” Our desire for cheap products leads the enslavement of people. Start by buying Fair Trade. This is one way (though not the perfect way) to certify that your food was fairly traded and free from slave labor. Also visit FREE2WORK (free2work.org), a website dedicated to tracing the supply chain of our food and products. They give a grade from A to F explaining why each company has gotten the grade that they did and how each company tries to stamp out slavery from their products. If a company has a failing grade, then don’t but it.

Finally, be hopefully! Though we have more slaves today than ever before, they are the smallest percentage and the smallest margin of the economy. We can see the end of slavery in our lifetime! That’s part of my passion in fighting for slavery. I can one day tell my children “I was there! Our church was part of that movement! We helped to set the captives free!”

One thought on “Modern Day Slavery: What can I do?

  1. Thanks for a great posting. I understand how coming to grips with the size of modern slavery can leave people feeling overwhelmed. But there’s an interesting paradox about the 27 million slaves in the world – yes, it is a huge number, the largest ever in human history, but it is also the smallest fraction of the human population to ever be in slavery. Likewise, the amount of money slaves pump into the world economy is big, around $50 billion a year, but it is also the smallest fraction of the global economy to ever be represented by slave labor.

    The truth is that slavery has been pushed to the edge of its own extinction and working together we can tip it over the brink. There’s a law against slavery in every country, and more and more people are united in wanting to end it. I hope you’ll visit and share our website – http://www.freetheslaves.net, and have a look at our book on how we can bring slavery to an end in 25 years, it is called: Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves. There is so much that we can all do to help bring slavery to an end, and postings like these are the first step!

    All best wishes,
    Kevin Bales

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