Thursday, April 15, 2010 • 10:31 am
I wanted to take a moment to thank my blog community for your support, prayers, and encouragement. You’ve journeyed with me for the past couple years. This blog helped raise over $70,000 to help launch One Day’s Wages.
Today, we reached a first. The first of what I believe, hope, and pray will be thousands. Through the ODW movement, we fully funded our 1st project to build a border outpost between Nepal and India (via our partnership with the Not For Sale Campaign). It won’t change the entire world but these outposts will dramatically impact and rescue hundreds of Nepalese girls from sex slavery…
it will change the world.
and the best thing about helping change the world is that Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , human trafficking, not for sale campaign, One Day's Wages
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 • 12:01 am
I care about justice and injustice. I don’t want to. I really wish I can just go about my own business but I can’t. Not just merely as an aspiring decent human being but as a follower of Christ, I am compelled – not by obligation but by the heart of God to care and seek to do mercy, love justice, and walk humbly.
Thankfully, there are others who are leading the way. This upcoming weekend, friends, folks at Quest Church, and I are teaming up with IJM.
Couple months ago, I wrote a post entitled, “F**k Human Trafficking. There I Said It.” It wasn’t my intent to be rude or crude but to simply say that 27 million people involved in human trafficking [of which 80% are women and 50% are minors] is not acceptable:
Is it possible that we as Christians just aren’t angry enough about injustices like human trafficking and slavery? Perhaps, we’ve grown too desensitized, domesticated, and docile. I’m not trying to say this for the sake of the ’shock factor’ but I really believe there are times when the Church needs to have a deep[er] anger about the grave injustices of the world particularly when it involves the exploitation of children. Have we deduced our faith to convenient and self serving pleasantries?
Let’s challenge ourselves to go beyond the talk, blogging, status updates, tweets, and go deeper in our collective desire to make a difference. Here are some wonderful opportunities this weekend to be informed and equipped: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , human trafficking, IJM, international justice mission
Friday, May 22, 2009 • 12:18 am
Is it possible that we as Christians just aren’t angry enough about injustices like human trafficking and slavery? Perhaps, we’ve grown too desensitized, domesticated, and docile. I’m not trying to say this for the sake of the ‘shock factor’ but I really believe there are times when the Church needs to have a deep[er] anger about the grave injustices of the world particularly when it involves the exploitation of children. Have we deduced our faith to convenient and self serving pleasantries?
Because we are informed and transformed by Christ, I wonder if we just need to say: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , human trafficking, international justice mission, justice, north korea, Q Cafe, quest church, slavery
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 • 1:21 pm
There are 27 million reasons why you should give a frack about Human Trafficking. I want to invite you to join us for a special film screening of Call + Response. And if you’ve seen it, see it again and bring someone along. If you’ve already seen the film, can you share some of your reflections so that others might be encouraged to watch this film or screen it on their own?
We’re not here to bait and switch, ask for your money, or get you to come to our church or buy more cups of coffee. We simply want to partner together to love mercy and seek justice.
Join Quest Church and Q Cafe for a screening of the landmark film on human trafficking in our world. Following the film screening, join us next door at Q Cafe for an advocacy fair with local and global partners in the fight against human trafficking to learn how you can be involved. All profits go to World Concern and Break the Chains/International Justice Mission to support their work against human trafficking.
Human trafficking is considered the third largest industry in the world and despite our advances as a human society, there are more slaves today than any point in human history. That – folks – is the essence of human depravity. Tickets are only $5 and all proceeds go to benefit the fight and cause. Seats are limited so purchase your tix now. Help us spread the word by sharing this post or share the Facebook Event.
Two articles I want to share with you. The first is a recent article from the NY Times/blogpost
Anyone who thinks it is hyperbole to describe sex trafficking as slavery should look at the maimed face of a teenage girl, Long Pross. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: justice, seattle, call + response, human trafficking, international justice mission, slavery, world concern
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 • 12:00 am
Check out this music video for “All I Need” by Radiohead. Haunting and compelling as it highlights exploitation and trafficking. And before some of you freak out, I am not insituating that the global economy is about slavery. Of course not. But, it’s possible to make a case for a level of exploitation. Exploitation and enablement/empowerment looks different, no?.
“All I Need”, quite possibly the sexiest song Radiohead has ever written, just became a hell of a lot less sexy…and a lot more important. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: entertainment, exploitation, human trafficking, radiohead, slavery