Year for God
Wow wow wow! Can I just start off by saying I am amazed at how awesome this organization is and that I get to be a part of it!?!? This is totally God ordained and I'm believing more and more that this is what I am supposed to be doing at this exact moment in my life.
This week has been packed-full of information and I do not even know where to begin in writing this to you.
First of all, I know that slavery is so real. It still exists all over the world, in various forms (sex-trafficking, bonded labor, stealing land from widows, police abuse). Watch this video:
Second, God cares about slavery. It is seen all throughout the Bible, but a specific example is in Exodus when God rescues the oppressed.
"The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”" Exodus 3:7-12
God knows, He cares, and He so badly wants to do something about it.
Third, God sends His people (US) to do the rescuing. We are called to set the oppressed free, speak for the voiceless, defend the rights of the afflicted, and seek justice. This is seen in Isaiah 58:6-12 and Luke 4:18-19.
So this is the journey I am on and have been called to. This is why I am doing what I am doing! This is a year of following the call God has given me to work with Him to end injustice for the poor.
IJM is unique in how they do this. They do not just rescue victims, but they transform total justice systems by training police, providing aftercare for victims, and working WITH local governments and local people to train and empower them to change their own countries!
Sorry this is a bit long, but I am just overwhelmed that I get to be apart of this movement. YOU can be a part of this movement as well!
Here are some ways you can help:
- Educate yourself on slavery and the issues around the world. Learn about IJM and the amazing work they are doing to transform justice systems and end poverty in all areas of the world.
- Support me financially as I move forward in this work. I cannot do this without you! As you give, you are supporting the work of saving lives and bringing hope to the oppressed! (DONATE HERE)
- Pray, pray, pray!
Specific prayers right now are: that God would free me from fear (fear of safety, fear of loneliness, fear of not trusting God's plans for me), that I would be protected both physically and spiritually, that I can fix my eyes on Jesus and rely on Him for everything I need.
If you've made it this far, thank you for reading! I leave in TWO days and could not be more excited to join God on this journey. Thank you for supporting me, encouraging me, and following along!
(P.S. Not all of my blogs will be about IJM's work as most of it will be confidential. I will be updating on daily life, culture, and fun things along the way!)