And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

Thursday, January 1, 2015

What would you do?

Dressember is over and you better believe I have had jeans on alllllllll day today! What a month. It is so crazy to me that something as simple as changing your wardrobe can have such an effect on the things you think about. Wearing a dress everyday was a little bit like a fast for me. Living without something (pants, in this case) in order to focus more on God, particularly through prayer. This month has been full of prayer-everything from breath prayers to long sessions of journal intercessing. And I feel like I barely scratched the surface. Human trafficking is a huge issue, one not easily solved (as I discussed in my last post). I don't know how God is going to use me in the battle against trafficking, but I know that this month has been a step in the right direction. It has been an honor to stand alongside other women, across the globe, in solidarity against this intense issue. Even if this issue isn't as close to your heart as it is to mine, I pray that you have learned more about it through my journey this past month. As I conclude my blogging for Dressember, I want to share song lyrics from a song that has been on my heart lately. The original song was released in 2001 by a band named City High but the version you are probably more familiar with is Bastille's recent cover. If you watch the video below, you'll see the lyrics as well.

One of the most insidious aspects of sex trafficking is that it comes in so many forms. It is like cancer. You say cancer and everyone has some concept of what that means-a horrible disease. But when you really look into what cancer is, you realize it is actually a group of diseases. Each is treated uniquely and some types are more dangerous than others. So you're probably wondering what in the heck that has to do with the song? The song is heartbreaking, but more than that it portrays a very important type of sex trafficking; the type that is most often found right here in America. Human trafficking isn't a foreign problem. In fact, it exists and is thriving in my city and your city too. The reason it is harder to see here is that it is disguised as a profession that women go into by choice, the sex industry (porn, strip clubs, exotic dancing, etc). While there are some women who truly do choose the profession, more often women are forced into the industry because of desperation. The woman in the song depicts the problem perfectly. What would you do if your son was at home, crying  all alone on the bedroom floor because he is hungry? The only way to feed him was to sleep with a man for a little bit of money. It isn't really a choice at all. Even more scary is the fact that the average age that women get into the business of prostitution in America is 13. That is mind-blowing! And there is no one in the world who could convince me that 13 year olds are in a place to choose that career. So I'll conclude with a challenge: everytime you here this song, stop and say a short prayer for all of the women and girls, here in America and around the world, trapped in the sex industry.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey, particularly those who have supported the cause financially! You can still give until the end of January by going to my support page:

Peace and love.

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