At the end of the road near our church is a county sign announcing the imminent construction of two more cell towers to accompany those already standing there in the woods.
As I drove home after church I thought, “Why do we need four cell phone towers? There must be a lot of communicating going on…”
I have no idea how to build a cel phone tower (is it one ‘l’ or two)?
I imagine one would need very tall lifts of some kind, a bunch of dangerous welding-type equipment and a crew of people who aren’t afraid of heights.
I have no cel phone tower building tool kit, able to construct stories-high structures to send information over the airwaves.
But I have another kind of toolkit.
I can write–I have paper, I have pens, I have books, I have a computer, and I have a voice.
And I can use my voice to talk about building freedom.
I hope to create a structure to communicate across the air waves a message that can bring release.
(If I could climb a tower, I would, but my keyboard will have to do.)
I hope this structure will communicate to you something you may be unaware of–the issue of bondage and slavery in the 21st century.
What’s the issue? Human Trafficking in all its dire forms–prostitution, child molestation, forced labor–every form of human evil.
When I got up for church on Sunday morning I didn’t think, “I’m gonna write tomorrow’s blog post about darkness and evil. I think I’ll share about prostitution and child molestation.”
Okay. I’ll take this simmering-in-my-heart story and share it. For it has been simmering there many, many months. For such a time as this.
The tragedy of Human Trafficking in South King County (the greater Seattle area) extends to children and women held in captivity–beaten, bought and sold–in a growing racket that is hidden scourge of our city.
NOW, I realize the prevalence of human trafficking and the sex slave trade is not confined to our fair state–that is the bad news.
But there is good news.
There are growing, grassroots organizations ministering to those coming out of prostitution in many places.
I want to tell you about two I know in my own backyard–both begun by people who said ‘enough is enough’ and decided to do something about it.
The first group is
Arts Aftercare was started by Seattle-ites Curtis Romjue and his wife Grace.
Arts Aftercare’s mission is “equipping artists to connect with and care for youth recovering from human trafficking.”
This non-profit has THEIR tools for building as well, “Healing Arts Toolkit”, providing avenues for recovery through art therapy.
Curtis and his wife are musicians and use the platform and ministry of their music to share the message of Arts Aftercare.
This coming weekend in Philadelphia they have the privilege of singing and sharing at Justice Conference 2013.
Another non-profit providing help and support to women coming out of the sex slave industry in the Seattle area is the Genesis Project.
This is an outreach started by the wives of two police officers who were tired of hearing about the rescue of women from domestic abuse and sex slavery who had nowhere to go.
These women and their husbands pooled their own funds and founded a shelter for women who can find help and protection in their recovery. It is a 3 phase program involving Rescue, Restoration and Release and it has grown in support and success since its beginning just a few years ago.
You can read more about the Genesis Project, their work, their vision and their mission here.
A fellow Washingtonian and wonderful blogger–who blogs as Simply Darlene–also wrote on this subject last year and had some great resources and links to share.
Why talk about all this? Why spend time on the difficult, dark subjects that rattle us?
Jesus said we are to be lights in this world. His light warms, it reflects and it reveals.
His light also sets free.
“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
Will he not repay each person
according to what he has done?”
Go with the light that you have.