As I've wrestled with this new issue of human trafficking that is heavy on my heart, I have been praying for clarity as to how to serve as a suburban Virginia abolitionist.
One of my very best friends, Kristen, shared with me the beautiful work being done by Compassion International.
I've been doing some reading on Compassion's website and I came across a blog post. A woman was talking about her sponsorship in light of the epidemic of human trafficking among the world's most impoverished. And she said that by sponsoring her little boy, she was keeping him from being trafficked.
He was learning to read and write, he was being well fed and clothed. As he learned more, he became more aware of the traps set by traffickers. With the help of his sponsor, he was also less of a drain on his family's very scarce resources.
That's when the author declared herself a preventative abolitionist.
How much do I LOVE that! A preventative abolitionist. THAT is something I could do!
In the mail today, we received our packet about Mikael. He is ours. Ours to sponsor. Ours to encourage, to pray for. Ours to introduce to Henry as his buddy in a far away place called Africa. Ours to write to and love.
If you, like me, get overwhelmed by the amount of need in our broken world, I invite you to pray for Mikael. Your prayers can make a difference is this one precious little life. He is 5 years old and lives with his grandparents, who--when they can be--are employed as farmers.
I love this quote that was in one of our All Souls worship guide a few weeks ago (from Gary Haugen of the International Justice Mission):
While there are millions victimized every day, our work will always be about the one. To succumb to the enormity of the problem is to fail the one. And more is required of us.
Mikael is our one.