On the heels of celebrating our independence, please consider this guest post from Susan Panzica today.
My heart pounded me awake. The screaming in my ears was my own. As my eyes adjusted to the 3 am darkness, it dawned on me that it was just a dream. For me, it was a dream but for others it’s a living nightmare.
In my dream, my daughter, who is studying in Australia, was abducted and sold into slavery. I remember every agonizing detail of the dream, where she was, how they grabbed her, the dread in her eyes, the terror in my heart, and my panic that it would take me 24 hours just to travel there and by then she’d have disappeared into the abyss.
With my husband still peacefully asleep, I grabbed my phone & texted my daughter to make sure she was ok. And she was. The flood of relief that it wasn’t my daughter in the nightmare came with an immediate awareness that though not mine, it was somebody’s daughter.
Somebody’s daughter was abducted and sold into slavery that night. Somebody’s daughter ran away and was sucked into the web of human trafficking. Somebody’s daughter was brainwashed to think there was no hope, no way out. Somebody’s daughter was being used for profit and the salacious enjoyment of men in a dark and evil underworld. Somebody’s daughter was silently crying out for justice.
If it was your daughter, would you want help? I know I would.
If you have a daughter, if you are a daughter, if your mother or sister or cousin is a daughter — and if you are free and relatively safe, will you help?
It’s a tragic fact that there is more slavery in the world today than there was during the Civil War, in fact more than at any time in history. There’s an estimated 27 million people caught in human trafficking – slavery – whether it is the sex trade or forced labor. It’s the fastest growing criminal activity in the world.
Through both secular and Christian organizations, change is taking place. Traffickers are going to jail. Victims are rescued and redeemed. People are changing the world. I’m out to change my corner of it and to do what I can to impact the lives of those in peril.
Tanya and I have been meeting to try and answer the question, “How can we make a difference from here?” In the weeks to come, we will be revealing events and opportunities to raise awareness and funds to combat this heinous activity on both global and local levels. We would love for you to join us.
Susan Panzica is a Jewish Jersey girl who loves Jesus, her family, the ocean, and mangos. Her passion is to bring an eternal perspective to earthly matters. Learn more about her, her writing and her ministry at www.susanpanzica.com.
Talk to me.
Sometimes we who live charmed lives can feel overwhelmed by problems that seem outside our reach. We want to do something, but feel impotent, limited, perhaps even restrained by our priviledged positions. But we, too, can make a difference, even from an affluent suburb.
Read more on this in the following posts:
- 27 Million Stones
- Exotic Suburbia: How to Discover the Mission Field on Your Doorstep
- Slavery Isn’t Dead. Do Something About It.
If you’re local and would like to join Susan and me in person, we will be meeting on Tuesday, July 9th, in the evening. It’s not a terribly formal event, just a meeting of interested people impassioned for this cause. If you would like to attend, you can email me for more details.