Moms4Change

Moms bringing awareness & missions outreach to the needs of women & children locally & globally, with some fun mixed in!

Looking Down The Barrel of a Shotgun June 8, 2010

Filed under: Across My Heart,Across Our World,India — daniellebrower @ 2:12 pm
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What lights a fire in you and causes you to take a stand in the face of evil – no matter the cost?

Vince Giordano

An excerpt from Looking Down The Barrel of A Shotgun: “An orphan in Africa, Russia, India or some other part of the world is in a desperate battle for identity, self-worth, hope, and even survival. But, an orphan or child that has been taken into the dark world of trafficking enters new and deeper depths of hell. They enter a kind of despair that is a heavy cloak that is most likely to end in their death – usually not of natural causes. It would be the equivalent to drowning but drowning very slowly and painfully.”

For the full post: Looking Down The Barrel of A Shotgun

This post, written by Vince Giordano, has caused me to stop & think about the serious issues we face together as a human race regarding sex enslavement/trafficking of our children. That’s right, these issues are not someone else’s. They belong to you. They belong to me. The phrase, “don’t you have any human decency?” comes to mind.

What is human decency anyhow? Do we have the kind of human decency that will not stand idly by while millions of children are being kidnapped, enslaved, drugged, tortured, and raped daily? But instead would we courageously go head first into the danger, look down the barrel of a shotgun, if that’s what it takes to rescue them, one at a time, from the hell they live through each & every day? Or are we content to live the so-called American Dream of success & comfort by ignoring the issue?

Ouch.

Truth is many of us just don’t know what to do, or how we can help. So we don’t. In the future, Moms4Change will be sharing some information on organizations who are also looking down the barrel of a shotgun as they fight for the lives & freedom of God’s children who are victims of sex trafficking.

Please pray for Vince & his team who are going into India in a few days to find out how they can help bring light & freedom to the dark world of violence against children in that country. Do me a favor ~ comment on his blog post (at the link above) and let him know you’re supporting his efforts and are praying for him.

Shine On Sisters!

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How to Pray May 6, 2010

Filed under: Across My Heart,Across Our World — daniellebrower @ 12:04 pm
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Today is the National Day of Prayer. That means we take the time to pray for more than just our food. I think we’ll all admit we feel as though we don’t know how to pray on certain issues. I, for one, need all the help I can get. Today on his blog, Tom Davis of  Children’s HopeChest shared some great, pointed ways to pray for the victims of sex trafficking. Here is a portion of that post.

Print this out, stick it on your fridge or in your Bible.

Seal it in your heart and proclaim it with your lips.

Do you want to see change? Do you want to see victims that enslaved be set free? Of course you do. Start to pray. It’s become cliché, but is still true: prayer changes things.

For the entire article, Praying for the Victims of Sex Trafficking

Scriptures to study:

  • Isaiah 1:17: Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow.
  • Psalm 25:20: Guard my life and rescue me; let me not be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.
  • Psalm 18:48 : Who saves me from my enemies. You exalted me above my foes; from violent men you rescued me.

Prayer Focus:

Pray for the eyes of the rescue organizations to be opened to see girls who need rescuing. Pray that the rescuers who are strategizing how to rescue will have discernment Pray for safety during rescue efforts

Thanks to the Salvation Army for the following:

Rescue and Restoration
Pray for the rescue and restoration of the countless number of children who have become victims of sexual trafficking, including the following:

  • for an end to their captivity and sexual abuse,
  • for as many safe and secure shelters as are needed to provide for their material needs,
  • for loving care takers to provide comfort, solace, and a sense of family,
  • for training and education to provide these children with meaningful and productive livelihoods,
  • for medical treatment to meet their many health concerns;
  • for the Gospel message to reach their ears and be received in their hearts

Breakdown of the Sex Industry
Pray for the breakdown of the sex industry, which fuels the sexual trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children, including the following:

  • the demise of pornographic magazines;
  • a ban on internet pornography and sex tourism sites;
  • for the closure of clubs with nude dancing and stripping;
  • strong law enforcement efforts the world over to enforce obscenity laws, fight corruption, and to arrest/convict the pimps, traffickers and “customers”;
  • permanently close all brothels.
 

Sex. 60 Men A Day. 1 Nine Year old Girl. May 2, 2010

Filed under: Across Our World — daniellebrower @ 12:09 pm
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This can not be true, right? Surely this is just a shocking title to get your attention.

No, these are the horrifying facts. This was the reality for one little Nepalian girl.

At age nine, Geeta was wearing make up, staying up til 2a.m., and forced to have sex with as many as 60 men on a daily basis.

She suffered in this hell for FIVE years!

What were you doing between the ages of 9 and 14? At age 9,  I was pretending to be a beautiful princess dressed in a pink chiffon dress, dancing around the safety of my bedroom to show tunes.  By the age of 14 I was awkward and insecure. And I still wanted my Daddy to protect me from the world.

I can imagine Geeta wanting her Daddy too.

An extended family member had sold Geeta to a brothel in India after tricking her mother, saying that Geeta would get work at a clothing company in Nepal, with the promise of a bright future, I’m sure.

You will want read the rest of Geeta’s story & watch the video clip, go to CNN Heroes: CNNHeroesNepal

Tragically , over TWO MILLION children are trafficked & raped multiple times a day all over the world.

As of 2010 (now!) sex trafficking is the number one crime worldwide. Even in the United States. The Land of the Free. The Home of the Brave. It’s happening right now.

I wanted to share Geeta’s story with my readers because I hope to stir up a righteous anger in you. When I read it I was sickened and frankly had a hard time focusing on anything else as I went about meetings and things that seemed so unimportant compared to the tragedies that daily occur somewhere between life & death for these children.

One of my goals with this blog and Moms4Change is to bring awareness to you. May you be stirred to active compassion.

Here are 3 ways you & I can help.

1. Pray. The Word of God is Truth. The Truth sets prisoners free. Pray these verses for the children.

Psalm 32:7
“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.”

Psalm 91:4,5

He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day…

2. Share. Share this story. Link it. Post it. Email it. Talk about it. Education breeds awareness. Awareness breeds passion. Passion breeds change. It starts with you.

3. Give. There are several organizations that are doing an incredible work to rescue the victims of sex trafficking all over the world. You will read about one of them in the CNN piece. But I especially trust Children’s HopeChest, led by Tom Davis. He  has just launched a new website, She Is Priceless, dedicated to the rescue & support of these precious girls.

She Is Priceless

Please go check out the website & GIVE. He lists several ways to do that, not just with finances. I trust Tom’s organization.

I also trust you. I trust a mother’s heart to feel a child’s pain & suffering, like no one else can. Be the difference.

Lets start the conversation. I’m curious, are you moved to righteous anger? I’ve listed some things that we can do, but what ‘active compassion’ ideas do you have?

Keep Lovin’ Moms!