Last week (June 13th) we watched a World Concern video regarding Human Trafficking.
Bible Drill Verses:
James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Hebrews 13:16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
1Peter 4:10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
Here are the questions and some of the answers we discussed following the video:
1 – At the start of the video they showed a road. The road went between which 2 countries?
Cambodia and Thailand
2 – What is the main reason children fall into the trap of human trafficking?
3 – At what age does human trafficking start?
As young as 2 years old
4 – What are World Concern and other humanitarian and Christian agencies doing to help?
Schools, jobs, training.
Giving children hope and education.
Teaching about human traffickers and how to spot and avoid them.
Teaching young people a trade, so they will not be in a place of hopelessness and total poverty.
5 – Thoughts? Other things to discuss?
I then had the kids all close their eyes as I read this...
"I want you to listen and think about these questions… Don’t reply. I want everyone silent.
If you could change one child’s life, would you?
What if those were your younger brothers walking alone in the street all day?
What if it was you?
What if you were sent with a man to work in a factory to make money to send home to your mom and dad, but when you got there you were forced into slavery, no money to send home, beaten every day, food whenever your captors felt like giving you food. Would you want someone to help you?"
Then I had them open their eyes.
The bottom line is that there is a lot of human trafficking going on in our world. There is a lot of pain and suffering in this world, and we can get overwhelmed by it and end up doing nothing. We can just do what most of the world is doing and look the other way.
Instead think about this…
You can’t help everyone, but you can help 1.
World Concern and World Vision are two groups I have worked with in the past. World Concern put on the Free Them 5K that we did a month or so back. MAD Skates have sent money to World Vision to help with the tsunami and earthquakes in Japan. My family sponsors a child through World Vision for $35 a month. $35 a month to change a life! Most of you probably spend that much each month on tacos at Jake in the Box, soda and snacks.
You may only be 8 or 12 or 15 years old, but you can make a difference. You can change a child’s life. Talk to your family about sponsoring a child, helping out a foster child locally, or even just giving a group like World Concern a one time donation.
I’m going to keep presenting you with opportunities to learn about the world around you, to see how blessed you truly are, and giving you a chance to Make A Difference. We will continue to post way to get involved both online and on the board at skate night. Feel free to take a flier or poster for anything you are interested in. Get involved. Make A Difference.