Fast For Freedom Day 13 – Hidden from sight #IWFF

This season of lent, follow along with the Fast For Freedom. Participate by sharing, praying, fasting, or giving to raise awareness about global slavery. Download the 40 day devotional for free here. Share your own thoughts and prayers in the comments, and be challenged to take action in the movement for Freedom.

Excerpt from today’s devotion:

… Even more shocking to me are the oppressed whom I don’t see everyday.  Many victims of injustice are quietly hidden from sight.  This includes underpaid workers, children lacking loving families, prisoners, and those silenced by racism, war and violence.  It also includes victims of human trafficking, perhaps the most invisible of “all who are oppressed.”

Right now, the twittersphere is exploding with Kony2012 and #StopKony. Significantly, the Kony 2012 movement is a moment when an injustice has gone from being hidden from the sight of the western world to the very forefront of online conversation. At the same time, voices of criticism have popped up, expressing concern over the hype and the method by which the issue of Joseph Kony and the atrocities he has committed are being addressed. But whether you agree with the methods or not, one thing we can’t deny is that, with the video ‘Kony 2012’ already surpassing 8 million views on vimeo and #StopKony trending on twitter worldwide for hours, the plight of children oppressed by the LRA has been shoved into the limelight.

“Sometimes the oppression and injustice feels overwhelming, and it is easy to believe that we won’t make a difference.  Psalm 103:6 assures us of God’s tireless work for justice. Even when we are overwhelmed and uncertain, God’s goodness and love for justice continue. As God’s hands and feet on earth, we are called to work for justice.  Each action we take towards justice―whether large or small―is an answer to God’s call to end oppression.  Will you join in the work towards justice for all human beings?”

The line, each action we take towards justice… is an answer to God’s call to end oppression, resonates with me today, as I watch the back and forth conversation regarding the violence that has effected thousands of children in Africa. Each action; and yes, sometimes others will not agree with or approve of the action we take, but I prefer action over apathy. We are all learning, I know when I was first involved in human rights activism, I made a lot of mistakes, and said a lot of stupid things, but I also know I have made a difference in the lives of many.

Child soldiers in the jungles of Africa, sex slaves in the brothels of Europe, families enslaved through debt in the factories of Asia, domestic workers locked away in the houses of America… on every continent there are members of a hidden and exploited population whose plight has gone unseen for too long.

It is overwhelming to consider the reaches of human trafficking. The solutions are never simple. But we serve a God who hears the cries of the oppressed. We serve a God who is on the side of the exploited.  We serve a God who calls us out of apathy and into action. Calls us to raise our voice and make a difference.

So I end today asking the same question that the devotion asked of us: “Will you join in the work towards justice for all human beings?” 

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On a totally separate but not unrelated note  – tomorrow is International Women’s Day. Bloomingdales is celebrating by giving 3% of the day’s sales to @NFS to help our work in Amsterdam. An easy way to empower the work we do in Amsterdam – go shopping at Bloomingdales tomorrow! (“,)

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