If you have been called in this fight to the actual work of walking with survivors in pursuit of restoration, then I want you to know that the calling you carry is so significant.
My heart and prayer right now is that we could move beyond mere awareness and really begin to pray into establishing restorative community and avenues for true restoration and healing for those coming out of this nightmare. It takes true, real-life community to heal from this trauma.
I am praying to see a day when the Church can really welcome such brokenness with open arms. It is easy to speak, easy to blog, easy to fundraise and easy to busy ourselves with hero-minded activism. It is so much harder and less glamorous to stop and just listen and love one single, broken individual.
Stopping for the one and mucking around with them in their darkness, pain, shame and mess is so much harder, so much less glamorous…..so much more like Christ.
I want to encourage everyone who reads my words to use their voices to raise awareness….yes…..but more so to do the harder task of stopping for the one ugly, broken mess in your path and resolving to stay – resolving to love, for the long haul. This is the far more difficult task in fighting human trafficking.
And if those who follow Christ don’t do this, who will?
When you pray, would you pray into this with me?
If you are someone who has been called to extend a hand of rescue – or even just a hand in friendship to a survivor of sex trafficking, then please look for the posts categorized as “For Those Who Help.” I am not an expert – I am simply a survivor who has endured way too much pain from well-meaning people who did not have the strength of heart to stay with me in my mess on my road to healing.
And there is a post here that you absolutely must read from one who really gets it.