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World Day of Social Justice, 20 February 2015

February 20th, 2015

“World Day for Social Justice comes at a pivotal moment for people and our planet.  Around the world, there is a rising call to secure a life of dignity for all with equal rights and respect for the diverse voices of the world’s peoples.  At the core of this movement lies the need for social justice.

This year’s commemoration focuses on the scourge of human trafficking and the plight of approximately 21 million women, men and children in various forms of modern slavery.  New instruments such as the ILO Protocol and Recommendation on forced labour and human trafficking are helping to strengthen global efforts to punish perpetrators and end impunity.  We must continue to do more.  We simply cannot achieve development for all if we leave behind those who are socially and economically exploited.

In this crucial year for global development, as Member States work to craft a post-2015 agenda and a new set of sustainable development goals, let us do our utmost to eradicate all forms of human exploitation.  Let us strive to build a world of social justice where all people can live and work in freedom, dignity and equality.”

Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General, United Nations. 20 February 2015.

via Secretary-General’s Message for World Day of Social Justice, 20 February 2014.

What Would You Do For A Cup Of Clean Water?

February 19th, 2015

When water is plentiful, it is easy to forget how precious it is. 

Have you ever thought what you would do if all the water connections in your town were turned off, never to be turned on again? Imagine what life would look like if the only water available lay stagnant in dirty ponds. Imagine that the only water you could gather was killing the children in your town at an alarming rate.

For thousands in India, this is a reality.

Report after report gets turned into our India office, each one having the same urgency and desperation… 

“Everybody wants to talk about it, but no one wants to do anything. I have resigned myself to dying, but my children need water.” – Mother in a remote village
“Because of the water problems they are not able to go to work nor send their children to school.” – SOS outreach partner
“They have to walk long distances to get water, sometimes they are not able to take baths for weeks at a time.” – Indian Pastor
“There are 700 people living in this Village and there is no drinking water.” – SOS outreach partner 

What if you could do something about this?

“The poor and needy seek water, but there is none, their tongues fail for thirst. I, the Lord, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them… I will open rivers in desolate heights… And the dry land springs of water. That they may see and know… that the hand of the Lord has done this…” – Isaiah 41:17-21

You, in partnership with the Indian church, can bring a solution and with it, hope to countless desperate men, women and children. Learn more at www.sowerofseeds.org/water.

Boy at river

Photo by: Janice Meyer

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Photo of the Week: Water Line

February 16th, 2015

For any community to function in a normal and healthy way, a secure water supply is critical. 

The image below shows women lining a narrow pathway waiting to collect containers of water in a slum in India. During summer months many slums only receive water once a week. Community members are forced to wait in long lines, preventing them from going to work and preventing many children from going to school. For families living under such conditions, a water well can change everything! It is simple to help give someone access to water. 

water jugs

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Photo of the Week: Without Cost to Them

February 9th, 2015

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! ” Isaiah 55:1

According to a recent Indian census, 1 in 6 Indians live in a slum with “conditions unfit for human habitation.” Without access to basic daily needs, like clean water and food, many families living in these slums will never break the cycle of poverty. We have seen many times the powerful transformation that can take place in someone’s live once their needs and the needs of their family are provided for.

slum

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Love Is…

February 5th, 2015

Love Is

In John 15:13 Jesus tells us that “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

What Christ did for us, He did freely. He did this out of love. This same love calls us to act on the behalf of others today. Will you consider joining us this month by inviting someone you know to partner with you in doing something special for the poor in India?

Here are some ways you can be involved:
Water
Since 2002, Sower of Seeds has been providing water wells in communities without safe, clean drinking water. Every year SOS and our donors help provide approximately 50 new water wells to communities in India. It is one of the most impactful ways to express God’s love for the people of India.

“And if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.” Matthew 10:42 NLT

Freedom and restoration
Help rescue and support someone who has been trafficked and exploited in the commercial sex industry in India. Your financial gifts help proved housing, medical care, counseling, vocational training and hope for rescued women and children as they start over and heal from their experiences at the hands of traffickers.

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil” -1 Peter 3:8-12.

Keys to a better future through education and proper nutrition
Your gift towards education or feeding is a timely investment that can literally save a life and alter a child’s destiny forever. Sower of Seeds helps fund and oversee preschools for over 600 children in many of Mumbai’s slums, where children have a slim chance of escaping the cycle of generational poverty. Feeding is a crucial component in the fight against poverty and malnutrition.

“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.” – Isaiah 58:10 (ESV)

Love an orphaned child
Jesus promises us in John 14 that He will not leave us as orphans. One third of the world’s poor live in India. Sadly this means that hunger and disease leave many children parentless and vulnerable to exploitation. Rescuing and placing orphaned children in loving families is a powerful expression of Christ’s mission to earth. Everything Christ did on earth, He did through relationship with the Father.

“Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress…” James 1:27

Please continue to pray for us and those on the ground in India laying down their lives in love and service to those who are in need and those who have yet to encounter the love of Jesus Christ.

P.S. This month we are celebrating His love for the nations by sharing our appreciation of this on social media using the #LoveIs hashtag. Feel free to join us!

Twitter: @SOSINTL | www.facebook.com/sowerofseeds | Instagram: @sowerofseeds

 

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Photo of the Week: The Face of Poverty

February 2nd, 2015

“Poverty is the worst form of violence.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Every 15 seconds a child dies from water-related causes*. Four out of every ten malnourished children in the world live in India.
Poverty is the greatest theft of young lives in India. Understanding the love of Christ for those in need, compels us to meet the physical needs of those who are oppressed by poverty.

Nothing compares to the joy experienced when God Himself comes to your rescue and meets you in your most desperate hour by providing for you.

“But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.” – 1 John 3:17-18

Boy

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Slavery still exists

January 29th, 2015

Human trafficking endangers the lives of millions of people around the world, and it is a crime that knows no borders.  – Presidential Declaration, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2012

Slavery still exists, and one of its most profitable incarnations is sexual slavery.

Many heroes have given their lives anonymously in the war against this injustice. Every day, dedicated workers are still putting their lives on the line to see the Gospel of Hope bring freedom to some of the darkest and evil places on the planet.

Today everyone has a role to play: Financial and prayer support are key components in the strategic battle to eradicate slavery in our world.

Will you celebrate the victories we have seen over the past year and stand with us as we continue to press forward to see more women and girls rescued?

Learn more about getting involved.

 “Don’t let the downtrodden be humiliated again. Instead, let the poor and needy praise your name. Arise, O God, and defend your cause.” – Psalm 74:21-22

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Photo of the Week: The Unheard

January 26th, 2015

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” – Benjamin Franklin 

Those trapped in a life of slavery are so often unseen and unheard. With an estimated 27,000,000 slaves in the world today, young girls are preyed upon, stolen and sold into a life of bondage, many never to see the outside world again. Unless we stand up and speak out on behave of these girls, their stories will never be told. Unless we demand it stops, human trafficking will only continue to grow, consuming more and more innocent lives. 

Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:3-4 

Girl

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To End Slavery

January 22nd, 2015

By Dwayne Weehunt

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” – Benjamin Franklin 

This past Fall, a film called “12 Years A Slave” was released. This R-rated, true story graphically tells the brutal realities of slavery. A man named Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, was tricked and trafficked. He was promised a job, taken to an unfamiliar place, and drugged. He wakes up in chains, not knowing where he is or where his freedom has gone.

That is the story of girls being trafficked all across the world today.

Solomon ends up at a plantation where he meets a girl named Patsy, who endures unbearable abuse day and night. She approaches Solomon and asks him to drown her in the swamp. Solomon refuses to do something so un-Godly, but Patsy replies, “God is merciful, and He forgives merciful acts.”

We hear time and time again how girls still trapped in the red light district have attempted suicide. Like Patsy, these girls have totally given up hope that the abuse will ever end, and they just want the pain to stop.

One thing that we have proven here in the United States is that slavery will not stop until someone intervenes. It will not wind down and end, but continue to suck more and more lives into it… lives of little girls.

To end slavery, action is required.

In the Civil War, America lost over 620,000 men… More than any other war we have been involved in. 620,000 Americans died in the struggle to determine if slavery was going to end in America. The direct cost reached 6.7 billion dollars. That would translate to 24.8 trillion today. Intervention is costly, but unless someone intervenes nothing will change.

At the end of the movie 12 Years a Slave, Solomon, after having been rescued, walks back into his home where his family awaits him. He has become a shaky man who can’t look his family in the eye. They come surround him with love and healing begins in his life. Over and over we have seen girls who are broken and shattered come out of slavery and into a community – a place where love can reach them. When they begin telling their story, they break down crying and the other girls come around them and hug and love them. This is how they heal.

The Bible says that the enemy came to kill, steal and to destroy lives. We have witnessed and seen that no matter what the enemy might do to destroy a life, the Love of God through his people can bring about restoration and boldness.

Slavery is a horrible evil, and make no mistake: what is happening in these young girls lives is slavery.  Please help us stop this slavery.

Cage

Photo by: Janice Meyer

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India, China Top List Of Nations With Most Slaves : Parallels : NPR

January 20th, 2015

India has the most slaves between 13.3 million and 14.7 million people, followed by China 2.8 million to 3.1 million and Pakistan 2 million to 2.2 million.

via India, China Top List Of Nations With Most Slaves : Parallels : NPR.

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