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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 

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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.

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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.

Photo of the Week: God’s Present Voice

January 19th, 2015

“To be effective the preacher’s message must be alive; it must alarm, arouse, challenge; it must be God’s present voice to a particular people.” A.W. Tozer 

We believe the fight against human trafficking cannot be won without the participation of the local church. Lives cannot be restored and renewed without the presence of God moving and speaking into their hearts. This is why our model of combating human trafficking is partnering with local churches committed to loving and reaching those trapped in slavery.

“You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14

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Guest Post: Paige Allen – “Mommy! Did you get her out?!”

January 15th, 2015

Paige AllenPaige Allen is the Training and Sending Pastor at Church on the Rock in Lubbock, TX. Paige is a tremendous communicator and provides oversight to the Missions and Prayer Ministries within the church. Paige is a dear friend of Sower of Seeds International Ministries. 


A couple of weeks ago I took Selah, my 4-year-old daughter, to work with me. She was so excited as it felt very special & we were having a fun time putting some newsletters together & getting ready for our annual Miles for Missions race. She got bored after a couple of hours so I let her play games on my computer while I kept working around the office.

On one of my bookshelves, I have the picture that SOS gave me a couple years ago of a young girl behind bars with a verse about rescuing those who are helpless. I was busy in work mode when all of a sudden Selah says, “Mommy, why is that little girl behind those bars?”

I was shocked that she had noticed this…and I quickly asked the Holy Spirit for guidance on what to say. I said something like, “Well, it’s just a picture that reminds me to pray for kids around the world. There are so many kids who have hard things in their life. That is why we pray for India and other countries at night. Do you remember how you have been praying with me for kids around the world?”

She said yes & I thought our conversation was over.

A couple minutes passed and she said.  “Mom, is that little girl in India?”
“Yes,” I said. That’s why I went to India in November – remember, Mommy’s big trip? I got to meet precious kids that we help!”

She nodded & again I thought we were finished.

About five minutes passed when she said with tears in her eyes, “Mommy, is that girl still trapped behind those bars? Did you get her out?!”

I must have hesitated for a minute because she almost got frantic. “Mommy! Did you get her out?!”

I was in tears at this point, so I just said, “Yes, baby. She is okay. She got out. She is okay.”

As you can imagine, I couldn’t focus much on work for the rest of the day. Today as I’ve been praying the Lord brought that conversation back to my mind. Praying for that same level of urgency to remain in us everyday. May our hearts be plagued with the question “Did we get them out?”

I am thankful to Sower of Seeds for infecting my heart with the desire to do small things to see more girls set free.

“Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” Psalm 82:4

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Originally posted 5/1/14

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How to Spot a Trafficking Victim at an Airport | TIME

January 14th, 2015

Every time a new horror story about sex trafficking pops up on our radars, about women held for years against their will, or forced to be child brides, or ensnared in a prostitution ring, the same question also surfaces: why didn’t anyone notice anything?

One of the reasons sex trafficking is frequently overlooked is that it’s hiding in plain sight. Victims are not always bundled across borders in cars vans with blacked out windows or transported in shipping containers. Sometimes they’re simply brought in with thousands of other international travelers on an airplane, and forced to service johns at a local hotel.

Read full article: http://time.com/3445807/how-to-spot-a-trafficking-victim-at-an-airport/#3445807/how-to-spot-a-trafficking-victim-at-an-airport/

Photo of the Week: A Mighty Savior

January 12th, 2015

“One day the announcement in Jerusalem will be, “Cheer up, Zion. Don’t be afraid! For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” “I will gather you who mourn for the appointed festivals; you will be disgraced no more. And I will deal severely with all who have oppressed you. I will save the weak and helpless ones; I will bring together those who were chased away. I will give glory and fame to my former exiles, wherever they have been mocked and shamed. On that day I will gather you together and bring you home. I will give you a good name, a name of distinction, among all the nations of the earth, as I restore your fortunes before their very eyes. I, the Lord, have spoken!”’ Zephaniah 3:16-20

Caged Photo by: Janice Meyer

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Pray For My Mother

January 9th, 2015

January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness day. Much has been accomplished, both locally and internationally in the fight to abolish sex slavery, but there is still work to do. Click here for more information on how you can be involved. Share the story: redlightrescue.org

“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 


Pray For My Mother
By Leslie Weehunt

One of our favorite places to visit is a shelter on the edge of a red light district in India.

In this shelter live boys and girls who have been sent to safety by courageous mothers. These mothers had been trafficked at ages no older than their own children. They are now desperately trying to protect their children from the lives none of them got to choose… a life of sexual slavery.

Like any mother, these mothers do not want their children to be preyed upon. They want their children cared for and educated…. protected. These brave mothers release their children to the shelter, knowing that no matter what may happen to them, their children will have a chance in life to play like a child, go to school, eat daily, and live without the fear that stalks them hour by hour.

The children at the shelter receive all the things mentioned above, and they experience the gift and love of Jesus Christ. They pray for their mothers daily.

On one of our visits (we were just a small group) my husband Dwayne, my teenage son – Noah, our adult daughter – Hannah, our pastor from the US, and I were singing with the kids, laughing and just sitting around visiting.

I watched Dwayne and our pastor sitting in the middle and children surrounding them, leaning on them, vying for their attention with funny antics and stories. I love these times … I love these children.

It touches my heart at how attracted these children are to a father’s heart as they edge closer to my husband – closer and closer until they can touch his arm or lean on him just as his own children have done all their lives… the assurance of safety, protection and love and care.

As I was chatting with a couple of the older girls who were helping to care for everyone, I kept watching the playing and fun beside us. Then one young girl approached Dwayne with a small picture in her hand. She leaned on his shoulder and showed it to him. The group seemed to quiet and give her the moment, as a sobering silence fell over the room.

He asked the young girl if that was a picture of her mother. She nodded yes and then said, “Will you take this picture and pray for my mom?”

I could tell both he and our pastor were holding back tears. He replied, “Is this the only picture you have of her?”

She again nodded yes and said, “I want you to have it so you won’t forget to pray for her.”

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So often these children do not fully understand what has happened to their moms, but they have felt the fear. Many have felt the abuse and beatings. They know their moms are not happy. They know their mothers need rescuing.

As a mother of four, I know the heart determination to keep my children safe. Over the years, with every decision, their health and safety have been my foremost concern. I can only imagine the desperation that leads a mother to give up the daily love and care of her children to someone else. The pain of being separated is outweighed daily by the desire to let their children be children: children that play and eat and go to school. The longing to hold their children is outweighed by the drive to protect them at all cost.

The courage and love these mothers have is evident…

It is a holy moment when those children begin to pray and “storm heaven” for their mothers. The rise of young voices crying freedom over their mothers trapped in slavery in the streets below is a prayer that I know Jesus holds dear.

Dwayne replied with the photo in his hand, “Why don’t we pray together for her right now. And I will remember to keep praying for her and for you. I do not need the picture to remind me. You keep it.” Then together they began praying for this precious daughter’s mother.

That moment was such a precious gift to observe. Each of the boys and girls in the shelter carry a burden for his/her mother. A sigh of relief could be felt across the room when this girl shared hers. A burden shared is always lighter, and to fathers who are willing to stop and embrace these crying hearts as they cry out, the experience is beyond words.

While they were praying, our daughter Hannah captured the picture above. It now hangs in our office.

There is a refuge…. a shelter where a group of children who do not understand the daily bravery and sacrifice of their mothers, are praying daily for them to come out of slavery so they can live with them again.

I am so thankful for this place of safety. I am so thankful for those who give of their lives to serve these children and protect these children I am thankful that my heart gets to join with these precious children and pray for the mothers who are still trapped, may they know freedom and the love of Jesus!

I ask Jesus to let those sweet children feel the burden lighten, knowing that others are also praying with them. I am thankful that I have the assurance of God’s Word that Jesus is interceding on their behalf…

Hebrews 7:25, “…since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

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Photo of the Week: The Innocent

January 5th, 2015

“In a world where God is absent from the hearts of men, darkness swallows up the innocent.” – Dwayne Weehunt

Traffickers target those who’s lives may be seen as unimportant or insignificant by society. It is the poor, uneducated and overlooked who become easy prey to traffickers looking for their next victim. Young, innocent children are tricked, stolen and sold into a life much different than that of their childhood dreams.

 

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“Unless we stop it, it won’t stop”

January 1st, 2015

Human Trafficking Awareness Month from SOS International on Vimeo.

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