I don't want to think about it.
I don't want to write about it.
I don't want to believe it.
I want to stick my head in the sand and wrap myself up in my own reality
and pretend that this is all there is.
I'd like to wrap myself up in my cozy little home and only blog about beautiful and happy things.
I want to gather my four grandchildren around my dinner table and fix them their favorite things
and protect them from all the ugly "out there".
I don't want to think about the strip club on the corner just a few blocks down,
or the sex trafficking on 82nd Ave., walking distance from my house.
I want to wash my mind from the image I saw when I watched Nefarious,
a tiny pair of little girl's pajamas found in a brothel in S.E. Asia, the pajama bottoms stained with blood.
I want to stay tucked safely into my own life while God comes down and smites those so perverse that they would use another human being that way and those so greedy they would profit from it.
I read the words in 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10, and believe them.
There will come a day when Jesus comes and makes wrong things right,
when He will deal out retribution.
There is a real day of vengeance marked on God's calendar,
the Babe in the Manger returning as a Mighty Warrior.
I don't cringe at this image of a God who brings justice against the wicked.
I anticipate it.
But in the meanwhile,
in the meantime,
Jesus' eyes and hands and feet and voice.
So, I must get my head out of the sand,
I must quit pretending that all is well,
and I must speak up,
and I must do what I can do to make a difference.
I am one of a group of over 100 bloggers who are blogging for rescue.
We blog for the Exodus Road.
The Exodus Road does investigative missions to uncover illegal sex trafficking and underage sexual exploitation.
that help victims of sex trafficking find hope and the means to support themselves.
The Exodus Road helps rescue victims of sex trafficking.
So far, 622 victims have been saved by the team.
They have helped get 348 prosecutions against sex traffickers.
The Exodus Road has 15 undercover operatives working in 5 countries.
How, can you help?
You can PRAY.
Yes, prayer changes things!
Pray for the corruption that allows this atrocity to go on in our world to be exposed and stopped.
Pray for successful rescues.
Pray for laws to be passed that make all sex trafficking a human rights violation and a felony crime.
You can GIVE.
You can give to organizations like the Exodus Road and help fund investigations and rescues.
You can support organizations like Nightlight.
Buying jewelry from them helps support women who used to be in the sex trade.
(Click the link above to enter a giveaway for a piece of their lovely jewelry
and to learn more about their ministry.)
You can GET INVOLVED.
We have a dear pastor friend, here in Portland,
who has formed Tomorrow's Hope Sex Trafficking Intervention Ministry.
Hope City Church has a ministry of reaching out to the women who work in our area strip clubs.
Me, I'm doing what I know to do.
I believe God gave me a voice for a reason, this blog for a reason, so I'm speaking up.
I believe if you read this, you pray, you give, and you get involved in some small way,
wherever you are,
however you can,
I believe that together we can make a difference.
I'm thinking about the 622 victims saved by the efforts of the the Exodus Road
and I'm believing for many, many more.