cultivate (kuhl - tuh - veyt)
v. 1) develop 2) nurture

graft (grahft)
n. 1) transplant 2) bud 3) union

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Time To Fight

I don't know about you, but I could care less about the game on Sunday.
I feel good getting that off my chest.
The best thing about the Super Bowl (in my oh so humble opinion) is munching on yummy snacks and chatting with friends. I know for a lot of people, it is a great day to whip up some margaritas, order pizza, and yell at the tv enjoy some time with friends. 

I hate to put a negative spin on such an ideal day, but for too many people Super Bowl Sunday is going to signal the beginning of a hellish existence. But don't take my word for it.

I realize there is some debate regarding how widespread the human trafficking actually is during the Super Bowl. However, if skeptics are mistaken, I would rather have erred on the side of compassion. Click here for more information. Their "Resources" tab is quite extensive. 

As the mama to girls, this topic sits like lead in my belly. Parents, we need to have (age-appropriate) dialogue with our kids (daughters and sons). Teaching them the warning signs of tricky people and raising their awareness can't hurt and it might save their lives. 

I don't know what to do. Preparing our girls strikes at the underbelly of future trafficking, but it does nothing for the women already trapped. I can beseech you to help raise awareness. I can spout off statistics, but that doesn't change the nightmare in which these young women are already ensnared. I can write a check to an organization aimed at fighting this industry. I don't know how much good any of that does. 

What I do know is that each victim is valued by God and He has not forgotten them

Here is the best thing I know to do for these women: I will be fasting and praying on Sunday. It's the most powerful weapon I wield against such evil. Will you consider doing likewise? 

I know, I know. But the margaritas! The pizza! 

Save it for another day. These daughters (and sons) are worth it. 

Praying and Fasting,


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