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The Hope Found in Sex Trafficking

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61: 1-3

I’m happy that you’re back as we dive right into the second portion of this discussion on slavery: sex trafficking.

May His will be done.

Human Trafficking. Modern Day Slavery. Child Sex Trafficking. Commercial Exploitation of Children. Forced Sex Labor. These terms are all used interchangeably to explain this one issue that undoubtedly crushes the heart of God. I can only imagine thousands upon thousands of voices that are crying out for some type of holy intervention. And the thousands upon thousands of miracles that our God performs on a daily basis that simply go underneath our radar. He is a faithful God that works in very mysterious ways. We must never forget that.

Human trafficking is an injustice that has gripped my heart for years. And it may be one that grips yours as well.

This was how it all started for me….

I was at home one afternoon enjoying an afternoon off from work, drinking coffee and browsing the internet, when I came across a CBS special report covering young Filipino girls that were ‘servicing’ English and American male tourists. As I clicked ‘play’ with a bit of hesitation, I  could not believe what I was seeing.

Here was a young boy of about 10 years old (the age of my nephew) who could barely speak English, conducting a business transaction with a male American tourist (maybe in his late 50’s). He was selling this man a thirty minute “oral fix” performed by a six year old girl (who appeared scared and confused) in a run-down tent with a small twin mattress thrown on the dusty floor. My insides immediately broke out in violent spasms as I gagged at the computer screen. Anger, bewilderment, and sadness overwhelmed my heart as I longed to jump into that scene and rescue that little girl. But, I couldn’t, and I felt helpless.

This is where my story began.

As a missionary years later in Western Australia, the Lord placed me in the red light district of Perth (right next door to a brothel in fact). Every day I  would see the faces of young Southeast Asian girls who had been trafficked (transported by coercion and force) to live lives of sexual servitude for the perverse enjoyment of Australian men. I wanted to march in that brothel with the authority of Jesus Christ and rescue those women, but the Lord only wanted me to observe and pray. Looking back, I’m thankful for His wise leading. It is through prayer that we gain His heart and perspective on an issue. I strongly encourage you beloved, to spend time at His doorsteps before you go reaching out to others.

“Listen to My instruction and be wise; do not ignore it. Blessed is the man who listens to Me, watching daily at My doors, waiting at My doorway. For whoever finds Me finds life and receives favor from the Lord. But whoever fails to find Me harms himself; all who hate Me love death.” Proverbs 8:33-36

A few months later I moved to Mexico City. For the first time,  I encountered girls (as young as 12) and women (18-45) publicly lining the streets and advertising themselves as commodities for sale in an area known as La Merced. Unfortunately, it wasn’t just for the locals (including law enforcement and government officials); tourists also knew where to find these victimized souls. We knew we weren’t welcome.  But, Jesus had other plans. Their traffickers would visibly loom around them, watching every move we made from the “window upstairs”. It was in this place that I first looked into the big, brown eyes of a young Mexican girl who shamefully looked away after five seconds of making eye contact. And I held the tender hands of a young woman who desperately wanted to be held and to know that she was worth more than a “good time.” At any moment, we could have been shot. But, Jesus is bigger than man, and more powerful than the enemy. What God willed was going to take place. So, we marched out in the authority of Christ, passing out roses to remind them of their beauty, giving them Bibles as a source of truth and encouragement, hugging their necks to show them they were worthy of love, and praying for the Lord’s mighty intervention. We saw one woman rescued from the hundreds there. But, it was still one life that Jesus died for and that was substantial. I’m thankful for the Lord’s powerful demonstration of faithfulness: we were never once injured, and He taught me that even darkness is light to Him. He has all authority and power.

“Even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” Psalm 139:12

Allow me encourage you with something, beloved.

Jesus is King. There is nothing in history that can ever undo the powerful choice He made when He willingly hung on the cross. He has overcome all evil. Death has no power over Him. And even darkness is light to our King. And do you know what makes His sacrifice so powerful? As dirty and evil as sex trafficking is, Jesus still chose to die for the souls that choose to engage in this very act. Is there anything more revolutionary than God’s love? This right here shows you that love is more powerful than death.

Now that I have shared with you what the Lord has allowed me to experience on the mission field outside of the United States, I want to encourage you in the truth. He is doing a big work here in this nation. Sex trafficking very much exists in this country, and it’s often not out in the open. And as a missionary in the States with Wellspring Living, I have learned a very valuable lesson that I’d like to share:

Focus on Jesus and not the issue at hand. There is a difference between being educated on this issue and meditating on this issue. The havoc and destruction that sex trafficking causes is derived from the most disgusting, evil one: satan himself. Let’s not focus on his temporary work, but instead on the work of Jesus Christ.

Because there is a lot He is doing to rescue, restore, and redeem these precious souls of women and children today and forevermore. I have seen the faces of girls and women who have been delivered, healed, and made completely new through the all-sustaining and ever-consuming power of Jesus Christ. And women are being rescued daily here in Atlanta. Let’s give God the amazing praise He deserves for what He IS doing! He is making what appears impossible to man, possible through Him. To God be the glory for that!

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

“My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.” Proverbs 4:20-22

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3

If you feel that the Lord is calling you into this area of ministry, or you simply want to learn more about what He’s doing, then check out these incredible organizations (all of which I know personally) that are doing big things through the grace of Jesus Christ.

Wellspring Living  – An organization that works hands-on with women and girls (through the aid of Christ) to restore their broken hearts and empower them for a second chance of living through Jesus. Located in Atlanta, GA.

Check out their website here: Wellspring Living

Out of Darkness – An organization that runs a 24/7 hotline with volunteers trained to answer rescue calls along with a  dedicated team searching the internet to identify the sites where underage children are being sold for sex, the exploiters who are selling them, and the johns who are buying them. This is a great ministry for men that are seeking a place to serve. Located in Atlanta, GA.

Check out their website here: Out of Darkness

Love Made Claim, Inc – An organization committed to building trust and relationships with women in the sex-for-sale industry, including women enslaved in the porn industry.  Located in Denver, CO (but attends national porn conventions).

Check out their website here: Love Made Claim

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Hearing God's Voice in the Sex Industry

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“My sheep recognize my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 NLT

“It was a hot and humid afternoon in Atlanta when we decided to follow God’s voice into the parking lot of a local strip club. The oversized tee (I intentionally wore to be comfortable) clung to my back, dripping in sweat as we began praising God in front of the neon lights. Perhaps it was the sheer adrenaline of loving on the King’s betrothed or the thick humidity that made me drenched, but regardless of the reason, we were on a mission to rescue His daughters.

Within minutes God asked us to cross the street onto the property of an undercover brothel (a place where women are locked up and sold for sex). One by one we laid hands on it’s white-washed walls praying for God’s redemptive power to deliver and rescue these women from forced slavery.

We wrote in chalk on the brick walls declaring these women were beautiful” , “redeemed”, and “loved”. We chanted in a melodious praise, like victors galloping through a war zone declaring triumph over their enemies: “The enemy has been defeated, death couldn’t hold You down. Gonna lift our voice in victory, gonna make Your praises loud. Shout unto God with a voice of triumph, shout unto God with a voice of praise. Shout unto God with a voice of triumph. We lift Your name up, we lift Your name up.” 

Within minutes a train boisterously announced it’s near approach, yet we continued to lift up our voices exalting King Jesus. We pronounced healing and life over the death and destruction that plagued the area.

Then the Holy Spirit spoke: “You need to leave this property immediately”.

Instantly overwhelmed with nausea and a piercing sense of urgency, we all began to walk away. This happened just seconds before the brothel owner (most likely the trafficker) violently burst out the back door with (what appeared as) the full intent to harm us. The rage and anger enveloped his face. He tried to move in pursuit of us, but his feet were suspended onto that concrete step. In the Father’s great faithfulness, God supernaturally intervened so no harm could come against us. This is the powerful God that we serve.

The post for today is dual-purpose: One – To highlight an incredible organization known as Love Made Claim, Inc and; Two – To encourage the Lord’s beloved to pursue a deeper, more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ by hearing God’s voice every single day.

As a corporate voice (in my role as a Board Member) for Love Made Claim, this personal story is just one example depicting the value and significance of hearing God’s voice in all situations (including those perceived as highly dangerous).

It is Jesus who instructs the staff at Love Made Claim on when to go, where to go, what to do, who to love, and how to carry out His message of hope to those enslaved by darkness in the sex-for-sale industry. Without hearing God’s voice, nothing of eternal significance is ever produced.

And this truth often applies to our own individual lives as well (including mine).

I. Love Made Claim, Inc.

If you have a heart (or have personally been affected and want to get involved) for the sex-for-sale industry (strip clubs, sex trafficking, porn) feel free to check out this ministry.

Mission: Love Made Claim, Inc. is a faith-based, non-profit organization with the mission to reach those in the sex industry with the truth that they are loved and valued.

Contact: http://www.LoveMadeClaim.com / 720) 282-9366

II. How to Hear God’s Voice 

Ever wonder what it’s like to hear God’s voice? Every single day?

I have.

After years of seeking out ways I could hear from this King of Glory on a consistent basis, I’ve come to realize a few things about Him.

1. God desires to speak to every believer’s heart. And every one of His children have the ability to hear from Him. This truth has brought me great comfort over the years.

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.” John 14:16-17

2. God can choose to speak in many different ways. Some examples of these are listed below.  And keep in mind, when He does speak, that message will always align with His Word.

  • Nature
  • The Mouths of Others
  • Holy Scripture
  • Visions and Dreams

In my walk with God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit as my comforter, I have discovered that they all require time. Allow me to elaborate.

Think of any friend you currently have in your life. It can be a spouse, a best bud, or even a sister. And think about your relationship with this person. Do you two spend valuable time together? Talking on the phone, chatting over a meal, discussing important topics over coffee, or taking a stroll. Regardless of how and where you both communicate, the point still remains: you do in fact communicate. It’s a healthy and mutual exchange of thoughts and ideas.

We can all agree that without any communication, the relationship would suffer. We also know that time and effort are invaluable resources in the growth of anything good: a job, a marriage, a friendship, a ministry, and even a relationship with the Eternal God.

We can often forget that God Himself has a heart with feelings and a mind full of thoughts. Wouldn’t you want to be the one He chose to talk to? To share the depths of His magnificent heart? Not because you’re more special than another, but because you were one of His beloved that made the time to hear from Him. Wow.

Take your aforementioned friend as an example. Would you feel compelled to share your deepest thoughts with this friend if they decided to forsake the relationship? Meaning they no longer made a real effort in getting to know you? Does God want to speak? Absolutely. He is bursting with great ideas and ways to bless our lives. The question isn’t if He’s interested; instead, it is whether we are interested.

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Jeremiah 33:3

 

Photo provided by the New York Observer

Original story in post taken from http://www.lovemadeclaim.com/blog written by Christine Becker

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