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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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Life-Changing Lessons in Spiritual Warfare

In anticipation of my upcoming eBook “How to Become an Effective War Strategist – Fighting a Battle with the Most High” (scheduled to be released this summer), the rest of my posts for this week will discuss two life-changing lessons that God has taught me while serving on the mission field.

The Lord has provided me with a piece of prudent admonishment that I want to share with you today: No matter how well we know the Bible or how many ministry experiences we have had in our lifetime, without the power and authority of Jesus Christ ruling in our lives, we are already defeated. Our carnal power is no match for this enemy of our souls, despite what we may “know.”

This is a truth that we must embrace, beloved. As His children, if we ever become overly zealous (or arrogant) about our abilities to fight the enemy, we can encounter dark powers and principalities that God never intended for us to fight. This is dangerous ground, beloved. Unfortunately, I myself have trekked upon such precarious ground over the last several years.

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8

Today I share this truth with you from a heart of personal experience (and revelation from the Holy Spirit through His word): Be very careful to only engage in the battles He alone has equipped you for.

In 2009, Jesus led me to join a Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Perth, Western Australia. My main purpose was to grow in my knowledge of Jesus Christ and learn how to effectively share the Gospel. Our initial 12-week lecture phase in Perth was followed by a 12-week outreach phase in Mexico City.

One day, while strolling to the YWAM base for an afternoon class, I noticed an overweight, while male in his sixties leave our neighbor’s place. This struck me as odd; the previous morning I had seen a young Asian girl lounging on the front porch and expressionlessly staring out at me. In my naivety, I had waved and shouted “Good Morning” to her while power walking to morning worship. Since I was still adapting to the Aussie culture, I had been clueless that our team was living in the red light district of Perth. I thought that she simply wasn’t friendly. What I didn’t realize was that prostitution is legal in Australia, and that the neighboring building was actually a “massage parlor” sitting right next to our dorm.

 At the time, I was still a novice in my understanding of the complexities of human trafficking. I didn’t even know what it would look like or how to work against it. Prior to that, the only materials I had seen about human trafficking were a CBN special in Cambodia and articles published through Not For Sale.

Once I realized that I was living next to a brothel filled with trafficked girls from Asia, I wanted to fight. Indignant with fierce anger blazing deep within me, I wanted to trample on the enemy hard. I wanted to give him a taste of Jesus. Because my Lord overcame the grave, I knew He could certainly overcome this foul spirit of oppression to set these innocent girls free.

So, what did I do?

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post as I share the details of an unforgettable moment (and the invaluable lesson the Lord taught me) through my response to this challenging experience.

Can you relate to this in your own life – getting pissed off at the devil for the way he’s messing up the world around you? Perhaps like me (and any Christian really), you feel led to make a difference in this world. This upcoming eBook, entitled “How to Become an Effective War Strategist – Fighting a Battle with the Most High“, will be an incredible manual to help prepare you for the hurdles that you will encounter as a minister of the Gospel. Sign up for a FREE pre-release copy by clicking HERE today.

And thank you for choosing His Daily Dose!

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Healing a Heart with Humility

En ese momento de dolor y rechazo que describí ayer a manos de un pastor, el Señor gentilmente me proveyó con más instrucciones: “Christy, quiero que perdones al pastor. No porque lo merece, pero porque yo lo merezco. Quiero que te humilles y recuerdes que soy yo por quien estas haciendo esto, y que soy yo quien te ve y recompensa. Si me sirves buscando el bien y la aprobación de otros, no es verdadera humildad. Cuando lo haces por mi independientemente de lo que diga la gente, esa humildad es verdadera.”

 “…aquellos que se exaltan a sí mismos serán humillados, y los que se humillan a sí mismos serán exaltados.” Mateo 23.12

“Sin embargo, él nos da aún más gracia, para que hagamos frente a esos malos deseos. Como dicen las Escrituras: ‘Dios se opone a los orgullosos pero muestra su favor a los humildes’.” Santiago 4.6

Aunque en realidad nunca podremos experimentar por completo la angustia de la muerte de Cristo en la cruz,  definitivamente sentí que Jesús podría establecer una conexión con lo que yo estaba experimentando. Su propia gente le escupió mientras se ofrecía a sí mismo como sacrificio por sus pecados. Porque el hizo esto por nosotros, sentí paz al saber que si el pudo hacerlo, y Él vive en mi, entonces yo también podría soportar mis propias pruebas. Podría perdonar a la misma gente que rechazaba a Cristo en mi. Aquellos que debieron ser amorosos y amables pero que en su lugar escupieron blasfemias y azotaron mi alma. Mediante la gracia de Cristo, perdoné a aquel pastor.

Pero el Señor no había terminado conmigo aun: “Christy, también quiero que seas tu la que hoy ore por el pastor,  y quien le de el regalo de despedida de parte de todo el equipo. Humíllate, y te exaltaré. Yo resistiré al orgulloso, pero le daré gracia al humilde.”

Con esa instrucción, limpié mi rostro, abrí la puerta, y me senté de nuevo con mi equipo. Su gracia fue suficientemente poderosa para mi. Dentro de los muros de esa iglesia, estaba viviendo lo imposible hecho realidad solamente por el poder de Cristo. Solo después de que haber partido de aquel lugar esa misma tarde compartí con el leader de nuestro equipo lo que el pastor había dicho.

“La respuesta apacible desvía el enojo,pero las palabras ásperas encienden los ánimos.” Proverbios 15.1

 El orgullo lleva a la deshonra, pero con la humildad viene la sabiduría.” Proverbios 11.2

 Cada vez que pienso en humildad, recuerdo aquel momento de perdón a través de Cristo. Hoy quiero animarlos, mis amados. El Señor a depositado en mi corazón una carga por aquellos entre ustedes que han sido profundamente dados, rechazados y abandonados por la iglesia – por líderes que debieron haber sido amables, compasivos y pastores benévolos. Pero que en su lugar fueron tiranos, desatinados, o faltos de sabiduría. Tal vez ellos te llevaron a rechazar con amargura y enojo a la novia de nuestro Señor, a aquellos que aman a Dios, o incluso a Dios mismo.

 Recuerda siempre que la gente es solamente gente. Ellos no son Dios. Aún quienes aman profundamente a Jesús cometerán serios errores. No juzgues a toda la gente de Dios basado en las experiencias pasadas con individuos. No pongas tu fe eternal y esperanza en Dios en las manos de humanos caídos. Siempre serás decepcionado.

Dentro del mundo de las iglesias, siempre se puede encontrar algún conjunto de leyes legalistas que se mantienen presentes, algunos juicios injustos o alguna clase de rituales mega espirituales que deberás practicar con el fin de ser aceptado dentro de la errónea visión de alguien acerca de Dios. ¿Por qué? Porque cada iglesia esta llena de gente quebrantada, y es allí exactamente donde Dios los quiere. Esta es la ironía de todo el asunto. No pierdas tu fe en Dios a causa de la decisión que un hombre o una mujer hicieron. No permitas que su pecado te lleve a pecar. Toma una completa responsabilidad por tu fe, y deja de culpar a las personas por “obligarte” a dejar atrás tu único y verdadero amor, Cristo Jesús.

“No juzguen a los demás, y no seránjuzgados. Puesserántratados de la misma forma en quetraten a los demás.El criterioqueusenparajuzgar a otroses el criterio con el que se les juzgará a ustedes.” Mateo 7.1-2

 “Pero si confesamos nuestros pecados a Dios, él es fiel y justo para perdonarnos nuestros pecados y limpiarnos de toda maldad.” 1 Juan 1.9

 “Pues nuestros pecados se han acumulado ante Dios testifican en contra de nosotros. Así es, sabemos muy bien lo pecadores que somos.” Isaías 59.12

¿Será la iglesia la que te salve? No, pero ¿es importante? Si. ¿Y es bíblico? Si. Humíllate a través de la gracia de Jesucristo, para perdonar a aquellos que te han herido, y sigue adelante. El se encargará del resto. Mi amado amigo, permanece en su palabra y hazte cargo de tu relación personal con Cristo.

Con mismanoshicetanto el cielocomo la tierra;son míos, con todo lo que hay en ellos. ¡Yo, el Señor, he hablado!” Isaías 66.2

 

 

Sanando un Corazón con Humildad

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