This year for my birthday I don’t want any presents.
I mean, I want presents, but I have decided to ask for something more important.
This January, I was introduced to an organization called A21. This organization’s only purpose is to raise awareness of modern day slavery and to free those being trafficked.
Hold on a second! “I though Lincoln freed the slaves?” He tried. But there are 27 million slaves in the world today! That is more slaves than ever before in the history of humanity. More than when plantation owners were buying people as property, more than when hitler was killing jews cause he felt like it, more than the time period The Help was written in. This happens today, in this world, in this country and in this city.
“Human trafficking is an organized criminal industry that affects every nation. While the statistics can seem overwhelming, it is important to remember that every number represents the life of a victim. The A21 Campaign has recognized a significant need in the region of Europe, and is committed to combating this injustice through rescuing one life at a time.
The A21 Campaign is comprised of individuals, organizations, government officials, and people like you who are committed to abolishing injustice in the 21st century. Our goal is four-fold:
- Prevent people from being trafficked
- Protect and support those who have been trafficked
- Prosecute traffickers, and strengthen legal responses to trafficking
- Partner with law enforcement, service providers and community members to provide a comprehensive front against trafficking”
They are abolitionists.
And they do it all in the name of Jesus.
One of the easiest ways to help is to send things that the women in the A21 shelters need. This is what I am asking of you for my birthday. I want to put together boxes for these women. Here is a list of things to send from the A21 website:
Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, bar soap etc), Slippers and boots, Craft items such as balls of wool and knitting needles, Board Games (Dominoes, UNO etc.), Puzzles, Coloring Pencils, Small blankets, Socks, Thermal leggings, Undergarments (small / medium), Gloves, Pajamas, Dish towels for kitchen, Pot holders (used for handling hot dishes), Wooly hats, Make Up, Jewelry, Tweezers, Sanitary products
The hope is that ya’ll go so out of control with this, I can’t figure out how the junk I am supposed to mail it. I want to really show these women they are loved.
This is something you can do without too much extra effort. While you are doing your regular shopping, at publix or target or whatever, please have this list in the back of your mind and pick up some things. Just pick up one more and put it aside for the girls. Seriously, you know toothpaste is on BOGO all the time, just pick up that second one!
The 21st of every month A21 asks us to fast and the 21st of July is the Saturday after my birthday. The website explains, “Fasting is simply as personal reminder throughout the day of your commitment to see breakthrough in injustice. On the 21st of every month, join people all around the world and fast for the work that is being done to fight the injustice of human trafficking."
So, on July 21st, I am hosting a packing party to pack up the boxes and for us to write cards and letters to the girls and for us to do the best thing we can do, pray together for the victims of trafficking and for the work A21 is doing right now. I will be fasting that day and I would challenge you to do the same!
If you can’t come out on the 21st, that doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of this. As you go throughout your usual routine and see something you can pick up, a package of socks, or a package of Phase 10, whatever you see in your own shopping trips, pick it up and bring it to FBCTT and leave it at my desk, bring it to the Corps and leave it with my mom, bring it to the center and leave it with Ashley, or bring it to The Burrow when you’re passing by.
Please join me in doing what I can to work in abolishing modern day slavery in the 21st century.