What is 27 million minus 273? I’ve never been good at math.
But these aren’t just numbers, they are people. Twenty-seven million men, women, and children are in slavery around the world, and on Tuesday two hundred and seventy three of them were given back their freedom!
Monday night when I was sleeping cozy in my bed, a team from International Justice Mission was working all night in the pouring rain on a rescue operation to free slaves from two brick factories in Chennai, India.
This is history happening now, in my lifetime.
If we think that slavery is a thing of the past, we are mistaken. It is now, here, in our own country and around the world. Slavery is illegal everywhere, but yet it still happens nearly everywhere. Because slavery is such a huge issue, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged.
These 273 newly freed people will likely go unnoticed by most of the world. Their pictures won’t be in the news, and the victory won’t be celebrated by the greater part of the world. That is why I am thankful for this simple truth:
Nobody falls through the cracks with God.
God knows each person individually, and I can’t even imagine the joy that His heart must feel at the release of His children from bondage. I pray that He is honoured and glorified as we work to be advocates for the least of these.
Though I am so thankful for what God has done, there is still a lot of work that needs to happen, Will we ever see the end of slavery? The problem is overwhelming and it is heartbreaking that it even happens. I admit it, I can’t do much. But I’ll do what I can.
Check out this quote from Free the Slaves website.
“We can end slavery in our lifetime: Here’s what needs to happen: businesses must clean up their supply chains and consumers must demand slavery-free products, governments and international institutions must toughen enforcement and fund anti-slavery work worldwide, activists and advocates must educate the vulnerable about their rights and empower those in slavery to take a stand for freedom. And you must take a stand, too. Get educated, get activated. Donate. Participate. And spread the word that you don’t want to live in a world with slavery in it.”
If you want to know more about the rescue operation in India, here is a link to the article: http://www.ijm.org/news/273-freed-ijms-second-largest-anti-slavery-operation-ever
If you want to know more about slavery in general, check out:
NOTE: I wrote this a few weeks ago, before I started this blog, but I thought I would share it now even though it is a little late. The date of the actual rescue operation was Tuesday, June 11 2013.