I was startled yesterday to learn that there are more slaves today than at any other time in human history.
27 million of them
And we can sit back and be glad that we were born free and that slavery was abolished from our nation a long time ago... or we can decide that we are not willing for any human being to be exploited on our watch. We have 27 million reasons to take action.
I'm grateful to be part of a church that is willing to do something about it. Our services for the entire month of December are devoted to the issue of the global slave trade. And two of our offerings, including Christmas Eve, will be given entirely to the International Justice Mission.
That's cool, but it's not enough. IJM has freed 1000 slaves so far. But 200 people a day, many of them children, are captured and forced into slavery. The sex industry is one of the largest forced labor industries in the world. A growing demand for younger women has meant that girls as young as 8 are forced to work as prostitutes.
I'm not ok with that. Are you?
Monday, December 6, 2010
27 million reasons
Dr. Carmen Imes is the Associate Professor of Old Testament at Prairie College in Three Hills, Alberta, and serves the broader church through teaching, speaking, and writing. She earned a PhD in Biblical Theology (Old Testament) from Wheaton College under Dr. Daniel Block, an MA in Biblical Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a BA in Bible and Theology from Multnomah University. She and her husband, Danny, served as missionaries with SIM 15 years. They have three children: Ana, Emma, and Easton.