th (1)“Why do I need to know about this?”

That’s what I overheard someone say as I stood outside of the sanctuary at Wesley United Methodist Church about to speak on the issue of sex trafficking in America.  It’s a legitimate question and one most ask, whether out loud or not.  Why do we need to learn all we can about this heinous crime? What can we do about it?

As I started to walk into the sanctuary, I had a little talk with Jesus.  He and I are like that; we talk.  Whenever I’m in need of help, which is often, I ask Him for it, because He promises to deliver [Matthew 15:25, James 1:5].  I knew I had a responsibility to share with this woman, and anyone else with same question, why they needed to know about sex trafficking.  He immediately took my mind to Matthew 25:35-40,

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'”

I pray the woman who questioned why she needed to learn about sex trafficking realized it is every believer’s responsibility to be the hands and feet of Jesus, to share His love, grace and mercy, with all we encounter.

As far as what can one person do?  I’ve blogged about ways one person can make a difference.  You can read that post here.  Rescuing Hope was written to raise awareness and to raise an army.  Our Commander and Chief is calling us all to join the fight [Isaiah 6:8].  He has all the weapons we need for battle [Ephesians 6:10-18].  He’s searching the earth for those who will answer His call [2 Chronicles 16:9].

Will you? There are lives depending on it!