What did you do this weekend? I had the opportunity to speak on the panel of experts at the Out of Darkness quarterly training. It is one of my favorite things to do, because I love this ministry and I am passionate about raising up warriors to join the fight against sex trafficking in America.
As I talked with people at the break, it became apparent a big issue for some looking to join the fight is fear. There seem to be three universal fears people share:
- They’re fearful they won’t know what to do or say to the survivors.
- They’re fearful they won’t know where to plug in, which role they’re supposed to play in the fight.
- They fear for their safety, because they recognize this is big business in the criminal world and those who profit from it won’t take kindly to others trying to shut their industry down.
I have to admit, I experienced them all at one time or another when I stepped into the battle. It’s okay to acknowledge the feeling of fear when it comes upon you, just don’t give it control. Otherwise, the enemy will disarm you and leave you shaking in your boots. Turn to the One who created all things and to His Word to see what He says about the situation. In Him you can place your trust.
- The Lord is looking for a willing heart. You don’t have to know what to say. The Lord will prompt you and direct your words [Isaiah 51:16].
- You don’t have to worry about what you’re supposed to do. He has a master plan. All you have to do is seek His face and ask Him what your role is to be in the fight and then do what He says [John 2:5].
- One of the enemy’s biggest tactics is to convince you he is stronger than you and he will destroy you. Don’t put your confidence in yourself what you can do, rather put it in the Lord [Zechariah 4:6]. He promises He will not leave you nor forsake you [Deuteronomy 31:6,8]. He promises us in Romans 8:31-39 that we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus.
It has been said that fear is nothing more than false evidence appearing real. The Lord called the enemy the father of lies [John 8:44]. He’s a fake and an impostor. It’s time we shine the Light on the situation and learn to stand on the truth of Jesus, not the lies of the enemy [John 9:5, John 14:6].
Have you joined the fight against sex trafficking in America? If so, leave a comment sharing your role and any encouragement you have for others seeking to step into the fight. If not, has fear stopped you from what God is calling you into? Take a moment and ask Him if you’re to join the fight and if so, what your role is to be in this battle.
I have been called to India to fight against human trafficking and to reach out to the victims of it. I am currently attending ministry school for that purpose. In the meantime I got involved with human trafficking here in Columbus and have attended 2 Out of Darkness sessions. I have mentored under Susan Norris in the area of Human Trafficking Awareness and am currently with a group of individuals at my church who are in the process of setting up a safe house and rescue team up under Out of Darkness. I have to admit, I was a little fearful at first, but have given it to the Lord and He has used me in many ways. I am so excited and blessed to be involved in this ministry and have plans to eventually write a book about my journey.Trust in God and He will show you what to do. You don’t have to have any special skills or education to be involved, just a willing heart and a complete trust in Him who is more than able! God bless!Q
It was so great to see you at the training, Sandra. I cannot wait to see all God is going to do in and through you. Go get ’em, tiger!