Do you like presents? I have to admit one of my primary love languages is gifts. I love to receive them, but I love to give them even more. There’s nothing more exciting for me than to find the perfect gift for someone and watch their face light up when they open it. It’s pure joy. I’m always on the lookout for things that would bless others.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 talks about Spiritual gifts and how we are all given different gifts. The amazing thing about Spiritual gifts is they aren’t for us. We’re given those gifts for other people [verse 7]. We get to operate in our gift and it blesses the socks off of other people in their circumstances.
In the fight against human sex trafficking I always come across people asking “What can I do?” as if they have nothing to offer. I refer to this Scripture and tell them there is something for everyone to do in this fight. There are some people who have been blessed financially and they have the ability to assist in the funding of organizations that fight the battle or restore the victims. There are others who understand the concept of sacrificial giving and are willing to do the same [Mark 12:41-44]. There are people who are relational and are willing to walk beside one of these young women through her treatment. Still others are speakers, writers, and influencers who can use their platform to get the word out to make people aware and to challenge them to join the fight. There are those who are gifted with a soothing compassionate voice and can talk with a frightened young woman on a hotline and let her know there are people out there willing to care for her and support her through the healing process. Some love the law and are willing to lobby for new ones to protect these young victims. There are thrift stores that support restoration programs that need volunteer clerks, sorters of product or men to pick up and deliver furniture. The list is endless. No matter what your gifts and talents are, there is a place for you in the fight. All it takes is a few phone calls or a couple of clicks of the mouse on your computer to discover where you best fit.
Isaiah 61:1 says, “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,” and this call applies to our lives today as much it did Isaiah’s life. How will you use your gifts to help free the captives and provide the hope they so desperately need?
Here are just some of the organizations you can partner with to make a difference: Resolution Hope, Wellspring Living, Not For Sale, Out of Darkness, A Future Not A Past, and Nightlight International.
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