Slavery. Violence. Sex trafficking. Corrupt authorities.
Sitting in our air-conditioned homes with our feet propped up as we sip a fancy latte, our thoughts may wander to the inconveniences of our day: the person who cut in front of us in line at the grocery store, the mother with rowdy children in the department store, the rain that threatened to dishevel our expensive hairdo…
But what about the children who wake up each day in extreme poverty, forced to work for wicked bosses as they toil away in slavery?
What about the young girls sold as sex slaves? And the boys who are beaten when they fall beneath the weight of their tasks?
Many of these children perish before reaching their teen years, and few have hope of reaching adulthood…and in truth, what hope is there for them anyway while they are slaves?
Today’s post is short, but it could be life-changing, both for you and for someone you may never meet who lives many time zones away.
The International Justice Mission (IJM) works in many countries world-wide to protect these innocent millions from violence. Their job is a large one, and with each victory they achieve, there are thousands more who need their help.
I challenge you to get involved today. Start by praying, and then I urge you to consider giving, or even partnering with IJM to make a positive worldwide impact.
Did God command us in Scripture to build extravagant church buildings in which to hold our meetings? Or did he say to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction (James 1:27)?
Did He command us to choose plush office furniture for our church platforms, or did he tell us to bear one another’s burdens (Gal 6:2)? John 13:34-35 states, “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
The book of Proverbs admonishes not to withhold good from others when it is in the power of our hands to give it.
While there is nothing inherently wrong about nice church buildings or comfortable furniture, don’t you think we should pray and ask God where He wants His money to go? It is all His anyways, remember?
As our pastor mentioned yesterday when he shared the burden and vision of IJM, these comments are not to guilt-trip anyone into anything. But someone somewhere can give something … and just as God used the few loaves and fishes and multiplied them, He can multiply what we give for His glory. We just have to be willing to obey.
Today, ask God what part He would have you play in helping the needy of our world…and then, DO IT!
And please consider sharing this need with your friends and family, so that they too can help to change a life and make a positive impact in our world.
p.s. I am not affiliated with IJM in any way. I do not get any kind of referral or affiliate bonus for sharing this information. However, our Live with Valor family believes strongly in giving to those in need, and as such we have partnered with various charities and other organizations to help reach the poor and needy in our world; IJM is just one of those organizations.