Fighting For Our Children

Recently, some of our Good Life 45 team and I attended an all-day summit at Northland called JuST Faith.  This was an incredible opportunity for us to hear from experts and survivors of Human Trafficking and sexual abuse.  We were all overwhelmed with the disturbing stories we heard of abuse, perversion and depravity.

When I got home that evening, I had to go for a long walk with the Lord to clear my mind.  I even prayed that God would take away the images and help me forget a lot of what I heard.  I couldn’t even talk about it with my husband.  Too much depravity.  Too much pain.

My heart ached for the victims…they call themselves survivors.  Their journeys have been forever impacted by their circumstances.  Healing through God has taken place in many of their lives, however, the scars remain, and the pain in their eyes is palpable as they share their stories.

So the question is: what do we do with these stories, these interviews?  After much discussion and prayer, we have decided that we must take a strong stand as a station to fight this cultural malady.  We must shed light; we must raise revenue to fight; we must do our part to equip the church; we must capture our viewers’ hearts to join our efforts to fight Human Trafficking and sexual abuse of our children.

Incredibly, 1 out of every 4 children will be sexually abused by the age of 18.  That moves me to action.  It moves us as a station to be aligned with this battle for our children.  When people turn to our station, will they know our hearts?  Will they hear our voices?  As Team members, we are all in this together.  When someone asks us about Human Trafficking, I hope we can say, “Yes, we’re involved as a station and we are committed to fighting for our children.  This is our calling.”

Being involved might be uncomfortable some days.  It might mean talking about the ways pornography can lead to horrible images of children being sexually exploited.  It might mean equipping ourselves to recognize possible abuse in young people around us and in doing some research.  It might mean coming forward with our own stories to minister to others.

Please pray for our station as we seek God’s hand in how to most effectively fight this fight.  It’s not an easy one.  But here’s the encouragement from Isaiah 61:

…He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound…to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness…”

Thank you for joining the fight,

Barbara

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