Friday, January 18, 2013

Shine a Light on Slavery: End it Movement

Last week I shared a little bit about our time at the Passion Conference and about how our hearts and eyes were open and broken over the things we learned about modern day slavery.  Its something that I feel needs to be talked about.  Something that was iterated over and over was how important awareness was when it comes to this awful situation.  Many people just don't know and if we can shine a light on what's really going on then maybe we can start a huge movement towards ending this terrible injustice.

Passion has begun its own awareness campaign entitled - End It Movement.  I think that's where I'm going to start today.  I'll share a few statistics and how you can learn more about human trafficking and slavery and join the movement yourself.  In coming weeks I want to share more about some amazing organizations that are working so hard - and so creatively- to fight this issue.

Just a few of the numbers (from passion's website):

  • Slavery still exists.  It is estimated that there are anything between 10 million and 27 million slaves in the world today. 
  • The reason for this broad range is that those people being counted are largely a ‘hidden’ population. 
  • It is estimated that human trafficking alone generates annual profits of around $32 billion. 
  • The majority of trafficking victims are between 18 and 24 years of age.
  • 43% of trafficking victims are used for forced commercial sexual exploitation, of whom 98 per cent are women and girls. 
  • An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked each year. 
  • Every minute, two children are sold into slavery.

Those are some of the numbers, but the thing is - slavery is not just numbers - its real people, real children - slavery has a face.

The end it movement is fairly simple - they are here to shine a light on slavery, to bring awareness, cause action and be the voices of the voiceless.

The awesome thing about this story is that there are many lives being saved - out of the bonds of slavery and discovering, recovering and finding a joy and peace in Jesus.  It was simply amazing to hear of the stories of these young women who are found and set free (which is usually not an easy task) and are now getting help, gaining strength and self confidence and finding their smile.  I truly believe that Jesus is the only one that can change and bring restoration to their lives and I am so thankful for the amazing organizations out there that are risking their lives and going into the dark places to save these precious people.  So, so thankful.

So what can we do?  Well, first you can start by learning and raising awareness yourself.  If you go to you can sign their pledge, find out more info and start spreading the word - use your voice.  We can also pray - pray for God's people fighting the fight, for the ones in darkness and the ones who are struggling to find their way out.  You can give - like I said, so many great organizations doing great work - all of them are listed on the end it movement's website.  

For me, this is something that simply breaks my heart and I can't just hear what I heard and walk away unchanged.   We have to shine a light on slavery to bring action to end it.

Join the movement, let our voices be heard - go to and learn more.

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  1. Megan, this was a very moving post. I just watched a special a couple of weeks ago on modern day slavery and it literally had me in tears. Thank you for spreading awareness! I am stopping by from Aloha Fridays and I am now your newest follower. I am loving your blog and look forward to your future posts!


    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and following Serena!! I don't think you can hear and learn about modern day slavery and not be changed, its so heart breaking. There are some great people doing some great things to fight it - so thankful. Heading over to follow you back! Have a great week!

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