My 2013 started out at a conference called Abolition 2013. Wow, what was I thinking? This was a faith based equipping conference for folks they are calling “abolitionists”. It was three days of training to understand and effectively combat human trafficking and the sex trade industry in our modern society. Why, you ask would I attend such a training? Well, to start with, for the last year and half I have been involved in a ministry through our church that ministers to the dancers at the two “gentlemen's” clubs south of our city. Over the last several years I have found myself researching the fight against modern day slavery and the rescue of women and children caught in the sex trade industry. Research on this subject can be a bit tricking. So a good portion of my fact finding has been through books I have found within our library system. Exodus Cry came up on one of my few internet searches and was thrilled that such an organization was right in my own backyard as well as a conference bringing others with the same burden together. At the conference, I was able to accumulate a number of safe websites to find what kind of work is being done here in the states and around the world. This subject matter is very difficult for me but then again, I cannot seem to get away from the need to end such practices not only within my own community but across the globe. My heart has grown beyond my own ability to love the women that I have met in the clubs. I am not sure what the future holds in regards to my involvement in this fight against something that has been ignored for far too long.
. . . to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes . . . Isaiah 61:3