Monday, February 8, 2010

One Girl; can become 10,000

Have you ever met someone that you could sit and hear speak for hours without growing restless? Someone that from the minute they started talking, you just knew they were real. Someone that walked what they talked. I have told you before about my friend Doug. He and I have gotten to know one another a little over the past few months through email. I first met he and his wife Shirley while they were visiting our church back in the spring, and this past Sunday Doug was back and our church group had the privilege of hearing him share his heart again...and it's a good heart.

Doug is the director of Tiny Hands International, and he and his wife are their only state-side employees...all others are serving in Nepal, Bangladesh and India. They are literally the hands and feet of Jesus, serving His most abused and repressed children. They are serving the young women, girls and boys of the sex trafficking industry. They serve children as young as 5 years old that are trafficked from Nepal to India each year as sex slaves. They fight to intercept these women and save them from a life of abuse and torture. It is a dark and evil industry and it's only hope is the mercy of our great God.

Less than a year ago, Tiny Hands had been able to intercept 48 trafficking victims to date, but longed to reach more. They started looking very carefully at what worked and what didn't work, they looked at other organization's successes and failures to better grasp the monster they were up against. There are so many groups involved in this work around the world, many of which are non-Christian organizations. Millions of dollars are spent to help end sex trafficking, and yet the problem rages out of control. So how do you fight such a battle? How do you attempt to make a dent in such a beast. The servants at Tiny Hands decided to begin fasting every Wednesday and asking the Lord to go before them in their efforts. They realized it was a battle that raged in the heavenlys and should be approached accordingly...on their knees.

And so brings me to why I am writing. Since their fasting began less than a year ago, they have intercepted 1,000 young women being transported over the border from Nepal. Did you read that...I said 1,000. 1,000 young women that will not spend the rest of their days raped, tortured and imprisoned in a cage. 1,000 young women that are being shown love and mercy and offered the good news of the gospel. Can you deal with that? I absolutely cannot. I am ever amazed at the power and might of our God. He hears and He is moving.

"The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective" James 5:16. Don't you want to be counted among the righteous people that God will indeed respond to? Scripture tells us that He will respond and that our prayers are indeed effective. Tiny Hands is searching the globe for 10,000 people that will join them in their prayer effort to rescue 10,000 girls. I beg you to click on over to the One Girl campaign and see how you can join the prayer effort to stop sex trafficking...may it soften all of our hearts.

PS- Sweet Michelle left a comment and asked if she could link to this post on her blog. What an idea! Please do, what a great way to try and spread the word. You can link back to my post or even better, just link straight to Tiny Hands International. Love you guys!


Though I had not intended to link up with Emily today, after reading her post, I now think this is indeed a Tuesday gift worth unwrapping with her and her readers.


Cha Cha said...

With tears in my eyes I am heading over now. Thanks you.

Cha Cha

Michelle said...

Thank you for this, Amy! Can I link this post to my blog too? I am signing up right now!

The Starr Family said...

Amazing, the power that comes from prayer and stillness before our Lord. Praise them for their service, but Glory to God for HIS work!

Will head over now, thank you for sharing what was on your heart.

Cha Cha said...

Hey, I emailed you. My emails sometimes go to spam, I guess Cha Cha sounds a little shady. So I just wanted to give you a heads up.

Cha Cha

Between You and Me said...

My husband is a campus pastor at University of Central Florida, and last week we had someone come from an organization called Florida Abolitionists. They are doing the same work on behalf of children. We, along with our students, were blown away by the number of children in the USA that are sold to other countries as sex slaves.

We've also raised money this month to help another organization called Free the Slaves. They work tirelessly to aid children all over the world.

Praise God for this man and his wife who are doing such a mighty work for the Lord to free the captives.

We are joining you in praying for their mission!!

Jemsmom said...

What a wonderful gift these people are doing and what a gift that they have met YOU and have a new way to spread the news and get the help and prayers they need. I am heading over now.

We can do all things through Christ!

Southern Gal said...

Thank you for sharing this ministry. I had never heard of it before.

Tammy@If Meadows Speak... said...

Wow! I didn't about this organization. What a blessing. I've saved their page. Thanks for sharing it.

Design A-Peele said...

WOW!! Thanks for sharing about them. So great to hear that people are actually doing something about this.

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

Praise God that He places callings on our lives and that some people are brave enough to answer the call...what an inspirational story!

The Starr Family said...

Amy... I'm going to link to this post for my post tomorrow! Again, thank you for sharing.

Joyeful said...

This has so touched my heart! I've wanted to help ministries that are intervening in this area--but I've always been remiss as to how. Thank you for sharing this here and I would love to link to you tomorrow!

Missy said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog! I love yours, too! I'm very new at blogging, though I've been following some blogs for years, but I love it so far. Anyway, I would love to link to this post, too! In the last year or so, God has really laid a burden on my heart to help fight on behalf of the victims of sex trafficking. And, you're right, it is as much a spiritual battle as anything. So, thanks for the inspiration to get more involved in prayer! Great to meet you too!

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