Of the 27 million people living in slavery today, its estimated that only one percent will be rescued. Our fight against modern-day slavery must begin with prayer. Here are 10 key things you can be praying for this coming year.
1. For misconceptions about human trafficking to be changed.
It is often times assumed that slavery only takes place in foreign countries, when in reality it is also occurring in our own backyard. It is also assumed that every victim is in physical bondage. As a result of these misconceptions and others, countless victims go unrecognized.
2. For prevention
Human trafficking has been defined as “the exploitation of vulnerability”. These vulnerabilities come in many forms- whether it be age, the desire to be accepted, a drug addiction, or a lack of basic resources. When these areas are protected, the risk of being trafficking decreases significantly.
3. For the legal system
Currently, only 1% of traffickers face any sentence for their crimes. At the same time, sex trafficking victims face incarceration for prostitution. Though our laws have come a long way in protecting survivors, there is still a desperate need for policy change.
4. For unity of the Church
While it is important to include the government in the fight, the greatest force should be the Church. Though the impact of one church is limited, the efforts of all will bring about change. “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Ephesians 4:11-13
5. For Restoration
When a person escapes trafficking, they carry many wounds. Beyond just the physical abuse, the manipulation often leaves feelings of distrust, a lack of self-worth, and bitterness in its wake. The healing one must go through is dependent not just upon the spiritual restoration, but the physical and mental as well. Through both faith-based and natural methods, survivors can be restored to the calling God has for their life.
6. For the families of trafficking victims
Often times, survivors of human trafficking come from broken homes. Reconnecting with one’s family, even a loving one, can be a challenge. Pray for family ties to be strengthened, for parents to be guided in the healing process, and for healthy relationships to replace unhealthy ones. For those without a family, pray for other individuals to step into that role.
7. For Exploit No More’s Work
This year, ENM will be opening the first survivor home for girls in Milwaukee. We greatly appreciate your prayers for resources, that we are able to proceed in a timely manner, and for the girls we will be serving.
8. For those who fuel the industry
As hard as it can be, we need to recognize that the johns, the pimps, the traffickers, and the pornography industry all need our prayers too. When the demand stops, the selling stops.
9. For knowledge, understanding, and awareness of human trafficking to spread
Every thirty seconds, another person is sold into slavery. We want awareness to spread faster than people are bought. Pray that words are given to convey the truth, for conversations to be opened, and for people to seek answers for themselves.
10. For how you can be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Each one of us has specific talents and circumstances that can be used in the fight against trafficking. Whether its educating your classroom on human trafficking, making a financial commitment, or creating legal change, we all have a role. “Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:6