Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Dear Loved Ones,
I hope that this letter finds you doing well. I am writing with some exciting news! I am about to embark on a journey to Cambodia with my church to find out how we can partner Globally in the fight against Human Trafficking!
Human Trafficking? What? What is that? Well, I am glad you asked! If I have not talked to you in a while you may not know that God has taken a hold of my heart this past year and given me a passion to “…proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…”, Isaiah 61. Back at the beginning of the year I watched a movie called, Taken, this movie had a sub story about 2 young girls who were taken and sold into slavery. This movie made me sick and after watching it, I found out that you can actually buy a person here in the states for less that what you might pay for a cup of coffee. This just didn’t sit well with me, so began my journey to learning more about Human Trafficking.
Human Trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and is not limited to just underdeveloped countries. This can be seen by the rise of Atlanta becoming recognized as one of the centers of Human Trafficking in the US. There are far more slaves and trafficked women and children (and men) in the world today than there ever were during the entire slavery period of the mid 1800’s. This reflects a continued decline in the perceived value of a human life, as someone loved and created by God to do His will. There are an estimated 27 million slaves in the world today!
In March, my church, North Point Ministries, is going to shine the light of Christ into this worldwide scourge, starting in a region of Southeast Asia that is well known for its high incidence of child prostitution and abuse. Ours is an assessment team. From March 18-28 we will journey into some of the darker corners of Cambodia to identify national partners who are already at work. We will seek to identify several potential partners who already have successful and effective ministries, determine what North Point Ministries can learn from them, and assess if there would be value in North Point Ministries coming along side. Upon return we will make a proposal to GlobalX regarding future ministry opportunities.
Approaches to battling Human Trafficking are often categorized into one of four categories. Prevention, Rescue, Rehabilitation and Prosecution. Each have a significant role in the fight against Human Trafficking and offer different opportunities for North Point Ministries engagement. We will seek to determine where North Point Ministries resources and people could best be utilized and begin the process of forming partnership agreements and understandings. Considering the many potential partners, most importantly we will seek to determine with whom God would have us co-labor. In addition, we will seek to determine how people who journey to Cambodia on Human Trafficking journeys can also engage in Atlanta after they return home.
Please join me in this battle, the battle for human rights. The battle for freedom.
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners, [a]
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD
for the display of his splendor.
Isaiah 61: 1-3
You can give to our trip or pray for us! Each member of our team needs to raise $3,000.00. To give, please go to https://ssl.northpoint.org/ssl/globalx/giving.html. Please select “trip with the most need” and put my name in the individual field ~ Erin Ritter. Our trip is not listed on the site as it is an exploration trip.