Justice Issues – The Single Most Important Thing Families Can Do

The most important thing a family can do to end injustice is pray together

This broken world is full of ugliness and injustice everywhere we look. Human trafficking, sexual exploitation, child slavery, religious persecution, ethnic cleansing and abortion, among countless other issues. If we’re not aware of the facts, we’ve simply chosen to comfortably close our eyes.

There are many ways families can become involved with solving and ending these atrocities. But where do we start? What can we possibly do in our own little corner of the world…with babies and toddlers and students and work and school and LIFE?

I believe the single most important thing a family can do to end injustice is PRAY TOGETHER. Informed intercession is a powerful thing. 

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:11-13, NASB

Children are incredibly important in the Kingdom of God. The prayers of our little ones are a powerful thing. 

Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger. Psalm 8:2 NIV

A praying, believing, unified family is a powerful thing.

Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:19 ESV

Several things happen when we intercede on behalf of the people who so desperately need justice, and can be found in every area of our planet.

First, God answers our prayers. He really does! Our prayers are effective! He is for the downtrodden, for those in bondage and slavery. He cares deeply about the widows, the orphans and those who are being mistreated. He loves to answer our prayers on their behalf!

Next, as our families pray for these people, our hearts begins to come in line with the Father’s heart on these issues. And as we are given His understanding and insight, we begin to know what it looks like for us to take action as a family. Together, our family can ask God, “what do you want US to do about these horrible things?” And when we have chosen to become informed to these issues of injustice around us, God will make it abundantly clear to us what it looks like for OUR FAMILY to get involved and be part of the solution. However small the action may seem, it is not insignificant. Rather, it is of vast importance in carrying out God’s purposes and sharing His love and redemption.

So, how does a family pray for “justice issues”?

Here are three ways to get started:

1. Decide together as a family to become informed and to pray on a regular basis for these things. We need not go into the dark details of what is happening with our young children, but simply explain that there are people who are being treated unfairly, and they need us to pray for them. Little ones have a great sense of justice, and understand far more than we give them credit for. Children love to pray for people! Show them a map of the world and point to the places and areas you are praying for together.

2. Our prayers must be saturated with the Word of God and guided by the Holy Spirit. Look up verses about God’s power, justice and might together. Find out what He says about orphans, the downtrodden, and those who are unfairly treated. Look together in the Bible for descriptions of God’s character; His faithfulness and everlasting, never-ending lovingkindness, and the way He loves to rescue people. Then pray from that understanding. It’s that simple! Our prayers do not need to sound fancy or “religious”. All that matters is our fervent heart, coming from a place of understanding what God has done for US, and how He has saved US. We also love to play praise and worship music in the background while we pray, and join along and sing at any time.

3. Find other families who have the same passion for human trafficking and justice issues, then set time aside to join in your home and pray together!  

In closing, this is my prayer for your family:

And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,  giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. Colossians 1:9-12 ESV

May you be blessed as you live & breathe, and see & move & pray through the lens of His love for us and for the world.

~ Justina Dee

Link : Human Trafficking Prayer Guides 

Orphans & Human Trafficking – Is There More I Can Do?

Not to speak is to speak, not to act is to act The stories make my stomach lurch. Girls sent away from the orphanages of Eastern Europe at sixteen years old with nowhere to go. Predators prey like vultures, and mercilessly snatch them up. Kidnap them. Sell them. Abuse them. Buy them. Use them. Beat them. Even kill them. They are trapped in rooms and broken down. And horrible, atrocious acts are inflicted upon them. They contract HIV. They suffer. They die. And where am I? I never even glance their way. I have MY very busy life to live. My spouse, my children, my family and friends, my job. My health. My goals.  And on top of all my responsibilities and problems I’m too busy catching up on my favorite Netflix show. Pinning on Pinterest. Tweeting on Twitter. Deciding where we should vacation. Organizing my bathroom shelf. Getting my oil changed. Perfecting my life plan and mission statement. Reading a book to help alleviate the stress of it all. You know, important things. Oh, I’ve attended fundraisers. I’ve studied up on the matters of human trafficking. I’ve even shared videos and Facebook statuses about it all. I refuse to live in naivety and bury my head in the sand. Yes, I’m aware. But is it enough to be aware?

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Hold on! I’ve done more than just educated myself! I’ve prayed. I’ve interceded on behalf of these victims, and asked God to bring freedom, justice, healing and restoration. I’ve prayed for those in law enforcement and human trafficking ministries and organizations who are in the dangerous and life-threatening trenches – bringing comfort, rescue and a future to these precious souls. I know that awareness and prayer are vital! I have seen the powerful effect of our fervent prayers directed towards the human trafficking issue. I believe that it is during those times of prayer that the complacency in my heart began to melt, and my eyes were opened to the truth that I’m not helpless to the issue.

“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying.  He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” –  Samuel Chadwick

But then there’s this:

…be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22

The next step is to be a “doer”.  As my heart impacted by the things that stir God’s heart, my feet and my hands cannot help but move in response. I will begin to live in such a way that as the Spirit moves in my heart I become a vessel of God’s love and mercy through my actions. God has gone to great lengths to rescue me, and as a result of my overflowing gratefulness for what He has done for me, I cannot help but to the same for others.

Praying men are the vice-regents of God; they do His work and carry out His plans.” E.M. Bounds

Our family has long talked about the injustice of human trafficking. And faithfully prayed about this issue. We’ve met and been inspired by brave people who are taking action in this area. And now we have decided the next thing we must do is to find one girl who is about to leave an orphanage, has no family, no support system, no protector, and is headed to the street to survive, and welcome her into to our home to give her a chance to say yes to the invitation our family is extending to her, and find love, safety, healing, and most important of all: meet Jesus. To be frank, the thought of adopting a girl who has grown up in an orphanage, doesn’t speak our language, and has all sorts of emotional scars and psychological damage is scary. It’s unknown territory. It’s a downright crazy thing for our comfortable, most-of-the-time happy family to do. But it’s what God has asked us to do. And we’ve committed to doing it. And we know that He will sustain us, give us the tools, surround us with the people we need, and that she will be an unimaginable gift to us. And we believe that we will see beauty rise from the ashes. And that we can literally prevent at least one child from becoming another human trafficking statistic.

 “Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Church: if we are truly concerned about the issue of women and children bound in the unspeakable horror of modern-day slavery, there are many ways to take action. It’s going to look different in each of our lives. And all of the things we do must be done with wisdom and in God’s timing. But let’s at least do something. We can begin by becoming aware of the issue of human trafficking. Then pray for all parties involved, ask God how he wants us to help, be obedient to His call and become a “doer”. If you (or someone you know) have responded to this great need in some way, be it seemingly tiny or quite large, I’d love to hear about it! Please share it with us in a comment below. I look forward to hearing from you. May you be challenged to answer the stirring in your heart. And be blessed. ~ Justina Dee

“If God sends us on strong paths, we are provided strong shoes.”  – Corrie ten Boom

Links: International Justice Mission Fact Sheet  | Stella’s Voice : Watch this video to learn about what is happening to girls in Moldova  | 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Slavery, Human Trafficking, (& What You Can Do About It) | End It Movement Ukrainian Resource Center Hosting Program – Consider hosting an orphan! | The A21 Campaign | Love146