I have been waiting for an opportunity to bring to your attention the problem we have with human trafficking. Human trafficking has become almost as large as the illicit drug trade. In 2010 it is reported that there were 27 million adults and children in forced labor, bonded labor, and forced prostitution around the world generating 36.1 billion dollars. So when I found this story how the power of prayer was used to close a brother in the U.K., I had to share it with you.
One woman named Elyse heard the plight of women and children being exploited in the sex trade and knew she had to something about it. Here are some excerpts from the story I found on Charisma News.
One Woman’s Prayer Vigil Closes Brothel In The U.K.
Elyse knew she needed to do something. After having been in a community outreach program at OM Lifehope for the last nine months, busy with ministry, her world was turned upside down by a DVD she watched one night.
On the subject of human trafficking, the DVD featured Christine Caine of the A21 Campaign. “Christine talked about the fact that just having sympathy was not enough,” says Elyse. She was confronted with the reality that action was necessary. Elyse told her teammates about what she had heard, and all three felt they should do something in response. Jumping into the car, they headed to a brothel 10 minutes away from Lifehope.
“We got there and our plans that night were just to go out and pray,” explains Elyse. “But we soon realized it was more serious than we knew. As we prayed, we all felt like someone was standing on our chests.” The three stood across the street from the brothel and prayed together for those inside. “At that point,” says Elyse, “we decided we were going back every single night.”
Thus began a month of prayer, with a small group posted across the street from the brothel each night,praying for those inside. “When we were praying, there was this sense that ‘We’re not alone in this,’” says Elyse. “Even when pimps were angry and telling us to leave, I had no reason to be afraid. God was in our midst.”
One particularly painful night came one week into prayer when the team witnessed young girls being delivered to the brothel. “It’s the difference between watching a documentary and seeing it right before your eyes,” says Elyse.
A month after praying began, the signs were removed, a notice was put on the door and the brothel was shut down. The team couldn’t believe it at first; they continued to pray another night before actually reading the sign on the door that confirmed it. Elyse smiles as she remembers her team’s response. “We were kind of like ‘Whoa! It actually worked!’”
There is always something that a Christian can do about problems like sex trafficking
This lady did not have money, she did not have a complicated program, or a degree in social work. She only had a desire to see this problem stopped in her neighborhood. It is a shining example of what God can do when we will just be willing to do what we can. As much as ministries and organizations need finances to operate, what God really needs is people willing to get out of their comfort zone and be the hands and heart of Jesus to their communities.
You need to understand. Many of those working in brothels and other places of ill repute are not there because they chose to do so. Most of them are there because they were trapped into it by someone else. They are truly the slaves of the 21st century. So I ask you. Can you take courage from Elyse’s story? Can you open your eyes to what is a huge problem in our world? Will you at least take a look at this issue in more depth by researching human trafficking and sex slaves? Will you let Jesus speak to your heart like He did to Elyse?
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