August 11, 2015
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The Sobering Statistics

Sobering Statistics

“This week, I would like to share with you an article that was written by a Florida Christian College student named Megan. We are so inspired by our student activists, and we know you will be inspired by Megan’s words too. They are the world changers of tomorrow!”

– Stephanie Freed, US Director of Rapha House

“He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”
Micah 6:8

I’m about to talk about sex slavery. I will not go into detail and I will not be inappropriate, but you need to know. Right now, this very moment, there are thousands of girls, women and boys being beaten and abused. Human beings, bought and sold like livestock, treated like property, and used until useless.

I could give you a ton of sobering statistics, like:

  • How there are roughly 27-million slaves in the world today.
  • How human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry (only surpassed by drugs), raking in $32 billion each year.
  • The fact that there are about one-million children trafficked each year.
  • Or that the average slave costs only $90 USD.

I could share statistic after statistic, but the fact is the numbers dehumanize the problem. There are 27-million slaves in the world, and each one is a human being, created by the God who holds the universe in His hands. And now, His creation, His child, is bound in shackles and locked in dark rooms and denied any semblance of dignity.

A few years ago at a summer youth conference, I learned of a place called Rapha House.   Rapha House seeks to love, rescue and heal girls rescued out of slavery and sexual exploitation. That summer, I watched a documentary called “Baht,” and instantly fell in love with the justice being brought to lives so far away from my own. I had the blessing of going on an awareness trip to Rapha House and see firsthand what they do. I was privileged enough to serve as a summer intern at the home office in Joplin, Missouri, and now I am preparing to live in Cambodia for a year, interning for them. I have met and held hands and danced with girls who have broken, terrible pasts, but now have so much joy.

Rapha House is so much more than a safe house. There is more to the rehabilitation that goes on at Rapha, more than I could explain. Upon arrival, each girl receives:

  • A welcome basket
  • Gets three meals a day
  • Abed to sleep in
  • The kitchen she learns to cook in
  • The courtyard she plays in
  • The swing set she swings on.

Then there’s the house boat where she receives counseling; a literal boat floating on the water. At Rapha, there is a fish pond, a rice field and a mushroom hut where the girls learn practical life skills of sowing and reaping. There are classrooms where the girls learn to read, write, sew, style hair and apply make-up. If they choose, they are given rides to a local church on Sunday mornings and can participate in the evening devotionals in the courtyard. My favorite part is the cement baptismal that sits next to the church, where so many of our girls have given their lives to Christ.

Those lives given? They are such a beautiful example of the healing and forgiveness that happens at Rapha House. In my opinion, those lives are the most perfect picture, outside of Christ himself, of redemption and restoration. That’s what Rapha House is really about: giving girls a chance to find their true healing and value in Christ – the one who molded them in their mothers’ wombs and carefully created her, even as He holds the universe in His hands.

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