I remember being blown away by the shocking realities of human trafficking just a few years ago. Even as a grown adult with a background in social services, I didn’t have a true perspective of this meaning modern day slavery is rampant until then. It is all too easy to only see what we want to see and believe what we want to believe, especially when such untold horrors are not blatantly visible in our own lives. My eyes were truly opened when Be Free Dayton launched in my hometown. I’m so incredibly thankful for the work that they do and for all those who tirelessly advocate for the millions trapped in slavery! Today I’d like to tell you about two amazing organizations doing just that.
Destiny Rescue is a grassroots, internationally recognized, Christian-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation. They currently operate their program in five nations: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma) and India. Destiny Rescue has rescued, restored, protected and empowered hundreds of children enslaved around the world. God’s now called them to be a voice for the voiceless in the Dominican Republic.
Family Christian Stores is partnering with Destiny Rescue to raise awareness, and money to help fight for the children, men, and woman that this industry enslaves. During the week of November 22-30 Family Christian will donate the earnings made from your purchases to Destiny Rescue so they can start their program in the Dominican Republic. This beautiful country has a dirty secret. It is ranked 4th in the world for exportation of women into the sex trade. The Dominican has the highest rate of human trafficking in the whole Caribbean and every month, 800 Haitian children are trafficked into the Dominican Republic. I’m so thankful for these organizations advocating and raising awareness of these sickening realities so that we cannot ignore the most vulnerable and voiceless of this generation. Together we can be their voice!
More than 90% of rescued children will find love and safety in Destiny Rescue Homes. Depending on the circumstances, the remaining children will either return to their families, enter a government funded home or are placed in aftercare homes. Destiny Rescue offers help, and hope to those that are enslaved by this industry. Destiny Rescue offers the rescued victims a safe after care home where they receive counseling, life skills training, education, and a healthy environment to learn about Jesus.
You can be apart of their healing just by shopping at your local Family Christian Store, or online during the week of November 22-30. I know God is going to do big things through this movement! To follow along, search the hashtag #FCchallenge on social media 🙂
I love that Family Christian employees and vendors have already raised $32,234 of their own money, but now they need our help to keep the momentum going! If I’m going to be shopping anyway, I always love choosing gifts that give back, and I can’t think of a better way to have my dollars doing double duty than to help rescue real people who are enslaved right now.
Will you remember the millions trapped in slavery this upcoming holiday week while you’re safe and warm at home or out shopping?