It is hard to know what to do in a seemly helpless or hopeless situation. We have been reminded of this recently due to a tragic situation that NightLight faced. An African trafficked women called *Harriet died 2 weeks on the streets of Bangkok, the reasons why are unknown. Other women who have been trafficked and forced to work the streets; are frightened by the news and unnerved. The unknown is as frightening as the known because it can leave the door open for it to happen again. It has created desperation; however when they find out there are options it gives them hope. NightLight is currently helping 13 women all from Africa and this number is increasing weekly.
It has been a challenge as I learn more of the facts and meet the women who are victimised by the plight of human trafficking. They are no longer numbers or statistics, but women whom we meet on outreach and they become our friends. I have cried out to God “Where are you Lord? Can you see all the pain they endure? In the midst of all this suffering and injustice, is there any hope?”
As we get to know these women and find out what they enjoy doing, what their dreams are, about their families and their children. They are brave, beautiful, strong and courageous women. As the friendships form, we begin to see the hope. It’s there. Not in the way we would like it to be; it’s hard, chaotic and complex, but there is hope!
It not about denying the horrible truths of suffering in the abyss of human trafficking; the injustice is painful and death hard to comprehend. But there is hope in sight and it is not the end. Restoration, healing and transformation is happening. I guess the hope comes in the guise of those we can still help.
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” -Proverbs 31:8-9
“If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.”― William Wilberforce
*Harriet’s name has been changed to protect her identity.
We thank you for your continued support, prayers and encouragement.
- Please pray as we both become more involved with the outreach.
- Pray for the men and women we reach out to. For restoration, healing, transformation and a sense of hope.
- Paul has been part of the men’s ministry organising the men’s retreat. He will be on a men’s retreat from 17 May – 19 May. Pray that it will be a time of infilling, sharing, bonding, learning and rest.
BMS World Mission partnered with NightLight International