Ann Voskamp is in Africa right now. She’s in the home country of most of the trafficked women that I work with day in and day out.
And, as she reflects on a Sunday morning in Africa, she asks some deeply provoking questions,
What if caring for the poor was more than just caring about easing our consciences? What if caring for the poor meant feeling sacrifice for the poor? What if we weren’t really feeling care for the poor – until we were really feeling sacrifice for them?
And, since she’s been so honest in her post, can I be honest too?
I’m tired. I’m tired of hearing so many people say they are “passionate about human trafficking,” because if that is passion I see, well, it looks fairly passionless. It’s usually only the armchair warriors and Facebook advocates that tell me about their “passion.”
You know what that word means, don’t you? It’s from the Latin verb patī, which actually means to suffer.
Jesus. Now, He had passion. He passionately loved humankind – to death and back again. And Jesus is our example.
Passion means giving up your life for something. Passion isn’t about excitement as much as it is a willingness to suffer if necessary. In the wonderful Kingdom of God reality, it’s only in giving up your life for others that you will find it. If you try to save your life? You’ll lose it.
I know people who are passionate about ending human trafficking… and I know a lot of people who say they are. Please – don’t fool yourself with words that just tickle your own ears. Either you love people enough to lay your life down for them – or you don’t. But, I believe God has a purpose for you to be a blessing – and He’s positioned you where you are for such a time as this.
As Ann said in her post,
It’s not just the rich who get to give – it’s all those who give who get to be rich. You don’t wait until you have more before you give to God – you give now so you get to become more in God... It’s not having much that makes you rich — it’s the giving much that makes you rich.
Since it’s my birthday fundraiser month, my question remains… will you give $27 to help the trafficked women I work with? Or… will you give more? Until you’re feeling sacrifice for them?
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I haven’t mentioned this in other posts, but NightLight also needs trained staff for our transitional trafficking shelter. That’s more about laying down your whole life, not just your pocketbook. If you think you may be a fit for our staffing needs, well, contact me.
Previous posts about this year’s fundraiser:
Happy Birthday to Me!
What if 55 people gave $27?
One of my birthday presents this year…
It hurt like *insert expletive here*
One week into the month of exploitation
PS– I think Jesus has called us to be passionate about people – not about a cause. Causes are a dime a dozen – and causes fade. They even get fixed from time to time! Amazing! 🙂 My point in this post script is just to say that I’m not trying to guilt anybody into becoming an anti-trafficking advocate. Honestly. Yeah, I do anti-trafficking work, and I’m begging a lot this month – but the goal is to help people – those eternal treasures made in the image of God. I hope you’re passionate about people wherever you find them. The ones you know. The ones you don’t know. The ones you’d rather hate. Because they are the ones that God loves – all of them.