Yesterday we heard a challenging and inspiring word from Bianca Olthoff, Chief Storyteller for the A21 Campaign against human trafficking. A21 has the audacious goal of abolishing slavery in the 21st century.
As Bianca shared, globally there are over 27,000,000 slaves generating over $32,000,000,000 in revenue each year for their captors. Every 30 seconds another victim is sucked into the slave trade, the average age of whom, in the US alone, is 12. Only 1% of these slaves get rescued. A21 wages war against human trafficking on a global level, and we at Lifepoint are honored to partner with them in bringing the slave trade to its end in our generation.
Here are just a few highlights from yesterday’s message:
God’s international language is love.
We serve a God of the impossible.
We need to come in contact with the marginalized and say, “I see you and so does God, and He has a plan for your life.”
Who is your neighbor?
We are blessed to be a blessing.
This is not the end of 7 days; it is the beginning of a lifestyle.
It’s the Holy Spirit’s job to convict; our job is to love.
Your history does not determine your destiny.
May we never be a Church who knows the Word but doesn’t do the Word.
See a need, meet a need; this is not just a slogan or hashtag, this is our calling.
We go out and show the world we are His disciples by how we love and serve others.
It’s not offering a patronizing hand saying, “I give to you.” It’s getting eye to eye and saying, “I see you.”
We GET to go into this world and be His hands and feet.