Since I mentioned last week how my heart was broken for children who have been trafficked I have had a few people ask me what can be done about it. I admit I don’t know a ton but I know there are fantastic organizations that we can support. With human trafficking it’s not necessarily about being a hands on help but more about making donations to the people who are already working in the countries so they can continue their work and also to pray!
The sad truth is that human trafficking is one of the greatest injustices on our planet today, and is second only to the drug trade as the largest criminal activity in the world. According to the US State Department, an “estimated 600,000 to 820,000 men, women, and children [are] trafficked across international borders each year, approximately 80% are women and girls and up to 50 percent are minors.” What that means? Almost 2 million children around the globe are currently in forced sexual exploitation. You guys, my mind can’t even fathom…
Tiny Hands is an organization that I only learned about a few months ago. They do many wonderful things but intercepting girls at the India/Nepal border is one of the big things. Here’s a statement from them:
“Tiny Hands is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the church in the developing world to help the poor overcome poverty and become lights of the world. We are committed to finding the greatest injustices in the world, and working towards relieving them however possible. We are particularly called to orphans, street children, and the victims of the sex-trafficking industry. We want to find those who are already doing the work, who are called and faithful, and help them do it in greater ways and with more efficiency. We do it all in obedience to, and for the glory of Jesus Christ.”
Over 10,000 Nepali girls being trafficked every year into the sex slave industry. The average age is around 14 but Tiny Hands has intercepted girls as young as six. Here are some stats from Tiny Hands:
They are doing fabulous work along those countries borders! One of the things that really drew me to Tiny Hands was their One Girl prayer initiative. This is not a fundraising effort by any means but simply a way to encourage people (you and me!!) to pray specifically for one girl who has been trafficked, is currently enslaved, or is simply vulnerable to become a victim of trafficking. They are asking that we “spiritually adopt” one of these girls. Everyone who chooses to participate will recieve a One Girl bracelet. (A $10 donation is asked for each bracelet to cover shipping as well as the wages of the girl who made the bracelet)
Each bracelet is hand made by a Nepali girl. The braided black band represents the darkness and bondage of trafficking, the stone represents your adopted girl and the gold colour represents God’s light of hope. The bracelet is just to serve as a reminder to pray personally for your girl. When you receive your bracelet you will receive the name of one specific girl to pray for as well as the number of the bracelet you have received. Mine was #13,725.
Tiny hands is asking for more prayer warriors. To pray for One Girl specifically but also to pray for the conversion of traffickers, brothel owners and those who abuse these innocent children. Pray that their eyes will be able to see God’s truth.
What I was drawn to so much with Tiny Hands International is that they believe so firmly in prayer. They are not out to save the world through human action, though there is that, or through financial donation, though they need that but as they say, “Prayer is the starting point and foundation of all of our efforts as we serve “the least of these” in His kingdom. We attribute all that we have accomplished as a testimony of God’s faithfulness and the power and significance of prayer.”
If your heart hurts for these children I urge you to pray. I know it sometimes feels like such a small thing to do but it is the greatest thing we can do! If you want to be a part of the One Girl initiative you can get your own bracelet here. I just got mine in the mail today!