Yesterday we spent the day in the library before going out in the evening with a couple staff and faculty friends from the college to a documentary showing of the film “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls.” This film on the topic of human trafficking, specifically for sexual exploitation, was a time to gather with fellow Christians in Athens and learn and discuss more about this huge issue. Girls in Athens are often trafficked in as a starting point in Europe, Greece being only a temporary place. As much as I’ve learned about this violation of human rights in the states, it holds different weight as I talk to people here who go into brothels to share the love of Christ on a regular basis, people who don’t just know stats but know names. Don’t be fooled, though, this is a problem in the U.S. as well. The quote I left the evening remembering is this, by William Wilberforce (abolitionist):
If to be feeling 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.
Pray for the millions, please. Wilberforce’s number one method to combat slavery was prayer, and it should be ours, too. Remember that more than 90% of women brought out of sex trafficking and prostitution will return within the year, but with Christ there is lasting hope and wholeness amidst this broken world.