Halloween is not a favorite holiday of mine. I hate how it celebrates the Devil and his works. Every week right before Halloween I feel the intensified evil in the air as witches and satanists do their ritual sacrifices in the forest areas around my home. Spooky ghosts and goblins decorations on nearby homes sends a shiver down my spine. So this week I am celebrating how God used this season to glorify Himself.
It started Thursday night. Excitement was in the air as Michele Rickett of She is Safe, the ministry I advocate for, came to speak at my church to people who were interested in hearing more about human trafficking. I was invited to show my art, as a percentage of my art goes toward the work they are doing in China with Aids orphans. These are precious little girls who have lost parents to Aids and are in danger of being trafficked.
I call them ‘my girls’ as in “gotta sell a lot of paintings for my girls” and “Lord please bless my paintings and bring people to buy them for the girls” and “oh goody, sold another painting, more money for my girls.” I get so excited and can’t wait to make the donations via their website SheisSafe.org.
Michele’s speech was great and we had a good crowd. As I stood in front of the group, I shared how my goal as an advocate was to rescue one girl and support her for one year. I imagine one little girl in East China around 6 or 7 years old, malnourished, living in poverty and unwanted because she is a girl. She is vulnerable to being sold in child marriage by her family or to a trafficker and then brothel.
I imagine how the money I am raising will go toward the $1 day it costs to educate, feed, shelter and clothe her. While it doesn’t seem like much to rescue one girl, this is one girl rescued from the ravages of darkness and the clutches of the Devil. Just imagine if we all did this and rescued one girl, what an impact that would have on ending the evilness of human trafficking. And after that I will rescue another little girl, then another. (God was faithful and paintings were sold.)
“Miriam, what can I do to help? It seems so overwhelming and impossible to stop?” Here are some immediate ways you can help:
Purchase a Scripture painting on my website giftsofhisglory.com. What says unique gift more than an original piece of artwork with Scripture in it? (think holidays around the corner) $50 of each sale will go to help ‘my girls’. That’s 50 days of her being ‘safe’.
Donate money. Visit She is Safe’s website and click on donate. What I love about SIS is that you can donate directly to a specific work or area of the world via their work page map. So if you have a heart for helping former Muslim women in Indonesia learn a trade and become self supportive or want to reach out to children in India being tutored and taught about the love and value Jesus has for girls, visit this page.
Become an advocate like me. Click on Advocacy for ways to get easily involved. Consider hosting a Village Gathering party, where you host a group of friends in your home and sell jewelry made by rescued girls that goes to support them in their new lives in Jesus Christ. Or organize a Run to Rescue to raise money through a walk or run sponsored marathon. Better yet, get your children involved at home or in your Sunday school or classroom by doing Read to Rescue, raising money by reading books, yes reading books!
Subscribe to their blog and keep yourself informed on what is happening in the world of abuse and exploitation of women and the wonderful work SIS is doing. Then pray regularly for their work. You can also read the interview they did of my art ministry Gifts of His Glory.
Join an advocacy group in your area. I will be leading a new group on the San Francisco Peninsula soon. We will raise money as a group for the China Aids orphans and study the book Forgotten Girls, written by Michele and my friend Kay Marshall Strom. For more information email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Many people signed up to join!)
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I recommend She is Safe because I love how they PREVENT girls from being abused and trafficked into sexual slavery. Won’t you help through one of the above ways and make a difference in these precious children of God? They are suffering in the worst possible ways and are crying out to God and someone to help them. Thank you!