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How should we respond to the issue of Slavery and Human Trafficking

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Recently in my student ministry we had a lesson and discussion concerning the issue of Slavery and Human Trafficking in today’s world.

Below is a video of the lesson from our Sr High Student Ministry. It contains audio of me sharing as well as 2 videos that I used as part of the lesson; one is from David Grant with Destiny Rescue and the other is from David Zach, who is the lead singer of Remedy Drive and also has worked in connection with The Exodus Road.

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During the Small Group portion of the lesson that night, these were some of the questions and passages of scripture that the students read and discussed concerning how we should respond to the issue of Slavery and Human Trafficking:

  • When you consider the numbers shared in the video of how many are enslaved around the world (estimated 20-30 million), how does that make you feel?
  • Is this problem of slavery and human trafficking an issue we should care about? Why or why not?
    • After a moment of sharing, read and talk about the following verses
      • James 1:27
      • Matthew 25:35-40
      • Proverbs 14:31
      • 1 John 3:17-18
    • Based on what these verses are talking about, is the problem of slavery and human trafficking an issue we should care about?
  • What are some ways that we, living here in New Hampshire, should respond to this issue? Realistically speaking, how can we get involved in helping those enslaved?
  • If there is time left, spend a few minutes praying for those who are enslaved all over the world, as well as those who are going into dangerous places to rescue them.

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I shared 3 main ways with my students that they can respond to the issue of Slavery and Human Trafficking…

First, you can pray for those who are enslaved, as well as those who are actively seeking to rescue them. This seems like an easy cop-out type of answer, but it’s really not. Prayer is extremely powerful, and should never be neglected or seen as a cop-out answer.

Second, you can support people and organizations who are working around the world to rescue slaves and stop the injustice of human trafficking. You might not be physically able to go over and rescue a slave, but you can help send someone over to do it. Organizations you can partner with include International Justice Mission, The Exodus Road, and Destiny Rescue.

Third, I shared with my students that one of the biggest reasons that Slavery and Human Trafficking exists is because someone decided they were better than someone else, or see some people as lesser human than them self, and thus chose to oppress people and use them for their own gain. Those putting others into Slavery for different reasons are profiting from it…they are using others for their own personal gain.

Matthew 7:12 tells us to treat others as we would want them to treat us. You want people to treat you with dignity and respect, so you need to also treat others the same way. You might not be able to go physically rescue someone enslaved, but you can start a movement of treating others with dignity and respect, and watch that spread. There are many in today’s world that are treating other people wrongly, make sure you are not one of them. One big way you can respond to this issue in our own life right now is to make sure you are setting an example of what it looks like to treat all people with dignity and respect.

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Father. Speaker. Author of 'Blurred Vision' and 'Enough'. World Traveler. Passionate about searching, knowing, teaching, and living the truth of God's Word. Living in awe of God's Grace.

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