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Hoping in Confident Expectation

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” –Heb 11:1

ADVENT4As we come to the close of this Advent season, we turn to the expectant hope Araminta upon which was founded – the hope for a region in which every child is free from human trafficking.

The hope that we have for this is not the same hope as the hope it won’t rain tomorrow, but comes from the meaning of standing in confident expectation. We have a confident expectation that this region will no longer be a place in which the trafficking of children is allowed to take place.

At times as we wade into the darkness of this issue, it is hard to imagine how we can stand in expectation of a region without human trafficking. An issue riddled with so much sin and complexity, it almost seems unimaginable that the trafficking of children could be eradicated.

Yet we at Araminta stand in expectation that it may not be tomorrow, or next week, or even next year, but that we will see the Baltimore region free of child sex trafficking, and we will see it in this generation.

The only way we can stand in that expectation is because of our faith. We serve an amazing God who can do things “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.” (Eph. 3:20)

When we look at Hebrews 11, we see heroes of faith who saw God do amazing, unimaginable things. From Moses and the parting of the Red Sea and the deliverance of the Israelites, to Abraham becoming the father of many despite a barren older wife, to the New Testament stories of Paul and Silas being freed from prison, we have assurance that our God is capable to fulfill even more than what we stand for in expectation.

One of our favorite songs at Araminta is Sara Groves’ “All the Saints.” She sings, “Oh, let me be one of them,” listing in the lyrics not only the heroes of faith described in Hebrews 11, but others through the ages, including our namesake, Harriet Tubman.

We know that each of you – our faithful community giving of your time, energy, resources, prayers, and more – are saints standing with us in expectation for how God can move and see a region in which Araminta, defender, is no longer needed, for all will be made whole.

As this Advent season comes to a close, we know that so much of this world is not how God has intended for us to live but, as those called according to His purpose, we can work toward making the Baltimore region His Kingdom “on earth, as it is in heaven.” (Mt. 6:10)

We hope in confident expectation that one day the great injustice of child sex trafficking will be eradicated.

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