“Don’t drink that!” my scout leader yelled at me from across the path. I was ten. It was hot. We’d been hiking all day, and the one thing I wanted more than anything else in the world was a drink of water. So when I came across the small puddle in the dirt I thought I’d seize the opportunity and take a drink. Thankfully my scout leader knew something I did not – stagnant water can make you sick. It’s not healthy.
According to the National Report on Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, between 100,000 and 300,000 kids are at risk for being trafficked every year in the United States. Imagine M&T Bank Stadium, where the Baltimore Ravens play. That massive complex holds 71,800 people. Now imagine three Ravens Stadiums packed to the brim with kids under the age of 18 and you begin to get an idea of the number of children that are at risk every year of being sold for sex.
When confronted with a problem as large as Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, it is tempting to grieve but then push it aside in our minds. The size of the issue overwhelms us. We feel debilitated by its scope. But we cannot give in to the temptation to be still.
Rather, we must act. We must be on the move. We must join the prophet Amos’ and cry, “Let justice roll on like a river, and righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:24)
Water on the move is a powerful force. When focused like a fire hose, it puts out fires, it knocks down walls, and it digs valleys out of rock. Given time, there is nothing that can resist its pressure. As long as it continues to move, there is nothing that can stand in its way.
Part of our work at Araminta is to engage and empower local churches to help bring an end to Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. We agree with what Bill Hybels wrote in his book Courageous Leadership:
“There is nothing like the local church when it’s working right. Its beauty is indescribable. Its power is breathtaking. Its potential is unlimited. It comforts the grieving and heals the broken… Whatever the capacity for human suffering, the church has a greater capacity for healing and wholeness.”
If you are a member or a pastor of a local church in the Baltimore area, we want to work with you. We’d love to awaken you to the problem of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, equip you to join our mission to end it, and then mobilize you to action. We’d want to get you moving because we believe that once you have been mobilized, nothing will stand in your way.