If you are like me you have dreamed about pre-civil war times, about working on the underground rail road. I have always loved stories of runaway slaves. I always could see myself helping them get their freedom.
Now I have my chance. Slavery is still present today, even in America. There is an estimated 27 MILLION people in slavery, even as we speak. Which is more than any other time in history. And yet we are sitting by passively, not even knowing it exists.
Well, not everybody. As our world is becoming more and more aware of slavery, people are stepping up to the plate. People who are giving up their time and money to seek justice. One of these persons is Zach Hunter.
When Zach was twelve when he heard that slavery still existed. He KNEW he had to do something, so he did. He heard that there is about $10.5 BILLION in loose change in all the homes in America. He got the idea that people could use that money to help end slavery, and that was how Loose Change 2 Loosen Chains (LC2LC) was born.
You may be wondering HOW people can get into slavery. (Just to clarify, slavery is illegal in EVERY country.) Well sometimes a person will get into a debt and when he can’t pay the other person back, that person will take advantage of the situation and trick the person into slavery. Sometimes, in other countries, a person will tell a family that they will take their son or daughter to get an education (or even to America), but will really put them into slavery. And sometimes people are blackmailed into it.
What slaves do can be anything from young girls in brothels to adults making bricks. There are rug makers that uses slaves as well as cocoa and cigerates manufactures. (Just to note rugmark is an organization that insures that their rugs are not made by slaves or children.)
Over half the slaves in the world are children. Which bring me back to LC2LC. LC2LC is an organization that has kids helping kids. It is student led and student “fed”. Zach Hunter wrote a book, just over a year ago, called Be The Change. I recommend it to all. It has more information about LC2LC and how you can work to stop slavery.
As Christians we are called to stand up for justice. Isaiah 1:17 says, “Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, and plead the widows cause.” and Micah 6:8 says, “He has shown me O man what is good; and what the lord requires of me but to act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.” So we are ordered to pursue justice. Now that you know about modern day slavery, you have to act. Free the Slaves, International Justice Mission, and LC2LC, are great organizations to give to. IJM and Free the Slaves has plenty more information on slavery too. www.freetheslaves.net (for Free the Slaves) and www.ijm.com (for the International Justice Mission). Check these out!
Soli Deo Gloria,
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