Kirsten Smith, Abolitionist

Monday, August 19, 2013

By now I'm sure that you've begun to catch the vision that the winds of change are blowing wild and free here on the blog and,  more specifically, in my heart. I'm still processing through all that it means for me on a daily basis, but I do know one thing with perfect clarity: I am an abolitionist.  {See #2 below}

Friends, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, human trafficking is the second fastest growing industry in the world. When human trafficking came onto my radar a few years ago, it was in the context of the slums in India and brothels in Thailand. Heartbreaking though it was, it wasn't about my daughter. Or yours. It certainly wasn't about YOU-- or me.

Only, I was wrong. It is about us. I just wouldn't know it until this last year. It's about the women that I've met personally now who have stories to tell. It's about shining a light in the darkest of places and being a voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves. It is about equipping our young ones who are safe now to make safe choices in the future. It's about providing hope, safety and care for those who didn't have anyone else to turn to. It's about leaning on Jesus so that I'm able to "not grow weary in doing good" as I "reach out to the homeless and the loveless in their plight."

Am I scared? Like one million percent! I'm scared that I'll get distracted. I'm scared of what people will think. But mostly, I'm scared that I will live a life of blissful ignorance and miss the purpose that the Lord has so clearly placed on my heart.

The web is so intricate friends. Human trafficking {specifically sex trafficking and domestic minor sex trafficking} is a multi-layer problem. Think pimps, "johns," girls, boys, drugs, alcohol, abuse, incest, poverty, celebrity, games, corrupt law enforcement, inadequate laws, insufficient funds, foster care, adoption, pornography, websites...and so it goes. Spiraling out of control.

You might begin to see the need here, even if just a bit & through hazy eyes. But there is so much to share. So much to do. If you don't want to know, I understand. Really. It's a lot to take in and it seems utterly overwhelming. But if your heart is stirring, then please contact me. If this was you, or a friend, or a niece or a student-- please don't remain silent. There is help and healing from dark places.

So for now until always, in addition to the titles of Wife, Mommy, Writer, Communicator and Creative, I've added "Abolitionist." And so it goes.

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