What would you do if your daughter was kidnapped?

Method doesn’t matter; gunpoint, coercion – even something as simple as an offer to escort her to her next class.

What would you do?

Protests to bring back the Nigerian schoolgirls. Image courtesy of CNN.

Protests to bring back the Nigerian schoolgirls. Image courtesy of CNN.

The world has been following last month’s abduction of over 200 schoolgirls from Nigeria. This morning, reports are coming through that eight more schoolgirls have been captured overnight.

These abductions absolutely break my heart.

And yet, for every story like this one that we hear about … there are exponentially more that we don’t. Please don’t misunderstand me; I am not trying to minimize the gravity of this situation. It is, without a doubt, horrible. Heinous.

But the fact remains: much of human trafficking happens under the radar. Seattle, for example, is nineteenth in the United States for human trafficking. Nineteenth. I believe it, when I walk past 3rd and Pike downtown.

We often do not literally see it happen. But it does. It does.

And for too long, I have sat in my comfortable life that God has blessed me with (and I am eternally grateful for) and done nothing. No, I didn’t know. I don’t read the news nearly as much as I should. But now that I do know, I am responsible. We, collectively and individually, are responsible. We must respond. We must speak out. We must act.

Psalm 12:5-8 (NLT)
The Lord replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless, and I have heard the groans of the poor.
Now I will rise up to rescue them, as they have longed for me to do.”
The Lord’s promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over.
Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed, preserving them forever from this lying generation,
even though the wicked strut about, and evil is praised throughout the land.

These girls – and every person that is taken – is a sister, daughter, aunt, uncle, parent, brother, nephew, niece, of someone. Likely of a lot of someones. And those someones’ lives are broken as they wait to hear any news of their loved ones’ fate. What must it be like to live in that kind of fear?

Then again, what must it be like to be one of those taken? They have been ripped from everything loved and familiar about their lives. They truly live in fear of what will happen next, and with a heck of a lot of cause. Will they be killed? Will they be raped? Will they ever be set free? Does God see/hear/know them? (Yes. A thousand million times, yes.)

Psalm 34:18: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

So it’s for people like this, friends, that I am participating in World Concern’s Free Them 5K this weekend. We are raising money to help stop human trafficking in its tracks … so that these girls can return home, and more girls – and boys, and men, and women – never have to leave their homes at gunpoint, threats, or otherwise.

Can anyone see her? Image courtesy of NY Mag/Daily Intelligencer.
Can anyone see her? Image courtesy of NY Mag/Daily Intelligencer.

This is something we can do. Because someone’s daughter, friend, sister has been taken … and we can donate to a cause that fights around the clock to stop this, to bring victims home and work with them to become survivors and then thrivers.

Will you join me?

I am trying to raise $2,500 before Saturday morning, May 10, to help fight human trafficking. Even one dollar will help get us closer to this goal.

You can give securely online at my unique giving site. Thank you in advance for your generosity.