Half the Church: A Worthy Read

Reading through a book called Half the Church:  Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women by Carolyn Custis James.  It’s a response to the book Half the Sky by WuDunn and Kristof, but it’s a cry to the Christian Church to respond to the huge global stain on humanity of modern day slavery and human trafficking.

Our hearts are gripped and wrenched with the thought of women and young boys and girls being sold or tricked into trafficking.  We know that God is absolutely outraged by what is going on today at this very second, and it is happening at epic, never before in history, proportions!  At this very moment, things are happening to women and children that are indescribable, all while I’m sipping my latte and trying to figure out how to put my thoughts into words.  If you ever want to know the depth and darkness of the evil that is in this world, just start doing your research on trafficking and slavery!

Now, let me ask this question.  When you find yourself in a mess, don’t you wish you could go back to the beginning and start over?  As I ponder what we can do to be a strong voice against trafficking and slavery, there’s one message that keeps resonating.  Start at the beginning!  In Half the Church, there’s one paragraph that goes like this.  “Greg Mortenson, humanitarian founder of the Central Asia Institute that builds schools for children in Pakistan and Afghanistan, reports the same thing.  “Once you educate the boys, they tend to leave the villages and go search for work in the cities.  But the girls stay home, becomes leaders in the community, and pass on what they’ve learned.  If you really want to change a culture, to empower women, improve basic hygiene and health care, and fight high rates of infant mortality, the answer is to educate girls.” (pg. 74-75).  Growing up, my grandmother insisted on only one thing.  No matter what, we were to get our education.  It was never an option and it was always expected.  Having gone through a divorce during the depression, she knew the value.

Check out the projects funded through Freedom Climb.  Look at the projects under prevention.  We can start at the beginning.

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