Psalm 99:4 says “The King in his might loves justice.” We serve a God who loves justice, and as his children we are called to see that justice on earth. With 35.8 million men, women and children unjustly bound by slavery across the globe, the Church cannot simply sit back in ignorant bliss.
With this conviction heavy on their hearts, the Student Life Office at Southeastern decided to provide students with an opportunity to learn about human trafficking and actually do something about it through their gifts and prayers. Coinciding with the heartbeat of Southeastern to bring the gospel to people both near and far, the Student Life Office decided to support two organizations that are on the front lines of the fight against human trafficking both locally, through JusticeMatters, and abroad, through the International Justice Mission.
“We were so excited about the amount of money we were able to raise,” shared Lana McNair, Events Coordinator for the Student Life Office. “But more than that, we were excited about the awareness we were able to raise on our campus and in our community.”
Natalie Rice, a student in the College at Southeastern, participated in a justice internship that allowed her to be heavily involved in raising awareness about the issue of human trafficking and promoting the Kings Kaleidoscope concert. In the months leading up to the concert, Rice and other interns reached out to community members and business leaders informing them of the severity of human trafficking and inviting them to join together for the cause. Many members of the community had never even heard about the issue, and some were even brought to tears as they learned about the horrors of human trafficking for the first time.
“This internship was an eye-opener,” reflected Rice. “It showed me that the issue of human trafficking requires us to love by fighting — we have to fight trafficking and take down perpetrators.”
Rice was also struck by the deep need to love the victims of slavery, “We need to stick with survivors and love them through the after-care process. And most of all we need to pray for them.”
While the funds have been collected and the concert has passed, the need to seek justice still remains. As you consider how you will “go” into all the world and make disciples, we ask you to consider how standing up for the oppressed and proclaiming freedom to the slave might be a part of that.
“He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
“For the LORD is a God of justice.” Isaiah 30:18b