All of us would agree that slavery is a horrible thing. But do you know that slavery still goes on today? There are an estimated 21 million people currently gripped in slavery around the world. This includes 5.5 million children, over 80 percent of whom are being sexually exploited. They were sold by desperate parents or exploited by people who they loved and trusted.

These are not just numbers. They are precious individuals, all of them created in the image of God and all of them in need of restoration. Each of their stories is tragic.

One such story is of a young girl from the Dominican Republic who found herself trafficked into prostitution, ending up in Greece. When she was rescued and placed at Community House Damaris, an AMG supported rescue ministry for women who have been trafficked, she was broken. But with the love and care she experienced at Community House Damaris, her life was restored in the name of Jesus, and she was equipped with healthy life skills. Through this successful two-year program many women have been rescued from lives of desperation. With the help of our donors, AMG is able to support this and similar ministries in other countries, restoring lives in Jesus’ name. Together, we must do all we can to show the love of Christ to victims of trafficking as we work to rescue them from the horrors they face each day.

But the best way to address modern-day slavery and human trafficking is to prevent it from happening in the first place. That’s where AMG’s various programs aimed at helping children and families are so effective, including AMG’s child sponsorship program. When we go into a community to care for precious boys and girls, we provide education and training for their families which in turn helps prevent traffickers from claiming more victims. There are many reports of parents in refugee camps in Greece who have sold their own children to traffickers. Yet, in places in Thailand, where we minister to refugee children and families, we have no reports of human trafficking.

Our outreach to children and families makes a significant difference in helping them not be victimized. We are grateful for each life we are able to positively impact in the name of Jesus. But when trafficking happens, we are compelled to step in and rescue as many victims as we can.

Together, we can make a lasting difference in people’s lives. Will you prayerfully join us in rescuing people from trafficking and slavery around the world by either preventing it from happening in the first place or restoring the lives of those who have been victimized by it? As we act, we can see lives restored and God’s name glorified.

Tasos Ioannidis

 

President/CEO

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