This is something a bit different for my Sunday blog. Rather than a reblog, I want to talk about a topic that has been popping up a lot in my experience lately: modern slavery. I heard a speaker about a year ago talking about fighting against sex slavery in a city in one of the prairie provinces in Canada, how vulnerable, usually young, women became caught up in it with little hope of ever escaping. Recently, a young couple from my church embarked on a ministry in Cambodia where they will learn the language, open a business and become part of a community and try to reach and rescue young women from sexual slavery after coming to the big city, lured by the promise of a better life only to find themselves abused and ensnared in a life from which they have no means of escape.
There are many kinds of slavery operating in the world today in virtually every country in the world. Some slave enterprises are destroying our environment in ways we couldn’t imagine but the damage to the human spirit is incalculable. These people are cheap, disposable labour — there’s always more where they came from.
I recently learned about an organization called Future Learn which is bringing free, short, online courses from various universities to the world in order to broaden interest and awareness. One such course — which begins tomorrow and goes for 4 weeks with approximately 5 hours work per week — is called Ending Slavery. I would like to challenge you to watch this video
and then see if you have 5 hours/week for 4 weeks to learn more and find out what you can do about slavery from this course. I remember a saying from my high school days: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem! Let’s free the slaves no matter what changes we have to make in our lifestyles — end modern slavery!