Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Dangerous Passage and Human Trafficking

Day two of 31 days in the life of a Superwomen Syndrome Sufferer:

With a little travel under my belt last week, I had some time to finish reading Dangerous Passage by Lisa Harris, a romantic suspense novel set in modern day Atlanta. Homicide detective Avery North is investigating the death of two young Asian girls, navigating a new relationship with medical examiner Jackson Bryant and tending to the wounds of her family over the loss of her brother, also a police officer, who was murdered during another investigation.

The characters are realistic and relatable. Detective North faces the concerns of many
working moms. She tries to balance family obligations, child rearing, work, stresses and relationships and feels torn about how much she can really handle. Nevertheless, she knows her work matters and seeks to find answers for those who can no longer speak for themselves. 

I really relate to her. As a working mom involved in so many things, I often feel torn and out of balance. I also know the work I do helping Christian organizations, businesses and entities tell their stories is an important job with eternal significance. 

In the course of her investigation, North stumbles upon a human trafficking ring that is bringing Asian girls to the States to serve as indentured servants. The novel sheds light on an important issue of our day - Human trafficking. Atlanta happens to be a hub for trafficking in the  United States. This brings the issue close to home as a mother of young girls. It is an issue that Christians, who believe that every life is made in the image of God and deserves dignity and respect, need to be concerned with. 

Some 27 million human beings are enslaved in human trafficking for sex services or slave labor. To get involved there are many organizations that covet our support and involvement including the A21 campaign, Love146 and the End It Movement. Next month, I am attending the Allume conference and several nonprofits which focus on human trafficking will be exhibiting and offering opportunities to engage. I haven't quite figured out how I should engage in this issue other than prayer and educating my daughters. But it is on my radar. Is it on yours? Here are some ideas

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