An Invitation to Explore Godâ€™s Heart for Justice
Art at its best draws attention not only to the way things are but also to the way things will be, when the earth is filled with the knowledge of God as the waters cover the sea. That remains a surprising hope, and perhaps it will be the artists who are best at conveying both the hope and the surprise.
â€” N.T. WRIGHT Surprised by Hope
Freedom 58 invites you to embark on a four week exploration of Biblical justice. Through this journey, we hope you will grow fully understand God’s heart for justice and the unique way you were created to be involved in the work of ending modern day slavery and other forms of violent oppression, which is close to God’s heart. Each week you will be exposed to an element of justice – the God of Justice, Doing justice, Jesus & Justice and Living Justice. You will also be engaged in the stories and individuals through various portraits that display the dignity and beauty of survivors of violent forms of oppression. Faces of Freedom commissions artists from around the world to create portraits of people rescued from human trafficking. Artwork from our collection accompanies this devotional is an opportunity for you to observe the testimonies of survivors from the pain of their oppression and suffering to the joy of their freedom and restoration. Freedom 58 believes in the unique ability that artists have to perceive people deeply and to create dignity, hope and beauty amidst the brokenness of our world. Each painting was donated by artists around the world for the specific purpose of ending modern day slavery. As you reflect on enclosed daily meditations and walk through the exhibit, our prayer is that you will be inspired to consider how you can live out your freedom and help bring justice to the oppressed of the world.
God of Justice SUNDAY PSALMS 23 The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, 3 He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His nameâ€™s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 1
Let Justice Roll Down. Susan Mottashed. Agape International Mission
My Shepherd is alert to every approaching disaster that threatens His people. He has been through the storms of suffering before. He bore our sorrows and was acquainted with our grief. And now no matter what storms I face, His very life and strength and vitality is poured into mine. It overflows so the cup of my life runs over with His life.
â€” PHILLIP KELLER A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23
As you begin to think about those that suffer from injustice, do you believe that God truly cares about them? In what ways does He truly care about you? What ways is that demonstrated for you and the world?
MONDAY PSALMS 96:12-13 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. 13 Let all creation rejoice before the LORD, for He comes, He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness. 12
PSALMS 97:1-2 The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. 2 Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne 1
ROSALIE* Abused as a child by her aunt’s boyfriend and then placed in a shelter, Rosalie* struggled for years from the trauma she endured until she could no longer bear attending school. As a young adult, Rosalie was connected to 10ThousandWindows to attend Job Readiness Training course. After completion, she applied for a scholarship to complete high school. She then received another scholarship for college. Her social worker also said “Rosalie is really motivated despite the obstacles she encountered. She will not surrender easily. She’s a good fighter in her own life journey.” *Pseudonym
A New Life Dream. Deb Jones. 10ThousandWindows
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TUESDAY PSALMS 103:1-6 Praise the LORD, my soul, all my inmost being, praise His holy name. 2 Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all His benefits— 3 Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 Who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. 6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. 1
Righteousness and justice are inextricably intertwined throughout Scripture. Biblical righteousness has deep social elements and involves several arenas of life —social, relational, judicial and spiritual— and God cares about all of these as He “works righteousness and justice for the oppressed.”
— FREEDOM58 How do you think God is a God of compassion and grace while giving justice to the oppressed? What implications does that have for you? How does this change your view of righteousness?
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WEDNESDAY PSALMS 3 LORD, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” 3 But You, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. 4 I call out to the LORD, and He answers me from His holy mountain. 5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. 6 I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. 7 Arise, LORD! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. 8 From the LORD comes deliverance. May Your blessing be on Your people. 1
How encouraging to remember that the Spirit of God is more powerful than the spirit of wickedness! As 1 John 4:4 reminds us, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
— BETH MOORE A Heart Like His
Ask the LORD to be a shield around those who are oppressed. Pray that their heads will be lifted up as God bestows glory on them. In what ways do you want to see God deliver the world? Or deliver you?
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THURSDAY PSALMS 49:12-15 People, despite their wealth, do not endure; they are like the beasts that perish. 13 This is the fate of those who trust in themselves, and of their followers, who approve their sayings. 14 They are like sheep and are destined to die; death will be their shepherd (but the upright will prevail over them in the morning). Their forms will decay in the grave, far from their princely mansions. 15 But God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; He will surely take me to Himself. 12
If a person has grasped the meaning of God’s grace in his heart, he will do justice. If he doesn’t live justly, then he may say with his lips that he is grateful for God’s grace, but in his heart he is far from Him. If he doesn’t care about the poor, it reveals that at best he doesn’t understand the grace he has experienced, and at worst he has not really encountered the saving mercy of God. Grace should make you just.
— DR. TIMOTHY KELLER
LORD, today protect and bless those in the world who are oppressed by the powerful. Remind them that you are their good Redeemer and that You are the One Who holds all power.
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FRIDAY PSALMS 72:12-14 For He will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. 13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death. 14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in His sight.
If you feel called to ministry and donâ€™t feel called to the poor, you may not have been actually called.
â€” DR. JOHN PERKINS Love is the Final Fight
What are ways you can help the needy today?
Meena. Michelle Rushworth. Tiny Hands International
MEENA* Meena* crossed the border from Nepal to get a job to provide for her and her daughter. A woman had promised her help. However, upon arriving, the woman drugged, beat and trafficked Meena. After two years, of Meena wanted to end it all and take her life. But the love she had for her daughter was too great. Meena planned a daring escape. Safely back in Nepal, and with the help of Tiny Hands International, a partner of Freedom58, Meena became a Christian and forgave her captors of brutal violent oppression. So impassioned to rescue other Nepalese women from similar oppression, Meena became a border monitor for Tiny Hands. *Pseudonym
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SATURDAY PSALMS 10 Why, LORD do You stand far off? Why do You hide yourself in times of trouble? 2 In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. 3 He boasts about the cravings of his heart; he blesses the greedy and reviles the LORD. 4 In his pride the wicked man does not seek Him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. 5 His ways are always prosperous; Your laws are rejected by him; he sneers at all his enemies 6 He says to himself, “Nothing will ever shake me.” He swears, “No one will ever do me harm.” 7 His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue. 8 He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent. His eyes watch in secret for his victims; 9 like a lion in cover he lies in wait. He lies in wait to catch the helpless; he catches the helpless and drags them off in his net. 10 His victims are crushed, they collapse; they fall under his strength. 11 He says to himself, “God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees.” 12 Arise, LORD! Lift up Your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless. 13 Why does the wicked man revile God? Why does he say to himself, “He won’t call me to account?” 14 But You, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; You consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to You; You are the helper of the fatherless.
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Let Freedom Ring. Michelle Philip. Agape International Mission
Break the arm of the wicked man; call the evildoer to account for his wickedness that would not otherwise be found out. 16 The LORD is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from His land. 17 You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; You encouraged them, and You listen to their cry, 18 defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror. 15
I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.
â€” HARRIET TUBMAN
Harriet, the Moses of Her People
VIN THY CHAN* Pictured here is Vin Thy Chan* a former sexually trafficked girl in Cambodia. She was rescued by Agape International Mission. She was painted as a Freedom 58 Dignity Portrait which protects her identity yet portrays dignity and honor to her courageous stand. Artist Kathy Morris shows her with her back to her past and looking ahead to the future of a new life with new dreams. *Pseudonym
Gaze into the Future. Kathy Morris. Agape International Mission
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What is Justice? SUNDAY ISAIAH 58:1-5 Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to My people their rebellion and to the descendants of Jacob their sins. 2 For day after day they seek Me out; they seem eager to know My ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask Me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. 3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves, and You have not noticed?’ Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please and exploit all your workers. 4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high. 5 Is this the kind of fast I have chosen, only a day for people to humble themselves? Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed and for lying in sackcloth and ashes? Is that what you call a fast, a day acceptable to the LORD? 1
If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.
— WILLIAM WILBERFORCE What injustice do you want to cry out against? What burdens you?
MONDAY ISAIAH 58:6 Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke...
We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.
â€” DR. DIETRICH BONHOEFFER Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
GABBY* Gabby* was exploited through cyber-sex while still a minor, requiring her to perform in front of a computer camera, which streamed videos of her to those who paid to watch. She was delivered from this injustice and was referred to 10ThousandWindows to become equipped for a fulfilling career in a safe profession. She received a scholarship for college through 10ThousandWindows. In 2001, it was estimated there were 10,000 young girls trafficked into sex slavery in Cebu, Philippines.
My Red Frame. Deb Jones. 10ThousandWindows
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TUESDAY ISAIAH 58:6 Is it not to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
You can find Calcutta anywhere in the world. You only need two eyes to see. Everywhere in the world there are people that are not loved, people that are not wanted or desired, people that no one will help, people that are pushed away or forgotten. And this is the greatest poverty.
â€” MOTHER TERESA What kind of sacrifices do you think are required to set the oppressed free?
WEDNESDAY ISAIAH 58:7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry?
The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
â€” MOTHER TERESA Help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus. Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you shine, so to shine as to be a light to others. Prayer of Mother Teresa
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THURSDAY ISAIAH 58:7 Is it not to provide the poor wanderer with shelter?
We cannot carry the gospel to the poor and lowly while emulating the practices of the rich and powerful. Weâ€™ve been invited into a story that begins with humility and ends with glory; never the other way around.
â€” JEN HATMAKER 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
ARMARITA* Artist Vidya Rae depicts Nepalese survivor, Armarita* in the Classical old world style to honor her courageous fight to end modern slavery. She is depicted as angelic to give her dignity and a voice for her courageous testimony against her oppressors. She was offered a substantial amount of money to not testify and although extremely poor, she refused the bribe. *Pseudonym
Courageous Witness. Vidya Rae. Tiny Hands International
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FRIDAY ISAIAH 58:7 Is it not to clothe the naked?
I believe He wants us to love others so much that we go to extremes to
â€” FRANCIS CHAN
Why is helping the poor and the oppressed so important to God?
My Dancing. Michelle Philip. Agape International Mission
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SATURDAY ISAIAH 58:8-14 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard. 9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and He will say: ‘Hear am I.’ If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. 11 The LORD will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. 12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings. 13 If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on My holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words, 14 then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken. 8
God makes 18 profound promises in Isaiah 58. How can I start my Justice Journey with the little that I have?
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Injustice Is... 36 million people living as slaves in a world where slavery is illegal in virtually every country. ECCLESIASTES 4:1 4 billion people living outside the protection of the law enforcement, leaving them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. ISAIAH 10:1-2 2.2 million children are being used as disposable objects in the global commercial sex slave trade. PROVERBS 21:13 Not being concerned about all that God is concerned about, especially the compassion for the poor and the oppressed of the world. ISAIAH 58:1, MATTHEW 25:34
Injustice is the abuse of power, taking from the poor and oppressed their life, liberty, dignity and the fruits of their love and labor.
â€” INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION
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Emancipation Demonstration. Michelle Philip. Agape International Mission
Having knowledge, opportunity, and capacity yet remaining silent and unmerciful. LUKE 10:30
Justice is... An act of compassion giving freedom, dignity, and hope to the oppressed. ISAIAH 58:6 Identifying elements which continually hold down the violently oppressed and removing them in the name of Christ. PROVERBS 21:22 Sustained by a intentional long-term commitment to the communities targeted by your church. PROVERBS 29:7 A Journey (partnership) with God intervening on your behalf, as you align yourself in deed and faith with His promises of compassion and mercy toward the poor and oppressed.ISAIAH 58:6-14 Fulfilled when the poor and oppressed are empowered to freely thrive as image bearers of God. ISAIAH 58:12
Justice is not only a mandate of God, but an intervening work with God to give to others their life, liberty, dignity, and the fruits of their love and labor.
â€” FREEDOM 58 PROJECT PROVERBS 22:9 | ISAIAH 58:8 ISAIAH 58:10-13 | MICAH 6:8 | MATTHEW 25:34
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Jesus & Justice SUNDAY LUKE 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the LORD is on Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor.”
Jesus set His mission statement in His first temple teaching...“The LORD has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, to set the captives free.” How do you think Jesus’ mission should influence and direct our lives today?
MONDAY LUKE 10:25-37 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus.“Teacher,” he asked, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” He replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered:”’Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “You have answered correctly,”Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said:”A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.33But a Samaritan, as he traveled came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper.‘Look after him.’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 ”Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers? 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, ”Go and do likewise.” 25
The first question which is the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But... The good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him.”
— DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. Answer the question Jesus asked: “Who is my neighbor? Was there a time you asked: “If I do not stop to help, what will happen?”
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TUESDAY MATTHEW 6:9-13 This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” 9
Jesus’ resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the LORD’s Prayer is about.”
— N.T. WRIGHT What do you think it means for God’s will to be done in heaven as it is on earth? What would this look like? Is this the ultimate definition of Justice?
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WEDNESDAY LUKE 14:12-14 Then Jesus said to His host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” 12
To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us.
— POPE FRANCIS LORD, who can I serve that cannot repay me? Is there a blessing that I have been missing out on?
THURSDAY LUKE 11:42 Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone. 42
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
— ABRAHAM LINCOLN What kind of power do you think God has given you? How can you use that power to bring justice to a hurting world?
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FRIDAY MATTHEW 25:40 The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” 40
Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.
— HENRI J.M. NOUWEN GINA* A ruthless trafficker promised Gina* a job as a singer and dancer in a foreign country—her big break as an international performer. She was thrilled because she was very talented and was a member of her high school dance troupe. After flying to Malaysia, however, she was trapped in a bar. The men who came to the bar were not paying to hear her songs. Gina bravely escaped, returned to the Philippines, and was equipped by 10ThousandWindows for her dream career. She completed a hotel management degree with a 10ThousandWindows scholarship. *Pseudonym Ashes to Glory. Phillip Ramsey. 10ThousandWindows
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God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of His blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate His justice, because in His forbearance He had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—26He did it to demonstrate His justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
Doing justice is inseparably connected to preaching grace. One way is that the gospel produces a concern for the poor. The other is that deeds of justice gain credibility for the preaching of the gospel. Justification by faith leads to doing justice, and doing justice can make many seek to be justified by faith.
— DR. TIM KELLER Take time to thank God for the saving work of Jesus’ death on the cross. Have you ever felt resentment toward doing the work of Justice? When does it become a task and when does it bring you peace?
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Living Justice SUNDAY JAMES 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
A church that’s lost it’s voice for justice is a church that’s lost it’s relevance in the world.
— RICHARD STEARNS Why do you think that looking after widows and orphans is important to God?
The Beauty of Peace. Marta Crawford. Tiny Hands International
MONDAY GALATIANS 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
How does seeing God’s children as equals inform your view of justice?
AVARIELLE* Avarielle* has triumphantly overcome her commercial sexual exploitation by landing a professional job as a data encoder in a workplace that prioritizes the dignity of their employees. Her infinite value for who she is and what she can achieve is the foundation for her upward mobility. She was encouraged by 10ThousandWindows staff who counseled her toward the career she desired and then equipped her for it. Through her hard work—and the donations to 10ThousandWindows that fund their work—Avarielle is no longer vulnerable to exploitation. Instead, she is an inspiration and role model. *Pseudonym
Avarielle. Lynne Gleason. 10ThousandWindows
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TUESDAY HEBREWS 13:3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.
Jesus help me to remember those who are imprisoned and abused. Let me not live my life as if I have forgotten them.
WEDNESDAY JOB 29:14 I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.
Abundance isn’t God’s provision for me to live in luxury. It’s His provision for me to help others live. God entrusts me with His money not to build my kingdom on earth, but to build His kingdom in heaven.
— RANDY ALCORN How can you use the finances God has given you to help others live... particularly the poor and oppressed?
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THURSDAY ACTS 4:34 There were no needy among them...
Whatever your heart clings to and confides in, that is really your God.
â€” MARTIN LUTHER
FRIDAY GALATIANS 2:10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I had been eager to do all along.
LORD, help me remember the poor. Show me ways that I forget about those who suffer.
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Life is a Gift. Sheri Farabaugh. 10ThousandWindows
MARISSA* When Marissa* was in elementary school, her mother died, which made Marissa responsible for the care of her younger siblings. Because of her fatherâ€™s insufficient income, she was forced to work as a house helper for a few pennies per hour starting at the age of nine. This crime of child labor trafficking was accompanied by verbal and physical abuse. Yet, 10ThousandWindows provided hope for a much brighter future. After career counseling, Marissa applied for and received a scholarship to attend college. Her job prospects are very promising once she completes her degree. *Pseudonym
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SATURDAY REVELATION 21:1-5 1
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and He will dwell with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ’He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
REVELATION 22:1-5, 12 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb any sea. 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of nations. 3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve Him. 4 They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the LORD God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. 12 Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 1
If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.
— C.S. LEWIS
As you reflect on this month of exploring God’s love for justice and viewing Faces of Freedom portraits, how has it transformed you? What have you discovered?
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Powerful Voice. David Gage. Freedom58Project.
WHO WE ARE Freedom 58 is a Christ centered ministry dedicated to other organizations involved in the work of ending human trafficking and other forms of violent oppression. We are a platform, collaborator, and donor for individuals and churches to help them increase their capacity. Rob and Libby Swenson created this ministry to meet you in your justice journey; whether youâ€™re just beginning to think about injustices, or you know facts but are at a loss of what to do next.
WHAT WE DO Freedom 58 Project raises awareness of those suffering from human violence and other forms of oppression and give voice to their stories. Freedom 58 Project engages students, churches, and civic groups by helping them understand the role they play in ending slavery. We provide practical ways for people to get involved through collaborative partnerships with frontline organizations, news and prayer updates, and opportunities to engage elected officials.
WHERE WE WORK Freedom 58 Project works in the United States. The art exhibit Faces of Freedom is hosted by numeral locations across the nation. Our office also serves for the headquaters for the Cru and International Justice Mission partnership. You can find out more about us at freedom58project.com
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AGAPE INT’L MISSIONS.org WHO WE ARE
Rising Like a New Day Sun. Steve Morales. Agape International Mission
Agape International Missions (AIM) has served Cambodia for 25 years and fought trafficking since 2005, starting a Restoration Home for 20 rescued girls. AIM has successfully reintegrated over 300 young survivors of trafficking. Now, with 12 projects on the ground that impact over 10,000 people every year, AIM’s programs are stopping the cycle of exploitation. The goal of Agape International Mission is to defeat the evil of sex trafficking.
WHAT WE DO AIM’s mission is to Rescue, Restore and Reintegrate survivors of trafficking and Prevent the cycle of exploitation. AIM’s holistic approach to end trafficking allows staff to follow survivors along their road to wholeness. By being part of prevention, rescue, restoration and reintegration, AIM is committed to life long and community wide transformation that is effective and lasting. People are welcomed to join AIM’s work in Cambodia.
WHERE WE WORK AIM’s programs are located throughout Cambodia, while some work is done throughout Southeast Asia and prevention/training is carried out worldwide.
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Red Frame of Honor. Chris Saper. 10ThousandWindows
WHO WE ARE 10ThousandWindows was formed by Christâ€™s call to serve the most vulnerable and marginalized. Godâ€™s messages of justice, unconditional love, reconciliation, and restoration motivate us to do this work.
WHAT WE DO They exist to help survivors of violence and exploitation live safe, free, and hopeful lives. Through empowering lives and breaking the cycle of oppression, they provide a revolutionary approach to survivor aftercare by focusing on training and equipping survivors to become economically self-sufficient and effectively re-integrate into society. 10ThousandWindows have three programs of Social and Spiritual Care in education, employment, and inspiration.
WHERE WE WORK 10ThousandWindows was founded in and works in the Philippines. You can find out more about them at 10thousandwindows.com
Beauty. David Gage. Tiny Hands International
WHO WE ARE The founder John Molineux created Tiny Hands International, a Christian nonprofit organization dedicated to helping orphaned and abandoned children and fighting sex trafficking in South Asia.
WHAT WE DO They fight human trafficking through data collection and analysis, prosecutions, and intelligence led investigations. Tiny Hands also run childrenâ€™s homes and has people on the border of Nepal and India as a form of preventing human trafficking. Not only is Tiny Hands committed to fighting the greatest injustices in the world, but work towards relieving them however possible. Through prayer, action, and giving all are called to be a part of this ministry.
WHERE WE WORK Tiny Hands operates through national non-governmental organizations in Nepal, Bangladesh, and India.
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VOICES CALLING FOR AN END OF MODERN DAY SLAVERY
F REEDOM 58 P ROJECT ʼS S TORY It’s a crossroads. It’s a point of decision. The moment you take God’s call seriously, deciding to not stand silent while people are suﬀering around the world. This is where Rob and Libby Swenson found themselves as they forged ahead in creating Freedom 58 upon learning more about the realities of modern-day slavery and the gut-wrenching statistics surrounding the issue. Together they launched Freedom 58 to bring to life the realities of modern day slavery but even more so the incredible stories of justice and restoration that are occurring.
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Tiny Hands’ Story. Bonnie Wakeman. Tiny Hands International
The point of the resurrection... is that the present bodily life is not valueless just because it will die... What you do with your body in the present matters because God has a great future in store for it... What you do in the present— by painting, preaching singing, sewing, praying, teaching, building hospitals, digging wells, campaigning for justice, writing poems, caring for the needy, loving your neighbor as yourself—will last into God’s future. These activities are not simply ways of making present life a little less beastly, a little more bearable, until the day when we leave it behind altogether. They are part of what we may call building for God’s kingdom.
— N.T. WRIGHT Surprised by Hope
Justice is the mandate of God to give to others their life, liberty, dignity, and the fruit of their love and labor. FREEDOM58
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Published on Nov 30, 2015
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