On September 11, from 6pm to 8pm, Rescue Upstream, a South Florida based non-profit organization, whose goal is to “eradicate human trafficking and the root causes that fuel this awful injustice,” is partnering with Journey Church East in Boynton Beach, for an evening of interactive prayer and worship “to see those whose dignity are violated by others set free and restored.”
Rescue Upstream’s mission is contagious. And it will certainly motivate those who attend the prayer and worship night to get involved in the fight against human trafficking by raising their prayers to the Lord’s throne, and by simply becoming educated and donating time and money to the fight.
“We are ordinary people, but we can make an extraordinary difference in the lives of those suffering,” says Char Talmadge, associate director of Rescue Upstream. “Rescue Upstream isn’t just a club or a gathering or a plan on paper,” she says. “We are a movement of people ready to put our hands and feet to action in order to end human trafficking.”
Even in a smaller scale, as in serving our local communities, Rescue Upstream can’t do this job alone. They partner with different organizations, not only to help abolish human trafficking, but also to stop child abuse and help restore the lives of the victims. One of those organizations is Hope House, a ministry of Hope for Freedom, which is an anti-human trafficking initiative of Christ Fellowship Church in Palm Beach County whose focus is on caring for young women coming out of sex trafficking. The girls in Hope House are between the ages of 12 and 17, and they are currently raising funds to create awareness in the local communities.
You can help
As Rescue Upstream’s website cites, “You don’t need to change your life, quit your job or become an activist. You can make a difference right where you’re at, in your own sphere of influence.” And it starts with prayer—bringing to light the root of the problem.
“Human trafficking at its core is an evil issue; it’s a moral issue; it’s a spiritual issue,” says Talmadge. “God says in His Word: ‘The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but the Lord.’”
This immorality comes from the human heart; therefore, human trafficking is a heart condition. “Our only remedy for a sinful heart is Jesus Christ,” says Talmadge. “All of these people are victims, even the traffickers, who are the evildoers. Of course, they need to be made accountable for their crimes, but I don’t believe they woke up one day and said, ‘Gee, I want to be a human trafficker when I grow up.’ They are just as waived by their sins as the victims are. They are lost too, and Jesus came to save the lost.”
The battle against human trafficking cannot be fought by one person, but requires all of us to come together as one and stand for justice. One voice. One loud cry to the Lord’s throne to bring healing and power to His people.
For more information about Rescue Upstream and their September 11th prayer and worship event at Journey Church East, please contact [email protected].
Maritza Cosano is a freelance writer/editor, writing teacher and author of young adult books. She offers editorial and publishing services for writers and can be reached at [email protected].