â€œIf we want to learn to develop shame resilience, we must learn how to reach out.
We must take what we know about courage, compassion, and connections and put it into practice.â€â€“Brene Brown, I Thought It Was Just Me, (But It Isnâ€™t)
By now youâ€™ve undoubtedly heard about #bringbackourgirls, the hashtag for the 200 or more girls in Nigeria who were abducted and are now being threatened by the terrorist group Boko Haran to be sold into slavery. As of yesterday, Nigerian news is reporting the girls have been found, but are not yet set free (although this has not been confirmed).
What you can do:
1. Pray for the Chibok girls and their families. At least three have already died, many are ill, and some have escaped. Pray the mighty hand of God would thwart this evil and restore this community. Pray for these precious daughters of Christ to sense His presence with them. Pray Psalm 22 with me over them: “Oh Lord, a band of evil men have encircled your daughters. Please be close to them. Oh, God be their strength. Come quickly to help them. Deliver these girls from the sword. Protect their precious lives from the power of the dogs. Rescue them from the mouth of the lions and save them from the horns of the wild oxen. Let us see your power at work and praise you for it.”
2. Mark your calendars (or tell Siri to) for June 10thâ€“International Justice Missionâ€™s National Call in Dayâ€”a day to call congress and ask them to fight against slavery. For more instructions on how to make this less than two minute phone call, go here. This is a simple, yet powerful, way to fight against slavery. Spread the word by sharing this post on Facebook, Twitter, and more.
3. Remember this: In Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace, and Healing, the authors Emmanuel Katangole and Chris Rice (whoâ€™ve done much research on the Rwandan Genocide) say this: â€œ ‘All will be well,â€™ is more than wishful thinking. It is the fundamental truth of the universe.â€ (Thanks to Laurie Nichols at the West Chicago Anti Trafficking Alliance for that reminder.)
All will be well because God is using His people to step up with courage, compassion, and connection.
And, as always, live without shame â€“ for the sake of our daughters.