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Day 19: Overcoming Shame on Behalf of Others – As women who have been set free from shame, it is both our privilege and duty to go bashing down the doors of shame for those who can’t do it themselves. In cases of global shames like human trafficking and slavery, there are a few practical ways you can begin helping others today.
Advocate. Call or tweet at your elected officials and tell them you are passionate about ending slavery and you’d like their support.
Crowdsource. Grab some gal pals and meet regularly to pray for the estimated twenty-seven million victims of slavery around the world, for the one in four female victims of sexual assault, and for the one in seven male victims.
Learn. The age we live in is an incredible one because we have access to so many informational resources. Websites like SlaveryFootprint.org and Free2Work.org can help you learn how your favorite brands and products relate to trafficking and labor abuses.
Share. Use your social media accounts or the bulletin boards at local coffee shops to publicize the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (NHTRC)—Call: 1-888-373-7888 or Text: HELP to BeFree (233733).
Shop. The next time you need a gift, consider buying from organizations that are devoted to equipping and empowering women, such as International Sanctuary, Mudlove, Free the Girls, Made by Survivors, Christine Caine’s A21 Campaign, and more. Shopping never felt so good!
Volunteer. From gathering and donating your friends’ old bras to Free the Girls, to hosting parties through organizations like Trades of Hope, you can volunteer in small ways and make a big difference.
Consider: What do you wish, more than anything, to see God do through you?
Prayer: Dear God, you have done so much for me through Jesus and I want to be used by you to help someone else. Help me to see myself the way you see me and to believe you can transform my misery into ministry.
(Sections taken from Overcomer by Aubrey Sampson. Copyright © 2015. Used by permission of Zondervan. www.zondervan.com. All rights reserved.)