Now That I’m Aware is an attempt to respond to that confused look I see when I talk to people about the issue of child trafficking.  It’s not that people are confused about what I’m saying — the facts are not all that difficult to understand.  It’s more about how they should respond.  They want to listen to what I have to say, but as soon as they do, something inside of them seems to be saying, “I’ve got to do something — but what!  Before I heard all of this, I sort of knew that child trafficking was out there somewhere, but now it’s in my face.  Before I could ignore it, but now that I’m aware — really awareWhat can I do?”  I find that I have about 15 seconds to answer that question before that void is filled with the easiest answer: “I guess there is really nothing I can do, so I’ll pretend I didn’t hear all of this stuff, and I’ll go back to blissful ignorance.” I don’t blame anyone for that response.  Knowledge of child trafficking without concurrent information about productive ways to respond can be emotionally debilitating.  I’ve been there.  I’ve wanted to hide from this, but I’ve found that hiding isn’t working.  So, I find myself asking that question, Now that I’m aware … WHAT???  

So this blog is also about my own journey into a dark world — a hellacious pit full of victims as innocent as any victims can possibly be, a pit from which the Spirit of God will not allow me to emerge alone.  I can only let myself be drawn deeper into it, or I can find a way to grab one of these little ones and take him out.  But I also know that once I do that, I will be compelled to return, find another, take her out.  Then another.  Then another.  And each time, my heart will sing with joy for the one who has been rescued, and also ache all the more for the ones who remain.  This, I expect, will be the story of the rest of my life.  I invite the reader to join me in this incredible journey.



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