Happy News Year!

Yes, news!  As we start a new year, we can be encouraged in knowing that God  – and people made in His image – have been hard at work over the past year to ‘set captives free’ and seek justice for people who are oppressed.  The battle is long…and perhaps today is a good day to celebrate some wonderful victories!  For instance:

In 2010, Anuradha Koirala was selected as CNN’s Hero of the Year.   She has been called “The Mother Theresa of Nepal” for her tireless work to stop the sex trade in and from her country.

“God has not only made our eyes to see those who are suffering,” says Anauradha, “but He also made our hands to serve them. This is how we can meet the challenge to stop flesh trade in Nepal.”

Listen to her talk with CNN about ending trafficking in Nepal, or read more about her life and work on CNN Heroes (link here).

In Europe, Iana Matei, a Romanian Christian, was selected as ‘Woman of the Year’ by the Romanian government for her work among victims of trafficking (and “European of the Year” by Reader’s Digest magazine).  Read about her wonderful work to see women restored here.  Make Way Partners handles donations for the House of Treasure, the safe house run by Iana and her staff.  Check out this link to learn more!

The secular organization Change.org shares an encouraging list of victories in the fight against human trafficking in 2010 on their website.  (Click here to see the full list!)  Just one significant example:  According to a study conducted by AIM, “[Craigslist’s]…ban of adult ads has meant a 48% drop in the overall volume of prostitution ads online, and the online commercial sex industry is now projected to shrink by $37 million this year.”

There is much work to be done in the coming year as we work for an end to slavery and exploitation…but let’s not forget the work that HAS been done, and offer thanks for those who have been faithful in doing it (including many ‘heroes’ much closer to home!).

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~ by Jennifer Roemhildt Tunehag on January 4, 2011.

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