A Response To 1/11 – National Awareness Day

It’s 6:30 pm Friday, January 11, 2013.  People are beginning to gather at Two Rivers Church to pray against human trafficking – part of a National Day of Awareness.  Firewall Ministries, led by Robert Craig, is hosting the event hoping to raise awareness on this international atrocity and give voice to those enslaved.  Hopefully others across the country are doing the same. Glad to join in, I find a seat.

Firewall Ministries President, Robert Craig

Firewall Ministries President, Robert Craig

Senator Massey has come to report on Knoxville’s laws regarding human trafficking and how our local government and law enforcement are combatting this problem. Yes, here in Knoxville. She’s sitting near me going over her notes. I’m glad she’s here.

There’s a worship band warming up and the lyric “break every chain…in the name of Jesus” fills the room. The electric guitar player is barefoot and completely engaged as the lead vocalist sings out with her eyes shut and hand raised. They have already begun and the night hasn’t even officially started. I’m glad they’re here too.

The night is punctuated by worship, information, and prayer. Lots of prayer. There are high schoolers praying alongside grandfathers and I am encouraged. Someone gives a report on the recent Passion conference they attended and how 60,000 college-age kids joined in the cry to end slavery in this generation. Encouraged again.

Firewall’s Prayer App is introduced and the vision of thousands, maybe even millions, praying on point against human trafficking via this Prayer App was shared. Can you imagine a prayer movement against Human Trafficking? What would God set loose if His people – by the millions – prayed in unison everyday against human trafficking?

FirewallMinistries1-11-13-50-2316338016-OThen more prayers went up. A steady stream of heartfelt prayers for the victims, those already in the fight to end it, and even prayers for the traffickers themselves. Knowing God hears our prayers, I imagined how His heart was moved to respond, how glad He was that His people gathered to pray, and how pleased He is knowing we are aware of this evil andare moved – like Him – to do something about it.

Two hours later, I walked out of Two Rivers Church and felt good that we had done something. With a problem this big (27 million enslaved right now) and evil so strong I often feel powerless to help until I am reminded, like I was this night, that we are not. We have God and prayer. Instead of feeling powerless, I left believing that human trafficking will not survive my lifetime. There is power in the name of Jesus…to break every chain, break every chain, break every chain.

Eileen Sommi
One of many in the fight against human trafficking.

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Why We Exist

ImageThe primary reason Firewall Ministries exists is to promote prayer against human trafficking. Some of our efforts are the following: (1) promoting the National Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking in the U.S., (2) establishing a global day of prayer against human trafficking, and (3) building a prayer app that provides users with simple prayers while allowing them to connect to organizations fighting HT.

Prayer is the primary focus of Firewall Ministries. Until slavery doesn’t exist and children are not repeatedly sexually abused and there is no longer a market for such activities, we will continue to pray. Seeking the face of our Father in heaven and asking Him for an end to the exploitation is our heartbeat because it is the heartbeat of the Father.

When we pray, we are connected to God’s heart. As the second largest crime industry in the world, human trafficking can seem an unconquerable adversary. But prayer brings a proper perspective. We can’t all have a direct encounter with victims and traffickers but, as believers in Jesus Christ, we all have the same access to our Father in heaven who is waiting to hear our voices so He can respond.

As John Wesley said, “God does nothing but by prayer and everything with it.” By God’s design, prayer was established to accomplish His purposes in the earth. He is waiting for us to open our mouths and make our requests known. As we do, God begins to shift things in the heavenlies to accomplish what we ask of Him. How can this be, you ask? Because when we pray what is already on His heart, He hears and answers.

Much work needs to be done and I thank God for those who are tirelessly fighting. They need our prayers because they need strength, protection, encouragement, discernment, wisdom, stamina and much more.

We have not forgotten and we are praying.