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.
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?
Then 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.
One of many in the fight against human trafficking.