First, the lady I gave the $5 to last week for health care paid it back today. She looked happy.
It feels good not to owe anybody any debts. Christians are supposed to owe people a debt of love, but we get tired. We are human. Still, many try.
Today in Cleveland, there’s a prominent story, on the front page of the Cleveland Daily Banner, saying that a really rich man has donated a whole lot of money to Lee University, which is expanding property lines into “historic downtown Cleveland.”
But last night, at Lee University’s School of Religion, I went to a meeting in Room 247. The room was filled almost to capacity with people, mostly students, who are trying to help stop human trafficking in the Cleveland area, which is a corridor for sex trafficking because of its proximity to I-75, I-24, Nashville and Atlanta.
Dr. Daniela Augustine, a professor of Christian ethics at Lee, attended and helped lead the meeting, where around 30 to 35 people tried to find out what they could do to help stop human trafficking in this area. We were told, by a speaker from Second Life Chattanooga, that sexual slavery is right here in our own neighborhoods, or nearby. It’s horrible and hard to imagine.
But I remember those young people, in room 247 last night. They do not have huge sums of money to help them help others.
It looked to me like those young people are running on all heart, hearts as big as God‘s. That’s why I have to keep faith that God will help them (maybe us) pay that staggering debt of love, to help humans who have nobody else to help them.
Earlier today, on a car in the Lee library parking lot, I saw a bumper sticker that said, “Find Your Strong.“
Last night, I saw all those young people, finding their strong, off the front page.
- Give the Gift that Brings Freedom, Love and Empowerment to Victims of Human Trafficking this Holiday Season (prweb.com)
- Human Trafficking in Canada (melanieerickson.wordpress.com)
- Trafficking ‘soft target’ warning (bbc.co.uk)
- Introducing. . . (love146tn.wordpress.com)
- Human Trafficking Forum (markconner.typepad.com)