What can I do? This is a question I am regularly asked when I teach about human trafficking and poverty in our world? What I am discovering is, many who say this really don’t want the answer?
The issues touch the heart of emotion but often times go no further than feelings of anger or sorrow for those involved. People with these feeling will say, “I want to get involved and make a difference but what can I do?” it amazes me how many of these folks take no action beyond that conversation. Even when given simple practical things that could make a real tangible difference.
I wonder what the sticking point is?
Would the response be different if they woke up and discovered that it was their child who had just been trafficked and was being raped 15 -20 times per night? Would their action and response be different if it was their child who faced daily poverty and vulnerability?
It is my bet, and personal experience, that action is often attached to proximity of pain. We tend to change everything when the reality hits home. Finances seem to no longer be an excuse, time no longer stands in our way, fear of speaking out no longer chokes us up, when it is our daughter.
Often times now when people ask me what they can do to make a difference my answer is simply, “if it was your daughter what would you want someone else to do? Do that.”
If your daughter was vulnerable would you want someone to give to reduce the vulnerability… Then Give
If it was your son or daughter and you knew that 35 dollars a month would reduce your child’s vulnerability, provide him/her with an education, provide him/her with clean water and medicines, would you pray for someone to do that…
Someone is praying that prayer! Will you do for one of these kids what you would want someone else to do if it were your son or daughter.
For $35 per month you can do just that. www.teamworldvision.org/Kilimanjaro
Please don’t ask, “what can I do and then do nothing.” and if it is not this find something and make a difference in your world.