now that i know

Over the last few years, I’ve read some books and blogs that have altered the way I look at the world.

did you know:

> every 30 seconds a person falls victim to human trafficking?

> that 99% of those victims never get rescued?

> that there are estimated 145 million orphans in the world?

> that 1 billion people in this world do not have access to clean water?

> that malaria kills about 2,800 African children a day?

Those are just a few stats. They make me uncomfortable. They make my heart ache.

Sometimes I wish I would have never read them. Sleep would come easier.

Because once you are aware of the injustices and hurt in this world, you no longer can continue living the way you were.

Well, I guess you can. You can ignore the facts or tell yourself they really don’t affect you or pretend that just one person can’t really make a difference. (but we all know that isn’t true.)

 

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Those books and these realities have made me take a good look at my life.

Usually after reading one of the books or blogs, I’m inspired to action, but reality is, I put my book down and think, “Wow. That’s crazy” or “that’s amazing she did that, but I could never” or “I’m glad he sold his house and downsized so his family could give away more money…there is no way I’m even going to entertain that thought.”

And then the books pile on my nightstand collecting dust.

I tell myself that I have to take care of myself and my family. That that is enough.

But is it?

Maybe.

But if it is, why is my heart being pulled in this direction. Why do I feel such a compassion for these causes?

I don’t have any answers. I just know I’ve put this desire on the back burner long enough.

Maybe it just means using this blog to share about different organizations to raise awareness. Maybe it’s giving money. Maybe it’s volunteering at a soup kitchen. I don’t know. I’ll let you know when I figure it out…if I ever do.

Until then… here are some organizations you can check out… all of them started by one person who was bothered by the injustice they saw. One person with a vision, a solution who made a difference…

Human Trafficking

Love 146: child trafficking

The A21 Campaign

The Exodus Road

Orphans

147 Million Orphans store & non-profit

Amazima

The Mocha Club

Clean Water

Blood: Water Mission

The Mocha Club

 

Because now that I know, I can’t ignore it. I am responsible too.

Are there certain causes that you are passionate about? I would love to hear about them!

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3 Responses to now that i know

  1. Chantel says:

    I love this post! I just started a series like this on my blog -starting with human trafficking and slavery. My eyes have been opened to this so much is the last year. Have you read The Scent of Water by Naomi Zacharias? I highly recommend it!
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  2. Hope says:

    I feel it’s all of our jobs to help make the world a better place. It is really important. There is so much trouble, the worlds needs all of us to help fix some of it. And that, that I call a life style. Me and my husband are in a season where we are figuring out what that looks like. In the mean time we just support organizations or people doing this work with our finances. And we look out for our neighbor. We truly we desire to go to those hurting places and somehow make a difference.
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  3. Erin says:

    I learned about modern-day slavery this past year…so sickening. I had heard about it for years – you know “slave labor in China” thing. It was almost cliche. But then I started really investigating it and realized that it is true. Worst of all is the child slaves all over the world “working” for Americans. The thought of buying a toy made by a child for my child just sickens me. This Christmas we decided to only buy used toys (upcycling!). We’re only one family, but who knows who we might influence to do the same. Love your blog!
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