Did you know that on January 1st the US celebrated the 150th anniversary of President Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation. The only reason I knew about it was because my friend Leigh tweeted about Radiant Cosmetics’ special for the month & how it’s benefiting the fight against modern slavery.
I’m saddened by this. Saddened that this event didn’t get more attention. Last year our state celebrated it’s Centennial and this was celebrated more than Lincoln’s emancipation of all men in our country.
I’m saddened that despite President Lincoln’s efforts, that despite the efforts of men like William Wilberforce & Frederick Douglass and women like Susan B. Anthony & Harriet Beecher Stowe there are more slaves in the world today than at the height of the slave trade centuries ago.
Today there are over 27 million slaves across the globe. This ranges from children working in sweatshops to families working in brick factories to boys & girls sold for sex. And a whole gambit I’m sure our minds could not comprehend.
When I became aware that this year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation in the US, I couldn’t help but think of how momentous it feels that I’m going to Moldova to work with victims of a slave trade.
I’m getting more and more excited for this trip. I’m getting more and more excited to see what God is not only doing there, but is going to do in us.
We can end slavery. And it all starts with is men and women taking a stand and saying, “this is wrong, something needs to change”.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” – Declaration of Independence