Tuesday, January 24, 2012

27,000,000


Sign Your Name & Stand For Freedom
Tonight, President Obama delivers his 2012 State of the Union address to our nation. As the President communicates his priorities for the coming year, will you join us in asking him to add one more?
Experts estimate that there are 27 million children, women and men held in slavery today. Sign a letter to the President and let your signature stand for an estimated 1000 people who need freedom right now.
All text © 2012 International Justice Mission | All Images © 2012 International Justice Mission

Friday, January 6, 2012

That's what Faith must be

I have to admit that I have been really stressed lately. Stressed, somewhat depressed, anxious, complaining and all around a grump to be with. At this stage in life, all my problems seemed to have caught up with me all at once. There is the house issue: what with the moving, all the fixing up of our house that needs to be done; on top of that there is school and the issue of not being able to get a job until we move {our house has been on the market a few months less than a year}. I start to focus on my problems, and just get to be really stressed. I am anxious a lot, and I always seem to find myself complaining. I really don't like it, believe me. And then sometimes I can't help but find myself wanting more. More than this life. More than the struggles and problems, and all around pain that we experience just about everyday. Then it hit me. I do have more. I have Jesus. And when I have Jesus, I have everything. Faith dear child, I hear his tender voice saying. Do you not know that I will always be here. Have I not told you in my Word. Trust in me. Yes LORD, I understand. You have told me. But why is it that the more I trust You, the more I give my life over to You, the harder it is? 

Then I realize I don't know the answer. Why is it? But see, that is not the question that should be asked. The question I should ask is, "God why is it that the more I fail and mess up, the more you come running to draw me to You?" And you know what the answer is, Because I love you dear child. You are My precious daughter. I love you and I will never forsake you. I will carry you through every storm. 

What a promise. 

True I do not have all the answers. True that life catches up with me and tend to focus on myself and my own problems. But also True that God has promised to never leave me nor forsake me. He has promised that if I cast all my cares on Him, He will sustain me. And you know what? That promise is true for you too. All He asks is that we trust Him. Faith like a child, so tender so mild. 

In my hardtimes, I reminded of this song by Michael Card {one of my heroes}.

That's What Faith Must Be by Michael Card on Grooveshark

 Chorus

To hear with my heart,
To see with my soul,
To be guided by a hand I cannot hold,
To trust in a way that I cannot see,
That's what faith must be.

When the universe fell from His fingertips,
He decided He wanted some fellowship.
But the man and the woman would not submit,
So He made a better way

When the moment was right, He sent His own son,
And He opened the way so that everyone
Could have hope and believe that when time was done,
He'd be able to make us one
Chorus 
To hear with my heart,
To see with my soul,
To be guided by a hand I cannot hold,
To trust in a way that I cannot see,
That's what faith must be.

Now I understand that there is a key.
It's Jesus in me, a reality,
That God is in Christ, and that Christ's in me,
That with faith I see what is unseen
Chorus 
To hear with my heart,
To see with my soul,
To be guided by a hand I cannot hold,
To trust in a way that I cannot see,
That's what faith must be.
That's what faith must be.


In my darkest hour, when all seems to crumble upon me, He whispers in my ear: I am here.

He is there for you too, dear child. 
Have faith life a child; so simple, so trusting.
Reach out and grasp the Masters hand.


All text © 2011 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2012 Hislight Photography

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Thousands of lives transformed.


A praise update from 
International Justice Mission.
Year In Review
2011 was IJM’s most successful year yet! Because of your partnership, we are celebrating:
  • More than 1600 children and families rescued from trafficking, forced labor slavery, illegal detention and other forms of violent oppression.
  • More than 100 traffickers, rapists and other criminalsconvicted for their crimes.
  • Nearly 1000 members of Thailand’s hill tribes received the citizenship documentation critical to protectingthem from trafficking and other violence.
  • More than 4000 people given help and hope by IJM aftercare.
That was just the beginning - get more details on 2011 victories here!
There are more people waiting for rescue, so in 2012, IJM will dramatically expand the movement to end slavery in India, begin critical new projects around the world to protect children and families, and seek to rescue even more people than last year. (Learn more about what’s next.)
With such big goals ahead, we will need every advocate possible this year. Do you have 3 friends who haven’t heard about IJM yet? The start of the new year is the perfect time to introduce them to this mission. Will you forward this email to three friends and ask them to check out our job openings and sign up for updates on the movement?
Here’s to more freedom and rescue than ever before in 2012!
Gratefully,
Sean Litton Signature
Sean Litton
Vice President, Field Operations
International Justice Mission

All text © 2012 & All Images © 2012 IJM

Sunday, January 1, 2012

About




I am Charity: a girl with a heart for adventure and a passion for TruthJesus, meine freude.

This blog is a place of joy, truth, and boldly living brought to by a young college student seeking to spread a little wonder in the world.

• justice seeker
• avid reader
• history aficionado
• creative
• paralian hopeful
• photo-maker
• fire and rescue volunteer
• patriot
 INTJ
• adventurer
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If you'd like to learn more about me, check out my FAQs or this Q&A.

   


I live to:
"learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, [and] plead the widow's cause" (Is. 1:17).

And should you like to meet some of the craziest, stubborn, amazing people you'll ever see, check out my amazing family. They are the very best of friends to ever have.





A little like Jo.


I am have been thinking about it recently, and my life seems decently similar to Jo's from Little Women. I have four sisters, just as Jo had four sisters {(although I am not the second oldest). Jo is very head-strong, out spoken and independent. I am also very head-strong, outspoken, independent, and not to mention stubborn and I possess the "I just need to be tough and suck it up" mentality. 

Jo and I face/faced similar circumstances. She lost someone dear to her, as I have. And misses that someone often, as I also miss my dad often. She is very opinionated and out-spoken as I said before, especially when it comes to Meg's marriage to John Brooke. My sister, who is just a year older than me, is also in a serious relationship headed towards marriage. I, like Jo, struggle with this idea as I do not want our relationship to change. I know change happens, but why must it happen so soon? I am disheartened at the thought of her leaving, for she has been my best friend. And yet now she has a new one. I am immensely happy for her and Bobby. But I will miss her greatly. And I know our relationship will never be the same. I, like Jo, must learn to adjust to change, especially the change that happens in my own family. It is hard, very much so.

But what can be done with such change, but to plunge head-on into it. Embracing it and letting it grow, push, and change you. I believe this will be a big year of changing, growing, and most importantly trusting in my Father. 

Do you ever feel like a book character, almost to a T? Tell me about it, we can relate.


All Text and All Images © 2012 Footprints in the Sand

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month



National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Time
Saturday, January 1 at 12:00am - February 1 at 12:00am {don't let the time keep you from spreading the word!}

Location
The USA, {beyond}

Presidential Proclamation: -- On 22 December 2010, President Barack Obama and The White House proclaimed January 2011 as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

Nearly a century and a half ago, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation -- a document that reaffirmed the noble goals of equality and freedom for all that lie at the heart of what it means to live in America.  In the years since, we have tirelessly pursued the realization and protection of these essential principles.  Yet, despite our successes, thousands of individuals living in the United States and still more abroad suffer in silence under the intolerable yoke of modern slavery.  During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we stand with all those who are held in compelled service; we recognize the people, organizations, and government entities that are working to combat human trafficking; and we recommit to bringing an end to this inexcusable human rights abuse.

Human trafficking endangers the lives of millions of people around the world, and it is a crime that knows no borders.  Trafficking networks operate both domestically and transnationally, and although abuses disproportionally affect women and girls, the victims of this ongoing global tragedy are men, women, and children of all ages.  Around the world, we are monitoring the progress of governments in combating trafficking while supporting programs aimed at its eradication.  From forced labor and debt bondage to forced commercial sexual exploitation and involuntary domestic servitude, human trafficking leaves no country untouched.  With this knowledge, we rededicate ourselves to forging robust international partnerships that strengthen global anti-trafficking efforts, and to confronting traffickers here at home.

["Although the United States has made great strides in preventing the occurrence of modern slavery, prosecuting traffickers and dismantling their criminal networks, and protecting victims and survivors, our work is not done. We stand with those throughout the world who are working every day to end modern slavery, bring traffickers to justice, and empower survivors to reclaim their rightful freedom. This month, I urge all Americans to educate themselves about all forms of modern slavery and the signs and consequences of human trafficking. Together, we can combat this crime within our borders and join with our partners around the world to end this injustice." ]
- President Barack Obama


Please take advantage of this opportunity to EDUCATE YOURSELF and EDUCATE OTHERS on the problem of human trafficking and modern slavery. The fight against injustice is a long and very tedious fight. But I believe victory is possible! In short, education leads to awareness, awareness fights demand, and reduced demand reduces supply.

READ
the Department of State's "Trafficking in Persons Report 2010" which included the USA in its findings for the first time.

DO ONLINE SEARCHES FOR ORGANIZATIONS like  
The International Justice Mission, 
Free the Slaves, 
For the Voiceless,
The DNA Foundation, 
Love146, 
Amnesty International, 
Polaris Project, 
Not For Sale Campaign, 
Shared Hope International, 
Loose Change to Loosen Chains, 
The U.S. State Department, etc. 

FIND OPPORTUNITIES to work, intern, and get involved.

READ BOOKS like "A Crime So Monstrous" by E. Benjamin Skinner, "Modern Slavery" by Kevin Bales, "Good News about Injustice" and "Just Courage" by Gary Haugen, "Slave Hunter" by Aaron Cohen, and others.

TELL OTHERS.

Speak Up.
Don't let their voice go unanswered. 
Seek Justice.

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."

Proverbs 31:8-9


BE THE CHANGE. 

Seek Him First,
Sources all accredited for.