29 February, 2008

One month till Freedom Day!

The LORD said, "I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey". Exodus 3:7-8

Exactly one month until Freedom Day in Melbourne! There has been so much information and debate over the issue of human trafficking and slavery on this blog over the last couple of weeks. The information is powerful and equips us with a motivation, a passion and hopefully a plan of action.

Don’t let the flurry of arguments dissuade you from acting on your initial impulses to help! It is common for people to give up under the weight of complexity, apparent disagreement and sheer quantity of information. But you cannot give up or turn away. If you are a witness then you are involved. You have been subpoenaed by God to testify to what you did and did not do. Let there be no defense for inactivity.

But you are right to feel confused and overwhelmed and cautious. And yet we are told again and again throughout scripture that we are to remember the God who brought his people out of Egypt.

We know this; Our God is powerful and our God is concerned for those held under the oppression of slavery.

Are we to be an immature Moses who stammered and stumbled in response to God’s call? Or are we to be the Moses who led God’s people out of slavery and towards a land of milk and honey? The point is, we may not, and are in fact unlikely to have the answers. But we serve a mighty God who is more powerful than the slave, the man at the farm gate, the middle man, the manufacturer, the stock holders and any NGO working tirelessly in the fight.
"In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.” Exodus 15:13

- Freedom day is a children's focused event which will highlight the issue of chocolate slaves. The event itself will include a range of interactive activities that will help children learn about the issue and what they can do in response. It will also have a range of activities aimed specifically to entertain such as a jumping castle, sausage sizzle etc. There will be a march at 4pm where children can walk together in solidarity and demonstrate their support. The event will be held in Box Hill Gardens, Nelson Rd Box Hill and will run from 2pm to 5pm. You should also look out for the special Stop the Traffik Kidzone edition! If you want more information about the event, if you want to help or if you want to let us know you are coming, feel free to post a comment –

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