Proverbs 31. The famous chapter that women all across the globe have countless Bible studies over and strive to become the kind of woman the chapter outlines. The well-known chapter where God shows us the worth of a woman and her role in this world. The renowned chapter where moms, like my own, teach their daughters to strive to be a woman after God’s own heart. According to many people, however, this chapter seems to begin in verse 10. What about the previous verses? Are those not important for our lives as well? Growing up and doing many Bible studies over Proverbs 31 with my mom, I never bothered to read the beginning of the chapter; or, if I did, I never took them into much consideration. Until one sunny July day in the summer before I left home for college. I will never forget when I read verses 8 and 9. It was like those verses literally jumped off the page at me and God so clearly spoke — THIS IS FOR YOU.
“Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause for the poor and the needy.” -Proverbs 31:8-9
This is such a clear commandment from our Lord! Why do so many of us just glance over these verses and skip straight to the middle of the chapter? This is a commandment so straightforward, yet it is one that Christians do not see the urgency of — especially in today’s world.
So why do I see these verses with extreme seriousness and especially in today’s time? Let me give you some background. I grew up in a wonderful Christian home, with great parents, and many loving brothers and sisters. At the young (and very fragile) age of 14, God called me on the first of many adventures. I went on a mission trip to the small country of Nepal where I spent two months serving the Nepalese people. While walking through the streets of cities and villages, I saw the poor, the destitute, the needy. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, and that was apparent from the moment I stepped off the airplane. Little did I know, however, that this country had even a worse problem than the horrible economic status. Beneath the surface of the dirty streets, the homeless, the hungry, the orphans, the pagan rituals and idol worshiping, beneath the downcast faces and longing souls of the people, there is yet another great pain. One that people do not see – Human trafficking. The taking of women, children, and even men, and selling them as slaves as if they are just like any other piece of property being sold at an auction; and Nepal has one of the highest human trafficking rates in the world. God allowed my eyes to see this evil and very harsh reality. My young and feeble brain could not comprehend it, did not want to comprehend, but that’s when the Lord began to instill in me this indescribable passion to bring to end the reality of human trafficking.
Fast forward 6 years. I am now a college student majoring in criminal justice and still holding on to this passion for ending modern day slavery. The Lord brings to my remembrance the day I read Proverbs 31:8-9. He brings to remembrance the words He spoke to me.
This is the reason for this website. I will write about:
- Recent news about the fight against human trafficking
- Reviews on books written by abolitionist and human rights organizations
- Reflections of my journey in fighting modern day slavery
- Reasons and ways to get involved to join in this fight
The first step into this fight is knowledge. You need to be aware of the problem of modern day slavery so you too can be a voice FOR THE SPEECHLESS