A parent walks into a room to say good-night to a child that is no longer there, and the parent does not know if this child is dead or alive because the child has been stolen and probably sold. This is the reality that prompted Head Coach Mike Tomlin to get involved. As a father he could not imagine one of his children missing and what he would do to get that child back.
Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers Mike Tomlin got involved. Partnering with OUR, Operation Underground Railroad rescues children sold into the sex trade. And taking it a step further, he presented this scenario to his team and the work OUR does in search and rescue, the Steeler organization unified behind this cause and joined him in being “Slave Stealers”.
The Steeler football brand and reputation as a tough defensive ball club and OUR , a group of former law enforcement officers and former Navy Seals, works with local law enforcement going undercover into the dark and dangerous world of human trafficking working to tackle this problem together. Coach Tomlin said in an interview with CBN, “Every man was moved and it’s been 100 % participation. Coach Tomlin said it is “different from man to man, obviously. And that’s a beautiful thing.”
Human trafficking for sex or labor, sadly exist throughout the world. Watch groups estimate there are over 20 million modern day slaves worldwide. In the United States hundreds of thousands of men, women and children are enslaved in sex industry and forced labor.
It is estimated sex trafficking profits are $32 billion a year alone. This figure does not include trafficking of men, women and children for labor, reported by Polaris a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that works to combat and prevent human trafficking globally.
Coach Tomlin in his interview with CBN touched on something I had not thought about PRAYER. Praying for the culprits of this sinful practice of stealing human beings. He said “Prayer reaches to the heart. . .” He believes in a two-fold approach, rescue and rehabilitation, but pray for a change of heart.
I find it difficult to even think about men and women who are indifferent to the sin of stealing a human being for pleasure or profit. Praying for them is not my first response. My first thought is to see them stripped naked, doused with gasoline and set a fire NOT WWJD.
From the cross Jesus gave us an example, stripped naked, battered body Jesus prayed, “Father forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing”.
Prayer is a powerful weapon. I believe it ended slavery in the 1600s in this nation and some others. Men and women under conviction could not rest until they saw the practice of owning another human being end in their countries; and they acted in the direction of their prayers.
Prayer should be a Christian’s first response to evil. Praying for the slave and the slaver, for a change of heart so they can both experience freedom. It worked in the 16th century and it can work again in the 21st century. The power of prayer does not change nor the power of action.
Coach Tomlin and the Steeler organization is partner with OUR a modern day underground railroad in search and rescue of enslave children in our nation.
The President proclaimed January “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month” and in a statement he said, “We recommit ourselves to eradicating the evil of enslavement.” In his proclamation President Trump described human trafficking as a “sickening crime at odds with our very humanity.”
A mother in Winona, MN worn a dress every day in December to open discussions about sex trafficking.
Almost every state in this country is moving to strengthen laws and prosecute perpetrators. Protect, prevent and make the public aware of the practice of human trafficking with hotlines to report suspicious activity. And financial support of agencies on the front line in this fight is always needed.
Coach Tomlin, the President and others may have huge followings and platforms but we do too. In our homes, churches, and communities we can all do something to attack this brutal practice, evil flourishes when good people do nothing.
Prayer and action make a difference. Believers ended the practice of slavery before and we can do it again.
. . . The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous person has dynamic power
James 5:16 [AMP]
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