Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 48: for Alissa

In biblical times, slavery was a very different thing.  A slave would almost become one in the family, and would usually sign himself to a master to pay off some sort of debt.  Slavery wasn't tied to racism, abuse, or any of the awful things that have come to be associated with it... it was simply what you had to do to make ends meet.  A term lasted 7 years, the last year being a year of rest.  After that, the debt was considered paid and the slave could go free.  In some circumstances, though, a slave would become so content working for his master and living in his home, he would decide he didn't want to go.  As a sign of loyalty for life, the master would pierce his ear.  The slave would be branded: proud to live and work in the home of his master.
Stating the obvious: slavery has been twisted immensely since them.  Alissa also found herself branded, but not out of her own will, and she found herself enslaved, but not indebted.

Alissa, 16, met an older man at a convenience store in Dallas and after a few dates accepted his invitation to move in with him. But soon Alissa’s new boyfriend convinced her to be an escort for him, accompanying men on dates and having sex with them for money. He took her to an area known for street prostitution and forced her to hand over all of her earnings. He made Alissa get a tattoo of his nicknames, branding her as his property, and he posted prostitution advertisements with her picture on an Internet site. He rented hotel rooms around Dallas and forced Alissa to have sex with men who responded to the ads. The man, who kept an assault rifle in the closet of his apartment, threatened Alissa and physically assaulted her on multiple occasions. The man later pled guilty to trafficking Alissa.

source of Alissa's story.

Maybe someday, Alissa will see that she doesn't have to carry the names she's been branded with... that Christ already carried that burden up the hill of calvary and crucified it right there in front of everyone.  Maybe someday, she'll know that she is loved and prayed for and valued.  Maybe someday, human trafficking will lose and Jesus will win.  Alissa, 7.0 miles because you are loved.

Isaiah 43:1-19

 1 But now, this is what the LORD says—
he who created you, Jacob,
he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cush[a] and Seba in your stead.
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
nations in exchange for your life.
5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
7 everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
8 Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,
who have ears but are deaf.
9 All the nations gather together
and the peoples assemble.
Which of their gods foretold this
and proclaimed to us the former things?
Let them bring in their witnesses to prove they were right,
so that others may hear and say, “It is true.”
10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD,
“and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.
Before me no god was formed,
nor will there be one after me.
11 I, even I, am the LORD,
and apart from me there is no savior.
12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
I, and not some foreign god among you.
You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God.
13 Yes, and from ancient days I am he.
No one can deliver out of my hand.
When I act, who can reverse it?”
God’s Mercy and Israel’s Unfaithfulness
14 This is what the LORD says—
your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“For your sake I will send to Babylon
and bring down as fugitives all the Babylonians,[b]
in the ships in which they took pride.
15 I am the LORD, your Holy One,
Israel’s Creator, your King.”
16 This is what the LORD says—
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
17 who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
7.00 miles for Alissa
258.27 miles to date.

G.Q., N.H., and S.O.
Charlotte Awino
Kikka Cerpa
Mao Mao

Because He first loved me,

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