There’s been a lot of talk about modern-day slavery – or “human trafficking” – lately.
The awesome folks over at Passion have put a lot of time and effort into raising awareness and helping point to resources like EndItMovement.com
When I read that right now – right this minute – there are 27 MILLION slaves in the world… well, my brain just kind of retreats at the thought.
Considering my mortgage and the fact that I have three kids under 5 years old – my net worth is basically zero dollars. Am I just going to drop everything and fly to Thailand and go Jack Bauer in a brothel?
And then I visit a website like www.slaveryfootprint.org, which tells me that based on the size of my house and household and the age of my children and the items I own and the things that I typically eat and buy – based on my fairly “normal” “American” lifestyle…
There are about 100 slaves who contributed to my day-to-day life…
In 2005, I packed a bag and moved to the other side of the world for what was supposed to be 2 years.
After 10 1/2 months, I was kicked out of the country, along with the rest of my team.
7 years after the fact, there is a new documentary that explains why:
If you read this blog much, you know that I spent most of a year in Uzbekistan, and that the situation there is not a good one. Islam Karimov is a murderous thug who rules through fear and intimidation, and millions of people suffer every day because of him. Christians are routinely arrested and harassed, and… Continue reading What WikiLeaks Reveals About Uzbekistan
(Those reading from email or an rss feed will need to click through to see the 2-minute video above) This is very personal to me. There are somewhere around 30,000 believers in Uzbekistan, which is roughly 0.001% of the population. I know a handful of them personally. They have been arrested, interrogated, spied on, sabotaged, and end… Continue reading Pray For Persecuted Christians In Uzbekistan
Three weeks ago, Osh, Kyrgyzstan was a very large city with a very large population of Uzbeks, a people group very dear to my heart. Today, a significant portion of the city lies in ruins. Hundreds are dead, and tens of thousands have fled the city. Many Uzbeks have gone back to Uzbekistan, where it… Continue reading Please, please, please pray for Osh, Kyrgyzstan