Edge of Faith March 2017 - Page 61

trafficked girls into Indian brothels come from Nepal are from one people group. They are from the Tamang people group and we know exactly where those villages are in the Himalayas, we can truck there. This is a source village and often the traffickers live there as well, so we, after much prayer, go into the villages and have basically a four-prong message. First of all, God knows your suffering and He’s sent help. Secondly, what is happening to you girls is now illegal — it’s a new day and people are in jail now for selling human beings, so this has to stop completely. Mind you, a lot of the people we are talking to have been complicit in selling their daughters, or worse, they are traffickers themselves. We hand out a hotline number to the border patrol. We tell the families there, though, that we understand that families need an alternative way to generate income so that families can sponsor their own children — boys and girls — to go to school. They can, we can help with training teens to run businesses and women to gain literacy skills and start saving in lending pools to fund their dreams.Then we encourage the women to become pre-law enforcement. It would be their job to remind every family when they catch wind that a family is thinking of selling their daughter, that they can go to the family and say, you know, “We’ve learned that this in now illegal, we are not allowed to do this anymore, and there are alternatives. We are learning to generate incomes in other ways.” As She Is Safe is investing in whether its agricultural work, or animal husbandry, something that families really — and communities really —benefit from and you would think, well these women, no one is going to listen to them. They have no authority, no power, no weapons. But, they have something much more powerful that is awakened in them and that is collective wealth. Women in particular are very eager for a different kind of life than what they have suffered and we kind of tap into the heartache that is already there, of the losses that they have suffered. They maybe thought, they were told, their girls were going to work in a factory in India and that they’d come home and then, of course, that doesn’t happen. So, there is a lot of pain under the surface and we want them to know that they are the change agents. It is not, ”Wait for the North Americans to come and change everything,” they really have God’s given ability to change the way that they think about their girls and the way that they think about generating income. So, it’s been phenomenal — in my eyes — to see communities transformed by women who have been oppressed all of their lives. That collective will; there is nothing more powerful, I think, apart from a movement of God is once people awaken to this, the injustice and the pain that they are causing. When men in the village tell us that the village no longer allows girls to be sold, then we know that we have changed the future for the next generation of girls. Now, in some of these Tamang villages where we have been, there are now teen girls where there never were before. So, that’s the transformation that really can happen. The statistics are terrible and the realities are awful, what I have found, I have been pleasantly surprised at how eager people are for opportunities, if we just bring them in the name of Jesus, we awaken them to all the possibilities that heaven holds for them.