In highschool English class we watched the movie Amazing Grace, and ever since then I have had this dream that I will grow up to be someone like William Wilberforce. Someone who fights against all odds to battle the injustices of our world. The older I get the more crazy and unrealistic this dream has become, but it is still there I just silence it with reasonability and responsibility. But now I have this idea that I love but think is stupid, crazy, and will never work. But isn’t that how changes starts? When someone dares to hope that their stupid idea but just be crazy enough to work. No one can ever be practical when attempting something crazy life changing venture. I mean Esther didn’t just go up to the King and ask him to only save one or two of her close Jewish friends. So I am sitting here thinking about my idea and how ridiculous it is that I could believe this could work. But I bet Esther probably thought that too. Worse case scenario at least I won’t get killed.
So here it goes. Many of you may not know this, but I am a very passionate person. If passion could be a spiritual gift then it would be one of mine. And one of my passions, which is the injustices and horrors of sex trafficking, has been growing like a fire in my soul. I guess as a bruised and broken woman my heart goes out to women who are even more bruised and broken than I. And then recently I stumbled upon this book Undaunted by Christine Caine . I haven’t finished it yet, but she addresses the issue of sex trafficking and our belief that we are too insignificant for God to use us. Boy did that one hit home (Isn’t it crazy how God sneaks the right things into our laps?). Over the last year I have been telling myself that once I start my career as a tough criminal justice something or other then I will join the fight against sex trafficking. But what about now? Am I just suppose to ignore the cry of my heart that aches for the women who have been silenced and reduced to a commodity? Well I can’t wait anymore. Only I wasn’t really sure what I could do. I can write . . . kind of, and I can paint . . . kind of. But I am not very good, and I am just me what could I really do? Only I am not just me now am I. That is the point of trusting God to use us. We give Him our scribbles of words and paintings and hope that He can use them to impact someone. so are you ready to hear my crazy idea? Are you sure?? Good.
So I can write, that is a start. This is start to me writing about this issue I am so passionate about, and hoping that some of that passion wears off onto you. Secondly I can paint, and I plan to paint about sex trafficking. And here is where I need your guys help. My hope is that you guys will actually want my paintings. I have this crazy idea that you will “buy” paintings and I will donate all the money to The A21 Campaign which is an organization that fights against sex trafficking (more info on this in later blogs). I figured this way everyone wins. I get to paint and share about something I am passionate about. You get a painting that can remind you to pray for all of the victims around the world, and yes even here in Sioux Falls. And some women will get the hope that someone somewhere cared enough to help her.
So that is my crazy idea. I still have a lot of kinks to work out, mainly being I still don’t know if I like my first painting. But I wanted to throw my idea out there. As I mentioned my first painting isn’t done, but I have one I have already done that I feel fits quite well. So while I keep praying and figuring out the kinks I want to leave you with a few lyrics from the song Boston:You don’t know me and you don’t even care. You don’t know me and you don’t wear my chains. No one knows my name.
These lyrics gave me chills after I thought about how real their meaning is for so many women. My hope is that I can change that for at least one woman. Want to help me?