Welcome the “Just for Teens” portion of our Youth Ministry website. Here you will find helpful articles, links, and devotional thoughts all about home, school, church, life, and everything in between. There will be lots of helpful info available for you here…it’s up to you what to do with it. The choice is yours!
Be the Jam!
Be the Jam…the traffic jam that is. Every year in the United States thousands of young people are bought, sold, and trafficked across State and U.S. borders. As a matter of fact, estimates are as high as 18,000-20,000 people. Now…what is trafficking you ask…well, here is the legal definition: An ACT or attempted act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person by means of force, abduction, fraud, coercion, purchase, sale, threats, abuse of power for the purpose of exploitation. That exploitation happens in one of two ways, sexual activity and/or physical labor. The people caught up in this increasingly growing illegal trade are trapped in modern day slavery…that’s right, slavery. And it’s happening here in the U.S., in our states, our cities, and our neighborhoods. And it’s happening to some of our very own teenagers.
The best way to end slavery is to prevent it. In other words: to cause a traffic jam in the trafficking of human beings. The best way to do this is through education. Learning how and why human trafficking occurs can keep those who are at risk safe and help them to make better decisions. Now, before you toss this article out the window because you think “it will never happen to me,” did you know that one of the growing tactics of human traffickers is befriending teenagers on Facebook? Or hanging out at the mall? Or hiring students in schools to act as bait? To learn far more than I could ever type or tell you, check out these websites www.bethejam.org and www.endslaverytn.org and get involved. MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
– Jesus Christ