What October's All About

Well, I’m sure you’re all letting out a huge sigh of relief--finally a new month--something other than September. I did go on and on about September. It is my all time favorite. Unfortunately, I happen to love October as well, and so you’re in store for another 31 days of me telling you about it.

On the bright side, I love October for completely different reasons, and that’s what I’m here to chat about with you today. I’m actually so excited about it and have been for a while now and I’m definitely ready to finally share it with you!

Human Trafficking.

I hate it. So much.

If you know anything about it, I bet you hate it too. And if you don’t, well then that’s exactly what this month is all about.

It turns out there are more slaves in the world today than ever before in all of human history.

What!?

I know.
We thought we had come so far and overcome so much. We have--we really have--but we still have so far to go. And we’re facing an entirely different beast. This sort of slavery is not focused on one part of the globe or one particular people group. No. The worst part of this oppression is that it shows no favorites. Its victims are far and wide--from every corner of the globe in every size shape and color. And the same can be said of the perpetrators.

The more I learn about modern day slavery, the more my heart breaks and continues to ache. I am determined to be a part of the solution.

I often try to think about what it might have been like to be alive during any one of the civil rights movements. I wonder if I would have been brave enough and kind enough to do what was right even when it was scary and pretty dangerous. I wonder if I would have told my children to show love to everyone despite the color of their skin even if it meant consequences for them as well. I wonder if I could have told my grandchildren that I fought for freedom for my brothers and sisters and stood for justice even though it didn’t directly affect me.

I really hope that’s who I would have been.

And while the shape and size of slavery might look different, I realize I am still confronted with the same questions. In real time.

Will I do what is right even when it’s scary and even dangerous? Will I use my voice even when it seems no one is listening or even when others try to silence me? Will I encourage my children and my friends and my family to show love to the most broken and outcast even when there are consequences? Will I be able to tell my grandchildren that I fought for the freedom of my brothers and sisters and stood for justice even though it didn’t directly affect me?

And I realize, I have the opportunity to answer yes to every single one of those questions. I can be the girl I hope I would have been. We all can--we can all be her.

So this month we’re inviting you to do just that. To open your eyes to the darkness around you and decide to be light--whatever that looks like. To refuse to look away from the suffering and captivity of others, and instead use your freedom to fight for theirs. 

We’re so excited to bring you an October full of stories and inspiration and even giveaways to get you moving. Our hope is that seeing other women in action will cause a ripple effect in your heart and your life. The darkness is big and overwhelming, but it has nothing on a lot of little lights who decide to look it in the face and shine together!

“The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me
because God anointed me.
He sent me to preach good news to the poor,
heal the heartbroken,
Announce freedom to all captives,
pardon all prisoners.
God sent me to announce the year of his grace—
a celebration of God’s destruction of our enemies—
and to comfort all who mourn,
To care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion,
give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes,
Messages of joy instead of news of doom”
-Isaiah 61

Stay tuned for all sorts of resources and opportunities this month--and feel free to share any that we might miss!



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