Feature Fridays: Project Lantern

I heard about the International Justice Mission about a year ago but it’s only been today that I’ve come to understand the impact that they are having on the ground against human trafficking.  Project Lantern has been the catalyst for the 79% reduction of the exploitation of minors in the Philippines in the last 4 years.  That statistic is astounding and further evidence that when faith-based organisations partner up with human rights advocates, positive change is inevitable.

Check our Project Lantern here.

♥ Ames

Feature Fridays: “Confronting Injustice”

I realised I missed out last week on Feature Fridays but I hope you’ll forgive me since I was out of my regular habitat! 

This semester I have the privilege of studying the subject, ‘Human Rights Lawyering’.  It’s a subject that really resounds with why I made the decision to study law… it’s quite simple really: I want to help people.  I want to give voice to those who have none, I want to right wrongs and bring justice to the vulnerable.

We were told to watch the video below in preparation for our first class.  At first I wasn’t keen on sitting through a video that would take nearly an hour but having been mesmerised by it, I would highly recommend it to every individual, whether law student or not, to watch it and be inspired and challenged to speak up for the marginalised in your circle by one of the ‘greatest lawyers in America’.

Favourite quotes:

  • “Your words have power… a law degree ‘amplifies your voice’”
  • “The opportunity is great, but the sometimes the willingness to speak is not as great.”
  • “You need to be brave: willingness to believe that you can actually do the things that must be done.”
  • “I do what I do because I am broken”… “each person is more than the worst thing they have ever done”
  • “The opposite of poverty is not wealth, it is justice”
  • “Be hopeful: in hope there is the possibility of change”

Though he did not mention his own beliefs and values, he did speak about his mother and grandmother, both (from the sounds of it) great women of faith and I think their influence is reflected in his own strongly held convictions.

♥ Ames

it’s not all about me

It was one of those spur of the moment things once again and I guess He specialises in using them :).  We caught the last instalment of the church’s series on JUSTICE and this week it was about the injustice experienced and still being experienced by the Indigenous people of Australia.  It never fails to amaze me that in the 21st century, in our supposed 1st world country, there is still such a gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians: 90% unemployment in some NT communities, shorter life expectancy, higher mortality rate… the stats go on.  Elsewhere in the world, there is human trafficking, asylum seekers (closer to home), refugees, famine stricken regions, poverty…

It had been a long week where I felt my faith was being shaken.  Being placed in an unfamiliar environment, I’d started to feel small, insignificant, isolated, lost in my own situation… I thank God for bringing me out of my own self-absorbed thoughts to realise that hey, it’s not all about me.  There’s a world out there that’s hurting, dying, in pain and it is our call as followers of Christ to heal the brokenhearted, set the captives free and love those who have been forgotten.

We were encouraged at the end of the service to take a red string and tie it to the steel fence set up on stage, as a resolution to let our hearts be broken for the things that break the heart of God: injustice in our world.  The lyrics of this song has just resonated with my soul and given me fresh perspective on the way life is to be lived and who we are living for…

God of Justice, Saviour to all
Came to rescue the weak and the poor
Chose to serve and not be served

Jesus, You have called us
Freely we’ve received
Now freely we will give

We must go live to feed the hungry
Stand beside the broken
We must go
Stepping forward keep us from just singing
Move us into action
We must go

To act justly everyday
Loving mercy in every way
Walking humbly before You God

You have shown us, what You require
Freely we’ve received
Now freely we will give

Fill us up and send us out
Fill us up and send us out
Fill us up and send us out Lord

God of Justice, Tim Hughes

♥ Ames