Setting Captives Free

By Sarah Pollak
February 23, 2007
I saw the movie Amazing Grace in a recent pre-screening for media types. It was GREAT! It was very inspiring, and I think many who watch it will be moved to help abolish modern day slavery. On our various CBN shows, we’ve been discussing ways to help free the 27 million men, women and children held captive.
But one thought comes to mind…be wary of supporting organizations that specifically buy back slaves for money. I personally have been told in the field that some slaves that are “bought” by the Christians are often retaken once the white people leave. CBN News International Correspondent Gary Lane has heard similar anecdotes, including that some of the purchased children are wearing feeding bracelets…meaning they are not slaves, but stray kids involved in a local feeding program.
Should you want to help free slaves, find out more information before you donate. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the way the specific ministry operates. Here are some examples of what to ask of an organization:
1. Describe your efforts to free slaves.
2. Does your organization raise funds to buy back back slaves?
3. Is there any follow-up with the freed slaves so they are not retaken?
If there is money changing hands between ministry and slave traders, I think it is best not to promote them.
The best ministry that I can refer people to is International Justice Mission. They try to change the laws in the offending country and also operate rescue missions where they free the slaves. No money changes hands. No traders are rewarded for their efforts.
Here’s one passage I’ve meditated on as I think about a Christian response to slavery:
Isaiah 61:1-3: “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” (NIV)

One response to “Setting Captives Free

  1. This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

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