“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”–Genesis 1:27

Our God is the Master of creativity. All of creation testifies to the amazing beauty, order, and creativity of our Maker. Even in our own bodies, we see the immeasurable skill of our Creator, Who made us in His own image. As David wrote, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14)

Sadly, there are so many people who are being “duped” by the exact opposite idea. I struggle to imagine a place this lie is stronger than in the network of sex-trafficking. These young women are constantly told they are not valuable, beautiful, or special in any way. Instead of believing they are immeasurably valuable and purposefully unique in the eyes of their Creator, they come to believe they can be easily replaced and must be a copy of the “status quo” in order to have any purpose.

This hideous form of slavery is thriving around the world and even in the United States, as shocking as it is to most of the population. It’s unlikely many of these women will be able to get out of it themselves, no matter how badly they may want to. Even more tragic, the average girl trapped in sex-trafficking only survives seven years of it. How it must break our Father’s heart to see this happen. It should readily break ours.

You may not know it, but there are many things we can do to help stop human trafficking. One of the best things you can do is help spread awareness. This is an issue that has a tendency to get swept under the rug due to its disgusting and frightening nature, but nothing will change if we don’t admit it’s there. Raising money for or donating to organizations working to rescue girls from this (globally or locally) is another big way to help. You can even donate supplies or time to some organizations. Any help is always appreciated.

All people are valuable in God’s eyes. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) God loves every person—past, present, and future—so much that He sent His Son to die for their sins and make the way for them to be reconciled to Him. This is our standard for how we should value people too.

Thank God for His great love for us, and ask Him to show you how He wants you to make an impact for Him. Also, pray for all of the church as we try to spread His hope and new life to others.

Pray for the girls trapped in human trafficking.