As a little girl, I loved wearing dresses. I had a Mum who was ahead of her time who thought that shorts and tee-shirts were far more practical for a little girl. I hoped that one day I would have a little girl who I could dress up in pretty dresses. My daughter had other ideas and hated wearing dresses and between the ages of 7 to 15 wore no dresses at all.
I have to be honest, I still don’t wear dresses very often. I have a few dresses, but mostly to wear to weddings or special events. My daughter now has more dresses than anyone else I know and wears them most of the time and looks gorgeous.
Did you know that there are more slaves today than at any other time in history? Nearly 30 million people are held as modern-day slaves. They will be found here in Australia, the US, the Philippines, India, Cambodia…everywhere. I find this disturbing. As a Christian I find it unsettling. Did you know that when little girls are rescued from a brothel, they are often wearing no clothes at all?
I first heard about the International Justice Mission or IJM back in 2006. They are a Christian human rights organisation. My husband Keith gave me a cd called Add to the Beauty by Sarah Groves. She wrote it for the IJM and the song with this title resonated with me profoundly. It began a journey of facing the confronting reality for so many of the world’s poor – that they face violence and oppression and injustice.
It is IJM’s vision to rescue thousands, protect millions and prove that justice for the poor is possible. As a Christian, I am inspired by God’s call to love all people and seek justice for the oppressed and protect the poor from violence. Two of my favourite verses are:
“Seek justice, rescue the oppressed. Plead for the orphan, defend the widow.” Isaiah 1:17 and “What does the Lord require of you? to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8.
I would love to see the end of slavery and this will not happen overnight and will not happen until it is made to stop. The work of IJM rescues victims, restores survivors, helps bring criminals to justice and strengthens justice systems so they work effectively to protect the poor and vulnerable. Their work has rescued more than 18,000 from oppression and over 770 convictions. You might want to watch this clip about the results of their work in Cebu, Philippines. Truly amazing!
This month, I am participating in Dressember by wearing a dress every day for the month of December to raise money for IJM. Can I ask you to partner with me? My goal of raising $500 is not huge, but I do believe that small things can make a difference. You can support me here. All money donated will be forwarded to the IJM office in Australia to support their work. And I get to wear dresses for a whole month! I will let you know how I get on – especially finding dresses to wear.