“Great way for your students to get involved in real Kingdom work.” This was what my friend in ministry told me when she first shared with me the Red Thread Movement. So as I began to research and learn more about this ministry, I became more and more aware of how God was at work and present.
However, I didn’t just learn about the movement. I learned about a serious injustice that is happening to young girls all over the world. Girls as young as nine years old are being sold for their bodies and treated like trash. Nine years old! My heart was immediately heavy. Burdened. Even sick. At that moment, I knew God was telling me, “Get involved. It’s simple. Take a step. Just be my voice for those who don’t have one. Shed light onto this dark injustice. Be my voice.”
So I ordered 150 bracelets for my students and their friends—really not knowing what to expect. I had no idea how quickly this would catch on, or even if it would. What I quickly learned is that the bracelet speaks for itself. Within one week, I sold completely out of the bracelets. I had teenagers coming up to me asking for 20-30 more bracelets so they could sell them at school.
Since then, I’ve re-ordered two more times. The word is out. I have tried to tell everyone I know about the Red Thread and the mission behind the organization. The amazing thing is that my teenagers are now the ones who are passionate about it. Whether they are selling them at their schools, or to their extended families, or even to complete strangers, they are being a voice for those who don’t have one. They are making a difference for the Kingdom of God.
I cannot tell you enough how much I believe in this movement. It is giving a voice to the voiceless. It is shedding light into very dark places. It is bringing the Kingdom of God from heaven down to this earth. I’m thankful for the behind-the-scenes work that goes on to make this movement run smoothly. I’m thankful for those who have given their entire lives to fight this injustice. I’m thankful for all those involved in rescuing the girls or counseling them and pouring truth into them. I’m thankful that I have an opportunity to be a part of this movement as well.
One of my summer interns is spending the next three months in India—being open to where God leads her to go. She wrote me an email about visiting the Red District in Pune, India. This is what she writes.
“When you go up into the buildings, there are just a bunch of girls sitting everywhere from ages 13-25ish. The customers are allowed to go talk to them then pick who they want. Just walking through that place you feel overwhelmed with darkness. My eyes filled with tears realizing that everyone else in that area was there for different reasons than I was. Human trafficking is a huge battle to fight here. HUGE. I am so honored to be surrounded by such brave men who choose to fight this battle.”
I echo what Caroline wrote. Red Thread Movement is making a Kingdom-difference. We will continue to be praying—praying protection and rescue over the girls, praying wisdom and counsel for the lawyers and counselors, praying for discernment and leadership for those involved in the movement, and praying that you and I will be bold and courageous to stand up for something and be a voice for those who don’t have one. This is all for the glory of our Father.