Coffee and Tea

Kelly Brace

Read: Matthew 25:31-40 And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.” (v. 40) My husband loves coffee, especially iced Americanos. I enjoy tea more. I enjoy the ritual: choosing a nice Earl Gray, chai, or green tea, waiting for the water to boil, and adding milk, sugar, or lemon. When I make my tea, I also try to think …

Modern Slavery Around the World

Kelly Brace

Read: Matthew 5:13-16 You are the light of the world . . . Let your light shine before others. (vv. 14, 16 NLT) Now more than ever before, it is simple for human trafficking to occur because of the Internet. Sexual exploitation can be easily broadcast to viewers over the Internet. Victims can be lured through false relationships on social media. The good news is that people are starting to talk about it. What started as a few voices has …

Child Labor

Kelly Brace

Read: Matthew 18:1-6 But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to . . . be drowned in the depths of the sea. (v. 6 NLT) Child labor is any form of enslavement of a child—domestic servitude, forced marriage, forced labor, bonded labor, or sex trafficking. It’s hard to imagine anything more heartbreaking than innocent children, who aren’t able to fully comprehend what is happening …

Forced into Marriage

Kelly Brace

Read: Genesis 16:1-16 But Abram said to Sarai, “Behold, your servant is in your power; do to her as you please.” Then Sarai dealt harshly with her, and she fled from her. (v. 6) Forced marriage is when women or young girls are forced to marry against their will or without their consent. It’s more common in some places than others, but it happens everywhere in the world, and it’s been happening for a long, long time. Hagar was a …

Modern Slavery: Domestic Servitude

Kelly Brace

Read: Psalm 10:17-18 You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no longer terrify them. (v. 18 NLT) Domestic servitude is when a person who is working in a private home is either told she has no option of leaving or is persuaded to stay by force or threats. I first learned of domestic servitude through the story of a teenager who was promised a housekeeping position with good pay and her own room …

Freedom from Debt

Kelly Brace

Read: Romans 6:15-23 Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now . . . you are free. (vv. 17-18 NLT) The most common form of modern slavery is bonded labor. Bonded labor victims are enslaved until they repay a debt. Here’s one example from the International Justice Mission. Five families were freed from bonded labor at a brick kiln in India. Each family had been held there for as many as seven years, working off ever-increasing false debts. …