“Christ died for us at a time when we were helpless and sinful. No one is really willing to die for an honest person, though someone might be willing to die for a truly good person. But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful.” Romans 5:6-8 CEV
- Prevention – contributing to an orphan’s support or helping to fund programs which help orphans as they transition phase from their life in the orphanage to life on their own.
- Rescue – funding or actually participating in sting raids where orphans and underage children are rescued from the brothels.
- Restoration – the long, difficult road to stability and health after the damage to one’s spirit, body and mind from being traffiicked.This phase is expensive because those rescued need medical care, emotional after-care, and education to be able to live life on their own after such a traumatic experience.
According to Mr. Davis, his organization receives (and turns down) the most volunteers for the Rescue operations. People want to be involved in the action/adventure phases of the operations because it is where they see the most glory/thrill/romance. However, most of the volunteers aren’t suited for the meticulous, strenuous and dangerous requirements of such operations.
So he works hard to channel these volunteers’ interests to prevention or restoration because this is where the needs are greatest. In prevention, we may never see great results because the damage was prevented. And with restoration, the process is long, arduous and expensive with no guaranteed results. No wonder this last phase has the fewest volunteers – it involves an arduous, mundane daily grind.
Spiritually speaking, Christ accomplished the spectacular. He died for us when we were helpless and sinful (Rescue). But where would we have been if he had not spent time doing the mundane through his daily life on earth? The teaching, advocating and praying for people (prevention) and healing as well as building relationships with people (restoration) were as much a part of the salvation of his people as his death on the cross. He gave his entire life as a sacrifice for us because he loved us!
Lord, I may not ever carry out any spectacular rescues in my lifetime, but help me to give each mundane, behind-the-scene day to you for the salvation to those around me. Amen.