Saturday, December 20, 2014

Day 20- Taylor

Day 20. TWENTY. Where has December gone? Today you meet Taylor, who is near and dear to my heart and has a passion unlike any other.

"My interest in the welfare of women began in a class I took sophomore year called "Violence against Women."  We read the book "Half the Sky" by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (once again- they're awesome!) and learned about so many tragic things that women are experiencing around the world:  Prostitution. Maternal mortality. Rape. Domestic Violence. Unequal pay. Female genital mutilation. At one point the authors quoted one magazine who wrote, "Maternal deaths in developing countries are often the ultimate tragic outcome of the cumulative denial of women's human rights. Women are not dying because of untreatable diseases. They are dying because societies have yet to make the decision that their lives are worth saving." Women are dying because people don't think their lives are worth saving. Since my sophomore year I've learned so much more about modern-day slavery, and the truth is that yes, violence against women is such a huge issue and one I hope to passionately pursue forever, but it's not just women that are experiencing the many ways in which slavery is occurring. This is why I'm participating in Dressember. There's a girl in Africa who isn't getting justice even though she was gang-raped. There's a woman in your county who is living in the cycle of domestic violence and she's too scared to come forward because her partner has threatened to take her kids away if she doesAnd there's little girls and boys all over the world who are being kidnapped and sold into slavery. 30 million people in this world don't have the ability to choose their food or whether they're educated or who they marry. It's enraging and discouraging, but I hold onto God's promises. There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain, including slavery. How blessed are we that we can walk alongside God in this fight for freedom? It's not their fight, it's our fight."

Friday, December 19, 2014

Day 19- Caleb

Yesterday you met Matt and today you get to meet his roommate, Caleb, who's joining him in the endeavor to wear a tie each day, regardless of their outfits. 

"Hi, I'm Caleb Hawks and I am wearing a tie for all of December because Justice Matters. I do not think enough people are aware that there are still nearly 30 million slaves in our world. That is not okay. It is time for us all to step up and do something about this. Like some of the other guys participating, I believe that it is time for men to join the fight against human trafficking. So I am wearing a tie with whatever I have on this entire month so people will ask me about it. I want people to be aware that human trafficking is a major problem."

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Day 18- Matt

Can you believe it's already December 18? Personally I feel like these 18 days have flown by. I love hearing and seeing how different people are participating, and today you get to hear my good friend Matt Lange's spin on Dressember.

"My roommate Caleb and I decided to do this weird thing where we would just wear ties on top of T-shirts instead of dressing all the way up. Some days I've dressed up more, but not often. It has been pretty incredible to think of my fellow human beings in their suffering every time I notice a tight feeling around my neck. I often find myself a bit ashamed of the tie, because it looks funny on a t-shirt and because I get tired of telling people why I'm wearing it. This has been humbling, to realize that it's a stupid tie and that I am dumb enough to grow tired of talking about sex trafficking. 

My aunt and uncle work with a house in Thailand that keeps girls off of the streets at  http://breannashouseofjoy.com/ and my mom has worked for several years as a part of the Freedom Climb  http://www.thefreedomclimb.net/ so I figured that Dressember was a really small way for me to join my family and friends in the fight for freedom of our trafficked sisters and brothers. 

Notice of course, I've only been talking about myself. Dressember really has been a great opportunity to talk about the people of this world, and the ways in which we treat each other like garbage. It is time this ends. God is love, and we should be too."

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Day 17- Jessica

Hey! My name is Jess, I am an Elementary Education with a Reading Endorsement major. Today was a major turning point for me in my reasoning to do Dressember. As I was getting ready I was struggling to figure out how I was going to wear my dress differently because lets be honest, it's getting harder and harder to be creative. Well as I was searching through my jewelry box I came across a necklace, the one I am wearing in my photograph. As soon as I held it in my hand, a flash back of memories flooded my mind from the time that I was in Cambodia in 2010 and I got to visit Daughters of Cambodia. Daughters of Cambodia is a rescue house for girls and women who have been involved in sex-trafficking. I was holding a necklace that was given to me from a resident there, a women whose story touched my life at just 15 years old. I remembered how that entire day was so full of emotion and how I could not stop thinking about how lucky I was to have already experienced so much more than she was able to at my age.  Wearing that necklace brought back many, many memories and the idea that I once had to go back to that same place and see the redeeming work that has been done in rescuing women in the past five years. Today I was reminded that I am not just wearing a dress because it would be fun or because everyone else is doing it. Instead I am wearing a dress to be reminded of those who are oppressed and lonely, with hopes through prayer and petition that all Daughters of our One True King may be FREE!

http://daughtersofcambodia.org/

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Day 16- Samantha

So today's post makes me feel a little strange because it talks about me and I'm the one posting it. BUT! There's a reason for it. Sometimes I think people get annoyed with how much I talk and post about trafficking, and I use to worry about it. But then I decided I really don't care because trafficking isn't something you get to chose to believe in or not. It's a fact, it happens, and you only get to choose whether you're going to do something about it. William Wilberforce once said, "You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know." And that's why I don't stop talking about this and advocating for the men, women, and children trapped in slavery- because people's lives are at stake and until we stand up for them, that won't change. But we can't stand up for them if we're unaware of the problem our world faces. Also, both apathy and passion are contagious. I'm currently reading "A Path Appears" by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (YOU SHOULD ALL GO BUY IT. Seriously, it's rocking my world.) but they talked about how when people are apathetic to injustice, people around them are more apathetic. Similarly, when people are passionate, people around them are more likely to be passionate about a similar cause. So go find your passion- whether that's human trafficking, homelessness, or orphans- and run with it. Be a world changer. 

Sam's one of the people I blabbed on and on to about trafficking, and this is the result. Here's day 16. 

"Hello! My name is Sam and I am a freshmen elementary education major at Northwestern this year. This is also my first year participating in Dressember and I am loving every moment of it! The reason I am participating is because of Kelsey. She is so passionate about the cause and hearing her speak about trafficking I learned how serious the cause is. I have learned many new things about trafficking that I had not even thought about before. Dressember is a GREAT cause and I am so happy to be a part of it! I'm so thankful  that I've been shown a little of the injustice in this world and what I can do to change it."