Thursday, 18 June 2009

Free The Slaves

Here are a list of places doing great work to end slavery in our day:

The Not For Sale Campaign.


Free The Slaves

Just Focus A national network of engaged and active young people in NZ who are interested in and passionate about global issues.

Just. The Anglican Social Justice Commission.

If you know of any other organizations that should be mentioned, please do let me know.

I look forward to seeing your responses via comments.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

How To Buy A Child In 10 Hours

I saw this article and really wanted to share it with you:

How to Buy a Child in 10 Hours

One Reporter's Journey Reveals An Epidemic of Child Slavery in Haiti

This deeply unsettling experiment starts on a typical Monday morning on Manhattan's leafy Upper West Side, where commuters stroll by Starbucks and Central Park.

Is it really possible to purchase a child in less than 10 hours?

At 7:10 a.m., I'm off to see how long it takes to buy a child slave.

It's 45 minutes to Kennedy Airport and an hour or so wait in the terminal, then a 3½-hour flight to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

A band greets the flight.

By the time my team and I have collected our luggage, gone through immigration and customs, and are loaded into our vehicles, it's about 3:15 p.m.

As we leave the airport, two things become immediately apparent: Port-au-Prince is an amazing, vivid place, and it's also extremely poor. The U.S. State Department warns Americans against visiting here. United Nations peacekeepers patrol the roads while we drive with our own security team: two armed Haitian men in SUVs.

'I Would Like to Get a Child'

By 4:45 p.m., I'm poolside at one of the city's few upscale hotels. I'm wearing a hidden camera built into the strap of a bike messenger-style bag that's around my neck. There's another hidden camera in a leather satchel on the table, right next to the fruit plate and Evian water. My colleagues are manning cameras in hotel rooms overlooking the pool.

Our security guards are sitting discretely nearby.

That's when the man with whom I've arranged a meeting shows up.

He says he's a former member of parliament and that he has connections. In broad daylight, with hotel waiters walking by, he doesn't even flinch when I make a horrific request.

"If I would like to get a child to live with me and take care of me," I ask. "Could you do that?"

"Yes," he says. "I can."

He's speaking in Creole, the most prevalent Haitian language. The man doing the translation, who has set up the meeting, works for us (unbeknownst to the slave trafficker).

The trafficker assures me he's done this sort of transaction many times before.

"A girl or a boy?" he asks.

"A girl probably," I say.

"How old?"

"Maybe 10 or 11."

"Not a problem."

He says he can get me an 11-year-old girl, although he suggests that a 15-year-old might be better, because she'd be more "developed."

I'm thinking: I can't believe I'm having this conversation.

"And this is OK?" I ask. "I won't have any trouble from their parents or anything like that?"

"No, you won't have any problems with their parents."

"Why not?"

"When I give you the child, I will train it for you."

I'm not exactly sure what that means.

A Successful Negotiation

"I'm a little nervous." I say. "I just want to make sure that this is OK, that I'm not going to get in trouble, that this will be smooth, that you've done this before."

"I guarantee my service," says the trafficker, grinning. "I can get you your girl as early as tomorrow."

And now, the negotiation begins.

"So how much will it cost me to get a child?" I ask.

"The last one I gave was $300."

Trying to test the value of human life, I push a little.

"I have a friend who got one for $50."

"No," he says.

"What about $100?"

"$150," he offers.

I accept.

And there it is. It's about 5 p.m. Roughly 10 hours after leaving my office in New York City, I have successfully negotiated to buy another human being -- an 11-year-old girl, whose value is set at just $150.

As we conclude our meeting, I want to make sure the trafficker does not act on my request. I ask him to wait a day before doing anything. I assure him I'll call him tomorrow with my final answer. He agrees.

To read the rest of the article please click HERE:

Personally... I hope this post disturbs you... into action!

My next post will have some organizations that you can get involved with.
Please do leave a comment.

Monday, 15 June 2009

Storm Simulation

This video just goes to show what some boredom and free time can lead to... something incredible.
Watch the 1st 1 1/2 mins of this video... its flippen amazing!!!

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Best Auction Pitch Ever

Isn't life all about perspective?
I love the story about 2 shoe salesmen who were sent to an African country to find new sales potential. The first salesman sent a telegram back home saying that he needed to return, no sales possible, no-one wears shoes. The second salesman sent a telegram urging the company to send over as many shoes as possible... everyone needs a pair!

I love what this individual did on his TradeMe auction post... trust me, you don't want to miss this. Click HERE to check it out.

So what did you think?
Leave a comment and let me know.

PS: How is your perspective?

Friday, 5 June 2009

3 Critical Issues Facing The Church Right Now

Click HERE to read a post I have just written on 3 Critical Issues Facing The Church Right Now.

Warning... the content may disturb you!

Leave a comment and let me know what you thought.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Do You Worship An Idol?

I found this verse while preparing for my message at church this past Sunday:

Eph 5:5
(5) Being greedy, indecent, or immoral is just another way of worshiping idols. You can be sure that people who behave in this way will never be part of the kingdom that belongs to Christ and to God.

Having sex (not just sexual intercourse, but any sex act outside of marriage... including fondling!) outside of marriage is idol worship!

Infact Jesus further raises the bar:

Mat 5:27-28
(27) You know the commandment which says, "Be faithful in marriage."
(28) But I tell you that if you look at another woman and want her, you are already unfaithful in your thoughts.

Wow! Talk about living by a higher standard.
So the challenge is... are you worshiping the idol of sex / fornication / adultery?
If so... STOP IT!
The truth is you can't worship Jesus and other idols!

A heavy post... but the Truth will set us free.

Please do leave a comment about your thoughts re: this post.