Sponsored Child Set Free From Servitude

By Rachel Bliss, Associate Director of Equipping

It is no small thing to participate in setting a 13-year-old girl free from slavery. But recently, while facilitating three days of training in Myanmar, that astounding surprise opportunity popped up on day one. One of the GlobalFingerprints care workers raised his hand and asked this question.

“What do we do if a child stops going to school and moves away?”

The care worker went on to explain that the family had not moved away, but their 13-year-old daughter was no longer living with her family. Now the GlobalFingerprints care workers couldn’t visit her and check up on her.

“Where is she?”  I asked, somewhat alarmed.

“Her family has sent her to be a maid at another family’s home. They owe that family money and cannot pay, so they had to send her to work for them.”

“But she is one of our sponsored kids!” I exclaimed. “How much do they owe the family?”

After a bit of currency conversion and calculation, the answer came back – 150 dollars.

“Let’s pay it! She needs to be freed!”

I turned to the Program Manager and checked with him to make sure the money was available. He assured me it was. Of course it was! This girl is sponsored!

The next day the care worker and his team reported that they had visited the parents, discussed with them the problem and offered to pay the debt.  The mother cried – tears of shame and sadness. She didn’t want her daughter to be a slave anymore than you or I would. The parents agreed to let our team work with them to make sure they wouldn’t get into the situation again.

“You just set a girl free from slavery!” I exclaimed.

What a perfect example of how GlobalFingerprints helps prevent human trafficking. This young girl attends the weekly program that these GlobalFingerprints care workers provide for the kids.  They missed her. They visited the family and found out what happened to her.  And because she was sponsored, they had the means to set her free. Now she and her family are being ministered to and discipled to be followers of Jesus.

This is exactly what Jesus came to do – to set the captive free. And he spoke this about himself from the ancient prophesy of Isaiah 61:1.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners.

The Gospel is about setting prisoners free from sin and darkness. And the Gospel is illustrated in living color in the everyday dirt and sin and poverty of our humanity.  Could this be why scripture, from the beginning to the end, commands that we serve and love the orphan, the vulnerable, the poor? So we can see the impact of the Gospel in the life of a 13-year-old girl in Myanmar.