Friends, we do not realise how lucky we are! How privelaged we are to blog, to contemplate coffee and cappucino and talk about our healthy, beautiful children and and and. We truly are blessed and we should be express our heartfelt gratitude every day. But even more than that, I feel a compelling urge to do more, to offer more of myself. I hope you will join me.
I listen to Suria Scholtz presenting a talk on reaching out to our ‘neighbours’ and she challenged the audience to redefine just exactly who our neighbours are – because they are probably much closer and much more real than we comprehend.
Suria and a group of passionate, powerful woman in the South African and International community have decided to stand up and speak against Human Trafficking and modern day slavery. Their project is called the Climb4Freedom and their intention is to raise funds, raise awareness and truimphantly summit Mt Kilimanjaro in January 2012.
Some background from their website:
What is THE FREEDOM CLIMB? Women from across the globe will begin their ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on January 11, 2012, the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the U.S. Climbers will be raising awareness, prayers, and finances for women and children being oppressed, enslaved, exploited and trafficked. The Freedom Climb goal for 2012 is to affect the lives of 10,000 women through projects that break the cycles of poverty, shame, slavery, and despair. These projects include micro-loans, education, skills training, and protection from exploitation.
Why Mt. Kilimanjaro? The highest mountain in Africa, its summit is known as Uhuru Peak. Uhuru is the Swahili word for freedom. Climbing Kilimanjaro is symbolic of the huge climb to freedom faced daily by millions of enslaved women and children worldwide.
Why a climb? The story of women from different cultures, climbing Kilimanjaro on behalf of other women, is already drawing interest. As the story continues to be told, many will hear the cry for freedom of women and children being oppressed. The climb will be documented each day, escalating the voice of advocacy on behalf of women’s freedom issues. And this is what the Lord compels His children to do, to:
“speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves” and “see that they get justice.” (Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT)
Every woman has the ability to change the world around her. Every one of us has the ability to make a significant difference – we only need to take the first bold step. Will you join me?
Look out for more about the Climb 4 Freedom, right here (soon, I promise).
And just for today, I am switching from coffee to water.