Thursday, July 5, 2012

the a21 campaign

I was telling some of my family about the mission trip I just returned from. I was explaining what we did - hand out bottles of water, help deliver food with Meals on Wheels - and my mom was able to summarize it quite nicely. She said "so you helped them with their outreaches." We didn't do anything majorly big but were there to provide extra hands and feet, allowing the Dream Center to do things that maybe they haven't been able to because they simply didn't have the numbers to carry it out. We helped them love the people they reach out to.

The first organization I want to feature this month is The A21 campaign. I first heard about them when listening to a podcast by Holly Furtick. Their mission is to help rescue those enslaved in human trafficking. They opened their first shelter in 2008 in Greece and last year in the Ukraine. They're hoping to open a third one in Bulgaria this year. "We do not claim to be the "experts" and recognize that our fight for justice has only just begun, but The A21 Campaign rings true through the famous words of Margaret Mead, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." The campaign stands for Abolishing Injustice in the 21st Century. 

The quote at the top of the "Who We Are" page strikes a chord in me: 

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  1. LOVE that quote by Edmund Burke!! So awesome you were able to go on a mission trip! How do you feel that it changed you?

    1. Something we all talked about was perspective. I don't want to be so focused on my life that I fail to see those I'm walking by. We saw SO many people in NY that faces just became a blur as we hurried from one point to the other. I don't want that to be the norm for me. I want to see those around me and their need. I think for all of us that went, it was a wake-up call to look beyond us and our little world.