I had a dream. A dream that was an answer to a prayer. And I would like to tell you about this dream, because you can be a part of the answer to a prayer and a dream.
My husband and I lost our 16-year-old son, when he was riding a bike. He was hit by a car. We have experienced every parent’s nightmare. We have lost a child. In our country, we are part of a minority of people. In other countries it is much more common to lose a child. However, whether it is common or not, it is a horrible, heart rendering event, that will ripple through our lives until we ourselves die.
Most families who lose a child strive to find meaning in it – their child meant everything to them, and they want their child’s life to continue to have meaning here on this earth.
We are no different – we started a trust in Sean’s name, and have a yearly bicycling event to honor his memory and raise money for his trust.
Each year we have given the money to help those who are less fortunate, to something that we thought Sean would especially like – to help families overseas or locally. As we have done so, we have prayed for God to show us specifically how to give this money.
Last month, I had a dream, that we believe was God’s way of showing us how to direct the money we receive, and to ask others to think about their personal giving in a different way.
The dream involved searching for our son, Sean, and finding him helping children who were kidnapped or sold by their families into the sex slave industry.
It is horrifying to think about, but it is happening, and I think God wants us all to do something, anything, to stop it from happening, and to help the victims of this evil crime.
One of the reasons it happens is that families don’t have enough to feed their families, and they actually sell their children to survive. Organizations like: Women At Risk, and Market Colors help families by employing women to make products that they sell, providing great products at reasonable prices for an amazing purpose – to help families economically, restoring their ability to provide for their children. This is just a small piece of what they do to help, but this piece is where you and I can help.
Please go to these links to find presents for your families for Christmas:
You will help your children by giving them great gifts, and you will help the children of the world. You will also find out more about what these organizations do, and other ways you can intersect with them to help.
You can also give money to Samaritan’s Purse, World Vision and World Orphans. They each fulfill a purpose that helps families, refuges and orphans. This in turn stops the Sex Slave industry before it can get a hold of these precious children. I have included their links here:
If any of you know of any other worthy organizations that battle the Sex Slave Epidemic, also known as Human Trafficking, please share the links in the Facebook comments or the comments on this blog. We all need to work together to do whatever we can, wherever we can to fight, fight, fight against this evil.
Thank you for reading this blog, and praying and taking action,
The Stanton Family
PS In this picture, Sean was standing by Plymouth Rock in Massachusetts, trying to be a serious, as he was usually not serious. But about this issue, Sean would be very serious.