Many years ago, I was asked this question: “If you could do anything in the world, and there were no obstacles to you doing it, what would you want to do?” My answer was and still is: “To stop children from being abused!”
I have always loathed injustice. I have always wanted to use my voice to speak out against it. I have always wanted to create that kind of difference in the world that would break the shackles of oppression, provide hope to the broken in spirit, and war on behalf of the outcast, the hungry, the downtrodden and the forgotten. It’s no secret that I was born with an activist heart.
There should never be a time when even one man, woman or child is left to starve or feel unloved. Or where the strong are permitted to abuse their power and position to afflict the weak. We were created to care for one another. We were created to love!
Injustice has many facets: it is abusive; it is destructive; it is evil. But Justice has many facets, too. Justice wars with love, compassion, empathy, mercy and a generous spirit that desires with its all to give what the weak may need to rise up from underneath all oppression. Justice is destined to triumph, because it is so deeply embedded in love. Justice will triumph – because 1 Corinthians 13:8 confirms to us that ‘love never fails’.
One of my favorite portions of Scripture is 2 Samuel 22. Here, in verse 35 we read:
Teaching my hands for battle, so that my arms bend a bow of bronze.
My hands were created for battle; they were intended for war. They were not given for me to be idle. They were not given for me to be silent. So, in the midst of more injustice and oppression than my fragile heart can bear, I will arise: with faith at my core, compassion stirring up my conscience, courage in my bones, boldness embedded in my flesh, and with love being the fabric of the essence of my humanity. I will arise – and break out of all silence, break out of all shackles, and I will ROAR against abuse.
Below, is where you will hear the thunder of my roar:
The 24/7 Word Prayer Initiative
Prayer is the most powerful weapon of war against oppression and abuse.
The 24/7 Word Prayer initiative was birthed in a home on a smallholding in the Limpopo province near Bella Bella, in South Africa. There they have prayer warriors on duty in the prayer room throughout every hour, every day.
Yahweh has multiplied this two fish and five loaves of bread into a widespread network of similar groups around the country, each with their own name. I joined the 24/7 Eternal Word group in June 2016 and celebrated 150 days of praying with this team of prayer warriors in March 2017.
Women’s International Zionist Organization [WIZO]
WIZO is a non-party, international movement, committed to empowering women in all spheres of society in Israel. Their goal is to improve the lives of vulnerable women and children of all races, nationality and religion, which they do through training and social welfare services.
Funds are raised through membership and various fundraising initiatives. This enables them to support over 800 educational and social welfare projects and assist more than 52 000 infants and children. WIZO SA supports the following projects, which provides education, housing and a safe place in society where women and children can be loved and rehabilitated into a better quality of life.
Neve WIZO consist of 5 townhouses in Herzlia, where each of the house-parents provide a loving, healthy and nurturing family environment for 8-9 children who have been removed from their homes by the court. The children attend school, sports and extra-mural activities. All necessary rehabilitative measures are taken to nurture the children and empower them to overcome their struggles and circumstances.
Three Day-Care Centers
Chorley DCC in Kfar Saba, Raya Jaglom DCC in Jerusalem and Inez Bernstein (Weizman) DCC in Tel Aviv, are day-care centers that provide assistance for hundreds of mothers, new immigrants and children from problematic families, as well as ordinary Israeli citizens. Their services extend to inviting parents in poorer neighborhoods to share in a cooked meal with their children. They also offer special programs designed to empower parents to improve the care of their infants and older children. A number of these day-care centers also work with autistic children.
Beit Halochem is focused on providing innovative therapies, supervision and care for severely-maimed veterans of Israeli wars and victims of terrorist attacks, to be rehabilitated, holistically. It consists of 3 well-equipped centers, where attention is also given to the families of the veterans and victims, with the aim of equipping the entire family with the psychological, physical and practical support they need to cope with disabilities, and the trauma experienced by each member of the family as a result of these disabilities.
For more information on WIZO, please refer to their website at: http://www.wizo.co.za.
Is this not the fast that I have chosen: to loosen the tight cords of wrongness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to exempt the oppressed, and to break off every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked, and cover him, and not hide yourself from your own flesh?