Recently, the horrific realities of human trafficking have been discussed more prevalently on social media. It’s amazing to see this coming to light, and I love that people want to do something about it!
But it can be hard to figure out what to do. Human trafficking is such a huge issue. Between 2012 and 2016, there were over 24,000 identified cases of sex trafficking in the United States (source 1). That doesn’t even include the cases in the rest of the world, labor trafficking, or sex trafficking that wasn’t caught.
With thousands upon thousands of victims, how can we possibly make a dent?
I had a class to teach in just a few hours, and I had no idea how I was going to go about it.
It’s not that I didn’t know the material—I know it quite well. I was going to teach some Civil Air Patrol cadets about propaganda and how leaders can recognize it. I had known that the class was coming up, but somehow didn’t end up making a lesson plan until the day of the class.
The computer screen and I had a staring contest for a while. Having virtual meetings makes it harder to keep peoples’ attention, and everyone uses Kahoot quizzes. I’ve done so myself. They’re great, but I wanted something different.
I searched up various resources and tried in vain to remember how I learned it in the hopes that I could transfer that method to the cadets. But no matter how much effort I put into it, I couldn’t seem to find an interesting way to teach it.
Despite my tight deadline, I did the only thing I could think of: I stopped working on it.
Two days ago, the ambulance bumped along the road. Outside the windows, it was dark. Inside, I sat on the bench seat near the frail lady on the stretcher.
Besides my usual gloves, I also wore an N-95 mask and gown. The lady had COVID-19.
We were taking her from the hospital to hospice where she would spend her last days in isolation, with only minimal contact with anyone because of the disease.
It’s easy to talk about what’s going wrong.
If you scroll through social media, a good half of the posts are about COVID-19 or the stay-at-home order. People talk about isolation, loneliness, and fear. They discuss the political, medical, financial, and social issues which have sprung up.
Other people try to see the bright side. They talk about the joy they’ve found from being at home with their families, or the new hobbies they’ve picked up, or the amazing progress they’ve made in projects. Some talk about how relieved they are to have some downtime and others talk about how thankful they are to be able to continue working. And some talk about the incredible ways people have banded together to help others, even from a distance.
We’re inclined to be happy that people are seeing the bright side. We say that they’re spreading joy and hope, and we commend them for staying positive instead of focusing on the negative. And certainly, this is a good thing.
But that’s not the ultimate joy.
I’m not nervous about COVID-19. Whatever happens, God is still in control.
That said, I’m absolutely a huge advocate of taking quick, determined action. My area has had over four hundred confirmed cases and several fatalities, and that number is rapidly growing.
Even so, it’s been quiet for me so far. Other than one day a week at my ambulance shifts, I’ve been home for the past three and a half weeks. It’s given me a good chance to do some cyber people-watching.
One interesting theme is discussions Christians are having about what the church should be doing during this time. After all, we’re supposed to help the needy, meet together, and reach out to the world with the love of Christ. But how can we do that if we’re stuck at home?
Ever tried to learn a new skill, but felt like you were no good at it?
Or perhaps it's a new year's resolution that you're afraid won't work out for you.
Maybe it's a new hobby you want to pick up, but you'd probably embarrass yourself.
But there's a way to take yourself from a beginner to at least decently good. You can't be an expert at everything, but you can move from a pathetically small skill level to something that you can be proud of.
“EMS #### dispatched for a 42-year-old male with breathing difficulties. Caller stated that the problem began about fifteen minutes ago. The patient is conscious and has no history of cardiac problems.”
Our ambulance rolls up to the house. As soon as my partner stops the vehicle, I dart into the back to grab the bag of supplies and hurry to go inside. Then I freeze.
There are two doors, either of which could be a valid way in.
As Christians, we know that it’s good to ask for prayer. Though God doesn’t say “yes” to all of our requests, we know that he wants us to ask him for what we need.
Sometimes, though, when we’re asking for prayer, we say things that aren’t necessary. Sometimes, we even say things that are downright wrong.
Let's take a look at these things and see what the Bible says about them.
It’s great to talk about making a difference in the world, but it’s another thing to actually do it.
“Shouldn’t volunteering be a rational decision, not based on an emotion like feeling inspired?” you might ask. "You know... it's good to do things even when we don't feel motivation."
Yes… and no.
Hi, I'm Rachel. I write adventure stories, but I can't let my characters have all the adventures.