"Hello, my name is Andrea Bosque and I am from Guatemala. I decided to do my community hours with Jars of Hope because all my friends were doing their community hours with this organization. At first, I didn’t know what this organization was about but as Jenn (the founder of this organization) started to talk about the purpose of this organization Jesus sparked something in my heart. He told me that my heart needs to break for what breaks his heart.
Through this semester I have learned that slavery still exists, but more important people are slaves to sin. The father’s heart is broken when he sees his sons and daughters in this condition. As Christians we have to lead people to freedom and freedom’s name is Jesus Christ. Freedom has to be physically and spiritually and as Christians, we are called to deliver both. This organization offers practical ways to fulfill our calling."
I volunteer for Jars of Hope because like most people I was very apathetic when it came to human trafficking. That was until I saw their necklaces and decided to buy one and follow them on Instagram. The topic of anti-human trafficking kept on appearing in my life and that was when I decided that I wanted to learn more. I joined Jars of Hope because I wanted to know why so many people were passionate about stopping human trafficking. Like most people I thought that human trafficking was not as prevalent as it is in the world today. Volunteering for Jars of Hope has taught me so much about human trafficking and has made me passionate about bringing awareness to the topic and educating people about it.
Awareness. We lack awareness. Jars of Hope is helping to bridge this gap and create awareness concerning human trafficking. Without a doubt it has done this for me. Individuals are trafficked every hour of every day, all over this planet. Take a breath and think about that. It is devastating. It is vast. It is continuing to grow. There is hope. In God's strength, Jars of Hope is seeking to change this. I now have a part in the fight against human trafficking. I am so thankful to be contributing to break these chains. People are valuable to Jars of Hope because people value to God. What an inspiration! What hope! As John 16:33 tells us, "I have said these things to you, that you may have peace. In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world" (ESV). This ministry is striving after the heart of God, and it is a privilege to be able to serve.
Over a year ago, I attended a movie night hosted by Jars of Hope. The movie was titled, "Sold," and showed the story of an Indian child who was sold into sex trafficking. Before that night, I had hardly considered the gravity of human trafficking, but that movie opened my eyes to the depravity of man and a fraction of the pain that people experience daily, even as we speak. God used Jars of Hope to not only give me an understanding of human trafficking, but also to give me an opportunity to act. I understand now the value of awareness, the value of fighting misconceptions about prostitution, and above all the value of praying not only for the victims of, but also for the perpetrators of human trafficking. I volunteer with Jars because I know every conversation, prayer, and necklace makes a difference. I volunteer for the men and women I know who have been mistreated. I volunteer because He commands us to use the lives He gives us to speak out against injustice and trust in His power to heal and restore. I want to serve the Lord obedience; I refuse to be silent where noise is needed. Know that your actions don't have to be extravagant. Every act helps, no matter how small, so pray and start conversations. Make people aware, because that makes a difference.