Even the guys are doing it… #500project
Earlier this year at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in the heart of our city, we held our annual women's Colour Conference. I sat in the session where Pastor Bobbie and some of our Hillsong Sisterhood team shared so compassionately about many situations all around our world today… Some stories were devastating, some horrific and some well outright tragic. However as a company of women our local sisterhood was inspired and given a mandate that they could all play a part in making a difference. The 500 Project was presented! coloursisterhood.com/500project
So everyone was given a metal tin with “the 500 project” on it. It seemed to me like a great idea, but I certainly wasn't prepared for what happened next.
All the amazing women put loose change into their tins and into the tins of each other… then thousands of women raised the tins in the air and began to shake them…. it sounded thunderous, like a jet fighter pilot flying in low over your head and the moment was extremely powerful. (I can still hear the noise as I think about it). Pastor Bobbie declared “it's the sound of freedom”.
Anyways as I sat there, I was completely moved to hear that there are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in human history, with an estimated 27 million in bondage across the globe. Men, but mostly women, and children are being exploited for manual and sexual labour against their will.
And that THE AVERAGE AGE OF TRAFFICKING VICTIMS IS 12 YEARS OLD. When did this ever become ok?? It isn't!!!
Women and children are often kidnapped into the industry or sold into it by family under desperate circumstances. The average age of victims continues to grow younger as clients seek “fresh” product.
I was deeply challenged and thought to myself, what could I do. I know I can't do everything but surely I can do something. Pastor Brian always says “do what's in your hand and you will fulfil what's in your heart”. So I thought what's in my hand? And this thought bubbled up from the inside of me….”Kick a goal, save a girl”.
You see I play indoor soccer with a bunch of really good mates and so after chatting with them, we decided we could together make a difference.
“KICK A GOAL, SAVE A GIRL”
1. Human trafficking is not OK. People matter & are valuable
2. Men are the major cause of human trafficking
3. Soccer is the most played sport on the planet (mostly by men)
4. Majority of men want to win & score goals. (Well at least the ones I know do).
5. For every goal we score as a team, we each put in $1 per goal. (For instance if we score 5 goals in a game, every player puts in $5. Which accumulates to 5 goals at $5per player x 9 players on team = $45 for that game) by the end of a season we could possibly have filled a few 500 project tins.
6. Jerseys & Socks are pink to represent women, with A21 logo & the 500 Project on jerseys.
7. Together we can do something to make a difference WHILE doing something that we love.
If you would like you can get on board and donate to a 500 project you can through the website coloursisterhood.com Or contact me if you would like to start up your own team and do something similar & hopefully I can help set you on the right course ([email protected]).
Please be praying for us!!
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