“In the midst of darkness, light persists” –Gandhi
When I picture what an abolitionist looks like, I think of people who believe that there is hope in the world—that the world is more than an endless stream of bad news. I also think of people who do not abdicate their place in doing good to the “important people.” To me, an abolitionist is someone who believes that there is hope and that there is light in the world, despite the darkness.
Some may say that being hopeful is naive, cliche, or an overstated notion, but the nearness and frequency of those voices do not make them accurate. The modern abolitionist does not only celebrate the amazing accomplishments of a few people, but rather does the faithful work of persistent hope—let’s be honest, staying hopeful and resisting cynicism can be hard work.
At Love146, we have the privilege of connecting with people from very different walks of life, yet who are united by a common goal—the end of child trafficking and exploitation. Nothing less. We see this goal being given wings by acts of generosity, from collecting loose change around a middle school to running 1,000 miles across Europe to raise funds. By joining us, you add your name to so many others who are putting their hope into action.
One of the things that gives me great hope is our Monthly Partners: the people who are committed to donating each and every month.
Monthly Partners are a part of the bedrock of our work of protecting and restoring children affected by trafficking and exploitation. By creating a consistent and predictable stream of funds, our Monthly Partners create stability and sustainability. This not only makes our work possible, it makes it thrive: Monthly Partners allow us to look forward and envision a world where child trafficking and exploitation no longer exists.
Because of our Monthly Partners, I am reminded that in the midst of such a dark issue, light remains. You and I may never have our names placed next to MLK, William Wilberforce, or Nelson Mandela, but we are abolitionists just the same. We are people who believe the children we partner with are yet to see their brightest days. We move forward with that hope.
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