7/9 ARRIVED in New Orleans! 1704 Miles paddled downstream to fight the upstream battle against the injustice of human trafficking.
Down the River with the Upstream Team
The Big Picture
Everyday we go about our lives either unaware of social injustice in our world or lacking in compassion for them. There exists in our world a multitude of injustices, not the least which, is human sex trafficking. The facts are:
- Human trafficking is the world’s third largest criminal enterprise, after drugs and weapons.
- Worldwide, there are nearly two million children in the commercial sex trade.
- There are an estimated 600,000 to 800,000 children, women and men trafficked across international borders annually.
- Approximately 80 percent of human trafficking victims are women and girls, and up to 50 percent are minors.
- Sex trafficking is an engine of the global AIDS epidemic.
Throughout the world oppressors choose to indulge their selfish and brutal urges and dominate the defenseless. The world is not going to simply change on its own.
As a trio, we are kayaking down the Mississippi River, starting in
The International Justice Mission (IJM) is an organization that rescues victims of violence, sexual exploitation, slavery, and oppression. They are extremely active in the fight against sex trafficking. Their strategy is four-fold:
- Victim Relief- Rescuing sex trafficking victims
- Perpetrator Accountability- Prosecuting those responsible
- Victim Aftercare- Facilitating the recovery of victims and providing alternate means of income.
- Structural Prevention- Promoting functioning public justice systems.
We have chosen to partner with IJM because we believe and support the work they do in the battle against sex trafficking.
There are several ways to support our cause by giving to the International Justice Mission:
- Online donations can be made to the IJM website.
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- Checks can be made out to "CBU" and sent to: ATTN: ISP - Box #1146 California Baptist University, 8432 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504 Write "Upstream Battle" in the Comment Line of the check
If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, July 11, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Thank you all so much for the ways in which you have blessed us with your prayers, comments, and all the other things that you have done. It has been so encouraging having that support along the river, and we cannot tell you enough how much we appreciate it. As we complete the trip, please do not let this be the end of praying for the fight against Human Trafficking and for IJM, but please continue to pray for justice to be seen in the lives of the oppressed.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Things I Have Learned On The Mississippi River.
- Just because a sandbar is there at night doesn't necessarily mean it will be there in the morning.
- Deer are very strong swimmers.
- The song "You Are My Sunshine" was written about a man's horse (we saw the horse's grave in St. Joe's, LA.)
- Berries float and honeydue sinks.
- Bald Eagles aren't really endangered...they are all just in Iowa.
- Don't bother trying to catch up to Justin until he is ready to be caught up to.
- Don't bother estimating mileage because Tim's guess will be more accurate anyway.
- Churches in the South are suprised to learn that there are Christians in California (bonus lesson: Dr. Mooney is right about everything).
- Catfish can grow to be as large as a VW bug (...or so they say).
- Just because a city is named after a state doesn't mean it is a large city (Arkansas City, pop. 400).
- $20 tents don't keep out rain.
- Bug spray doesn't work on gnats.
- If you can get used to it, holding a few ounces of water in your mouth will cool down your whole body.
- Vicksburg, MS did not celebrate the 4th of July for 100 years because it was on the 4th that the city fell to U.S. Grant and the North.
- Apparently, you aren't supposed to hide under a bridge during a tornado.
- Kayaking the Mississippi River is hard.