Brian Jennings
Trustee, Blackbox International

For millions of people who have walked on this earth, the word “enslaved” would strike at their very core. It might cause fear, anger, depression, anxiety, rage, hopelessness, or a mixture of all of the above.

For those of us who have not lived in this nightmare, it’s probably easy to say the word without those attached emotions. But we can hear stories, we can pray, and we can work to alleviate suffering. The more we do these things, the more we align our hearts with God’s heart.

As I’ve worked with Blackbox International, many things have struck me. I’d like to share two of them:

1. There are 400,000 enslaved boys, and each one has a story.

2. God loves each of these boys more than I can even love my own sons.

It’s hard to read very far in Scripture without seeing how much God cares for the oppressed, neglected and forgotten. Recently, I read Jeremiah 30:8-9. It is a good prayer for these boys (regardless of their specific situations). Perhaps it can move you closer to God’s heart as you dwell on it.

“In that day,” declares the Lord Almighty, “I will break the yoke off their necks and will tear off their bonds; no longer will foreigners enslave them. Instead, they will serve the Lord their God.”