A drop in the ocean

Andre* and his wife, along with around twenty believers from the town’s churches, went out into the streets during the evenings of 21-22 December to give away Christmas presents to women caught up in prostitution. The members of several churches had wrapped up the gift parcels, each of which contained a “Mary Magdalena” DVD – the story of Jesus through the eyes of a woman. One volunteer shared her thoughts:

“I was struck by just how young these girls were, and by how vulnerable they were as the result of their loneliness and the weather conditions. I am the mother of two daughters, ages 22 and 18. When I thought of them I felt a deep anger. When the girls opened their gifts, I saw their faces light up like children’s do. The contrast between the work they do against their will, and the young girls they still are on the inside, was dramatic. How great their suffering must be! And how can the municipal authorities allow such things, when they’ve only recently inaugurated the “Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery”? It’s painfully obvious that the struggle is not yet over because this form of contemporary slavery does not simply exist, but is flourishing. The gift distribution provided these young girls with a moment of gentleness. And even if it’s only a drop in the ocean, it still constitutes a human touch. Let’s carry on hoping for a better life for them through our praying and acting, as we are encouraged to do in Matthew 25:40: ” …whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
*name changed
Region: Europe
Country: France
Credit: OM International ©2013