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We Picked A Fight And It’s Gritty

December 3, 2012

Recently, I wrote a post about how it was time to¬†pick a fight. I felt like a big, brave girl saying this since I haven’t picked a real fight once in my life! I did get a black eye once, but it was from a fast, flying baseball, not someone’s knuckles. ūüôā

The fight I was talking about picking was a fight to help people who need a voice. It was a fight to give, because I can. To help, because I can. And, to get involved in something much bigger than myself.

It was time to do something about the DOING SOMETHING part of my faith as a Christian. Time to be a part of something big, bold, edgy, and gritty.

Well, the fight has been picked. And, it IS big, bold, edgy and gritty indeed.

Exodus Road

We were asked to join The Exodus Road in their fight against child slavery in South East Asia. We said yes immediately. We are absolutely thrilled to help!

This is a little blurb about Exodus Road their mission.

“We’re a non-profit organization that fights modern-day slavery through covert investigations. Our coalition of operatives work together to gather evidence and conduct rescues for those trapped in sexual slavery.”

Currently, the sale, transport, and abuse of the poor is an easy, accessible avenue for money in SE Asia. Because of poverty, many people are desperate for money and therefore easily tricked, kidnapped, and transported to neighboring countries to be sold as slaves.

Exodus Road was founded by Matt Parker and his wife, Laura. They were missionaries in SE Asia and saw a need. They decided to act and Exodus Road was born. (Read here to get more of the story.)

We are just getting up to speed on the issue. The more we read the more our hearts are aching to help. The need is huge.

Here are just a few of the facts on human trafficking.

      • There are more modern-day slaves right now than at any other point in human history.
      • Currently, an estimated 27 million people worldwide are forced to work in slave labor camps with little or no pay or are trapped in brothels in sexual slavery (This figure is highly debated and estimates range from 10 million to 30 million).
      • Human trafficking is the 3rd most lucrative illegal crime globally, behind the sale of guns and drugs.
      • It is estimated that every sixty seconds, two children are sold for sex worldwide.
      • The average cost of a slave is $90.

This is the fight we have joined!

We will be assisting Exodus Road in¬†raising awareness and fundraising for investigations. The investigations fall under the targeted intervention area of fighting human trafficking, which is Exodus Road’s focus. Targeted intervention involves:

      • Undercover investigations, including evidence gathering (preferably with a video recording device)
      • Raids and rescues, in collaboration with the local police force
      • The legal prosecution of criminals within the local court system

What you can expect:

This is new for us. So, we look forward to enlightening ourselves as well as you along the way.

We will be writing a post 1 or 2 times a month relaying information firsthand from Exodus Road.

We are also working on funding 2 raids. Each raid rescues one child. Our goal is to get 2 children rescued!

Ways you can get involved

Help us bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking. You can do this by connecting with Exodus Road on facebook and twitter. Also, by sharing this post on Facebook and Twitter.

In addition, you can join us and others in picking a fight by helping us fundraise enough to fully fund 2 raids.

Each raid costs approximately $1,400 So, we are excited to raise $2,800 by December 31, 2012!

Join us! We have some fun bonuses for those of you who would like to join us by donating. There just may be some badges, homemade cookies, and amazing books in the mix! ūüėČ

To go to our fundraising page and find out more, click here.

Online fundraising for Michael & Claudia Good fundraising for The Exodus Road

Thanks to all of you for your participation in any way, shape, or form! We, as always, appreciate each of you and your constant support here.

Feel free to email us if you have any questions.

 

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17 Comments

  • Reply Joe Lalonde December 3, 2012 at 6:13 am

    Awesome guys. Glad to know you guys joined the fight as well. The Exodus Road sounds very exciting and I’m glad we’re all a part of it.

    • Reply Claudia Good December 3, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Joe!
      Yes, we saw you on the list as well! So excited to join up with you and so many other awesome people! Did you first hear of Exodus Road through Justin Lukasavige?

      • Reply Joe Lalonde December 3, 2012 at 8:52 pm

        It’s quite exciting. Should be a great group doing great things, just like we should be.

        And Justin is the man. He’s the one that let me in on what was going on.

  • Reply Ann Musico December 3, 2012 at 7:18 am

    It’s heartbreaking to think this goes on today.¬† Not surprised you are involved!¬† What a truly worthwhile cause.

    • Reply Claudia Good December 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      oops this posted twice…

      Hi Ann!

    • Reply Claudia Good December 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      I know Ann! Honestly I was hardly aware of this before… ignorant honestly. We are excited to see where it all leads…¬†

  • Reply Jenny Everett December 3, 2012 at 11:16 am

    This is very exciting!  My husband, Tim just watched, Machine Gun Preacher.  Its about the true-life story of Sam Childers, a drug dealer who turns his life around to
    become a spiritual warrior. His mission? Rescuing child soldiers in the Sudan
    from lives ruined by their forced participation in bloody conflict.¬† Its on Netflix.¬† Tim said, “Its a powerful movie!”¬† Men are called to protect and its a great example of that!¬† I will be in touch with our contribution.

    http://dvd.netflix.com/Search?v1=Machine+Gun+Preacher&ac_abs_posn=1&fcld=true&ac_rel_posn=1&ac_category_type=movie&raw_query=machine+&raw_query=machine

    • Reply Claudia Good December 3, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Oh cool Jenny! Thanks for the link! It looks… wow, compelling to say the least. Excited to check it out.¬†

      Always blessed by your comments and ideas sis ūüôā

      We need to schedule our chat! 

      • Reply Jenny Everett December 4, 2012 at 9:43 am

        Maybe after the holidays?

  • Reply Michael Wright December 3, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    It’s hard to believe the evil in the world. ¬†Thank you for being a tangible part of a great ministry. ¬†Is giving a life back to a child worth a measly $1,400? ¬†Oh, yes it is and so much more!

    • Reply Claudia Good December 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Definitely, definitely Michael! 

  • Reply Laura Parker December 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks so so much guys. It’s really exciting to have you both on board. I loved this post– gave me chills and massive amounts of encouragement.

    Can’t wait journey forward with ya’ll!

    Gratefully,

    Laura Parker

    • Reply Claudia Good December 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Hey Laura!
      Thanks so much for reaching out to us! We are more than thrilled to help!

      Hey, by the way I checked out your blog and your other sites! You are a busy lady, and your putting out some great stuff! Love how you are pursuing life and your gifts in the area of writing. I love how you said writing helps you process life. I can relate!

      Blessings to you and your fam today!

  • Reply Justin Lukasavige December 4, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I’m so glad to have you guys on our side. I can tell we’re going to do a lot of good together.

    • Reply Claudia Good December 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Justin,
      Hey, cheers to you for gathering us all together. Great idea!!

      I don’t know if Michael told you or not, but the crazy part is that I was literally thinking about contact you that day to see whether we could help with anything you were doing with Exodus Road. So, glad you asked!

      Rock on!

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