My Soul Shall be Joyful: a HOPE61 Spotlight

A HOPE61 Spotlight begins with an interview of eleven questions. Normally I don’t ask myself questions, but other HOPE61 personnel asked me to tell you a little of where I fit in.

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My name is Emily Rinehart and a year and a half ago I received The Call. Not the God call, the call from Joyce, letting me know I’d been accepted to work with One Mission Society (OMS) and with HOPE61. By my senior year at Houghton College I only knew I wanted to work in Western Europe in some sort of anti-trafficking work. I was also determined that I would not be a missionary. In November 2010 I attended the first One Weekend at OMS headquarters. During those three days God reminded me how much He loves me personally. I felt as if I’d met Jesus for the first time, and I couldn’t refuse when He led me to be a missionary.

Beginning in February I’ll spend a few months in Australia working with OMS offices in Australia and New Zealand. After I return home and complete my fundraising, I’ll follow God’s call to Dublin, Ireland. In the past few months I’ve done something I thought I never would: worked in an office. Happily, the OMS office is much more fun than most offices. It turns out that Writing was the right college path, as I’ve been privileged to help fine-tune HOPE61 curriculum, begin this blog, work on our Facebook and Twitter accounts, co-write an info packet, and begin writing a new project for overseas use.

I’ve also been able to gain a clearer understanding of the HOPE61 vision and see how much it reflects my own. HOPE61 recognizes the importance of rescue and after-care for victims of human trafficking, and we praise God for those who are called to that work. But we are called to prevent vulnerable eleven-year-old girls safe from ever experiencing brutal rape; to make sure the man laboring daily to provide for his family is never cheated out of his wages and beat almost to death. Our focus on prevention is unique, as is our belief that intentional evangelism must be the foremost tool of anti-trafficking work. Among hundreds of anti-trafficking groups, we’ve never found another that does what HOPE61 does. We see “social justice” as irrevocably tied to missionary work. It can be a challenge to share this vision with others, but it’s one that I’m personally committed to.

Now that I know the truth about slavery, I cannot ignore it. I believe God has enabled me to be a loud-mouth for His causes. I believe we gain power against evil when we speak the truth against it. What is greater truth than the name of Jesus? I believe sharing this with national churches, encouraging them to seek justice and to stop human trafficking by sharing God’s plan of salvation – that will make a difference.

Justice is more than the discipline of the law. It is emotional, passionate, and an all-consuming desire for every individual soul to live as God intended. That is, with love, in peace, caring for others more than ourselves and most importantly, praising Jesus Christ as Lord. One of my favorite scriptures reflecting this justice is Isaiah 62:4.

“You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called Hepzibah, and your land Beulah; for the LORD delights in you…”

I’m eager to create a strong partnership with OMS Australia and OMS New Zealand. I’m burdened for Ireland and I can’t wait to be there. I dream of one day going to Mediterranean Europe as an OMS and HOPE61 missionary.

And I dream about freedom: those heavenly moments on earth when Jesus Christ is worshiped as Redeemer; when a person is safe to express their deepest joy or sorrow, and it doesn’t matter if they’re a boy, or a girl. Their skin color doesn’t mean anything but beautiful and age and origin are celebrations. That is freedom.

How can you be a part of those moments?

For more on my upcoming adventures, check out my website at www.catchcolorjustice.com

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