Have you ever been so desperate? Desperate for love, desperate for money, desperate for attention. My family and I have just packed up our whole lives and moved from Ukraine to Australia. For the last 3 weeks we have been looking for a house to rent. I’ve been pretty desperate for a house. I have been longing to get settled again. I have been longing to have a place to call home, but not so desperate that I would take something that was a little below my standards or something that I didn’t think would meet the needs of my family.  I am definitely not desperate enough that I would do just about anything to get any house. Thankfully I’m not in a situation where I need to be so desperate. We were rejected a few times as we applied for many rental houses and I must admit it was pretty disappointing, but I did have the loving support of family, friends and churches encouraging me not to give up. I had the assurance that God would provide something in his good timing. That’s another thing I have; a very good knowledge of my God providing my every need. So what causes such desperation that ends up leading to someone falling into the trap of being trafficked? For men and women in Ukraine the lack of finances in a critical situation leads many to seek jobs from unreliable sources. Promises of salaries for jobs advertised in local papers, that are just not true lead people down a dark road. Many people need extra finances for medical needs, or tragedies that occur. I read recently that young women from Ukraine are so desperate to get out of their country that the idea of prostitution in another country is more attractive than their life in Ukraine. Girls in orphanages with little hope of future jobs are an easy target for traffickers. Boys from orphanages are easy targets to become trafficker. Apparently a quarter of Europe’s prostitutes are Ukrainians. This is why I am so excited to see Hope 61 started in Ukraine. To educate churches and believers to seeing the importance of being a strong voice in their communities, reaching out and loving those in desperate need. To bring the hope of Jesus to the lives of those who so desperately need Him. To help people be aware of the dangers and traps that so many have fallen into, and that they could be vulnerable to.  To see the captives set free!image

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