What does it mean to have a heart for justice – or a movement which uses power to “set things right” – as God does? On the weekend edition of Live the Promise, Bethany Hoang of International Justice Mission joins Susie to share her passion for seeing others set free in Jesus’ Name.
For Bethany, her story started in college.
“I had come to understand who Jesus is when I was in high school… when I was in college I started to experience a lot of deepening roots. It was life-transforming. That was when I first saw this Isaiah 58 scripture… I started to see the spiritual darkness where the light needs to come. I knew a lot about slavery from 150 years ago, but I didn’t know there are around 36 million people in slavery today.”
Bethany saw a poster of a young girl in college that stopped her in her tracks. It said “slavery is alive” and “rape for profit must be stopped.” From there, Bethany became involved with International Justice Mission and is currently working to end human trafficking. “There are girls as young as five years old that we’ve rescued out of the slave trade.”
Bethany unpacks several steps we can take to partner with God in the justice calling:
• Pray and intercede.
• Study the Bible.
• Identify justice-oriented organizations you can learn from.
• Take stock of the justice needs in your own community.
• Share stories with your friends, coworkers, neighbors, and kids about people suffering injustice.
• Host an event in your home.
• Join an advocacy group in your city, or start one of your own.
• Read all you can.
For more information on the justice movement, see Bethany’s article written for Today’s Christian Woman.
Key Scriptures: Isaiah 58:1-12; John 10:10; Psalm 89:14
Theme Song: When the Saints by Sara Groves
Highlight : How God confused an angry mob
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