Will you dare to Uncover Your Eyes?

7 Jul

I ‘ooo’ and I ‘ahh’ over the Proverbs 31 woman.
I hear mothers pray these verses over their daughter softly sleeping in their rooms at night.
I hear mothers pray these verses over their small son’s future wife.
I hear Mothers pray this passage over themselves. Perhaps silently laughing at the irony of it.
But what of verses eight and nine? Do we forget about those?

“OPEN YOUR MOUTH FOR THE DUMB, FOR THE RIGHTS OF ALL WHO ARE LEFT DESOLATE AND DEFENSELESS.
OPEN YOUR MOUTH, JUDGE RIGHTEOUSLY AND ADMINISTER JUSTICE FOR THE POOR AND NEEDY.” 

How Long will I cover my eyes to the Enslaved? How Long will I cork my ears to the cry’s of the Desperate?

Oh Yes. I care about their souls. Oh Yes. I would love to be an overseas missionary.
Oh Yes. I care about the Proverbs 31 woman. Many times myself I have piously prayed these verses over myself.
But how long will I sit and Sip Coffee while the lives of thousands of young girls all around me are daily being sold into gut-wrenching slavery?
Here I live. In the city of Phnom Penh. Also known as the largest supplier of this devil child sex-trade. And what do I do about it?
Do I care for their souls if I care not for their bodies?
Daily, as Ervina and I walk these streets, are we aware of the vast amount of bondage around us. In the upstairs window of the yellow bakery we pass. In the third-story complex of the welding shop we don’t glance towards. Little girls. Huddled in rooms. Scared. Enslaved. Trapped.
Oh God! How you must be Weeping! I only begin to see Your pain!
Oh Yes. I care very much for My safety and My well-being.  I put up a fight if the tuk-tuk driver is ripping me off 50 cents. But I say nothing as the innocence of the world’s children in stripped away. 
Oh Yes. I want to be a woman who Considereth a Field before I Buyeth It. But will I also Stretch out my Hand to Feed the Poor and the Needy?
Oh LORD. How long have Your people closed their ears to the screams and covered their eyes to the tears of the afflicted? But Oh, we have
so much else to care about. We don’t possibly have time to fight for the cause of the child-slaves in Uganda. in Phnom Penh. In Lancaster City.
NO TIME? Only time to spend every other evening in the mall?? And every other day manicuring our freshly mowed lawns??
No time you say? Only time to put in that new addition and repaint that bathroom blue??
NO TIME? Really?! While we sit and read a novel that suits only to stir up sinful desires, or take pleasure in watching the lust of the world on the screen of our tv.
NO TIME? Oh How God must WEEP!
GO THEN
. Make yourself coverings of tapestries and clothing of silk and purple if you must. GO THEN. Visit Southern Italy and sigh as you think how romantic it is…even though it is the heart of the trafficking routes for the modern slave trade.
GO THEN. Visit Phnom Penh. Atlanta, Georiga, the number one city in the US for child sex trafficking. And even Lancaster City, a home to countless brothels.
God Forbid that I should tighten the shield around my eyes, and perhaps in doing so, the noose around my neck.
You may say that you would have stood up against the world with William Wilberforce.
You may say that you would have taken a death-stand against Hitler in Germany. But will you stand up now?
Slavery is not so far removed as we have made ourselves to believe.
RIP OFF the bandanna that covers your eyes!
Uncork the mouth that has too long remained silent!
Do not be afraid to 
Hear their anguished cries!
Fight For God’s Precious Children!

The Candy Shop from Whitestone Motion Pictures on Vimeo.

The Candy Shop is a parable about the child sex trafficking epidemic (although, it is also equally applicable to the pornography industry). Powerful. It was worth every minute of my time.

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12 Responses to “Will you dare to Uncover Your Eyes?”

  1. Chelsea M July 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    Yes! Lord open up my eyes to see, make me responsible. “Now that I have seen, I am responsible; faith without deeds is dead.” Prepare me, Lord.

    (KJV) Isaiah 6 —
    1In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
    2Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
    3And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
    4And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
    5Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
    6Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
    7And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
    8Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

    [Note: Girls, I love the new pictures on the side bar! Also, the Candy Shop is fantastic. Really hard to swallow, yet hopeful. Really well made too. Thanks for sharing it!]

  2. clarita July 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    That is so heart-wrenching…

  3. Alison Yoder July 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    Wow… extrememly powerful. Such an awesome challenge to everyone. Another amazing post girls! The video tears me up… Its beyond imagination that it even happens in America. Praying for you two… God is using ya’ll in so many ways. Be safe! alison

  4. Hilda July 8, 2011 at 2:49 am #

    wow… Very well written dear. We are without excuse. Prayers!

    • Hilda July 8, 2011 at 2:52 am #

      By the way… the kids in your pictures are darling. I’ll never forget the many kids who crowded around us when we were in that city… what seems like so long ago (2003). 🙂

  5. Krista Byler July 8, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    Thank-you for sharing this video.. It breaks my heart! Prayers..

  6. Michael Esh July 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm #

    When you write, you portray the Father’s heart in an uncommom way. God bless you Claudia! Please keep urging all of us, oh how the church is in need of people to be compassionate…to weep for the things that God weeps for…to know His heart!
    Blessings to your trip

  7. Dorcas July 11, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    I don’t know you girls, but I found your blog & love reading about what God is doing in Cambodia! I watched ‘The Candy Shop”….it moves me to tears….may my heart be broken with the things that break God’s heart. God bless you girls! ~Dorcas

  8. cherieclarae July 12, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    This is part of why I love you so much.

    God, don’t let me live as I have!!

  9. brentmasonlive July 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    Awesome post. Slavery needs to be stopped.

  10. Natalie Laughman July 9, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    Hey!
    Today I was looking through facebook when I fell upon what you wrote.
    In the past I have done a lot of research on the topic of human stavery, both past and present.
    It does not take long to find so many heart-breaking stories. I was wondering if you knew of any good organizations that are fighting against human trafficking, to which I could volunteer time or make a donation?

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  1. Thinkin’ « Transparent Splashes of Color - July 12, 2011

    […] [This post over on Beginning of the Watches really struck a chord in the piano of my brain. You could say this is my spin off of their post. The Candy Shop parable video is worth watching. Chilling in the sense of how well it portrays the reality of the trafficking slavery so many girls are trapped in. *tears* When will not just see, but also stand up and fight?] […]

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