It was Palm Sunday and the church congregation was waiting for us when we arrived in Jamuha Tola village, India.
This is a Maha-Dalit community – the caste below the untouchables and the poorest of the poor. But this is also a vibrant place where people are being supported by Tearfund’s local partner to bring about change.
Among many stories of transformation, we heard about a new anti-trafficking committee. This has been set up to raise awareness of the danger posed by traffickers – strangers who lure women and children with false promises of good work and a better life.
When it was time to pray, I asked if we could pray specifically for families who’d lost a child to trafficking. I was expecting a few people to come forward, and was stopped in my tracks when I was told,
Every family here has been touched by trafficking in some way. They all need prayer.
So we prayed for the families in front of us – all of them – and for the children that had been taken.
We also prayed for even more progress to be made in the village, so parents no longer feel the need to send their children away for a better life.
As we travelled home that evening, we drove through a lightning storm. I was reminded of Psalm 139 and I whispered my thanks to God that, even in the darkness of trafficking, his light can bring hope to all his precious children.
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. (Psalm 139:11-12)
Please add your prayers to those of Sara and the rest of the prayer team that have recently returned from India – ask God for healing and hope for all those affected by trafficking, and for an end to the poverty that makes communities like Jamuha Tola so vulnerable.
Find out more about Tearfund’s work to prevent trafficking.