Just Do It!

Just Do It!  We’ve all seen or heard Nike’s slogan–Just Do It!  We all read about the rise in human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world.  Did you know there are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in history?   Did you know Sacramento, CA is said to have the highest per capita rate of human trafficking in U.S.? Did you know little kids as young as 5 or 6 are being being pimped as sex slaves, with no hope of ever being set free?  I shake my head and click my tongue and say, “Someone should do something about it!”  Someone?  Wait! I am a someone.  But I’m only one someone.  What can I do?

A group of teenage piano students decided to ‘Just Do It‘ by planning and executing their own benefit concert  for an organization called ‘Next Generation Nepal.’  NGN purpose is to help stop human trafficking of children out of Nepal to other countries.  These young people, ages 12-16, are out to change their world, one concert at a time.  Besides teaching her students keyboard, instructor and concert pianist Rhonda Ringering gives her students the necessary tools on how to plan and execute a successful concert.  The story of the youth who call themselves Ivory Inversions and their parents are taking Nike’s slogan to heart–‘Just Do It.’  Their message is going viral.

FYI: The concert will be held on Friday, April 5 at 7:00 p.m. in Forest Grove, Oregon.  (For more information go to OregonLive.com.)

That’s great, but I can’t go to Nepal to stop the sale of children into slavery, or go to Sacramento arrest the scum using and abusing God’s precious little ones.  I can’t even play  a credible rendition of ‘Chopsticks’ let alone hold a benefit piano concert to raise funds to help fight such horrendous crimes against kids, so what can I do? For a start, I can read up ‘human trafficking’ on the internet.  I can become familiar with the organizations who are making a difference.  At the very least, I can financially support those fighting this scourge on society and I can pray for both the children being abused and the people trying to rescue them.

Matthew 25:40 KJV says, “As ye have done it (Just Do It) unto one of the least of these…ye have done it unto me.”   (Imagine rescuing Jesus from human trafficking?)  English poet John Donne wrote, “…Don’t ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.”  The bell is tolling  for each of us to make a difference on Planet Earth, if only in the life of one child at a time.  Or as Nike says, Just Do It!


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