We will watch Dr. King's famous speech today. With teary eyes, I'll hold our babies close and explain to them the significance of King's words. I will find myself wishing that King could see the fruit of his life's work lived out in the trans-racial families we know, our current President, and the horror and disgust on our children's faces when they try to imagine racial discrimination.
Yet King's dream is not fully realized. Slavery still exists, which means part of my job as a mother today will be to encourage our children to keep on dreaming of a world where there is no racial discrimination...a world where no person owns another person...where every soul knows its worth...a world that's truly free.
"Right now, on Lake Volta in Ghana, there are an estimated 7,000 children who are in captivity. They are modern day slaves. Many of these children are as young as five and six years old. Some of them have been sold for as little as $20.
These children work fourteen hours a day, seven days a week fishing for their masters. They paddle, mend broken nets, and scoop water out of leaky boats. They usually eat one meal a day and sleep on the dirt floor of a hut filled with other slave children.
They do not smile, and they rarely laugh. Their childhoods have been stolen." -- The Mercy Project
We are very careful on this blog to only point you to ministries and organizations that we know and trust. We think it's a great privilege that you sit here with us year after year. We are thankful for you and how God has woven our stories together, and for how He is growing our hearts for justice and mercy right here in this little online community. We are personally connected with Chris Fields who runs Mercy Project. We've heard his heart. We deeply believe in what he is doing to free child-slaves in Ghana.
We would be grateful if you spent some time on Mercy Project's website. We believe you will be inspired.
To honor Martin Luther King's Jr.'s life and his dream, we are excited to financially support Mercy Project and want to give you the opportunity today to continue King's fight against injustice by giving as well.
For 24 hours, we will have a chip-in meter right here at Sit a Spell. Our goal is to raise $1,000 today for Mercy Project. Can we do that? The money you give goes directly to Mercy Project. It is linked to their Paypal account.
"So, I conclude by saying again today that we have a task and let us go out with a "divine dissatisfaction." Let us be dissatisfied until America will no longer have a high blood pressure of creeds and an anemia of deeds.
Let us be dissatisfied until the tragic walls that separate the outer city of wealth and comfort and the inner city of poverty and despair shall be crushed by the battering rams of the forces of justice. [,et us be dissatisfied until those that live on the outskirts of hope are brought into the metropolis of daily security.
Let us be dissatisfied until slums are cast into the junk heaps of history, and every family is living in a decent sanitary home. Let us be dissatisfied until the dark yesterdays of segregated schools will be transformed into bright tomorrows of quality, integrated education.
Let us be dissatisfied until integration is not seen as a problem but as an opportunity to participate in the beauty of diversity.
Let us be dissatisfied until men and women, however black they may be, will be judged on the basis of the content of their character and not on the basis of the color of their skin. Let us be dissatisfied.
Let us be dissatisfied until every state capitol houses a governor who will do justly, who will love mercy and who will walk humbly with his God.
Let us be dissatisfied until from every city hall, justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
Let us be dissatisfied until that day when the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man will sit under his own vine and fig tree and none shall be afraid. Let us be dissatisfied. And men will recognize that out of one blood God made all men to dwell upon the face of the earth."
-- Martin Luther King Jr., Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Georgia 1967.
We pray our dissatisfaction leads us to action. Please consider giving to Mercy Project today. How much money can we raise in the next 24 hours to fight modern-day child slavery?