What does freedom mean to you?
For people in the United States, July 4th (today) is Independence Day, which represents the many freedoms we have as a nation and as individual citizens. But freedom runs much deeper within us than just our location and physical well-being.
For me as a Christian, I see my greater freedom as being the freedom I have in Jesus. In John 8:31-32, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” God is the only one that truly provides freedom.For the girls at Christine’s House in Gulu, Uganda, a safe place to live, to grow, and to worship Jesus is the hallmark of freedom. These young women now experience this freedom because of the kindness shown to them through partners of Freedom 4/24.
Freedom has a whole new meaning when it is ripped away from you.
And freedom is a breath of new life when it is restored to you.
I write to you now from Gulu, Uganda where I have spent the week getting to know the young women of Christine’s House who were rescued as victims of sexual exploitation. I have cried with them as they shared stories of being raped and feeling the emotional and spiritual bondage that can come as a result. I have also laughed, danced, prayed and sang with them as they shared their newfound love and freedom in Jesus Christ as a result of being rescued into Christine’s house.
If you have given of your time and/or money to Freedom 4/24 in the past, thank you. You have breathed new life into these girls’ lives here in Uganda.
If you are still considering joining Freedom 4/24, please do so today. The need is great for people to step up in defense of children being sexually exploited and trafficked.
Even though I wish I could bring you to Gulu, Uganda to meet these girls firsthand, I know that I cannot. But I do hope that you will believe me when I say that the work of Freedom 4/24 here is truly life-changing. They really are “bringing freedom and doing justice” around the world.
Be blessed and be a blessing.
-Michael, Freedom 4/24 Supporter