(A simple series highlighting verses from each chapter of the book of Proverbs)
Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all who are dispossessed. Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy. (Proverbs 31:8-9 HCSB)
Many people groups have no voice today. These verses describe them as dispossessed, oppressed, and needy. What groups come to mind when you read those descriptions?
Dispossessed groups certainly include the unfathomable amount of refugees around the globe. To be even more specific, this description includes the staggering number of children dispossessed around the world for a myriad of reasons. Speaking up for such groups can take on various forms. If you’re wondering how to do it, here are a few suggestions:
- Follow social media to stay informed. Two suggestions include @WorldVision and @Samaritan’sPurse.
- Share news to raise awareness and to encourage prayer and support. Go beyond following by sharing and creating dialogue.
- Support efforts financially. You can sponsor a child through monthly gifts or give to trustworthy organizations giving these groups a voice.
- Consider a short-term missions trip to put hands to your voice. Who says vacation can’t be about speaking up for the voiceless?
- Consider getting more involved in the future with a second career or during retirement. A full lifer has much to offer to the growing lifer.