On account of my 8:30am class being cancelled, I now have time to blog a respectable entry about the start of this journey that I am beginning.
Tuesday, September 20 was Day 1 of my One Dress journey. I will be wearing the same darling gray dress everyday until Easter Sunday. Why would one do such a thing? It’s funny that you ask because I asked the same question last December when I met a woman that was doing exactly this. Amy Seiffert started a 6 month journey of wearing the same dress to both raise awareness of the problem of human trafficking and funds for an organization called The Daughter Project who labors to help girls who have been freed from this industry recover. After hearing about her cause, I was intrigued to say the least. I knew that trafficking was an issue but I don’t think it was ever real to me. As I thought about her cause, I remembered the speaker at a retreat I attended in Fall 2010 & how he talked about the work he did freeing women and children from brothels in India. & it wasn’t long after hearing Amy speaking that I heard about my home church’s partnership with Cambodia & what a problem human trafficking is there. But I would say that the thing that made it the most real to me was living in the city this summer. Every once in a while, I would observe something that would remind me that just because we live in America, does not mean that this crisis isn’t relevant to us. When I came across this fact, it hit me pretty hard:
The FBI estimates that over 100,000 children and young women are trafficked in America today. They range in age from nine to 19, with the average being age 11. Many victims are not just runaways or abandoned, but are from “good” families who are coerced by clever traffickers.
[Fact taken from: 55 Little Known Facts about Human Trafficking]
I have started backing this cause long ago. I have been praying for God’s children that are bound by this industry for a while now, but it wasn’t until recently that I felt asked to do more. That is where the One Dress comes in. Amy’s efforts raised so much awareness of this problem & I know that The Daughter Project saw funds come in from that, but I also know that from Amy’s efforts also resulted in so much passion and prayer. If my journey can make 50 people aware of the human trafficking industry & it’s harm, I will find my journey worth while. If 10 hearts could be broken enough to get on their knees and pray, it will be worth while. If a spark of passion could be sparked in 1 person to take action, it will be worth while. & if those quota’s are not met, I’m confident that this is absolutely still worth while.
I invite you to check out The Daughter Project‘s website. I also invite you to pray and consider getting involved in this battle by donating to their cause. If you would like to give me cash or check, I will collect it & be making donations to The Daughter Project along the way. Or You can donate on TDP’s website! I also ask that if you do donate to TDP, that you would let me know how much you donated so I can keep track & see how close I get to my own personal goal that I have set.
I’ll close by letting you see Day 1’s outfit. I kept it pretty simple.