“You may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say you did not know.” — William Wilberforce
Around the middle of February every year, the internet is flooded with both declarations of love and lists of ways to “survive” Valentine’s Day when your heart is broken. Hearts fill shelves of stores, and everyone is thinking a little more about love, for better or for worse.
At Hope 918, we take advantage of love being in the air to host our annual “Broken Hearts Party.” This idea was sparked by Love 146 and gives us a chance to host an awareness event where girls can come together and pray for our hearts to be broken by the things that break God’s heart.
We get lots of questions about the unique title. Some people think we come together to wear black and mourn about our own broken hearts. They question why people in happy marriages and dating relationships willingly take part. And this gives us an opportunity to talk about the millions of girls whose hearts are breaking every day as they are enslaved by the sex industry and entrapped by the false love that is sold across our world.
This year we chose our local community as our theme and focus for the evening. (Past years have focused on Thailand and India.) We ate classic Route 66 diner food and gave the money we raised to a local women’s shelter that helps women who have been trafficked. But the most powerful part of our night was when we watched the documentary “Nefarious” and prayed that Christ would rescue women and change the hearts of pimps and johns so that this tragedy would stop.
Our desire is that this issue would not break our hearts only one night of the year, but that God would give us hearts of compassion and make us women who pray fervently for the end of slavery and the freedom of our brothers and sisters. Every year we close our evening by making something to serve as a visible reminder to pray. This year we decorated canvasses to hang on our walls and remind us to intercede. Many of us chose to use one of the William Wilberforce quotes that had been featured in the documentary, such as:
“If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.”
It is certainly not enough just to feel alive to the sufferings of others. It is not enough to get together and talk about this tragedy. But our prayer is that this event and the prayers birthed by it will be used of the Lord to continue to bring about His work of setting captives free, in our city and around the world.