Cape Town Prays for Slaves

The OM Team visits Cape Town. SportsLink facilitates Game 27, then the OM visits the Bible College. Emphasis is placed on human trafficking and slavery.

When the Operation Mobilisation (OM) teams arrived in Cape Town, they discovered that their accommodations weren’t in order. The plan had been to sleep on the floor at a local church, but due to several deaths, the church was no longer available. The Logos Gemente Church offered to let OMers stay at their church camp, which was like a hostel. Everyone was able to stay at the same venue and the team had everything they needed, including beds and a kitchen.

In order to make a difference in the world of slavery, OM led a “Social Justice” event in Cape Town on March 21, “Human Right’s Day.”Game 27, a simulation exercise using soccer, was played to create awareness about issues of social justice and to make the church aware of the different forms of slavery around the world. The game was played at five venues. Next year, OM hopes to see the game played on a larger scale.

One location had a large group of youth playing the game. Their goal was to get the ball across the field (to the end goal or “Good Life”) without using their hands. Halfway through the game, the facilitator starts introducing what he calls, the “easy way”. He tells participants about another way through the game off on the sideline. The first level sounds easy: 10 push-ups. They don’t know that the levels will get significantly harder. Eventually, the facilitator makes them recruit two people to join them on the alternate route. The significance of getting recruits is that the person who tried to take the easy route now has to bring his friends into the trafficking.

“At discussion time, the youth were very interested. They were involved in the discussions and shared stories about girls they knew being abused,” Emma Icatiou, OM Team Member, said.

One girl, a 7-year-old named Amy, shared how she was almost kidnapped at the swimming pool. A man caught her legs as she was trying to get out. She held onto the pole until her hands slipped off. Due to quick thinking, she was able to bite the man’s hand and run away.

Someone else shared that he knows someone whose mom takes money from men and lets the men abuse her daughter sexually. Sharing these stories made the children even more aware of human trafficking.

The team’s next stop was at the Bible College in Cape Town. OM set up booths which represented different countries. At the Ivory Coast booth, staff told the students about the slave labor that affects children working in the cocoa plants.

“Every time you eat chocolate, take a second to pray for a child slave,” Candace Moodley, Young Hope team member suggested.

At India’s booth, one student started to cry loudly. He said, “Now that we know about this, we can do something to stop it.”

 

By Bonnie Mentel