setting the oppressed free
Anyone who knows Emma nods with immediate affirmation at this adjective.
Wife. Mother. Occupational Therapist. Lecturer. Chaplain.
Standing in our little recycled goods store, Emma captivated 30 friends and family with her passion for seeing the oppressed freed.
From her experience when her family lived in Kazakhstan serving an orphanage, to her visit to India with a mutual friend - Emma unfolded her story and heart for those entrapped by slavery in the developing world, and in developed countries too - including Australia.
As she addressed the small gathering who met for the fundraising event, I thought to myself: ‘Emma is pioneering missional living - channeling her sense of calling through her vocational field.’
Next month she’s off to South Africa to address the World Federation of Occupational Therapists on the issue of Human Trafficking as a health issue from an OT perspective.
“The United Nations definition for Human Trafficking is ‘the mobilisation, coercion and exploitation of people in slavery.’ As an Occupational Therapist, it’s an understatement to say this is bad for people’s health because they are forced to do things they don't want to do or don't value AND they are deprived of opportunities to engage in activities that are meaningful.”
I’m excited that my cousin is speaking for those who are unable speak for themselves - yes, because of the lives that will be saved - and also because I know she draws her inspiration from the same place that so many have before her.
As Jesus stepped into the deep brokenness of people’s experience of this world, so we are compelled to do the same.
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