Does your heart break for what breaks God’s heart?

“Why didn’t you come here sooner?”

I heard those words and a tear ran down my cheek.  My heart broke inside as I listened to her talk intimately about human trafficking.  Are there really more human slaves today than at any other point in history?  This can’t be true!  With all of the Christ followers on this planet, how could this happen on our watch? I sat there in complete shock…

This past week I got to hear quite a bit from Christine Caine (from Hillsong Church in Australia).  No, she’s not a singer!  Christine, however is a woman on a mission from God.  She has such a powerful message and testimony.  The question of “why didn’t you come here sooner” was asked by someone rescued from being a slave.  She asked this about why didn’t God send Christine to rescue her sooner.  Christine’s response: “God heard your cries, I am sorry it took me so long to respond!”  Wow!
Edmund Burke said it best:

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

When I hear Christine speak, I am reminded of the song “Hosanna” (which ironically is a Hillsong song).  There is a part in the song that really moves my spirit:

“Break my heart from what breaks yours

Everything I am for your kingdoms cause

As I go from nothing to Eternity”

Do we really let our hearts break for the same things that break God’s heart?  Do we really care about the lost, the brokenhearted, the poor, and the defenseless or are we just going through the motions?  Are we too wrapped up in our own lives, too busy to notice?

I admit…I take far too many luxuries in America for granted and often I don’t even begin to realize how blessed I truly am.  When I see ministries like Christine’s A21 Campaign saving women from human trafficking and  Tom’s Shoes providing shoes all over the world to save lives, I am truly inspired.  But being inspired isn’t enough!  We can be moved, shed a tear or two, and go back to our “comfy” lives or we can take action!   I am working on a few great ideas right now and if you know me well enough, you know I take action.  I have some exciting things to share with you over the next several weeks…

If we truly are followers of Christ, and if you, like me, are a faith-based investor where should we be investing our time, talent, and treasures?   I’d love to hear your thoughts!


  1. Peggi Billman says

    My son and his family (3 children & one on the way) have sold everything and are moving to Brazil to help free the captives there. Read about their heart at their website His heart was broken on a trip to Curitiba and God called him to move there. At the same time God gave my other son a heart for the children there (without ever visiting Brazil) and he will be doing the same thing (selling house, etc) and moving his family there in a year or two. People ask me how I can “let” them move so far away. How can I not? Half way around the world IN GOD’S WILL is closer to me than right next door OUT of God’s will!

  2. James says

    At church this Sunday, we heard from a student who spent her summer in Thailand and Cambodia working with an organization that is helping the girls in those countries get out of the sex trafficking they have been enslaved in.

    I was moved to tears and felt inspired to do something. I don’t what to let this go, this time. I don’t want to return to my everyday life, “comfy life”.

    Please keep me up to date with what you are doing.

    The thought that first crossed my mind is this. We need to get to the men who go to these countries for sex, need to remove demand. These men need the love of Jesus, to see the error of there ways, run to Jesus. I believe it starts with men’s ministry. There are to fronts to this battle. Yes we need to support the organizations that save these girls, but we also need to reach these men.

    I am not sure how to do it, but God is working on me.

    Thanks for this message, I believe it is God working on all of us.

  3. Dene says

    My son just mentioned tom’s shoes to me yesterday. I just read this e-mail today that mentions tom’s shoes. My son spent time with a friend yesterday who spent July in Papua New Guinea as a medical assistant. She learned that more nessary than shoes (which, sadly, the have-nots beat up the owners in order to attain) is soap. Shoes prevent injury but soap prevents infection and is far less costly…something which could benefit the have-nots. How do we get soap to these countries?

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