What can you buy for $200?

As I write this, the Black Friday shopping mayhem is ahead of us in America. And all the holiday sales are coming out. I had some extra money to spend and we have an 0ld-school TV in our living room so I thought maybe it’s time we pick up a new one for Christmas.

I had a moment of insanity and thought maybe it might even be worth it to venture out on Black Friday and save some money.  Did I mention, insanity? 

These kinds of challenges, of course, are our first world problems.

Fortunately, this insanity was only temporary. For in a flash of inspiration, I found a much more fulfilling use of the money.

So, what can you buy for $200? Well, you could buy a child out of slavery in Pakistan.

And that’s what I decided to do. I will literally be able to help free a child from slavery and happily live with the old-school TV. I think that will make for a much better Christmas present all around, don’t you. I’m smiling.

You see, I have a pastor friend, Patrick Vandenburgh, who helped start The Freedom Project. He explained this ministry to us when I had him speak at our church last Sunday. Here’s a brief explanation of what it’s all about…

When someone gives their life to Christ in Pakistan which, as you know, is a Muslim controlled country, they immediately get ostracized, their homes often get pillaged, many lose everything. And because they are so destitute at this point, a lot of them are forced to put themselves and their children into slavery to survive. The Freedom Project was started to rescue these families out of this slavery.

Here’s an excerpt from his website…

“We have the resources to literally buy little children out of slavery! The Freedom Project was developed by the common vision between Pat and Pastor John in Pakistan to free children and their parents and others that are in captivity and slavery as brickmakers in Pakistan. A lot of times, these people are Christians, discriminated against by the rich Muslims in Pakistan. These people are our brothers and sisters in Christ… And we have the ability to help them in unspeakable ways!”

As it says here, these children are our brothers and sisters in Christ and being forced to make bricks in order to pay debts that will never be paid. But we have the ability to set them free and help them so they can have a better future.

Patrick is also working with pastors and churches there to help them once they are freed. He will be going there in February to work and train leaders to reach their nation and help these families have a better life.

I know that there are a lot of other equally worthy causes to get involved in this holiday season. Perhaps you’re already directly involved in one, and if you are, God bless you. In fact, Cindy Powell recently wrote a post on her blog, Simple Faith, on the human trafficking issue, “If you could see it…would you end it?” that has some important links and information about various ministries that are working to stop human trafficking. I highly recommend you visit her blog.

Whatever you do, get involved somehow. We, as ambassadors of Christ, represent freedom to this world. This is a horrendous crisis but we can make a tangible and lasting difference to these precious people trapped in the seemingly hopeless nightmare of slavery.

Please take a few minutes to watch the video below. Also, please pray for Patrick and this ministry for he has dedicated the rest of his life to this work. Most importantly, pray for these people trapped in slavery, and please consider financially supporting the Freedom Project. Of course, you can give any amount and you don’t need a holiday to do this.

Many blessings to you and yours this holiday season,
Mel

To visit the Freedom Project and donate, click here

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About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 36 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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5 Responses to What can you buy for $200?

  1. Cindy Powell says:

    Thanks for posting this, Mel (and for the link to my post 🙂 ). I think you made a great investment with your $200! Checked out the video–couldn’t help but think of the similar conditions Israel was in while enslaved in Egypt. Not okay. Praying!

    • melwild says:

      You’re welcome. 🙂 Thanks again for posting the sites on your blog also. Yes, I had thought of the similarities too. With all our technological advancements, nothing much changes in the dark side of human nature that would enslave others.

  2. You’ve given me some great food for thought. We quit buying the “requisite” gifts for people who already have more than enough a few years ago. I like this idea of how to spend that money.

    \o/

    • melwild says:

      Good idea. Maybe we should do holidays, birthdays, like funeral memorials, where people give to a charitable cause instead of giving flowers. We probably have enough junk anyway. We had to have several garage sales this year to clear out the old clutter. I like this option better. 🙂

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