Bianca Juarez Olthoff is passionate about telling stories. A prolific blogger known as a social media guru, 33-year-old Olthoff serves as chief storyteller for the A21 Campaign, an international nonprofit dedicated to abolishing slavery in the 21st century. TCW talked with her about the importance of spiritual disciplines, technology, and the responsibility we have as Christians to utilize social media to raise a voice for the voiceless.
How did you get involved with the fight against human trafficking?
I had no idea human trafficking was as pervasive and widespread as it is. I initially heard about it a few years ago at the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta where Christine Caine was speaking. Then a couple of months went by, and it was almost like it was haunting me. I saw it on Facebook and on Twitter, and I actually ended up meeting with a victim of human trafficking who had been in domestic servitude for 16 years. She lived two miles away from my house, in one of the safest counties in the nation. From there I became part of the A21 Campaign. We have this goal of abolishing slavery in the 21st century. Yes, there are more than 27 million slaves in the world today, but there are more than 2 billion Christians. If we can rally people who feel passionate about this, raising awareness will lead to prevention, and prevention will end this ill. People say this is a ridiculously audacious goal, but we serve a God of the impossible.1
TCW Talks to ... Bianca Juarez Olthoff
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