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Fasting for Justice

Typically, we fast from some food, product, or behavior during Lent as a means to better connect with God and truly understand the nature of Christ’s suffering for us. This year, we encourage you to discover a Lenten fast that will connect you with those suffering from human trafficking. Below are listed some common contributions to human trafficking. Consider fasting from one or more of these items either throughout Lent or perhaps try one per week of Lent.

Learn more about how you can help put an end to human trafficking at TMUMC.ORG/humanity.

Fast from:

Coffee—According to the Department of Labor, coffee is produced in 13 countries by child labor or forced labor. The countries include: Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guinea, Honduras, El Salvador, Kenya, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Chocolate—According to the Department of Labor, cocoa is produced in 5 countries by child labor or forced labor. The countries include: Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, and Nigeria.

Dining out—According to the Department of Labor, rice is produced in 8 countries by child labor or forced labor. The Countries include: Brazil, Burma, Dominican Republic, India, Kenya, Mali, Philippines, and Uganda. Also, cattle are produced in 9 countries by forced labor or child labor. The countries include: Bolivia, Brazil, Chad, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Namibia, Paraguay, Uganda, and Zambia.

Indulgences (soda, alcohol, shopping, nicotine, clothes, fast food) - According to the Department of Labor, tobacco is produced in 15 countries by child labor or forced labor. The countries include: Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. In addition, sugarcane is produced in 15 countries by child labor or forced labor. The countries include: Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Thailand, and Uganda.

Non-Essentials (buying new clothes, furniture, gadgets, convenience purchases) - According to the Department of Labor, cotton is produced in 16 countries by child labor or forced labor. The countries include: Argentina, Azerbaijan, Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Paraguay, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Zambia. Also, carpet is produced in 5 countries by child labor or forced labor. The countries include: Afghanistan, India, Iran, Nepal, and Pakistan. In addition, garments are produced in 6 countries by child labor or forced labor. The countries include: Argentina, China, India, Jordan, Malaysia, and Thailand.

Reduce Your Slavery footprint (http://slaveryfootprint.org)

Take the online quiz to discover how many trafficked slaves your buying behaviors may unwittingly support.  Once you discover how your lifestyle is contributing to human trafficking, work throughout Lent to reduce your participation in trafficking. This will require lifestyle changes.

Posted by Alyssa Shibata at 5:00 AM