Saturday, February 12, 2011

the candy shop.

I watched a video tonight.
A dear friend linked to it on the Facebook.
You guys,
It broke my heart.
I've embedded it below, but since I know it's kind of tiny, here's a link to it.
It's about 30 minutes long, and I swear,
If this doesn't make you see that there is a problem and that we NEED to get out there and fix it...
I don't know what will.

From the film's website:

The Candy Shop is a thirty minute film about child sex trafficking. The story is as follows: Jimmy Balcom’s new job selling newspapers is a God-send to a kid working hard to help his family survive during the depression. But then Jimmy figures out what’s happening in the candy shop across the street.  And he is confronted with a choice that no twelve-year-old should ever have to face. Giving his family a better life, or keeping his soul. The film is a Fairytale/Parable about the child sex trafficking epidemic that has overrun our city of Atlanta. We are using the film to not only raise awareness but provoke meaningful action towards this issue taking place in our own backyard.This plague has gone on for too long, and now we at Whitestone, in cooperation with Doorpost12Stone® Church and StreetGrace want to put a stop to it.This film represents the spearhead of a citywide and possibly a nationwide campaign.It is not a documentary. It is not a PSA. It is the beginning of a movement.
This is about a problem right here in our backyard. We like to imagine that stuff like this only happens in far off places like third world countries...but it's not. It's happening in one of the largest cities in America--Atlanta.  So, like I said earlier, let's not just sit back and wait for someone else to find a solution. Let's be a part of the solution. Let's bring these girls life. Let's bring them hope. Let's bring them Jesus.

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