How 30 days of painting yellow changed me

When I first decided to campaign about human rights I had no idea what I had signed up for. Through the 30 days I learned a lot about the plight of those caught in slavery and about myself by studying God’s Word and painting each day.

This is what I learned.

1. The power of human trafficking and abuse is rampant and everywhere.

The stories I read here on Medium of those writers affected by abuse as children, teens and even adults still astounds me. This is wrong — terribly wrong. Evil comes in the form of bribes, promises of a better life, depression, loss of confidence, and an inability to find another way out of a situation. But it also comes to innocent children.

  The story about child cyber sex overwhelmed me.

 The story about work in the brick kilns sickened me.

 How God Can Turn Around a Life for the Better (with our help)

2. There are many groups fighting against human trafficking.

Before I joined IJMCanada (International Justice Mission), I had also raised funds for Ratanak International and Dunamis Foundation. While campaigning this year I heard about Operation Underground Railway. If you know of other groups, please tell me in the comments and I will give another post about all the groups. We need to support at least one of them. This is a BIG worldwide issue. Every little bit helps.

3. How God moves in the hearts of His people

The story of how IJM started is fascinating and how much it has grown also is astonishing. They don’t just rescue those from slavery — they walk with them until they are restored.

“IJM was founded by Gary Haugen in Washington, D.C. in 1997. Gary had been asked by the UN in 1994 to lead its investigation of the horrific genocide in Rwanda.

While there, he came to the realization that the Rwandans who perished “did not need someone to bring them a sermon, or food, or a doctor, or a teacher, or a microloan. They needed someone to restrain the hand with the machete and nothing else would do.”

So he set out to create an organization that would transform broken justice systems to serve the impoverished and vulnerable people that need them most (supplied by IJMCanada).”

The more the word gets out there the less chance the perpetrators have for making the capture and for being caught. Let’s continue to push on and bring awareness to the world.

4. My artwork can stir the hearts of others

As I drew every day (well honestly sometime it was twice on one day and nothing the next) my vision became clearer. As I studied each scripture every day before drawing the pictures, I prayed and listened to what God had to say.

God wanted my pictures pointed to His goodness, His mercy and His direction.

Using my artwork to help others has been heartwarming. I want to do more. Thank you to all those who encouraged me through your comments.

My dream is to put all my pictures, study and prayers into an ebook for distribution on Amazon. If you are a pray-er, please pray for me as I grapple with new technology and go in a different direction.

Artwork by Janis Cox

5. Listening to God can make a difference in your journey

As I listen to God more and more, I find He is opening doors for me to meet other people and have other adventures. I know I still struggle to sit still long enough to hear Him. But I remember how Elijah ran to seek Him and found Him in the still quiet place of a cave.

“There he went into a cave and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (1 Kings 19:9, NIV)”

I seek that place every morning.

I wait. I wait. And I listen. I record what He says in my journal.

I am inspired to continue following God’s lead — wherever it may take me.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before beginning to improve the world.” 

~ Anne Frank

Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.
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Follower of Jesus, writer, artist, podcaster. Author/illustrator of Tadeo Turtle & The Kingdom of Thrim. Illustrator of Remember The Seasons. Writes at JanisCox.com.

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