Sunday, January 16, 2011

Project Love Day

How do you celebrate Valentine's Day?  Already, the stores are flooded with reds, pinks, and heart-shaped everything.  Personally, little flying cupids have never done anything for me.  I don't particularly care for the color combinations of Valentine's Day.  Rich, gooey chocolate confections are way overrated.  :)  And, I try to tell my husband and my kids that I love them each day, so while having a day set aside on a particular date is nice, it isn't really necessary.

Here is what does get to me:  somewhere in the world, right now, there is girl sitting in a dark room who does not know love.

She knows fear.  She knows pain.  She knows abuse and brutality.  She knows abandonment.  She knows rejection and humilation.  She is isolated and trapped, and threats of imminent danger and possible death hold her in bondage.

She is one of the 2 million children who are trapped in sexual slavery and exploitation around the world, including the United States.

She breaks my heart and I weep for her, and the countless others like her.  She is only a bit older than my own little girl. 

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery.  Women and children are kidnapped, held against their will, raped, abused, and tortured.  Human trafficking generates about 32 billion dollars a year.

This atrocity is more horrendous than my mind can even comprehend.  And yet, it is undeniable and its victims are real, just like my sweet little daughter.  I can't turn my face from it yet I can't bear to look at it.

To look on the faces of those who have escaped their hellish ordeal, to see the scars left behind, to know that the effects of their abuse and slavery will last their whole lives long requires a response.  To do nothing is to continue to let innocent little girls be sold or kidnapped for the sexual perverted pleasures of greedy sexmongers.

"What does this have to do with a cooking blog?" and "This is pretty heavy stuff for a cupcake blog." you may be asking and saying to yourself.

And you are right.

But you see, I firmly believe that life is not about our own pleasures or gratifications.  It is just not all about us.  I believe that God calls us to use the resources He has given us to promote justice and bring Him glory.

Micah 6:8--"He {God} has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God."

While cooking is fun and sharing recipes with you is fun, I think that this blog is part of my life in this season to be used as a vehicle for justice and mercy when the opportunity is presented.

Showing real love in ways that matter to those who need it most, in the season of Valentine's Day seems to me to be a good enough opportunity.

So, what is it that I feel led to do?  Give.

This blog generates a bit of income.  Let me tell you how.

I have affiliated this blog with a food blog community called Foodbuzz.  Basically, in return for running their ad on my blog, they pay me based on the page impressions my blog traffic generates. 

Give.  I will donate my Foodbuzz ad revenue for the months of January and February 2011 to World Vision  to provide safety for a girl who has been exploited and abused.  My donation will "help build a safe, secure environment and prevent further exploitation.   With things like vocational training, education, counseling, and even livestock, you'll give a second chance to an abused child." 

Would you like to partner with me?  Here's how.

Click your way around The Culinary Enthusiast.  The more pages you hit, the more recipes you view, the more posts you comment on, the more you click on the ad on the side generates more income that Foodbuzz pays me.  Share this site with your friends, your family, your Facebook friends.  Simply put--more people + more traffic + more page views = more revenue.  More revenue from January and February means more money to donate to help broken, enslaved little girls.

What's more.....I will personally match this donation with my own personal funds. 

This is Project Love Day.  Let's make a meaningful, life-changing difference with the time and resources that have been given to us.

Love, Karla

For more on this horrific, heartbreaking, global issue, please visit:
Women at Risk International
World Vision

You absolutely have permission to link this to your own blog. ~Karla


  1. Sold by Patricia McCormick is an incredible read for anyone, but especially those who are concerned about human trafficking. I highly recommend it. Just wanted to put that out there :)

  2. Just shared some blog love @

    What you're doing is awesome, and I hope it brings more awareness to this great cause.

  3. How wonderful of you! I will definitely be looking around.

  4. It's shocking that this is going on anywhere in the world, but especially in our own country! I have 2 young daughters of my own and thinking about something like that happening to anybody's daughter makes me feel physically sick. Thank you for shining light on this cause and doing what you can! I will be praying that God blesses your efforts into something far greater than you imagined!

  5. Thanks so much for helping bring awareness to this issue! - Michele


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