Housework and Going into Brothels: the Holy Work of Both - Sarah Mae
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Housework and Going into Brothels: the Holy Work of Both

It seems so insignificant doesn’t it? Writing and caring about homemaking (the #MarthaHomeMaryWay challenge started yesterday) when there are girls stuck as sex slaves around the world.

But here I am, writing about homemaking and motherhood and the daily stuff of life. This is my privileged life. And I mean that in the purest sense; I am privileged to be able to write and mother with all the tools I need at my disposal, and keep a home. I’m thankful. I’m grateful.

So how can I go on normally after learning what I’ve learned, after seeing what I’ve seen?

I just do.

I go on. I keep on. I have a family to take of and people to love and disciples (my kids) to teach.

This is good, holy work.

But I will also not look away anymore. I will continue in my work with The Exodus Road. I will pray and support and write. This is also good, holy work.

And I will teach my children to not look away, but to care and to help. Age-appropriate and in the seasons of time, but I want to nurture into them the holiness of justice.

So I will clean my house and do the laundry and live available where God has me. It’s worthy to rescue those trapped in sex slavery and it’s worthy to keep a home in order to love others. And I can and will do both. This is life, the holy and sacred and burdened life we wear.

Joy and heartache.

Good and evil.

Housework and brothels.

We intersect.

The key is to live well and open where you are, but to look and see and give and work in the holy dark.

To stay bright. To sit in the darkness with those who are in it; to push it back where we are able. And we are all stronger, by God’s grace, and more able than we think.

So keep on. Keep on in your holy homemaking and normal days and keep on in looking and seeing the broken and not giving up. Your kids need you, your community needs you, girls trapped in sex slavery need you. But no need to be overcome. Remember, Jesus has overcome the world. You just need to be tender to it.

In the tenderness God will speak and He will use you.

SM

Want to join in the #MarthaHomeMaryWay challenge? Click here for deets.

If you want to help The Exodus Road in the fight to end slavery, here is a tangible way: I need 50 people who are willing to donate $35/month to help get these girls out of the brothels. This is specific to India, and 100% of your donation goes to funding investigations that lead to the freedom of these minors. I know it’s hard to read these stories and feel so helpless, but you *can* help. You may not be able to go onto the front lines and kick down brothel doors, but you can hire those who can and who are. To join the 50 who are willing to not look away, to carry the burden that is a gift, head HERE. Thank you so much!

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Learning to Not Look Away (and the gift of the burden)

When Life Has Killed the Dream You Dreamed

Being Baptized into the Red Light District

I Said Yes

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  • Rachel Brophy Tooker

    Desperate was such an amazing blessing to me and I have been following you and Sally Clarkson ever since reading it 3 years ago while in the depths of depression. It completely changed my perspective on motherhood and what a blessing and privilege it is. This post is a reminder of why I love you so much. If Sally is my mentor mother, then you are a soul sister.
    “So keep on. Keep on in your holy homemaking and normal days and keep on in looking and seeing the broken and not giving up. Your kids need you, your community needs you, girls trapped in sex slavery need you. But no need to be overcome. Remember, Jesus has overcome the world. You just need to be tender to it.”

  • Sarah Sue

    Sarah,
    When you get the chance, write all about your trip and EVERYTHING you saw.
    It will help ease the burden you are carrying now.
    We are privileged to live the lives we do.
    Thank you for reminding us just how privileged we are.
    Sending prayers of comfort. Peace. Love.
    Gentle hugs
    Love Sarah Kasch

  • Cassie

    Yes! Because it is about teaching our kids about giving life both in our homes and outside the walls.

  • Julie Fogg

    One reason why so much sin and heartache exists in our world today is because of broken homes. With everything a dedicated wife and mother does, she builds a better future, because she builds better people. Your work is so necessary here, as well as there. You’re building children with tender hearts and strong character, you’re building a better world. I’m kind of in awe of all you do, actually. Thank you for sharing with us, all of it. ~From a mother of 6.

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