Saving Child Slaves
In America, we are very fortunate to have many freedoms and rights as individuals. We also have a system in place to protect us and make sure that those freedoms and rights are upheld. But, many people around the world are not so fortunate. A pastor from Pennsylvania has gone above and beyond what most are able to do to give those less fortunate the same human rights that we enjoy. Bruce Ladebu, a pastor and adventurer, has taken on the role of hero for many children who are being held as slaves in other countries. Bruce actually goes into the factories and sweatshops and negotiates prices with the slave owners. Once he has ‘purchased’ these children, he takes them to homes where they are given medical care and education.
During his most recent mission, Bruce and his team freed 87 children and turned them over to Christian pastors who provided food and clean clothes and placed the kids in secluded safehouses. Most of the children helped by Ladebu’s ministry, Children’s Rescue Initiative, get enrolled in school as well.
…Bruce is a tough guy, and so are the men who accompanied him, but he admits that seeing such nightmarish child abuse was too much to handle. “All of us broke down at some point,” Bruce said. “I broke down more times than I ever have, and it is still difficult.”