It’s a question those of us who are involved in social media have probably asked ourselves at one point or another.

What are you a slave to?

It’s not a nice question, but we all see it as a metaphorical sort of thing. It’s a discussion point.

But what if you really were a slave?

Worse yet, what if your child was a slave?

I can’t picture my children having to work 14 hour days. I can’t picture my nieces, who are older, spending more hours on the job (and probably a physically demanding one at that) than they do at home.

And yet, as unthinkable and unspeakable as these circumstances are to me, an American living in the lap of luxury, they are standard fare for parts of the world.

Did I make that child labor sound optional in any way? Let me rephrase it: it’s child slavery.

Have a watch:

How do these children end up as slaves? Their mothers trust. Their mothers hope. Their mothers believe.

And that, more than the smiles on the faces of the children in that video, breaks my heart in a special way.

Mercy Project is making a difference. They’re taking the concept of teaching a man to fish to a literal level: they’re teaching the people to farm fish.

And that keeps the kids from slavery.

What kind of world do we want to pass on to our children?

What are we personally doing to usher in the reality of a world without child labor, slavery, and human trafficking? What are we personally doing to teach our children about that reality and the work it takes?

Will you help? Will you share the story, pray, and advocate for these children?

Learn more at the Mercy Project website.