Tuesday, May 12, 2009


I was privileged to hear Jamie McIntosh, Executive Director of International Justice Mission Canada, speak on Sunday night at our church. He spoke on advocacy, lending a voice for those who have no voice, in this case the oppressed and enslaved. At one point he quoted Josef Stalin:

"The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic."

That really struck home to me because, as McIntosh noted, the moment that there is a human face to an issue, it will change that issue from an abstract concept of which you may be aware to a tangible reality in your life that cannot be ignored--I have certainly seen that over the past year and a half in my own life. I am looking forward to learning more about IJM and seeing what small part Caitlin and I can play in lending our voice(s) and our resources to help bring justice and healing to places where there is darkness and brokenness.

1 comment:

Dawnables said...

It's interesting that as members of a society, we are so fond of abstraction. When you abstract something or someone, it becomes detached from reality and enters the realm of concept. But it's only when individual human beings are abstracted into groups like "terrorists" for instance, that something as horrible as war becomes acceptable. If we actually knew each and every one of those people, how could we choose war as the solution to a conflict. I'm all for justice, not vengeance, and the empowerment of every living being. Good on you and Caitlin for supporting justice and empowerment in any way you can.