“We are too young to realize that certain things are impossible..."
William Wilberforce was a pioneer in English politics, fighting for the abolition of the slave trade. His relentless campaigning led to the 1833 slavery abolition act, which brought about slavery being outlawed in the majority of the British Empire. He sadly passed away three days after hearing the momentous news of the act being passed through parliament.
He never got to see the effects of his hard years of groundbreaking endurance and persistence, but he had a vision bigger than himself. Seeing people set free was of far greater importance to him than getting credit for himself.
You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know
Whatever you are fighting for now, it is probably having an effect behind the scenes, in lives and situations you will never hear about. Often when we feel like we are not making an impact, we are sowing seeds that will impact people in low profile ways that we would not expect. Which is why we should take William Wilberforce’s example, and keep going, trusting in what we cannot yet see.
You can find out more about William Wilberforce’s incredible story here…
Hope for Justice - keeping slavery history
Sadly, a new kind of slavery is still alive and well in the 21st century. Worldwide, nearly 800000 men and women are trafficked every year.
Hope for justice is fighting to stop this. It is a tall order, but we must start somewhere.
This incredible charity exists to end modern day slavery, by rescuing victims, changing lives and raising awareness.
Visit their website to find out more about what they do, as well as reading the stories of those who have been rescued.