Day 5: The Stain of Slavery

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Read:Psalms 10:17-18 You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.

During the 400 years of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, 40% of slaves taken from Africa came to Brazil, making it a trading hub. Brazil was the last country in the Western Hemisphere to abolish the despicable practice, and its culture is still affected today. Brazil remains a country strongly divided by classes, where whole groups of people are viewed as sub-human or simply objectified. Even though the legal slave trade no longer exists, large swaths of the population are still enslaved by discriminatory attitudes, little access to education, and poverty.

Pray:Lord, heal class discrimination of others in Brazil. We pray for every child trapped in poverty, for every little girl valued only as a sex object, and for every little boy made to feel worthless because of his skin color. Give each of them the promise of life beyond what they have known, the assurance of your presence, and the hope of eternity.

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