Mothers’ sacrifices are borne out of love

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It seems to me, from my observation as a non-mother, that good moms are people who love sacrificially.

Pastor Ken Banks

My most immediate sense of this is from watching my own mother, and now, my wife. In both instances, I have noticed a willingness to place their children ahead of their own needs – often sacrificing things they would like to do – for the benefit of their family.

In reality, most moms begin to do this from the moment a baby is conceived within them. They begin to watch what they eat and drink; they may endure morning sickness; they watch their bodies change; some become stay at home moms.

Of course, as children grow, other sacrifices are made as well. Some don’t view these things as sacrificial – it’s a labour of love, they may say. But willingly surrendering self for the benefit of others, is a form of sacrifice. It is a mother’s love.

Thank you to all moms who have and are practicing this.

As we prepare to thank / honour our mother’s this weekend – I have been moved by the recent heartbreaking story of what has been happening in Nigeria.

I cannot imagine what the families of the 276 girls who were recently abducted have to endure, knowing that their daughters are in the hands of wicked people.

Seeing mother’s march together, crying out, “Bring back our girls,” should touch all of us.

Thankfully, 53 of the girls have escaped, presumably to safety, but this still leaves too many apart from their mothers and families.

If you’re not familiar with this story, on April 14, the girls were taken from their school, after thugs from a terrorist group known as Boko Harem, overpowered the school’s security guards.

Why kidnap the girls? Why take them from their homes and families? Any reason would be a bad one – but in this case, it was to force the girls into situations that they shouldn’t have to be exposed to.

Sold as sex slaves … forced into harsh work situations … made to marry strange men.

Bring back our girls, indeed!

It is good that many nations are joining the chorus of condemnation against this recent abduction – but unless real action is demonstrated – it will remain just a chorus (noise).

The situation in Nigeria has brought global attention to a horrible crisis. As a parent, or an ethical person, it grieves us to hear of such a horrific act of evil.

The reality, however, is that this is not an isolated event. It was a blatant, violent and rather large abduction to be sure, but many people each year are forced into the sex trade, sold as slaves or made to marry people they don’t know.

It is estimated that 27 million people globally are victims of human trafficking. Also known as modern day slavery – this number represents a population that is nearing the size of our country. It is no small matter.

For us to hear a number can be numbing, yet behind every number is a human with a story worth telling who deserves to be free.

This is not only a Nigerian problem. This figure is a bit dated, but the RCMP in 2005 estimated that between 600 to 800 persons are trafficked into Canada annually, and that 1,500 to 2,200 are trafficked into the U.S. through Canada.

What can we do?

We can love those around us. Part of the problem is that we view others without love. Profit is more important than people. Self is more important than others.

We can voice our displeasure to our lawmakers – seeking legislative changes.

We can pray.

View #Bringbackourgirls on Twitter.


Pastor Ken Banks serves at the Wesleyan Church in Truro.



Organizations: RCMP, Wesleyan Church

Geographic location: Nigeria, Canada, U.S. Truro

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