In this season of Advent, we remember the vulnerability of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. At the start of the Christmas story, Mary is unmarried, pregnant in strange circumstances and about to be abandoned by her betrothed. She ends up delivering her baby in a stable, far from family and support.
Post birth, Joseph is warned that Herod is determined to kill Jesus so he leads his family away from their home country and towards Egypt. They become refugees– on the move, presumably jobless and unable to communicate with locals.
As we reflect on the Christmas story and the vulnerability of Jesus’ parents, we
- think of those who are in similarly precarious situations nowadays
- ponder the opportunities we may have to cross paths and connect with families on the edge. This may be in our churches, social action projects or through our workplaces.
- pray for healthcare professionals who may encounter victims of modern slavery in their role. We pray you would give them wisdom to know what to say and courage to speak. We pray they would be able to provide timely care to vulnerable people and point them in the direction of further support.
Modern slavery and pregnancy
Pregnancy is often a time of heightened risk and vulnerability for modern slavery victims
Four stories from the NHS frontlines
Read about four potential victims of modern slavery who are spotted by healthcare professionals
Signposting support for vulnerable mothers
The vital role played by midwives, health visitors and other medical professionals
Improving maternity care for victims of slavery
Find out more about what is being done to support pregnant victims