Eddie Kaufholz had the words of justice found in Micah 6:8 tattooed on his heart, long before the words appeared on his body or in his ministry. Now, Eddie speaks on behalf of International Justice Mission (IJM), engaging and challenging churches, community organizations and individuals to do extraordinary things for others. He also serves as the resident pastor and counselor on the RELEVANT podcast.
For Eddie, “doing justice” is a way of life.
Eddie’s grandma introduced him to Micah 6:8, the first Bible verse he ever heard, when he was eight years old. Although, Eddie didn’t meet Jesus until he was 18, this verse touched his heart. He realized that helping others is something that we must always do. Now, he has this verse tattooed on his arm in his grandma’s writing.
Today, Eddie interacts with justice to end slavery, but believes that all have a mandate to “do justice” in different ways. For some, it’s the ways in which we interact with our neighbors, love our community and leverage our lives around the world.
“It doesn’t matter what justice means to me, but what it means to God,” Eddie said. “And what it means to God is his people being the light of the world. It’s you. It’s me. We are Plan A for doing justice in the world.”
He first learned about modern day slavery a few years ago when he introduced a guest speaker from IJM at the church he pastored at that time. The church had five services and around service four, Eddie’s heart heard the speaker’s words in a new way.
“I was shocked and embarrassed that I didn’t know there were slaves on this planet,” he said.
His new knowledge spurred him to action. He began volunteering for IJM, organizing social justice events at his church and raising awareness about IJM’s ministry in the community.
To date, IJM has rescued more than 25,000 people from violence and is relentlessly working to protect 21 million more from oppression.
“When you know about slavery you can’t un-know it,” Eddie, who as been working full-time with IJM for a year and a half, said. “When you realize slavery still exists, you can’t not do something.”
Whether through public speaking, giving money or praying, Eddie lives his life to eradicate injustice. However, because the need is so great, where to start can be suffocating.
When people ask, “What could I possibly do?” Eddie’s response is, “Anything!”
“We think we can’t do anything because we can’t do everything,” he said. “If we all did anything, there would be massive, sweeping changes in our world.”
His challenge to all is to commit to pray for freedom for the slaves in the world and put actions behind those prayers.
“In whatever spheres of justice, find any organization or person who is doing that work and help in tiny ways or big, gigantic ways, “ Eddie said. “Doing nothing is not an option!”
To contact Eddie or learn more his work with IJM and RELEVANT, visit www.eddiekaufholz.com.
Listen to Eddie on the Thrive with Asbury Seminary Podcast.
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