This week's action steps:
Sign up for the Skagit Coalition Against Trafficking conference on 4/11/18. Details below.
Whatcom County high school, WCC and WWU students: Turn in applications for the STEP scholarship by 4/15/18.
In his book, "The Good News About Injustice" Gary Haugen, President and CEO of International Justice Mission (IJM) says "God is in the business of using the unlikely to perform the holy." As an example, he cites Abraham, "an old man with few relatives and no children." God used him to establish a nation whose descendants would outnumber the stars. Another example is David, a "scrawny shepherd boy who didn't even know how to dress for battle." And then there are the followers of Jesus. Gary says, "To build the church of Jesus Christ and to turn the world upside down, God worked through the most unlikely crew of humble women and common fishermen."
These examples are intended to show us that God uses real people to accomplish His purposes. Not the rich and powerful and not the wisest or most accomplished. He uses everyday people like you and me. With Hope4Justice, this means people of all ages with varied talents and skills but all with a heart to fight injustice, including:
- A retired teacher who asked God, "What now, Lord?"
- A 15 year-old high school freshman responding to a teacher's challenge to get involved with a cause
- A busy young mom with little time
- A 20-something college student studying communication and videography
- A middle-aged employee of a local company
- Young people ages 11-18 willing to act on their beliefs by being in a video about trafficking
When it comes to the fight against injustice, Gary says, "We are all qualified to seek justice. God is in the business of using the 'foolish' and the 'weak' to accomplish his divine will on earth, and that simply means that I am qualified to be on his team. We all are. And when it comes to seeking justice for the hurting in our world, he doesn't have a special roster. He intends to use you and me. He doesn't have any other plan. In fact it is precisely for such good works that we were created; they don't save us or make us righteous before God, but they allow us to fulfill the godly purpose for which God created us. (Eph. 2:10).
Each of us has unique talents, skills, and abilities to use in this task. What are yours? How are you using them?
Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/
ON THE CALENDAR
4-11-18: "STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Join Forces for Prevention" Conference
(Free to attend)
When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Registration at 7:30 am. Conference ends at noon.
Where: Swinomish Casino, Anacortes
- Suamhirs Piraino-Guzman, Sr. Program Coordinator, WA Advisory Committee on Trafficking (WARM)
- Catherine Crisham, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Human Trafficking
Breakout Groups: Law Enforcement/Social Worker, Education, Medical, General Public
Conference sponsored by Skagit Coalition Against Trafficking
RSVP to Diane Goetz at email@example.com
5-5-18: (Note corrected date)
Men of Dignity "A Men's Rally for Holiness"
When: May 5, 2018; 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Hillcrest Chapel, Bellingham, WA
Details at www.MenofDignity.com
Become part of the "Prayer Wall for Engedi Refuge Ministries" by signing up to pray for 30 minutes, once per week. You'll receive prayer requests and updates via email.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with "Prayer for Engedi" in the subject line. Include your name & preferred day and time to pray.
The next Hope4Justice quarterly public meeting will be from 7-8:30 pm on May 15, 2018. Put it on your calendar now!
Directions to Engedi Counseling Center: From Wiser Lake roundabout head North on Guide Meridian; immediately after Simple Box Storage Containers turn right into the driveway and drive to the second building on the left