Being Thankful. . .

In a world full of trafficking victims & situations

You know what trafficking involves:  Victim control & manipulation, exploitation, violence, coercion, fear, lack of basic freedom, and more.   It's happening to millions of men, women, and children all over the world.  It's even happening right here in Whatcom County.

If you think about it very long, you can become mired in the sadness and desperation of this issue. Combating trafficking can seem like a hopeless endeavor, a nasty business with no end in sight.  What in the world is there to be thankful for?

Instead of having a glass half empty, let's look at this issue from the perspective of a glass that's half full.  Here are some things that I'm thankful for:

  • People (like you!) who learn about the issue and figure out how to combat it in the day-to-day of busy lives.
  • Individuals like Bob, Betty, and Karen who dedicate several hours each month doing necessary work to organize Hope4Justice (including reorganization to non-profit status, planning and preparing events, promoting STEP scholarships, and more).
  • Students giving presentations about trafficking to their peers.
  • Groups like Truckers Against Trafficking who are responsible for several victim rescues just by keeping their eyes open and reporting suspicious activity.
  • Organizations such as Engedi Refuge Ministries who provide a place of refuge and restoration for clients who have endured trafficking.
  • International organizations like International Justice Mission. They are willing to do the dangerous work of literally rescuing victims and seeing that justice is done on their behalf.
  • Businesses like Made By Survivors who help formerly trafficked women live and work with dignity as they create beautiful products to sell. 

The list could go on and on!  People are concerned and much has been done.  Overall awareness has increased and the news contains rescue and success stories every day.

But the war against this evil isn't over.  Let's pray every day about the issue of trafficking, asking God what He would have us do in the fight against trafficking.
Sue Ann

Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery?  Visitwww.hope4justice.org/learnmore/ 

IT'S NOT TOO LATE to
Offer a STEP scholarship to students in your local high school


Are youinterested in preventing minor sex trafficking in Whatcom County?  Do you know a teacher who includes the topic of trafficking in their curriculum and would support a high school student's presentation on the topic?

Join others in your school district to promote the Hope4Justice STEP (Student Trafficking Education Project) scholarships to senior students in your school district.  Contact Sue Ann at sueann@hope4justice.org for more information.
 

Rebound of Whatcom County
is holding their annual "Comfort & Joy" event on Friday, December 2, 2016 at the Ferndale Events Center. 

What: An evening of fun and celebration, Christmas music and the chance to hear about the experience of a Rebound mom and her kids.

Cost: $50 per person.

Click here to purchase tickets and/or learn more.

SAVE THE DATE(S):
HOPE4JUSTICE WILL BE MEETING ON THE THIRD TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH STARTING IN JANUARY 2017

On January 17, 2017, Hope4Justice will relaunch in its new capacity as a non-profit 501(c)(3).  We'll be having regular meetings on the third Tuesday of each month, we will be looking at new initiatives, and we'll be asking for volunteers to help in new roles.

Stay tuned!

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