Characters of history can and do continue to influence the future. According to Colson Center Breakpoint, May 22,2017, William Wilberforce was an 18th century abolitionist and statesman that "faced bitter and powerful opposition to his work to end the slave trade for more than two decades. But he never gave up."
Breakpoint shared the story of "a tired Wilberforce, sitting in his chair studying the Bible. An old letter that he had saved “fluttered from between its pages,” from none other than John Wesley.Wilberforce re-read the letter: “Unless God has raised you up for this very thing,” Wesley wrote, “you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? Oh, be not weary of well-doing.”
We need encouragement when the task we face seems overwhelming, even insurmountable. Fighting human trafficking can seem like that: the numbers are huge, it happens worldwide, and, well, the evil of trafficking seems to be prevailing.
Can we persist? Can we work to end trafficking day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year -- even if it takes decades? Can we be encouraged by the little victories: increased awareness, more rescues, more businesses putting policies and procedures in place to eliminate trafficking in their product line?
I say YES! Let's keep a copy of John Wesley's words close so we don't forget them. Let's encourage each other to continue the fight. Let's cheer each small victory, knowing that they add up to BIG steps forward.
And let's not be weary in well doing. Millions of enslaved victims are counting on us.
Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit www.hope4justice.org/learnmore/
Trainings on "RESPONDING TO THE SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH"
FREE trainings will provide information on the what, who, how, and why of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth.
Morning session (9am-12pm):
- Discussion of the topic
- Identification and “red flags”
- Overview of local intervention resources.
Afternoon session (1pm-4pm):
- Safety planning
- Direct service to survivors of exploitation
- How CSEC uniquely affects male identifying youth.
June Option: 6/8/2017 at East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Road Maple Falls, WA 98226
Morning Session is 9am -12noon(register here)
Afternoon Session is 1 pm-4pm(register here)
August Option: 8/10/2017 at St Luke’s Educational Center 3333 Squalicum Pwky, Bellingham, WA 98225.
Morning Session is 9am-12 noon. (register here)
Afternoon Session is 1pm - 4 pm. (register here)
Note: Additional scheduled trainings are 10/19/17 and 12/14/17 if you're not able to attend in June or August.
Upcoming showing of
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls
On SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017 at 7 pm
Engedi Refuge Ministries will be showing the video Nefarious: Merchant of Souls at Hillcrest Chapel, 1400 Larrabee Ave, Bellingham, WA 98225. This documentary tells the truth about sex trafficking with compassion and tenderness, while exposing its heartbreaking reality. Admission is free. A question/answer period will follow.
Volunteers are needed on Saturday, June 23rd to help set up for Rebound's Ray of Hope Summer Day Program. Help set up camp at Silver Beach Elementary School starting at 9 am and working until 3:30 pm. Lunch will be served at noon until 1 PM. Volunteer for the morning shift, afternoon shift, or both! Contact Shelli at 360-714-0700 to sign up.
Save the date for Hope4Justice's June public meeting on 6/20/17
We'll be hearing from Rebound's new director, Mark Kadel as well asHope4Justice members reporting on project plans!
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Place: Engedi Learning Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264. Directions: 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