And taking steps toward bringing freedom for those enslaved
We have amazing freedoms at this period of time in the United States. If you look around the world and/or review a few centuries of history, it's safe to say that we enjoy freedoms that many don't have or never did have.
So let's give thanks for this time and this place and the freedoms we enjoy.
Let's also think about what we can do on behalf of those held captive, whether in a factory in China, on a shrimping boat near Thailand, or under control of a pimp in Atlanta.
No one should be forced to work or provide services against their will. No one should be bought and sold. No one should be trafficked.
As we celebrate our freedoms this holiday, would you think about inviting YOUR church to be a part of Sept. 24, 2017 International Justice Mission's (IJM) Freedom Sunday, in order to bring increased awareness about trafficking?
The IJM website says, "Dedicate Sunday, September 24 to ending slavery. God wants everyone to be free and wants your church to help bring hope and freedom to every enslaved and abused child, woman and man."
In a nutshell, Freedom Sunday is intended to help congregations:
- See the problem of slavery
- Understand God's heart to end it
- Join the fight
The good news is that IJM provides everything needed to promote and carry off Freedom Sunday. A wealth of free resources is available on the IJM website, including bulletins, sermon ideas, videos, social media announcements, facts to share, and more.
Celebrate freedom this Fourth of July then let's take a step toward freedom for others by beginning plans for Freedom Sunday.
Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit www.hope4justice.org/learnmore/
UPDATED REGIONAL RESOURCE AVAILABLE
Updated versions of the Human Trafficking Information Guide/Pierce County Plus 2017 and the Human Trafficking Resource Directory/Pierce County Plus 2017just became available! Find them under "Resources" on the Hope4Justice website.
Many thanks to modern day abolitionists in Pierce County for providing these resources.
Hope4Justice public meetings are from 7-8:30 pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Engedi Counseling 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