Freedom Sunday 2018: Awareness and Call to Action

Freedom Sunday 2018

Increasing awareness of trafficking and encouraging people to get involved in the fight

Freedom Sunday efforts on September 23, 2018 served to highlight the fact that slavery still exists in the world.  IJM.org says, "Every day, innocent people are beaten, raped and abused as slaves.  Forced labor slavery uses deception, threats or violence to coerce someone to work for little to no pay.  The nightmare of sex trafficking thrives when law enforcement cannot protect vulnerable children and women."

Trafficking happens both here in the United States and around the world.  It can feel overwhelming -- but we can make a difference against trafficking if we are first aware of its existence and then take specific steps to combat it.

Hope4Justice encourages you to learn about the different types of  trafficking then get involved in whatever aspect grabs your heart.  (Our website, emails, and facebook posts will help you become informed as well as offer options for your involvement.) Whether you're able to do something small or invest more time and energy, all efforts add up!

We're committed to the goal of eliminating human trafficking in our lifetime.  Will you join us?

Karen, Samantha and Betty at a Hope4Justice table at NCCTK on Freedom Sunday.

Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/ 

HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY


What: Stand Against Slavery, a night of Worship and Prayer as we take a united stand with other believers in the fight against sexual exploitation.  Sponsored by Engedi Refuge Ministries.
When: October 7, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: New Song Church, 4600 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA
 Liberty in Style Fashion Show
When: Thursday, October 11th, 5-9pm
Where: Betty Be Good Boutique, Birch Bay Square, unit #202 across from Woods Coffee
What: Celebrate five years of fashion with Betty Be Good in an evening to benefit survivors of sexual exploitation.  Benefiting Engedi Refuge.

Enjoy a fashion show, refreshments, nibbles, music, prizes and a community joined together in a stand for liberty. 

Tickets $20 includes $10 boutique voucher, valid October 11th only.  (Tickets can be purchased onlineHERE.)

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at the 10/16/18 Hope4Justice Public Meeting
 What: Sheriff Bill Elfo, Detective Chris Johnston and Sgt. Jay Hart from the Bellingham Police Dept., and Officers from the Lynden Police Dept. will share local information about trafficking at the Hope4Justice Public Meeting
When: October 16 from 7:00-8:30 pm.
Where:  Family Room of North County Christ the King,  1816 18th St., Lynden, WA. 

Sex Trafficking Lures....do your children know the signs? From Mirror Ministries blog posted 9/11/18 by Amber Bruce

"Blanca is a dedicated mother of three. When her pre-teen and two young teens starting making some new friends – usually a process that would delight a mother – Blanca became concerned. She heard stories of parties these friends had been to. Parties where sketchy things were happening and Blanca didn’t know for sure what these friends were up to. What she did know for sure was that warning signs were flaring.

Blanca reached out to Mirror Ministries, where an advocate spoke with her to find out the whole story. After having her concerns brushed off by others, Blanca finally felt like someone was taking her seriously and was going to be with her every step of the way while she guided her children. Our Mirror Ministries advocate also spoke with all three children to let them know the red flags to recognize a pimp and how easily kids can be swept up into sex trafficking. Blanca was very grateful, and she is hopeful that the message got through to her children and it will help keep them safe."

Mirror Ministries provides services to victims of trafficking in the Tri-Cities area of Eastern Washington.  They are tireless, wonderful, dedicated people making a difference in this world.  Please keep them in your prayers.
SA

Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/

HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY

What:  Freedom & Worship Night featuring special guest worship leader, Shawn McDonald and Joshua Parriera speaking on:  "Connecting the Dots: Porn to Trafficking."
When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018; 6:30 PM
Where: Immanuel Bible Church, 2000 West North St., Bellingham, WA. 
(Event is free.  Click here for more information.)
 
What: Stand Against Slavery, a night of Worship and Prayer as we take a united stand with other believers in the fight against sexual exploitation.  Sponsored by Engedi Refuge Ministries.
When: October 7, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: New Song Church, 4600 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA
 
What: Hope4Justice Quarterly Public Meeting
When: 10/16/18. 

(Details in adjacent column about special law enforcement guests)

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JOIN US  FOR SPECIAL LAW ENFORCEMENT GUESTS!
 

Sheriff Bill Elfo, Detective Chris Johnston and Sgt. Jay Hart from the Bellingham Police Dept., and Officers from the Lynden Police Dept. will share local information about trafficking at the Hope4Justice Public Meeting on October 16 from 7:00-8:30 pm.
Location:  Family Room of North County Christ the King,  1816 18th St., Lynden, WA.


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(Courtesy of Mirror Ministries)

The following are warning signs that an individual may be victimized by sex trafficking. Just one sign doesn’t mean a person is being trafficked, but two or more indicates a high probability:

  • Current/history of physical, mental, sexual abuse

  • Ongoing STDs

  • Self-harm/suicide attempts

  • Low confidence

  • Violent or aggressive temper

  • Secretive behavior

  • Change in appearance

  • Secretive relationship with significantly older/younger person

  • Gang activity

  • Teen pregnancy

  • Seen walking in known high risk areas

If you or someone you know is being exploited for sex, call the 24-hour hotline: 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP to BEFREE (233733)

Major League Baseball works to "Strike Out Slavery"

Albert Pujols, Los Angeles Angels  MLB player and his wife, Deidre, are doing something about the issue of human trafficking.  They created Strike Out Slavery in 2017 "...after learning that modern slavery is the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, generating $150 billion annually. The Pujolses knew that if Major League Baseball teams, players and fans joined them, Strike Out Slavery could spread awareness about modern slavery and help a global network of nonprofit organizations rally against it.

Their website says, "In 2018, Strike Out Slavery is expanding as other players take a stand against slavery, enabling the message that ‘enough is enough’ to reach legions of baseball fans across the nation, even the world.

"Strike Out Slavery says, "All of us can – and must – fight against human trafficking. Join Strike Out Slavery to learn more about modern slavery and find out how you can join other baseball fans in helping victims of injustice break free of oppression and exploitation."  They explain, "You don’t have to be a big leaguer to do something about human trafficking." 

It's suggested that you do one of the following:

  • Volunteer

  • Shop for products that benefit survivors

  • Increase your knowledge & awareness

  • Educate others

  • Give to anti-trafficking efforts

  • Advocate for anti-trafficking legislation.

Great ideas!  What will you do?
SAH

Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/

 

HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY


What: Freedom Sunday 2018 Services
When: September 23, 2018, all three services: 9:00am, 11:00 am, 6:30 pm
Where: North County Christ the King, 1835 Liberty St., Lynden, WAWhat:  Freedom & Worship Night featuring special guest worship leader, Shawn McDonald and Joshua Parriera speaking on:  "Connecting the Dots: Porn to Trafficking."
When: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018; 6:30 PM
Where: Immanuel Bible Church, 2000 West North St., Bellingham, WA. 
(Event is free.  Click here for more information.)What: Stand Against Slavery, a night of Worship and Prayer as we take a united stand with other believers in the fight against sexual exploitation.  Sponsored by Engedi Refuge Ministries.
When: October 7, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: New Song Church, 4600 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WAWhat: Hope4Justice Quarterly Public Meeting
When: 10/16/18. 
(Details in adjacent column)

SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:

"To remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all."
Eli Wiesel
 

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The next Hope4Justice  quarterly public meeting is 7:00 - 8:30 pm,  October 16, 2018

Guest Speakers: Detective Chris Johnston and Sgt. Jay Hart from the Bellingham Police Dept. will share local efforts against trafficking.

Location: Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  

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

Thorn - helping protect children from -- and with -- technology

You may have heard that Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore are involved in anti-trafficking efforts.  They're lending their celebrity status (and serve as board members) of an organization called Thorn.

Thorn's website says, "We join forces with the sharpest minds from tech, non-profit, government and law enforcement. We work to stop the spread of child sexual abuse material and stand up to child traffickers. We’re also uncovering new kinds of abuse, and fighting those too."

Their work is guided by three principles:

  • Accelerate victim identification

  • Deter abusers

  • Disrupt platforms

Thorn's first product called Spotlight, "...was designed based on insights from our first survivor survey. It accelerates victim identification and helps law enforcement make the best use of the critical time they have to find child sex trafficking victims."  Since 2016, Spotlight has "helped identify an average of 8 kids per day, reduce critical search times by 65%, and find a total of 5,791 kids."

Additional products -- like Project Vic and BEFREE text shortcode -- have been developed and are in use.  (Click here to learn more.)

And Thorn shares what they've learned.  They say, "It’s all about preventing further abuse. We offer clear insights and best practices for companies, platforms, and individuals."

Yay for THORN! 

I'm encouraged by the number of people and organizations involved in efforts to fight and prevent trafficking.  Join in one or more of the events  listed below as we do our part right here in northwest Washington!
SAHWant to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/


HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY


What: Men of Dignity  Executive Director, Josh Parriera, speaking on Men of Dignity & Freedom Sunday
When: Sunday, September 16, 2018, 10:30 am
Where: Nooksack Valley Christ Community Church, 109 W Third Street, Everson.  (2 blocks behind Subway).  Coffee hour following service.What: Freedom Sunday 2018
When: September 23, 2018, all three services: 9:00am, 11:00 am, 6:30 pm
Where: North County Christ the King, 1835 Liberty St., Lynden, WAWhat: Stand Against Slavery, a night of Worship and Prayer as we take a united stand with other believers in the fight against sexual exploitation.  Sponsored by Engedi Refuge Ministries.
When: October 7, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: New Song Church, 4600 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WAWhat: Hope4Justice Quarterly Public Meeting
When: October 16, 2018, 7:00-8:30 pm
Where: Engedi Refuge Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA
 
 


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Would you like to see if the product(s) you buy are socially responsible?  The Better World Shopping Guide is one resource to check out.  Available in print from Amazon for $11.95, it evaluates companies on five key points:

  • Environmental sustainability

  • Human rights

  • Community involvement

  • Animal Protection

  • Social justice

Alternatively, you can access the Better Shopping Guide website at www.betterworldshopper.org


JOIN US
 

The next Hope4Justice  quarterly public meeting is October 16th at the Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  See details in "Happenings in Whatcom County" section of this email.

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

Is your coffee & tea slave-free?

We've been researching the status of the coffee and tea provided at NCCTK and learned that the church serves San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee (purchased from Costco) and Stash Tea.  The statements and stories behind these companies are encouraging!

The San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee/Rogers Family Company  websitesays, "Our "Fair and Direct Trade" approach to coffee sourcing addresses all of the quality shortcomings of the "Fair Trade Certified" approach and provides ongoing, permanent solutions to help break the cycle of poverty.  We buy our coffee directly and personally from large and small farms - including farmer coops - that meet our stringent standards for quality, compassion for workers, and environmental stewardship. We visit the farms personally, set up long-term contracts and develop long-term relationships with these farmers and coops."

But that's not all.  San Francisco Bay Gourmet Coffee/Rogers Family Company goes on to explain, "But we do even more.  Through our groundbreaking Community Aid Program, we strive to break the cycle of poverty that exists in coffee communities by spending upwards of $1 million - every year - to improve the education, housing, health, and sanitary conditions for workers and their families on every farm where we do business."   

They also say, "Finally, we provide agricultural assistance to all the farmers we work with to 1.) improve crop quality and 2.) convert to shade and organic farming to ensure the beans are sustainable, delicious and worth the higher prices we pay."

Sounds like a good company to buy from and support!

SAH

Note - See below for information about Stash Tea!

Want to learn more about the face of modern-day slavery? Visit http://www.hope4justice.org/the-facts/


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Featured product: STASH tea

The Stash Tea website says, "Since our start in 1972, Stash Tea has sought to balance social and environmental responsibility with economic reality. Although a small company, Stash Tea is aware of our responsibility to the environment, both locally and globally, and strives to be a green, responsible, and socially conscious organization.

Tea Garden Selection

"We take great pride in carefully selecting the tea gardens from which we purchase our teas. Through the years, we have chosen to do business with tea gardens of the highest quality and that treat their workers honestly and fairly."

Stash Tea's Supplier Code of Conduct says (in part), "Stash Tea Company promotes, in every way possible, ethical conduct in the workplace; safe working conditions throughout Stash Tea’s supply chain; treatment of workers with respect and dignity and environmentally responsible manufacturing processes." 

(Read the full Code of Conduct here.)

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HAPPENINGS IN
WHATCOM COUNTY

 

What: Men of Dignity Executive Director, Josh Parriera, speaking on Men of Dignity & Freedom Sunday
When: Sunday, September 16, 2018, 10:30 am
Where: Nooksack Valley Christ Community Church, 109 W Third Street, Everson.  (2 blocks behind Subway).  Coffee hour following service.

What: Freedom Sunday 2018
When: 
September 23, 2018, all three services: 9:00am, 11:00 am, 6:30 pm
Where: North County Christ the King, 1835 Liberty St., Lynden, WA

What: Stand Against Slavery, a night of Worship and Prayer as we take a united stand with other believers in the fight against sexual exploitation.  Sponsored by Engedi Refuge Ministries.
When: October 7, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where: New Song Church, 4600 Guide Meridian, Bellingham, WA

What: Hope4Justice Quarterly Public Meeting
When: 
October 16, 2018, 7:00-8:30 pm
Where: Engedi Refuge Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA

 

JOIN US


Hope4Justice holds quarterly public meetings at the Engedi Counseling Center, 7370 Guide Meridian, Lynden, WA 98264.  The next one is 10/16/18.  We'd love to have you join us!  See details above in the "Happenings in Whatcom County" section.

 

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