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?

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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)


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


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