Faith In Action

 

God Almighty has always seen prostituted people through an accurate lens, but something has been changing for humanity in the last decade. God is calling His people to align with His lens as it relates to prostituted and trafficked people. Few people remain who have not heard the term human trafficking in the past decade. It is almost becoming trendy to work in the anti-trafficking movement. The community of faith can not miss God’s hand and call to rescue, restoration, awareness, legislation, and prevention in this new trend. This is God’s trend and He is calling from a place of compassion, truth, and power. He is equipping and calling His people to look at the least of these with His heart.

 

Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. -Psalm 82:3-4

He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the LORD. -Jeremiah 22:16

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners… -Isaiah 61:1

 

Throughout Scripture and history there is one entity called to care for the oppressed, the widow, the orphan, and the poor. There is one entity charged by the Creator of the Universe to stand between the oppressor and the oppressed. His Bride, the Church, is tasked with this call. Scripture writes these commands not only as a job description, but as the only way to really indentify God’s people. God’s people care for the vulnerable. They seek justice for the oppressed. That is how you will know them. The media attention on this subject is wonderful and the Church is benefiting greatly from the attention, but do not be lulled into inaction by the amount of press that is out there. Only 1% are rescued today. The job at hand is enormous, but our God is even bigger and we are called.

 

But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do,
 what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously.  -Micah 6:8 (The Message)

 

Human Trafficking Resources for the Church – Curriculum Individual or Group Study Prayer items

The European Freedom Network is a strategic network of the European Evangelical Alliance that connects active and emerging ministries and other stakeholders across Europe, and serves those partners by providing the encouragement, advice, resources and prayer that they need for effective action and cooperation. Check out their website for faith-based resources for individuals, small groups, and the church body.

 

International Justice Mission – Materials for Churches and Small Groups to Get Involved

Partner with International Justice Mission (IJM) in the fight for justice by requesting a speaker at your church, fundraising, and/or using their resources to empower and educate your church in fulfilling the Bible’s call to “seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan and plead for the widow” (Isaiah 1:17). You can also sign up to be an IJM prayer partner with 2 or 3 other church members, receiving weekly prayer updates and notifications of the organization’s needs.

 

Salvation Army Initiative Against Sex Trafficking (IAST) – Human Trafficking Prayer and Fasting Resources

The Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking, a project of The Salvation Army National Headquarters, and the Salvation Army host an annual International Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for the Victims of Sex Trafficking. See how you can get involved or read the Prayer and Fasting Resources list on the right side of the page.

 

Peace Promise Prayer Movements and Truck Stops

Join Peace Promise’s prayer movements against human trafficking in the United States. Peace Promise partners with Exodus Cry every Monday night at 8pm CST/9pm EST to pray for a particular city. Since 2009, Peace Promise also has been praying at truck stops – a place where many incidents of human trafficking occur. If this interests you, contact Peace Promise and see the website for ways you can get involved.

Vineyard Justice Network

Vineyard Justice Network (VJN) is a network to connect people pursuing the justice of the Kingdom of God. This network offers holistic wisdom to all our churches, along with many easily-accessed resources for getting started and growing with a missional, Kingdom-centered approach.

Educate your congregations and small groups with this church bulletin that we’ve created for you, explaining the background of human trafficking and current statistics.