Human Trafficking

Today we begin a new series for the season of Lent. Each week we will be publishing a devotional that ties into Lenten reflections while demonstrating that there are holistic connections between spiritual disciplines and social action. Neither of these are ends in themselves. They fit together as part of a lifestyle of holiness. The seasons of Lent and Advent […]
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Lent, a time in the church calendar of reflection and preparation, begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26th. Throughout the season of Lent, we will be offering weekly reflections on lament, prayer, fasting, hope, and freedom to help us prepare for the celebration of Easter. You can expect to receive an email every Wednesday morning starting on Ash Wednesday.
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Does domestic violence intersect with human trafficking? Absolutely.   According to the 2009 Department of State Trafficking in Person Report, almost 70% of adult female survivors of human trafficking experienced domestic violence before they were trafficked. People who are experiencing intimate partner violence may decide to escape the abuse by leaving their home and community – but their choice for survival […]
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Haiti knows brokenness.   There are few jobs. There is not enough food as it is, but the anticipated population explosion within the next 20 years will worsen this problem. It is often considered the world’s poorest country with about three-quarters of its population living on less than $2 USD per day.   Deforestation has eliminated 98% of Haiti’s forests, magnifying the effects of natural […]
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A guest post written by Ginger Coakley, CEO of Eden’s Glory. “Hospitality means primarily the creation of free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, […]
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Photo: Kevin Austin   We recently met up with Chance and Dee Dee Galloway, our partners in Bulgaria, to hear more about their holistic ministry. Below is an excerpt from our discussion with them about the link between church planting and intervening in human trafficking.   Dee Dee: I was recently at the Freedom Forum in Budapest, in a session […]
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Think of that word for a second – “community”. What immediately comes to mind? A group of people with a common interest? Maybe people who come together simply to enjoy each other’s presence?   Now think specifically about your community. Maybe it’s your church. Your co-workers. An athletic team. A group of friends. What does that group look like? Is it comprised […]
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A Cambodian child sold to a Japanese couple in Phnom Penh to be a domestic helper. A Thai woman recalling her childhood of being exploited by man after man, all facilitated by her father. A group of immigrants being forced to pay off their debt to their broker by working in a restaurant in San Francisco for no pay. In our […]
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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by slavery and human trafficking these days.   In the U.S. alone, there are about 25 different types of slavery, exploiting hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children. The refugee crisis in Syria is creating an unforgiving pipeline of human trafficking victims. The child cybersex industry is becoming normalized and lucrative in the Philippines. In […]
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Jackie had been homeless for quite some time when she met the obliging man who offered her a place to stay. Although it seemed too good to be true, her desperation won and she agreed to move into his apartment.   But soon after she moved in, Jackie grew suspicious of the man’s motives. Quickly, she discovered that his benevolence was […]
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