Grace Episcopal Church
National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month
By Deacon Mary Delancey
You, Lord, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, so that mere earthly mortals will never again strike terror.
~ Psalm 10:17-18
During January Grace Church will again recognize Human Trafficking Awareness month. This year we move beyond the focus on awareness to that of prevention, and from human trafficking to the broader issue of modern day slavery.
It is estimated that more than 40 million people are enslaved today - 5 in every 1,000 people in the world. More than ever in history. Those enslaved are often the most vulnerable in our societies, especially the poor and the weak.
Slavery is born of injustice to the vulnerable. But we will see the end of slavery because it is God’s desire that all people be free. He invites us to the work of justice and to know a God who weeps and acts for those who suffer. Throughout the month we will be sharing stories of hope from International Justice Mission (IJM) and show you how we can all become part of God’s work for justice.
IJM is a global organization with a proven solution to end slavery and a 20 year history of helping people make their communities safer for the poor and vulnerable. IJM works with local government officials, police, social service providers and other community partners to provide rescue of victims and restoration of survivors. As important as rescue is, slavery will not end until the criminals who enslave others are brought to justice and justice systems are strengthened to enforce the laws against slavery. IJM provides training, mentoring and support to local law enforcement and other community leaders to slow down and stop this injustice.
Here’s how slavery is being disrupted around the world: IJM: Fighting to End Slavery. For Good.
Please Join us in asking God to empower us to do His work to bring an end to modern-day slavery:
Almighty God, we know you love the poor and vulnerable. We pray that you bring awareness to the Body of Christ around the world concerning modern-day slavery and the biblical mandate for Christians to seek justice, and move us to take action to end this injustice until all are free. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.