Human Trafficking Documentary Screening at Bellaire UMC in January
While the phrase ‘human trafficking’ may conjure images of desperate immigrants being forced into prostitution by human smugglers, the fact is that over 80 percent of victims in 2011 confirmed sex trafficking cases in this country were American citizens. It’s happening everywhere -- in plain sight -- and most don’t even realize it.
See the documentary In Plain Sight - Stories of Hope and Freedome at Bellaire UMC on January 29, 20215 to learn more about how human trafficking and what you can do to be more aware and help others.
Bernadette Cano, Resident Advisor with Redeemed Ministries loves the fact that the documentary is hope-driven. “Human trafficking is an intense injustice, but it is exciting to learn and hear how God’s redemption shines through in this movie,” she says. “In Plain Sight has a 31-day devotional study guide we are offering to provide individuals or small groups the chance to seek God’s direction on how they should get involved.” She encourages churches to request a premier or the curriculum via firstname.lastname@example.org. The website inplainsightfilm.com also has a “How to Host” screening link, at church, workplace or school. Each premier will have coasters created by our Sparrows (rescued victims) available to purchase. This provides a great opportunity to celebrate the Sparrows redemptive creativity as you pray for them. We love offering a tangible item that our beloved Sparrows created.” There will also be Redeemed Ministries representatives at each premier providing additional insight and they will be available for Q&A. “Redeemed Ministries invites anyone or any congregation to journey with us at any level. We are very flexible with respect to the church calendar. She urges us all to remember that it takes a church to serve, pray and show the love of Christ to these women.”
Another group working very closely with TAC churches is Love146, an international human rights organization that was founded in 2002. Asbury alum, Kylie Abegg is regional coordinator for Texas and has provided speakers at The Woodlands UMC and been in partnership with Faithbridge UMC and Grace Fellowship UMC. See www.love146.org
and the Abolitionist Curriculum for more information on getting involved.
How Can You Help?
Opportunities to volunteer with human trafficking are many and varied, and new opportunities arise with each rescued victim or “sparrow.” We encourage you to look at your gifts and interests, and find a place where you can serve.
Organize an information night at your church or for a small group. Learn how to present information to churches and organizations. Tell your family, friends and co-workers about the issue. Organize a 10-10-10 event. For more information, click for the FreeOurCity.org campaign.
- Promote a movie showing at your church to begin the education process. The feature-length documentary was produced and narrated by Christian musician Natalie Grant and features six modern-day abolitionists as they fight sex trafficking across America. The film opens the viewer’s eyes to what’s happening down the street “in plain sight” through engaging interviews with numerous victims of sex trafficking. In the midst of the darkness, stories of hope and freedom emerge as each survivor shares how she was impacted through the work of a sex trafficking aftercare home.
- Join an outreach team and seek victims.
- Build relationships with women currently being exploited. Build relationships with local churches that want to engage. Build relationships with local businesses that can contribute to the fight or aftercare. Build relationships with lawmakers and law enforcement officers.
- Connect with therapists, doctors, attorneys and other professional service providers to arrange for pro bono services to be made available to survivors. Research available resources survivors can use to integrate back into society. Help organize fundraisers. Collect various gifts cards to use in the Aftercare Incentive Program.
- Join the prayer team.
- Become a mentor.
- Lead a Bible Study.