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Not For Sale

Imagine going to the same restaurant for years, then opening up the paper one day to discover that the friendly service you were receiving from the owners “family” was actually being provided by slaves.  What would you feel?  Shock?  Guilt?  Concern?

This is exactly what happened to David Batstone in 2007.  “This was happening in my country at a restaurant I frequented.”  The news story hit so close to home, that David was compelled to do something about it.  After researching the issue of human trafficking, he helped to co-found Not For Sale, a non-denominational non-profit designed to help “re-abolish” slavery in our time.

Visit their website to hear David share his story and learn the facts about slavery for yourself.  Read real life stories about trafficking in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America or visit the Slavery Map to hear about cases near you.  Take a look at Legal Efforts to End Sex Trafficking and then learn about the role of International Diplomacy in putting an end to the slave trade.

Finally, visit the Take Action page to develop a customized plan for you, your church, or your community.  Organize a Freedom Sunday.  Discover the story behind the clothes you wear and the chocolate you eat and learn how you can promote ethical sourcing!   Sign up to participate in the Global Forum where you’ll hear from abolitionists worldwide.  Or join the Student Abolitionist Movement or the Underground Church Network where you’ll be encouraged to live out your faith in practical ways that make a genuine difference in the lives of trafficking victims.  And don’t forget to check back for up-to-date news on the progress of global abolition!  Each one of us has the opportunity to make a difference.  The question is: will you accept the challenge?

Get Involved, Missions Monday, Prayer

International Justice Mission

If you’ve read “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” (one of my personal favorites) or seen the movie, “Amazing Grace”, you’re probably already acquainted with the horrors of slavery.  What you may not know is that these horrors remain a reality for millions around the world who suffer injustice today.  Each year, nearly 32 billion dollars in profit are made through human trafficking.  Women and children are exploited in brothels while other families endure forced labor in brick kilns and manufacturing plants.  But you can make a difference!

For the last 15 years, International Justice Mission (IJM) has been fighting to end slavery and injustice by spreading awareness, training local law enforcement, and providing both legal defense and victim aftercare.  They have helped to free thousands held in bondage and advanced the cause of justice throughout the world.  To find out more about their accomplishments through the last 15 years and their vision for the next 15 years, click the following link:  Celebrating 15 Years of Justice.  After you view the video, you have the option to get involved in the mission by signing a petition to end slavery, committing to being a prayer partner, helping to raise funds, and educating your friends concerning the need to bring justice to the world’s poor!  So what are you waiting for?  Make a difference today!