Kim Jones, a friend in Dallas (at Irving Bible), has a heart for those suffering from sex trade and she also has the courage to work for justice. We posted about this briefly before, but this is a letter sent to us … I’ve included the whole letter, some of which isn’t for us, but there’s stuff after the jump for those who want to get involved.
Thanks Kim for your commitment.
Thank you for your interest in the problem of human trafficking. Those of us at Irving Bible Church are working closely with an organization called Love146 (www.Love146.org) that works toward the abolition of child sex trafficking and exploitation through prevention and aftercare. As you may know by now, Love146 is working on an awareness campaign related to these issues surrounding the Super Bowl.
Many people in recent weeks have been asking me, “How can I get involved?” In order to help address this question, I’m attaching two documents to this email. One is the campaign overview that was put together by Love146 to communicate to the press and to organizations that might want to participate. The second is a “What Can I Do to Get Involved” document that the Love146 DFW Task Force has put together specifically for Dallas area churches who want to engage with this issue.
Also attached to this email is a seven-day prayer guide that is designed to focus our prayers on specific issues related to human trafficking in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl. The problem of modern day slavery is so enormous that it can be difficult for us to feel like we are meaningfully engaged. But one thing we can do is pray. Please consider using the prayer guide for the next seven days, and when you reach the end simply start back at the beginning. It’s exciting to think that many of us will be reflecting on the same Scripture passages and praying together about the same issues in the days leading up to the big event.
One way to learn more and to get involved is to attend the awareness event being held at Irving Bible Church on January 28th at 7pm. We’d like to see Christians from all over the metroplex come together for worship and prayer and to hear from Lamont Hiebert, co-founder of Love146.
If you’d like to participate in any of the “Take Action” items on attached document, please simply respond to this email and let me know. Also, do not hesitate to forward this email on to your friends and family. Anything you can do to help get the word out would be greatly appreciated.
WHAT CAN I DO TO GET INVOLVED?
- Visit Love146.org to find out more about the epidemic of modern slavery. Download ‘The Problem Information Pack’ (http://love146.org/resources/trafficking)
- Check out ItsNotMyFault.org on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day (January 11, 2011) to find out all the details of the It’s Not My Fault Campaign
- Attend the screening of the documentary film THE PLAYGROUND on January 14, 2011 at 7pm at the Palace Theater in Grapevine
- Attend the “It’s Not My Fault” Awareness Event at Irving Bible Church on January 28, 2011 at 7pm
Commit to Pray
- Gather for group prayer on Wednesday nights in The Boiler Room at Irving Bible Church at 7pm or organize your own group prayer time
- Utilize the Personal Prayer Guide each day in the weeks leading up to the big game
- Take part in our prayer walk event on January 23, 2011 at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington at 2:30pm
Inform Your Friends
- Participate in our social networking efforts by following Love146DFW on Twitter and Facebook and recommend that your friends do the same
- Post the “Fragile” music video to your Facebook profile (http://vimeo.com/14421267)
- Send an email to friends and family telling them about your concern regarding human trafficking and pointing them to Love146.org and ItsNotMyFault.org for more information
- Participate in the ‘Anti-Pimp My Ride’ auto flash mob on Sunday, February 6, 2011
- Be trained to be a part of our online presence with both victims (telling them where to find help) and perpetrators (letting them know that they are being watched)
- Join our teams of volunteers to hand out informational flyers in key locations and events throughout the city