By Carl Stagner
Last year the charge was given, and you responded. Thank you! It has been said that perhaps more than any other church-wide initiative, CHOG TraffickLight has mobilized the Church of God to work together in unity to accomplish a single goal. As we’ve continued to make Jesus the subject of who we are why we do what we do, we’re determined more than ever to champion that which moved the heart of Jesus when he walked this earth. In Luke 4:18–19, Jesus quotes the prophet Isaiah’s proclamation of freedom for the captives. Motivated by the heart of Jesus, the Church of God rallied together to raise more than half of our million-dollar goal. Now it’s time to finish the job. On Valentine’s Day 2016 (February 14), Church of God congregations will observe Freedom Sunday once again, and once again, we’ll rattle the very gates of hell.
We know the need is greater than ever. We’ve reflected on the biblical mandate to put our faith into action. Pastors, lay leaders, and churches are urged to join the effort to fight against the pervasive evil of human trafficking. We’ve made participation accessible for every church by providing a wealth of free, downloadable resources at our website. Prayer, worship, and sermon ideas are at your fingertips, as well as promotional tools, statistics, and Bible study material. Register your church at www.CHOGTraffickLight.org/FreedomSunday. There you’ll find everything you need to make this year’s Valentine’s Day less about candy and roses, and more about God’s unconditional love for the oppressed and enslaved.
Imagine what the Lord can do through his people if we are only willing to say Yes. Love for the unloved. Hope for the hopeless. Freedom for the captive. We’ve experienced the Good News of Christ, and now it’s time to pass it on. Will you join us?
Register and prepare for Freedom Sunday 2016 at www.CHOGTraffickLight.org/FreedomSunday.
Learn more about the Church of God at www.JesusIsTheSubject.org.