Tag Archives: Freedom Sunday 2016

Freedom Sunday 2016: Personal Reflections on Fighting Sex Trafficking

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By Kristen Bracy

I first learned about human trafficking in college, at a conference with the college ministry I was a part of, which was under the leadership of my amazing mentor and friend, Lori Taylor. I still vividly remember sitting on the floor in that conference session and feeling this incredible sense of purpose and mission come over me. Up to that point, I wanted my future to look like something different every day! I was constantly struggling with finding my place, my passion, and my purpose in God’s kingdom. But as I walked out of that session, I knew that I had just encountered God. I knew in that moment that I had just learned about something to which I could not turn a blind eye. I could not hear about such an incredible injustice in our world and simply walk away from it. My path was set. Continue reading

Movement-wide Generosity Brings More Help, More Hope to the Shelter

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By Carl Stagner

Thank you, Church of God. Your generous support of CHOG TraffickLight is not only rescuing women and children from the horrors of human trafficking, but is also preventing trafficking from happening in the first place. You’ve heard the stories of how the Shelter in Cuttack, India, has nurtured, protected, and discipled girls with otherwise uncertain futures. No one will ever know for sure where each girl would be today had they not found refuge and unconditional love at the Shelter, but one thing is certain: these girls did not end up as victims of human trafficking. Thanks to your support, the Shelter is now celebrating major improvements designed to enhance security, bless the girls with better living conditions and, as capacity increases, welcome more girls. Continue reading

Church of God Makes Final Prep for Freedom Sunday, Feb. 14

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By Ann Brandon and Carl Stagner

On Sunday, February 14—Valentine’s Day—believers across the denominational spectrum will stand as one against the epidemic of modern slavery. This is because February 14 isn’t just Valentine’s Day this year; it’s also Freedom Sunday! Human trafficking has met its match if and when God’s church comes together against such widespread evil. Church of God Ministries has put a plethora of free resources at your fingertips to help your congregation observe Freedom Sunday in a meaningful way, including opportunities to support CHOG TraffickLight and reach our movement-wide million-dollar goal. One church that has embraced God’s call to fight against the injustice of trafficking is Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis. Continue reading