DescriptionMerriam Webster chose “Justice” as it’s 2018 Word of the Year. When announcing their decision, they stated, “The concept of justice was at the center of many of our national debates in the past year: racial justice, social justice, criminal justice, economic justice.”
It seems that every news cast around the world has coverage of human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and vulnerable people groups. We (the Church) have been talking about this for some time now. What have we learned? Do we understand God’s heart of justice woven throughout scripture? What measurable progress are we making?
Our hope of restoration and justice is in Jesus. How do we convey that hope to a broken world?
Join us on Thursday as we:
Form discussion groups
Learn together - from each other as well as thought provoking presentations
Talk about how to have a prayer focus on justice and mercy
Participate in two stations of the trail of tears as an example to bring restoration and healing
Discuss vulnerability and what it looks like in your city
Learn about trusted organizations to help your church reach out to dancers in strip clubs
Myth-busting – get us all on the same page
Go beyond India and Thailand. What about YOUR neighborhoods?
Learn how to talk with marginalized people in your city.
What resources are helpful?
Highlight churches who have started prayer groups focused on justice and have hosted awareness events. Give tangible ideas of how your church can be involved.
Session 1 | 9-10 am
Prayer: Ways Your Church can get Involved with Prayer
Session 2 | 10:30-11:30 am
Prevention: Vulnerability and How do We Respond
Session 3 | 1-2 pm
Restoration: Restoration as a Form of Prevention
Each session begins with 20 minutes of definition and overview of human trafficking and concludes with 15 minutes Q&A
Amy Richey & Kathy Austvold
Session 1: Prayer (Trail of Tears & Communion)
Ways your church can get involved with prayer (and participate in two stations from the trail of tears)
Melody Warren, Lauren Walder & Debbie Stutzman
Session 2: Prevention
Vulnerability and how do we respond
Kathy Austvold, Jenny Kindelen & Amy Richey
Session 3: Restoration
Restoration as a form of prevention… intervening in someone’s life brings restoration to them and also prevents further victimization. Learning how Bible stories and art therapy can communicate God’s truth and love to those hurting and victimized.
Melody Warren, Molly Veldt, Steve Austvold & Amy Richey