Today at the Bay City Wesleyan Church, we had what we called a Freedom Sunday. We learned more about how we stood against slavery as a denomination in the 1800’s and why we still need to fight against human trafficking today. Here are some ways we can do just that.
Become a 21st Century Abolitionist
1- Educate yourself on human trafficking and share what you learn with others. Browse the different article and resources at www.EverydayAbolitionist.com to get you started.
2- Shop well. Use your purchase power to support fair-trade items/companies.
3- Advocate. Speak up for the voiceless to our representatives in the government and ask companies to provide fair-trade products.
4- Pray about it. Involve your faith and pray for:
- Rescue and Restoration for the victims
- Repentance of the perpetrators
- Resources for those who are intervening (governments, law enforcers and other advocates)
5- Keep your eyes open and ask questions. Human Trafficking happens in our own backyards so if you see something suspicious, ask questions like “How old are you?” or “Do you need help?” and report it to the police.
6- Keep it Up! Keep on learning, keep on spreading awareness, keep on advocating and keep on praying. Keeping this topic at the front of our minds will help us as a community truly make a difference for justice.
Here are some more specific things we can try that help bring an end to modern slavery.
1) Find out how many slaves work for you! Discover your slavery footprint at SlaveryFootprint.org
3) Distribute public awareness material from the Department of Health and Human Services
4) Host a viewing of a movie about human trafficking. CLICK HERE for a list of some movie possibilities.
5) Start or sign a petition at Change.org.
6) Have a fair trade chocolate, tea & coffee tasting party! Maybe even use it as a fundraiser for an anti-trafficking organization.
7) Take a moment to ask yourself, “How can I resist objectifying people in my own life?”
8) Provide economic support to families in need across the globe, such as micro loans. You can read more about this in my post: Do You Know What I can Do with $200?
- Five Ways to Fight Slavery (chrismorriswrites.com)