Thursday, December 20, 2012

An Important New Year's Resolution

Christmas is just a few days away and with all the turmoil in the world, it couldn't be a better time than to celebrate the true reason for the season--Jesus Christ. His light shines brightest in the darkness and He gave up all the glories in heaven to come and be with us--Emmanuel. His gifts pour out in the midst of pain and difficult circumstances--peace, joy, comfort, and love. We can resolve to reflect that light and those gifts as we participate in all our holiday celebrations.
 
A good New Year's resolution to put in place is to learn more about human trafficking and the ways we can help prevent this travesty. So why am I telling you about that now, before Christmas? Because it's taking place right in our own neighborhoods, as well as around the world and children especially need our help. Many of them will spend this Christmas in bondage. In the midst of the holidays, we can enter their dark world and consider ways we might contribute to their well-being.

And, it takes so little effort to make a BIG difference. Each person that becomes more aware can tell others and that may prevent someone from being forced into modern-day slavery or could help a victim escape. So while you're thinking about what changes you want to make in the New Year, consider being involved in the abolitionist effort.

January is National Human Trafficking Prevention month. On January 25th, Cottonwood Church, 4505 Katella Ave., Los Alamitos, CA will bring the community together by hosting "Free Them,"  a human trafficking awareness "art event with a cause." Many churches and nonprofits will be promoting anti-human trafficking efforts. KBRT 740 am radio has partnered with them to spotlight the free event that will feature food, dance, musicians, poets, artists and more. For more information, or if you're interested in promoting this to your church, email ocfreethem@gmail.com/.  A video announcement and flyers that can be passed out are available.

Other ways to learn more about anti-trafficking include watching a DVD, reading a book, or attending a conference. In addition, everyone reading this blog should put the National Trafficking Hotline number in your cell phone right now--1-888-3737-888. It operates 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  If you suspect you've encountered a trafficking situation, get all the details you can and call to report it. They'll take it from there, no matter where you're located.

Please also consider subscribing to this blog, so you'll continue to grow in your awareness of abolitionist efforts in So. California throughout 2013. Then, you can pass on what you've learned. And, that will bring some light into the darkness, giving us all the more reason to rejoice!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Transform LA!



 

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