Thursday, April 25, 2013

An Easy Way for a Church to Make a Big Difference

In their efforts to eradicate trafficking in Pomona and around the world, TraffickFree Pomona is hosting a fair trade bazaar this coming Sunday at Pomona First Baptist Church by the fountain. 

27 million people around the world are held as modern-day slaves. Young boys work 7 days a week harvesting cocoa beans on the Gold Coast to supply our demand for chocolate. Brothels in India and Thailand house little girl sex slaves where men from our communities can go to purchase their innocence. Men, women, and children from poor countries are kept in bondage all over the world including our own neighborhoods. For almost two years, Shyima Hall, a little ten-year-old girl from Egypt, was held captive by a couple who lived in Irvine. She worked 20 hour days taking care of 5 children. Because a neighbor noticed her mistreatment, Shyima was rescued. Because many people got involved, she's become someone special.

Human trafficking is the 2nd largest criminal enterprise earning billions for the perpetrators. This travesty is cultivated throughout our communities, and there's something all of us can do.

A "Fair Trade Bazaar" is an easy way for a church (or other group) to begin educating the surrounding community about modern-day slavery. Because of the interest among people of all beliefs--it's also a tremendous opportunity for outreach that demonstrates how Christians care enough to get involved. It's also a great way to offer support to nonprofits who are on the front lines rescuing slaves. Proceeds from the items featured for sale (jewelry, coffee, pajama pants, bags, and so forth) from groups like Heavenly Treasures, International Princess Project and iSanctuary--go to support organizations that work with victims, educating them and providing jobs keeping them safe from traffickers. 

For those of you who don't think any human being should be kept as a slave, SoCal Human Trafficking Events is keeping a calendar of events throughout Southern California and provides links to them. Attending a variety of functions, such as TFP's Fair Trade Bazaar, and asking questions is the first step toward making a difference.

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