Join us for Freedom Thursday

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January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The first month of the year set aside to raise awareness to prevent and stop human trafficking. To launch this month we are starting our new campaign called “Freedom Thursday.” Every Thursday we are asking you to join us to proclaim Freedom to the in four different ways.

Join us weekly or monthly to stand for those who are trapped in slavery. Here is what each Thursday of the every month in 2015 we will be doing.

1St Thursday : Raise Awareness

Join us to raise awareness about the realities of human trafficking. What we want you to do is tell someone about human trafficking, share a story or post a news story on social media. Get the word out that slavery happens in your community.

2nd Thursday: Give

Join us and donate $1.00 or more to a non-profit working to end slavery. Give to your favorite freedom fighter organization. Prayer For Freedom will sponsor a different organization for each month.

3rd Thursday: Pray and Fast

Join us every month to fast and pray for the end of slavery. We have heard miracles of freedom through our prayers and are excited that each month we will be able to fast what God has called us to and pray for the freedom of the 32 million slaves around the world.

4th Thursday: Take Action

Join us every month to take action and use our gifts, talents and passions to end slavery. Upload a video to YouTube, write a poem, draw a picture, create a dance, post a blog, write your legislatures, you name it but use your talents to take action and share freedom Thursday.

Freedom Thursday is a way you can bring change through practical ways that will reflect for justice and freedom.

Many times people have come up to me and ask how they can help bring change no matter where they are from or what they do. Most people don’t have a lot of time to go through the training needed to volunteer or there work schedule is just too demanding. But through Freedom Thursday, everyone can do something and bring change.

We hope you join us every Thursday as we take a stand for justice. If you want to share photos, video’s, art or what you did for Freedom Thursday just #freedomthursday and post them online with the tag.

This wee we are raising awareness to end slavery. Join us and teach others about how slavery still exist and what they can do. Together we can take a stand and change the world.

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Prayers of Awareness and Justice to End Slavery

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When we train new volunteers we ask questions about trafficking cases to find out where our they stands on knowledge and understanding of human trafficking. And to find out if they blame the victim for being trafficked.

Our questions are:

  1. What happened to make the victim vulnerable?
  2. What could have happened to prevent the victim from being trafficked?
  3. Do you think the victim is at fault?

Sometimes the responses are shocking. Like “Why didn’t they just escape?” As if I trafficker made it easy for someone to escape. One of the most common answers to question #2 is to raise awareness. Now I know that awareness is still necessary, but I live in the United States and many people know about human trafficking and slavery. They have seen a movie, watched a crime show or read a novel that depicted slavery. Yet, slavery and exploitation continue and porn use and buying sex is still common.

The problem with awareness is no one seems to be connecting the dots. And I am not positive that the “Hollywood” version of trafficked victim hasn’t done more harm than good. The dots have to be connected if we want to see real change. So this week we are praying for the connections to be made to bring real and lasting change.

This week our prayers are going to focus on these three questions by praying for the opposite.

Protected:

  • Father, help people who are in vulnerable situations to be protected. Keep them safe and away from those who would seek to exploit them. Psalm 27:5
  • Provide for their basic needs. Jobs, food, and medical care. Philippians 4:19 
  • God please help children who are in dangerous situations to be found before they are exploited. Let intervention happen quickly. Psalm 12:7

Justice:

  • God bring justice to victims of human trafficking. Amos 5:24
  • Expose any corruption that is stopping justice. Court systems, law enforcement and Government officials. Leviticus 19:15
  • Help victims of trafficking to be seen as victims and not criminalized. Genesis 16:13

Freedom:

  • Reveal anyone who are trapped in slavery. Ephesians 5:11
  • Help victims find freedom that are trapped by threats and coercion. Luke 4:18
  • Jesus, help them to find healing physically, spiritually and mentally. John 8:32 Galatians 5:1

Please remember to continue to pray for the girls still enslaved in Nigeria. #bringbackourgirls. Thank you for standing with us in prayer we know your prayers are changing the world.

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Freedom Thursday: Take Action to End Slavery

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It’s Freedom Thursday!

We believe that creativity is a powerful way to bring awareness and change to end slavery. This week we are in Dallas raising our voices for freedom and brainstorming with other churches and non-profits to see an end to slavery in our city. At the Greater Dallas Movement Day. A movement to see the gospel change the city and bring real and lasting change into our community.

We hope you are standing with us in some way to use your creativity to raise awareness and end this horrible injustice.

Here are a few ways friends of ours have made a difference using their creativity.

Julie Cosgrove a writer, speaker and Christian leader wrote two amazing novels about human trafficking and is working on her third.

The Southwestern Assemblies of God University students volunteer with at-risk kids four times a month to prevent human trafficking in our “Not My Generation: Slavery” program they use crafts, sports and prevention training. They also have a chapter called “Freedom’s Voice” to help raise awareness about issues of injustice on the campus.

These are just a few creative ways that individuals have brought change and raised awareness about slavery. Share what you are doing and add the #freedomthursday.

 

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Prayers for Justice in the Courts to End Slavery

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The judicial system is crucial to end slavery and create an atmosphere of freedom. Right now in courts around the world victims are seen as criminals and many times they never see justice. This week we will pray in faith for change and transformation around the world for places that are in need of justice.

One of the common factors that obstructs justice is prejudice and social inequality. In India for example justice is denied many times to women, in the Middle East rape victims can be put in jail. Injustice, so what happens when a girl is trafficked and sold as a slave. She many times is the very one that is criminalized, although small changes are happening we still have a long way to go.

Join us this week to ask God to change court systems, laws and bring freedom to those that have been victim to injustice.

Courts:

  • Justice: That court cases around the world would not show partiality to anyone because of funding, social stasis, race or religion but be objective and reflect justice. Exodus 23:2
  • Judges and juries: The judges and juries who are assigned to trafficking cases would be informed about slavery and the complexities with trafficking victims. They would have God’s wisdom in each case. Exodus 23:6
  • Lawyers: God would provide lawyers to fight for freedom. They would be anointed to try each human trafficking case they are given. Ezra 7:10

Laws:

  • New laws: Any gaps in laws that deal with human trafficking would be addressed and changed. Psalm 119:7
  • Current laws: Laws that exist would be enforced and judicial systems would pursue cases of human trafficking. Leviticus 18:5Leviticus 25:18
  • Change laws: Any laws that criminalize the victim would be exposed and changed. Laws around the world would reflect Christ justice and heart for people. Psalm 119:108

Freedom:

  • Victims freed: Any victims that are enslaved because of unjust laws would be found and freed. Luke 4:18
  • Strength: Survivors and victims would have the courage and strength to stand up for justice. They would be freed from the fear of facing their trafficker. Deuteronomy 31:6
  • Survivors: Would find peace and know Christ redemptive power. Ephesians 1:7

Thank you for joining us to pray for the end of slavery. We know that your prayers are changing the world.

 

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Freedom Thursday; Prayer and Fasting for Freedom

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It’s Freedom Thursday!

Our favorite day of the week, Thursday. And this Thursday it’s time to pray and fast for freedom and an end to human trafficking and slavery. This week our prayers are for freedom for those enslaved, shelter for those who have been rescued and salvation for those who are enslaving others.

Be a part of a movement to see the 32 million people that are trapped in slavery free from the horrors of human trafficking and freed to live in the identity they have through Christ Jesus.

For more prayer points click here.

 

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Prayers to Provide Education for Children & Freedom from Slavery

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To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding, To receive the instruction of wisdom,
 justice, judgment, and equity;To give prudence to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion.

Proverbs 1:1-3

Vulnerable people are the prey of human traffickers. One way that people are vulnerable is a lack of education.

 58 million primary school-age children are not in school. More than half of these children are girls and 75 percent of them live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Of all the primary-school age girls globally, 20 percent are not in school, compared to 16 percent of boys in this age group. That is one-in-five girl worldwide who aren’t going to primary school.

Half the Sky Movement.

In the prevention work that we do in an urban city in United States we have several kids that are either illiterate or have minimal reading skills. This brings vulnerability to each child that grows up attending school and unable to read.

I also believe that Jesus is the true path to freedom and when He is present in a person’s life they choose the path and live in the destiny that God has for them. Which is freedom.

So this week our prayers are focused on salvation and education to see an end to slavery.

Education:

  • God protect girls who are in school from traffickers, terrorist and anyone that would try to prevent them from becoming educated. Psalm 61:3
  • Father, help education to be accessible to children around the world.
  • Provide teachers for children that can teach and inspire change in each child. Exodus 18:20

Freedom:

  • God help children to be freed from slavery. Psalm 81:6 Psalm 82:4
  • Victims would be free spiritually and mentally from traffickers and abusers. Galatians 5:1
  • Children would be free to live in the path that God has for them. Jeremiah 29:11-12

Salvation:

  • Survivors and victims would know the love of Jesus. Romans 8:39
  • Traffickers would repent and free the people they have enslaved. Acts 2:38
  • Revival would start around the world and people would know who they are in Christ. Free people. Matthew 3:2

Thank you for joining us in prayer we know your prayers are changing the world. Please continue to stand in prayer for the school girls in Nigeria #bringbackourgirls.

 

 

 

 

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Freedom Thursday; A New Campaign to End Slavery

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January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The first month of the year set aside to raise awareness to prevent and stop human trafficking. To launch this month we are starting our new campaign called “Freedom Thursday.” Every Thursday we are asking you to join us to proclaim Freedom to the in four different ways.

Join us weekly or monthly to stand for those who are trapped in slavery. Here is what each Thursday of the every month in 2015 we will be doing.

1St Thursday : Raise Awareness

Join us to raise awareness about the realities of human trafficking. What we want you to do is tell someone about human trafficking, share a story or post a news story on social media. Get the word out that slavery happens in your community.

2nd Thursday: Give

Join us and donate $1.00 or more to a non-profit working to end slavery. Give to your favorite freedom fighter organization. Prayer For Freedom will sponsor a different organization for each month.

3rd Thursday: Pray and Fast

Join us every month to fast and pray for the end of slavery. We have heard miracles of freedom through our prayers and are excited that each month we will be able to fast what God has called us to and pray for the freedom of the 32 million slaves around the world.

4th Thursday: Take Action

Join us every month to take action and use our gifts, talents and passions to end slavery. Upload a video to YouTube, write a poem, draw a picture, create a dance, post a blog, write your legislatures, you name it but use your talents to take action and share freedom Thursday.

Freedom Thursday is a way you can bring change through practical ways that will reflect for justice and freedom.

Many times people have come up to me and ask how they can help bring change no matter where they are from or what they do. Most people don’t have a lot of time to go through the training needed to volunteer or there work schedule is just too demanding. But through Freedom Thursday, everyone can do something and bring change.

We hope you join us every Thursday as we take a stand for justice. If you want to share photos, video’s, art or what you did for Freedom Thursday just #freedomthursday and post them online with the tag.

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Prayers of Prevention, Justice and Healing to End Slavery

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Thank you all for standing with us in prayer to end slavery, we know your prayers are changing the world. As we stand in prayer this week to fight against this horrific human right abuse our prayers will be focused upon prevention.

One of the main problems of human trafficking right now are the prejudice that people have against the victims. Maybe a victim of human trafficking made a unwise decision that still cannot justify the actions of the trafficker. An example, a 14-year-old girl was at the mall it was closing time and it was raining outside. No one showed up to pick her up; she was in and out of Child Protective Services. I man in his late 20’s drove up and persuaded her to get in the car. She was raped given drugs and sold for two weeks.

When the case came to court the man was given probation. I believe the prejudice against the girl and the decision she made to get in the car were factors in court case. We can’t justify evil by one person’s bad decision. We cannot justify wrong. When I read this story I was infuriated, it makes no sense that a child could be seen as the one at fault. I started to read comments about the story, and many people felt that she should have known better than to get in the car. This is a dangerous way of justifying wrong. It is also one of the reasons that children are being criminalized when they should be seen as the victim.

This week we will share more stories about this injustice that is happening in the court system and around the world. As we learn about injustice we have to remember that our hope is always in Jesus and when we pray change happens.

Prevention:

  • God help children and vulnerable populations know the dangers of human trafficking and the ways traffickers deceive. Psalm 5:11Psalm 111:10
  • Wisdom & Decisions: Help children and families to make wise decisions about their children’s future. Deuteronomy 4:6
  • Let awareness be raised in high-risk communities. Nehemiah 4:15

Justice:

  • Decriminalization of Victims: Help victims to be seen without prejudice, regardless of race, gender, economic background, caste or village they are from. Proverbs 18:5
  • Expose Corruption: Bring to light corruption happening that causes victims to be criminalized. 2 Peter 1:4John 8:12
  • Convictions: Let traffickers be caught and brought to justice. Psalm 5:4, Proverbs 21:15

Healing:

  • Mentally: God heal victims that have suffered mentally by isolation, exclusion and criminalization. Reveal your love to each one of them. Isaiah 58:8
  • Physically: Heal victims of human trafficking of all physical pain they have received through being enslaved. Heal them of HIV, or any diseases they have contracted. Matthew 4:23Luke 9:6
  • Spiritually: Let them know the love of Jesus and His resurrection power to heal all of their suffering. Heal any broken heart they have suffered from the abuse. Jeremiah 33:6

Thank you for praying with us at Prayer for Freedom, we are so grateful for you and your prayers. We are also praying that you will know God’s love in a deeper way. Join us this week as we continue to address the issue of criminalization of victims and how we can bring change.

 

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Prayers of Freedom For Children

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In Joshua 1:9 the Bible says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

As we stand in prayer to end slavery there are two things we have to be, strong and courageous. Strong in our fight to continue no matter what statistics we read or when we look into the eyes of children that are or have been or are being trafficked. And courageous to know, God is fighting the battle before us for those enslaved.

These two words have been the theme for this year and I can honestly say this year I have seen more injustice than I ever knew existed. I have met and prayed with girls that have been raped by fathers, forced into sex slavery and other girls that have no tangible hope for a future. Through all of it I have known more hope and faith in God, I have seen God speak to children longing for hope. I’ve seen angry boys choose Jesus and start to find joy; I have seen girls 8 and 9 years old forgive the people who raped them. Miracles of God, and signs that God will be with us wherever we go. Join us this week to pray for more miracles.

Abolitionist:

▪   God give all the people that are fighting for freedom strength and courage to continue. Joshua 1:9

▪   Provide financial security for there work. Isaiah 58:11

▪   God protect everyone that is standing up for victims. Psalm 42:3

Freedom For Children

▪   God bring freedom to children that are trapped in slavery. Romans 8:21

▪   Give them courage and strength to never give up hope. Joshua 1:9

▪   Any death or curses that might have been spoken over them replace with life and truth through Jesus. Psalm 56:13

Change in Society

▪   Empathy and compassion would be shown towards victims of slavery. Psalm 102:13

▪   Children would be valued by Society.

▪   Revival would begin in places renown for human trafficking. John 4:43-45

Remember as you face the challenges and problems of this week that God says, “be strong and courageous” He is fighting for you wherever you go. Thank you for taking time to pray for freedom for those enslaved your prayers are changing the world.

 

 

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Prayers of Prevention to End Slavery

Our prayers this week are for prevention, freedom and education. Three keys to ending slavery in the future. In areas of prevention one important aspect is the prosecution of traffickers and the de-criminalization of victims. In many countries victims are afraid to go to the police because they will be out-cast and become the ones criminalized.

Prevention

  • Awareness would be raised around the world to communities at risk of being trafficked.
  • Traffickers would be prosecuted for their crimes. Leviticus 19:15
  • Victims wouldn’t be criminalized. Deuteronomy 16:20

Freedom

  • Victims of human trafficking would be freed. Psalm 136:24
  • Victims would be freed and healed physically, spiritually and mentally. Revelation 1:5
  • Mentally freed slaves would find complete restoration. Isaiah 49:8

Education

  • Children would have access to education. 
  • Women and families would know the lies of traffickers. Proverbs 30:8
  • Families would have the education needed to find work. Isaiah 65:22

We are so grateful for each of you standing up for justice in the world. One prayer can change the lives of millions. If you would like more prayer points click here. We believe that Christ in the hearts of people is what will bring true and lasting change in the dark world of slavery. Colossians 2:6-7 NIV

 

 

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