Here’s what we do:
Our Mission is to partner with the church and community to prevent human trafficking.
Watch this video on the local realities of Human Trafficking. Since the filming of this in 2013 some of the statistics have changed, but the issue remains the same.
Prayer is incorporated into all we do. In addition to our locally focused prayer guide resource, we hold monthly prayer gatherings and facilitate Pray For Freedom, an on site prayer encounter in the areas of Fresno most known for human trafficking.
We work towards change by training youth, adults business professionals and agencies. We are moving into a season where our community education will be primarily focused at the Juvenile Justice Campus, running a 10 week curriculum (My Life My Choice) for girls in juvenile hall.
We educate, empower, and equip the body of Christ to respond by participating in Freedom Sunday and becoming safe places for victims, survivors, and their families.
Our gatherings promote learning, dialogue, networking, and action oriented opportunities for the community to work together. CVJC’s network shares resources and connects victims and survivors to community services. We act as a hub to promote opportunities available to advocates in our region.
More on What We Believe:
….since it influences what we do.
We believe prayer is the foundation of all we do and by engaging God’s heart through prayer, we are able to see real change occur in our community and in our world.
We believe in partnership with God and each other, and in doing the work of the good news where there is oppression in the form of human trafficking and related forms of modern day slavery.
We partner in God’s work to seek justice and reconciliation so that the church and community can live fully in all we are called to be.
We engage with groups in the community, including law enforcement, NGO’s, churches, social clubs and businesses. We recognize we cannot fight injustice well on our own, and call others to collaboration and unity as we all find our place in fighting for justice. We partner with any group, individual or organization seeking to address human trafficking through unified collaboration and a victim centered approach.
We believe education is the first step in preventing and intervening in human trafficking.
We see many instances in which human trafficking is preventable, and strive to model and teach a way of life that keeps men, women and children from being bought and sold as commodities.
Our Biblical Foundation:
God tells us in Micah 6:8 what our proper and natural response is to be when we have experienced his goodness and love. “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you? But to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Jesus came to proclaim, in word and in action, the good news of the Kingdom of God! He was sent to reconcile all things to Himself, for the glory of God. All things includes all people, creation, systems, communities, and every other created thing. In his ministry of reconciliation, things that were broken are made new, whole, and heal, and what they were made to be.
Within the world of human trafficking there is much that is not right.
We join Jesus’ mission in Luke 4:18-19, referring to Isaiah 61. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
If you would like to see more scriptures on justice, mercy, oppression, and freedom please visit our collection here.