CVJC is hosting nights of prayer that are focused in the some of more intense areas for human trafficking in our city. We invite you to join us if this is an issue you wish to take a stand against – the next two dates are Friday, October 25th and Friday, November 15th.
In order to join us, we ask you to review the letter of invite (below) and return the waiver to us by October 17th. Spots are limited! For questions, email email@example.com (“prayer” in the subject line).
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On Tuesday, May 14, over 30 local pastors and spiritual leaders toured Fresno yesterday and saw first hand the intensity of human trafficking in our city.
The group was taken on a bus tour throughout Fresno, stopping at locations where human trafficking happens regularly. Fresno PD shared true stories of both the horrific realities of human trafficking and also the success stories of transformed lives. Back at People’s church, the group heard testimonies from one of our ministry partners, Christine Riley, who shared her story as a human trafficking survivor. Sgt. Curtis Chastain, head of the Fresno Police Department Human Trafficking Vice Unit, Jessica Pittman of Central Valley Justice Coalition, and Andrea Shabaglian of Made For Them were also among many who cast vision at this event.
The event was an incredible opportunity for the leaders to dive in and be more attentive to the need for their congregations to be involved in the fight against human trafficking and how they can partner with local organizations. Jessica Pittman noted after the event, “God continues to remind us he is a God of justice and mercy! Thanks to all our partners who work around the clock to bring freedom to those who have been oppressed, and thanks to Christine for sharing her story and for partnering with our Coalition.”
KSEE 24 and CBS 47 covered well not only the event, but information on the reality of human trafficking in the Central Valley. The reports can be viewed at the links below:
“Combatting Human Trafficking In the Central Valley” KSEE 24, 5/13/13
“Valley Pastors Learn First Hand About Fresno’s Human Trafficking Problems” CBS 47, 5/3/13
This event was presented by Made for Them and Fresno Police Department, and we hope to have information soon about the next tour. Sign up for our e-newsletter so you will be notified about upcoming opportunities!
Central Valley Justice Coalition has the privilege of doing a breakout session on human trafficking at the Fresno City Summit, to be held March 16 and 17.
City Summit is a powerful event where people with a heart for their community come together to be equipped and challenged to engage their city in a new way. City Summit “was created out of need to bring more people in our community into the conversation of what God is doing and could be doing in our city.”
The event will feature guest speaker John Perkins and includes 19 break out sessions that cover such topics as church based job creation, immigration, healthy approach to helping, and more. In addition to our session, these discussions are important for those seeking to get more involved in an effective and comprehensive human trafficking response.
Follow the link below for more information and to register.
Freedom Sunday is February 17, 2013!
Sign up here for the Central Valley Coalition’s e-newsletters about upcoming opportunities
Freedom Sunday is an internationally recognized day when believers and communities unite through prayer and worship on behalf of over 30 million men, women and children who are enslaved today.
Created by Not for Sale, Freedom Sunday is a platform for churches to become more aware and active in ending modern day slavery. This year, some 5500 faith communities worldwide are planning to participate!
Join the Justice Coalition partner churches this year by signing up HERE
Freedom Week Trainings are offered Wednesday, January 30th at 12:30pm (Fresno Pacific Chapel) and Tuesday, February 5th at 6pm at Fresno First Baptist. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out existing resources on our Church Resources and Prayer, Study, and Devotional Guides pages. CVJC has a printable promotional postcard to get the word out.
View, download, and share the 2013 Freedom Sunday video from Not For Sale here!