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I found this image online last week as I was looking for something to show my gratitude to the hundreds of people who are participating in Freedom Sunday this month.  Though it may not be Fresno, I felt it accurately reflects the love we have for our city and the people in it.

Thank you for partnering with us.

 

In sharing with churches about Human Trafficking in Fresno, I’m drawn to the incident in Luke 7 where Jesus is anointed by the woman. It’s such a beautiful display of love for her savior after realizing how much debt had been paid… a proclamation of freedom and an act of true love! (Read it here.) To know your debt has been paid is the most freeing experience of all! Nothing can hold you back anymore! Think of a time when you were forgiven, when your life was spared, when grace overcame and all you could do was say “Thank You Jesus”…

 

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She poured out her most valuable possession and risked being criticized by those around her because she had the FREEDOM that only Christ can bring to LOVE him more than anything…

Jesus says,  “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.  Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” 

Oh to be the “sinful woman” at Jesus feet. To understand how much has been forgiven and how free I really am because of God’s great love for us… oh to have that repeated throughout our city streets and churches and brothels and night clubs in Fresno… in the hearts of men and women on the streets… among the trafficked and the saved…

 

May you know the freedom of forgiveness today and understand how much you are truly loved. 

–Kelly Mitchinson, CVJC Staff

The Coalition thanks to ALL who joined us April 19 & 20th for Just Act! A special thanks goes to the 50+ people who spent late hours on Friday night or early Saturday morning ACTING in our community! By supporting this event you all helped us to bring about holistic and lasting change to those impacted by human trafficking. Petitions were signed, demonstrations were held, training occurred, and fervent prayer took place. Friday night there were 25 people who walked and prayed on Parkway Drive – these people took a courageous stand to demonstrate our intolerance of the injustice of human trafficking.

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The Coalition desires to continue growing and increasing in impact. To do that, we need money! We ask you shamelessly to give because we believe without a doubt that what we are doing makes a difference. Please click here to learn more about donating.

Today starts the Lenten season for many Christians. This season, whether you observe lent of not, we encourage you to spend time and seek God’s heart regarding justice and human trafficking, in your community and worldwide. Let Him show you how you are connected.
Be still and listen to what He wants to do in you and with you in this time. Devote time to prayer into this issue, pray for those who are impacted including the whole community, pray into the movement to bring justice and those involved. We will be providing points of prayer each day this season on our facebook page and Twitter
We encourage you to also check out bible studies and/or devotional to read through.
Suggestions:
Each day read and meditate on a different scripture concerning justice. Consider what it means and listen for what God wants to tell you. See our scripture list.
Download and use Not For Sale’s Fast For Freedom 40 Day Devotional

Visit our Church Resource page for more

The goal of Freedom Week is to provide you with a greater understanding of the issue of human trafficking in our community- both the tragedy and the hope.  We have compiled a Resource booklet to help  connect you to those providing help to victims of human trafficking in our community.

May it help you begin to develop your own response, and in turn, enthuse your local community to get involved in helping free the captives and create a “slave free” world. Click on the image below to view and download

Go Forward Resource Booklet

Devotional: Be Still And Know I Am God
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
There are many scriptures where God is calling us to action to seek justice. Simultaneous, He calls us to be still and know He is God. One version says to “cease striving and know He is God.” We encourage you to ask Him, “what does that mean in my life?”
He desires for us to do justice, to act. We believe that He doesn’t want us only to act, He wants us to know Him, the God of justice, more deeply; to immerse ourselves in His loving presence as He speaks to our hearts about His justice, both in and around our lives. Out of this is where our ministry flows. He also desires for us to not strive, but to trust Him enough in this to be still. He will be exalted here. He will be exalted in His work of justice in our community, just as in all the earth, as He declared that He will not cease until He has established justice throughout the earth. It is not by our own effort, but His righteousness that we will see slavery end. In this victorious place do we partner in seeking justice. In the midst of the movement, we encourage you to rest, ask Him “what do you want to do now, in me and through me?
Not For Sale has provided devotionals and bible studies to aid in engaging Him concerning justice.