This year we are joining with a hundred churches in the Fresno/Clovis area to pray and fast for change and renewal in our cities. Beginning on Jan.11 and ending on Jan. 31 we are committing to devote three weeks to seeking God’s plans for our individual lives and our mutual service. For more information on fasting (what it is, why we do it, what we are praying for, upcoming events) please download the FastingBrochure2016 (courtesy of Northpark and Fresno First Baptist Church).


From our Executive Director:

Human Trafficking is evil.

It’s morally abhorrent and ethically indefensible on every level.

As people of faith, we can sometimes feel overwhelmed by the sheer scope of the world’s second largest criminal enterprise (U.S. Dept of Justice). It can feel like there is no hope for the people caught in modern day slavery and despair can overtake even the most committed activists.

Trafficking is an evil trade exploiting a weak system. We must act. – Yvette Cooper

This is why prayer is key in the battle to end slavery. This moment we find ourselves in doesn’t just call for prayer, it demands it. Prayer is essential because prayer is AN ACTION that we undertake. It is a conscious choice to do something profoundly counter cultural.

In prayer and fasting, we recognize the limits of our own abilities and plans. We realize that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves and that we are powerless to defeat evil without the help of an all powerful God. This doesn’t mean we are powerless, in fact, it’s the opposite: when we recognize our own weakness and vulnerability then we are in position to see the greater things Jesus was talking about in John 14:12.

“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

May we never forget that we have the hope of the world on our side.

Ryan Townsend, December 2015.

freedom sunday

“It is for freedom that Christ set us free!” Gal 5:1

February 2, 2014  churches across the Central Valley are uniting to proclaim freedom for all who enslaved in modern day slavery.

Join in standing against human trafficking and other forms of slavery and FOR the freedom found in Christ Jesus! Sign up here to let us know you are participating. See our new Freedom Sunday page for more info and resources.

Feb 2nd is around the corner and we want to equip YOU with tools and resources for your congregation. Please join us for Freedom Freedom Sunday Training!

When: Tues, Jan 7th, 12 – 1pm (doors open until 1:30)

JUST ADDED! Monday, Jan 6, 7pm. This evening includes brief training, and a larger focus on worship and prayer for 2014 (in honor of Human Trafficking Awareness month).

Where: Fresno First Baptist Parlor (on southeast side of campus, close to Lansing Ave)

1400 E Saginaw Way

Fresno 93704

Click on the following link for a short video on Human Trafficking in Fresno:

Don’t wait til after Christmas to bring this to the attention of your church leaders! 


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

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!

freedom sunday

Fresno H.O.P.E. is joining in the effort to end human trafficking in the Central Valley, their Firehouse Prayer ministry will have a time of prayer focused on justice and human trafficking every Monday, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. 2767 E. Shaw, #103, Fresno. Fresno H.O.P.E. is serving in this specific area through Exodus Cry, an international human trafficking prayer ministry.
If you are interested in helping lead or for more information, email us at
If you would like to partner with us in prayer, but can’t make these meetings, contact us.