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!
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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Freedom Sunday is February 17, 2013!
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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!
In partnership with the Central Valley Justice Coalition, People’s Church and Clovis Hills Community Church present
Nefarious: Merchant of Souls
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Peoples Church – Main Auditorium
7172 N. Cedar Ave., Fresno, CA 93720
Free admission. Due to content, the screening is recommended for viewers 17 and over. Please be advised that content may be particularly upsetting to some viewers.
Nefarious exposes the dark world of sex trafficking, with accounts from survivors, former sellers, and those working to free victims of sex trafficking. This documentary has a global focus, and is invaluable gaining a deeper understanding the reality of human trafficking. It includes testimonies of hope and stories of Christ’s redemption in the lives of survivors and former perpetrators.
Promote Nefarious in Your Congregation! We encourage churches to promote Nefarious both within and outside of their congregations. There are huge injustices occuring in the Fresno area relating to human trafficking that can only be addressed through the church. Resources will be available at this event to equip people to get involved locally.
People’s Church is providing promotional materials for churches free of charge (donations are welcome but not required). For more information, publicity materials, or other questions, contact Jed & Bethany von Steinbergs at 559-298-8001 x235 or visit the Nefarious Documentary page on the People’s Church website. To view the Nefarious trailer and learn more information about this documentary, click here.