From Liberty to Captivity is a film created to awaken people to the pervasive reality of sex trafficking in Pennsylvania and to awaken seeds of hope, inspiring them to carry forth the legacy of the abolitionist who came before them, fighting for freedom and rewriting America’s history.
Join us on January 26 at 7pm at North Way Christian Community in Wexford, during Human Trafficking Awareness Month, for a FREE screening of this award-winning film, hosted by the Justice Team at North Way. No registration is required.
Get more info about the event on Facebook or North Way’s event page, and view the trailer here.
Keep reading for Brooke Brennan’s personal story about how this film impacted her life!
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Often the question is phrased, “How do I start an orphan care ministry at my church?”
Right from the beginning, though, I believe you must be considering how to BUILD an orphan care ministry. At its genesis, you must be thinking about the foundation upon which a future ministry will be built. No matter how limited or grand the scope of your ministry is at first, you can be sure it will morph and grow over the years – if it has a solid foundation.
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As the Church, the people of God, do we serve others with no strings attached?
In a perfect world, we would serve and expect nothing in return, but let’s be honest, most of the time we expect at least gratitude. The hard part about this is that Jesus modeled the exact opposite! Jesus was motivated by the purest love and served expecting nothing back. But how do we do as Jesus did? I mean, that’s the goal right? To do what Jesus did?
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You want to serve your refugee and immigrant neighbors?
That is fantastic! How do you go about accomplishing that goal? Sometimes the topic may feel so big or politically charged that you are not sure how to take action, how to go from the idea to the actions. Here are a few things to consider…
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The Need is Real
A momma goes to the ER with her four children. She has no one else to watch them, but she needs medical care. The doctors agree, and she is admitted to the hospital; the children roam the halls and nap the first night, but by the second day when it is clear that momma needs more care, the children need someone to watch them as well. She pleads with the hospital staff that there is no one to watch the children. The hospital social workers are at an impasse: the county is called; the children need to be turned over to their custody.
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Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to share a short-term missions experience in a counter-cultural context with those closest to you?
How would your children, your siblings, your parents, or your spouse survive when some of the tight-knit control that defines our lives has been suddenly removed? Or when nothing really goes as planned, nothing you eat tastes “normal,” and no one is even speaking your language?
I’ve had the opportunity to find out what it’s really like to serve alongside my husband and children not once, but twice in a developing country with many differences – and similarities – to life as we know it. It’s extremely humbling, occasionally heartbreaking, absolutely hilarious, and overwhelmingly hopeful!
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Human trafficking experts estimate that globally, labor trafficking is more common than sex trafficking.
But numbers in the United States show that only 16% of cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline were labor trafficking cases. Polaris, the organization that runs the hotline, believes that labor trafficking cases in the US are likely far more common but are under-reported for a variety of reasons, including lack of awareness and the specific aspects of labor trafficking victims’ cases.
Recently I stood above a dance floor to take a photo and was taken back by the scene.
I spent a brief moment there, allowing myself to soak it all in. The song, “Shout!”, by the Isley Brothers was playing loudly. It was a crowd favorite, and it showed!
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Imagine you bought yourself a new watch. It works so perfectly (and looks so good on your gorgeous wrist) that you decide to buy yourself a fancy shirt to go with it. Then, you talk yourself into buying a whole new outfit (because you have worked so hard recently and you deserve to treat yourself).
New shoes, fresh underwear, bling.
You look amazing.
And you feel amazing.
But while you’re out for a stroll around the lake (looking like a million bucks) you see a young girl drowning. You can tell that she’s exhausted… seconds from going under.
Tell me, what would you do?
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Summer is winding down, and kids across America are gearing up for the return to school. This can bring some challenges and anxiety for both the kids and the parents, and these feelings can be magnified if your child has needs that are not typical. Parents of children with sensory, learning, and attention exceptionalities often have to navigate a new school year with new teachers, different physical spaces, and most likely a new mix of classmates within a classroom. Many children who come from places of trauma and loss need their parents (biological, adoptive, and/or foster parents) to help them with this transition and continue to advocate for them as the school year progresses. Here are some proactive and reactive steps parents can take to support your child.