Month: March 2013

Jesus. #FREEDOMFRIDAY

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Today is Good Friday. Therefore, for Freedom Friday this week I am not going to be profiling any particular ministries, charities or organisations for their great work to abolish trafficking and slavery.

Rather, I am going to very simply profile the greatest Abolitionist of all-time –

Jesus.

He is the ultimate chain-breaker. The only One who can set us free from slavery to sin, the grip of guilt and the clutches of death. By the blood that He shed on the cross He ransomed us from our dead, futile former lives, liberating us to a life of abundance and eternal significance. As Christians who wage war on slavery and exploitation, everything we do is simply a pale reflection of what Christ did for us on the cross – redeeming us to be people of freedom. We fight, we prevail and we don’t quit in our quest for freedom, because Christ fought, prevailed and didn’t give up on securing our freedom at Calvary.

I could write for hours about Jesus the Great Abolitionist. But I won’t. Rather I’ll let Scripture do the talking:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” Luke 4 v 18-19

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10 v 45

“you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” 1Peter 1 v 18-19

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’” Galatians 3 v 13

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5 v 1

“To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” Revelation 1 v 5-6

 

Enjoy the grace and freedom of the cross guys.

The A21 Campaign #FREEDOMFRIDAY

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It was their 5th birthday yesterday, so I thought that this week’s Freedom Friday post should be dedicated to the A21 Campaign.

It’s probably fair to say that after God started to open my eyes to the horrors of human trafficking the first Christian ministry that I became aware of that was actively combatting trafficking was A21. A21’s founder, the irrepressible Christine Caine, is a passionate and seemingly tireless advocate for freedom and her talk at last year’s Passion conference was as gut-wrenching as it was gripping.

With several offices, thousands of active abolitionists, multiple restoration centres and hundreds of awareness events throughout the world, A21’s impact is significant. I would encourage you to grab a coffee and take some time to check out their website here. Also take a few moments to check out the video below that compellingly illustrates what A21 is all about:

Redemption Sessions – POSTPONED!

Hey guys just a really quick post to announce that unfortunately we have had to cancel this month’s Redemption Sessions prayer event. It will be rescheduled for new date that will be announced shortly.

Thanks for your understanding.

God bless.

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Hope For Justice #FREEDOMFRIDAY

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This week’s Freedom Friday focus is a fantastic ministry based in the UK, Hope For Justice. Their vision is simple, bold and compelling:

“Hope for Justice exists to see the end of human trafficking and slavery in the UK, in our generation.”

As well as providing facts and stats that serve the church in raising awareness of human trafficking in the UK, HFJ also work tirelessly to rescue slaves that have been trafficked into OUR country in OUR time! As a resident of the UK who is passionate about seeing this injustice ended in my nation in my lifetime, I am grateful to God for Hope For Justice and commend their ministry to you to support in whatever ways you can.

Blessinz.

Unearthed Pictures #FREEDOMFRIDAY

unearthedI believe that men should be at the heart of the fight against sex trafficking because they are at the heart of the reason why it exists!

With that in mind, this week’s Freedom Friday post profiles a ministry that is actively and credibly seeking to address the issue of the hearts of men in the name of freedom. The ministry is called Unearthed, check out their latest video:

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In their own words, this is what Unearthed are all about:

“So…what can we actually do about it?

That’s the most frequently asked and most poorly answered question in the entire conversation on sexual exploitation.

Three years ago our team returned from a preliminary filming trip. Like most people who return from the front lines of injustice, we battled intense discouragement and frustration because of the sheer enormity of the problem we saw…to the extent that we considered throwing in the towel and parting ways.

But we saw that men were largely absent from the fight on sexual exploitation – so how could a group of us walk away? We decided to dig our heels in and stay. We slowed down, listened and researched how to best engage the men fueling the demand, because in this battle, when you get the men, you get everyone.

Our heartbeat is to see the hearts of men changed – and we want that change to result in a systemic shift in the landscape of sexual exploitation. Join the groundswell of men committed to killing sexual exploitation at its root.”

Please pray for Unearthed and consider how you might be able to financially support their cause.