Month: April 2013

Human Trafficking in Wales – a Web Resource #FREEDOMFRIDAY

Human trafficking in Wales

Human trafficking is a global epidemic, but there is always a danger that we can fall into the trap of thinking that it’s not a local problem. Sadly, this is far from the case! Wales, like every other developed nation, has a trafficking problem to face up to. It’s always hard to get accurate information about the true scale of the issue here in Wales, but there are, by God’s grace, practitioners and and resources available that do a great job in sharing stats and stories from the ground.

One such resource is this fantastic website:

It’s well worth taking some time to browse around, especially the case studies section.



Courageous banner

A recent conversation with my friend Adrian about the need for a men’s conference in South Wales soon led to a discussion with the elders of Hill City Church which promptly led to the formation of a steering committee which quickly resulted in the birth of COURAGEOUS! Courageous is a conference for men that is taking place in the Congress Theatre, Cwmbran, on Saturday 2nd November. With a host of speakers, including Gavin Peacock, Mez McConnell and Rob Parsons, as well as various seminars and other surprises, Courageous promises to be a huge blessing to the hundreds of men who will be attending.

For more information check out the website: You can also follow Courageous on Twitter. As soon as the tickets come on line I’d suggest that you snap them up sharpish as early indications suggest that it will sell out fast!


Don’t miss the bird song


Things have been crazy busy at the Hankey house this week. Not only have I had a lot on with ministry, but the kids have been sick, Anastasia especially, which has pretty much consigned Michelle to being at home nursing her, leaving me to do the bulk of school runs, trips to the shop for milk and bread etc. Now don’t get me wrong it’s been OK and me and Michelle are a flippin’ good team in circumstances like this (if I do say so myself!) But finding time to stop, to think, to spend time with God in prayer and to meditate on His Word has been tough. In fact it feels like I’ve been rushing from one thing to another to another…

Can you relate to that?

Anyway, it was on probably the most hectic morning of the week, I think it was Monday, as I charged round like a headless chicken, that I was rebuked in the most precious of ways by my 2 year old son, Ezra. The morning school run with the 2 big kids had been a mad dash and as I took Ezra to his Little Ducklings playgroup I was already running 15 late for a meeting. I parked up in the car park at Cold Barn Farm, got Ezra out of the car and charged for the door. But it quickly became apparent that I was missing something, or rather someone – Ezra.

I turned around and saw Ezra stood completely motionless, a massive smile spread across his beaming face and his little hand cupped around his ear.

“Listen daddy – birds singing!!”

My instinct was to hurry him along and tell him that we didn’t have time to listen to birds, but something in me was moved, so I stopped. And as I stopped, sure enough I could hear birds singing. And not just one or two birds, it was an anthem of bird song. It was beautiful! (It turns out that my friend Matt had recently set out some new bird feeders at Cold Barn Farm – see his photo above).

I was so blessed. And so challenged! I went to Ezra, crouched down next to him and together we listened to the birds. Yes I was late, but this was special! I dropped him off at Little Ducklings and headed off to my meeting, but my mind was full of questions:

  • Why was I so busy that I missed that chorus of creation praise?
  • How come birds had time to sing to God’s glory and I didn’t?
  • How many other such moments have I missed because of busyness?
  • How come Ezra heard it and I didn’t?
  • How come Jesus never seemed to be in a rush? (Admittedly He never had to do the school run!)
  • How gracious of God to rebuke me by the response of a 2 year old boy and a flurry of little birds singing their song!

So what lesson do I want to share with you? Simply this: whatever life is throwing at you, slow down, look up and don’t miss the bird song!


Three Sixteen feat. Cath Woolridge

LyricalLitHey guys, check out this pre-release track from my new album ‘Lyrical Liturgy’. This was one of my favourite tracks to record, not least because I got to hang out in the studio for the day and record the track with my sister and seriously epic friend Cath Woolridge of SOW.

Based on John 3v16, this track is the ‘Sermon’ track on Lyrical Liturgy, so is pretty much a gospel presentation.

Hope you enjoy it.

iPhone Drive for Cambodia #FREEDOMFRIDAY

AIMSomething that I am asked again and again as I bang the anti-slavery drum is “apart from prayer, what can I do to help practically?” Obviously, prayer is HUGE, but I do totally understand the desire to actually do something tangible and “hands-on” to wage war against the vile giant of human trafficking.

Well, at last I have something very practical to suggest…

Ever since watching Nefarious I’ve had massive love for Agape International Missions (AIM). In the face of a culture of devastating sexual exploitation and child prostitution in Cambodia, AIM are right in the thick of it – literally rescuing vulnerable women and precious children from a savage existence of despicable rape-for-profit abuse.

Sincerely, ANYTHING that can be done to support this fantastic ministry should be done.

Which is why I’m BUZZIN to be able to share with you a very real and very exciting opportunity that my friend at AIM H.Q. emailed me about earlier…

“Dear Pastor Dai, I am saying prayers and praises over you and the body of Hill City this morning… 

You might have heard of uncover operations where people smuggle their camera phones in to brothels to gain information to take down trafficking rings. Now [YOU] have a chance to help with our operations. Would [YOU] be willing to do an iPhone drive so we can equip our investigators?

Doing an iPhone drive would help us rescue girls trapped in slavery and would be a great, hands on way for [YOU] to help fight trafficking!”

da85fd87cf6a9c0b6c839c64761987b95cc85848How cool is that?! Donate your old iPhone and put it in the hands of a brothel smasher in Cambodia! Seriously, if you’re due an upgrade (or even if you’re not) why not put your old handset to good use? The models that they are ideally looking for are the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S. If this is something that you feel you might be able to do to support AIM’s cause in Cambodia, please send your old iPhone handset to address below. Be sure to include your own contact details so that they can send a receipt of safe delivery:

Agape International M (USA office)
1830 Vernon St, Ste 9
CA 95678
United States os America


In Memory of Gareth Kingdon


This afternoon myself and Michelle attended a celebration service for Gareth Kingdon, a friend of ours from back in our Cardiff days who recently died. Gareth was a member of the team who worked with teenagers in St.Mellons on the Urban Sanctuary bus, and it was on the Urban Sanctuary that Gareth met Clare, who he went on to marry. There is much that I could write about Gareth – his irresistible faith in Jesus, his love for his wife, his creative flair, his commitment to kids club, his infectious laugh, his immense courage in the face of cystic fibrosis…

But Gareth was a photographer. Not just a photographer, but a special photographer whose love for Jesus and passion for justice collided to bring about a remarkable career in documentary photography, for which he won several awards. He was especially passionate about those living in poverty in Africa and India.

Therefore I think one of the best ways to honour Gareth’s memory is to encourage you to visit his website, take in the photos and enjoy his exceptional work. Perhaps something of his faith and his gospel heart for the poor will rub off you. It has certainly had that affect on me and Michelle.

You can find Gareth’s work here:

As you view the images please do pray for the communities that they represent.

Please also pray for his wife Clare as she adjusts to life without this precious man of God alongside her.


I came across these fantastic short videos (below) today. They were created by an organisation called Freedom Acts. Freedom Acts is fighting against human trafficking and exploitation in Northern Ireland by creating awareness raising resources for Youth & Schools, and  providing training on exploitation for professionals.

They’re legit!

You can find them on Facebook and on Twitter.