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How Your Church Can Join The Fight Against Human Trafficking

Lindsey Gatlin

Lindsey Gatlin

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Do you have a heart for justice and are looking for ways to engage human trafficking? Check out this conversation from VJN and Multiply Vineyard about how your church can join the fight against human trafficking in a way that fits the personality of your church and integrates with your church’s existing ministries, from awareness-raising to direct intervention. Panelists include: Cheryl Pittluck, James Menephee, and Sandie Morgan.

What will you learn from this webinar:

  • The simple things that you can do in your day to day life that helps to cut off the demand for trafficking
  • How your church can be a part of the prevention of human trafficking
  • What resources are available through the Vineyard and how to assess next steps

Justice work cannot be an outlier. It must be a core part of discipleship.” —James Menephee

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Webinar Timeline:

0:50 Introducing our Panelists – Our Stories of Connection to Human Trafficking
10:48 How to Engage Through the Local Church
31:34 Equipping Churches to do this Ministry Sustainably
50:48 How to Begin Prevention Work

Go into the community and begin to listen to the needs that the organizations around you have and how you are able to help.” —Sandi Morgan

Resources:

Vineyard Justice Network Resources:
www.vineyardjusticenetwork.org
www.vineyardjusticenetwork.org/freeing-slaves
Human Trafficking As A Symptom of Poverty
Assessment tools on human trafficking ministry

Podcasts From our panelist Sandi Morgan:
Ending Human Trafficking From The Center for Global Justice at Vanguard University or on iTunes
Smallgroup Resource to teach about the Podcast – Podcast Toolkit

Mobile Apps:
United States Department of Labor App for Apple and Android devices
Sweat & Toil: Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking Around the World
ILAB app

Reading:
Book: Justice Awakening, How You and Your Church Can Help End Human Trafficking? by Pastor Eddie Byun. 
Blog: The Human Trafficking Center: Is Fairtrade Coffee the Answer?

Organizations to Connect with:

The Hundred Movement – A non-profit that is looking to empower and equip 100 churches to provide 100 points of exit for trafficking survivors
Freedom Collaborative – online community to work with and share information with hundreds of anti-trafficking NGOs across the globe
PornKnow – Resource for parents in discussing the affects of pornography and its impact in feeding human trafficking

““As a society, we need to stop raising and handing over victims to the traffickers.” —Cheryl Pittluck

Panelists

Sandie Morgan, PhD, RN | Director, Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University: Sandie is recognized globally for her expertise on combatting human trafficking and working to end violence against women. She began her anti-trafficking work in Athens, Greece where she served on the Board of the Athens International Nurses Association. She has also served as the Administrator of the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) before returning full-time to Vanguard in order to extend global impact and build capacity for research, education and advocacy directly related to the exploitation of women and children. She partners with the University of Duhok, Iraq to build capacity for women’s equalityand provide resources for community and law enforcement training in the region. As Director of Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ), she oversees the Women’s Studies Minor as well as teaching Family Violence and Human Trafficking.

James Menephee | Community Life Pastor, Sugarland Vineyard: James is the Community Life Pastor and oversees small group ministries along with compassion and enfolding. A native Houstonian, he was a youth and worship pastor in Nebraska,  and has been serving the Vineyard since 2013.

Cheryl Pittluck | Social Justice Pastor, Anaheim Vineyard: Cheryl runs the Anti-Human Trafficking Ministry at the Anaheim Vineyard, has worked with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force for the last 10 years, is on the board for the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA. and is a Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) Hands That Heal trainer. She has discovered that speaking on Fair Trade and ethical consumerism is a great way to introduce the topic of human trafficking to younger children, and speaks on it. However, her passion is HT prevention and sees the training and mentoring of at risk youth as a key component. She is the social justice pastor at the Anaheim Vineyard and is married to Lance Pittluck, the Senior Pastor.

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