Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. It’s a multi-billion dollar criminal industry which denies freedom to at least 21 million people around the world. (Some estimates are over 50 million.) Human trafficking happens right here in Paducah, as the I-24 corridor serves as a popular route for sex traffickers. As you might imagine, Paducah’s multiple interstate exits and hotels all too often become a dropping-off point for this horrific activity.
Human trafficking includes the girl who is forced into prostitution at a truck stop, as well as the man in the restaurant kitchen who was stripped of his passport and held against his will. All victims share one thing in common: they are trapped. They feel hopelessly trapped, though often they’re hidden in plain sight.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, February 19 and Thursday, February 23, 2017! On February 19 we’ll devote the morning sermon to an appropriate Christian response to this global epidemic. Then, on the evening of February 23, we’ll participate in END IT: an international “gathering” for the purpose of shining a light on slavery across the globe – on campuses, at corporations, in neighborhoods, and in gymnasiums. We pray that our awareness will become action for the glory of Christ! End It is a coalition of the world’s leading organizations in the fight for freedom from human trafficking and slavery. Their main goals are awareness, prevention, rescue, and restoration.
Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it (Isaiah 42:1-5) …
I am particularly calling upon our young adults and high school students to help us make a difference! Please help First Baptist Paducah get creative in ministry in 2017. Please help us capitalize on your social media skills. If this challenge lights your fire, please get in touch with me (or Pastors Steve or Rusty).