The words complacency and injustice should not coexist. More than 2500 years ago, a shepherd named Amos was entrusted with the task of bringing a divine message to a complacent people. In a nation where more than 100,000 children are trafficked for sex, that message is as relevant today as it was then. During our “At What Cost” teaching series we referenced a number of resources and organizations. Below you’ll find some links to organizations we work with as well as links to some great books that will help you dig deeper into this subject.
Safe Families for ChildrenLocal
Surrounding families in crisis with caring, compassionate community
Safe Families for Children is a movement fueled by compassion to keep children safe and families intact. Through Host Families, Family Friends, and Family Coaches, we temporarily host children and provide a network of support to families in crisis while they get back on their feet.
We open our hearts, open our arms, and open our homes.
Trafficking JusticeLocalWe are committed to partnering with multiple organizations to abolish sexual exploitation and trafficking in Minnesota. We do this by equipping, connecting, and mobilizing volunteers from church communities in areas of prevention, intervention, restoration, and prayer, based on a foundation of faith, compassion, and justice.
Union Gospel MissionLocal
A Christian ministry dedicated to serving people facing homelessness, poverty, or addiction in our community. By meeting physical, spiritual, emotional, and educational needs, our Mission is changing lives!
The Mission helps people rebuild their lives by providing safe shelter, nutritious food, medical and dental care, and a broad variety of life-changing programs for children and adults.
Our goal is to encourage each person to value themselves as God values them, to see the gifts they have to offer the world, and to help them seek out a bright future as a fully contributing member of our community.
Quincy House offers hope, guidance, and unconditional love.
Today’s youth need stability. They need a safe place to learn and thrive. Quincy House is a place where at-risk youth can get one-on-one attention, mentoring, tutoring, job training, and the practical life skills essential to creating brighter futures.
Refugee Life MinistriesLocal
Refugee Life Ministries (RLM), a ministry of Arrive Ministries, has the mission to empower churches to walk alongside refugee families with the love of Christ. We desire life transformation for refugees and the church. Teams of 6-15 people from churches and individual New Neighbors are equipped to love their refugee friends holistically as they build genuine friendships, walk with them as they adjust to life in the U.S., assist with practical needs, and share the good news of Jesus through their lives. We have the privilege of welcoming them and walking alongside them as they adjust to life in Minnesota, while finding new hope, new beginnings and new friends.
Through urban outreach and anti-trafficking efforts, SOURCE empowers the at-risk and unreached to make a break from the past and build foundations for the future.
We serve the urban poor, homeless youth, victims of prostitution and drug abuse-along with anti-mainstream individuals and emerging artists-all who are trying to overcome walls built by victimization and skepticism. SOURCE has been serving the at-risk and unreached since 1987 in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country.
Local & Urban Engagement
You don’t have to get far into researching sex trafficking to realize that there are a multitude of ways you can be part of the solution. Whether it is working with an organization that directly reaches out to women on the streets and in the life, helping educate the community about the problem, or being a part of prevention, all of us can play a role. In fact, prevention has become a major focal point for many trafficking organizations. Any way that you can be regularly supporting and encouraging a vulnerable population is helping!
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There are so many great books on this subject. Here are two that we found particularly helpful in continuing our discussion on how we can impact the sex trafficking trade within our context.