“No one came looking because I never went missing” – Jen Spry
Human trafficking is real and ever-present, right here in our own backyards. Across the country, little girls just like Jen Spry, whose story is featured in the video below, are trafficked by predatory adults. We want to thank Jen for telling her story, and for being willing to unveil the secrets of her past to save even just one child from this injustice. Just like Jen says in this video, it’s time for the church to stand against this issue. Shared Hope International has developed a Faith-In-Action kit, educating church leaders and members to identify the signs of human trafficking, while understanding the necessary steps that need to be taken if a child is being abused. You can join this effort by clicking here.
The Faith-In-Action kit includes the Chosen PLUS educational DVD, targeted, practical discussion and study tools for men, women and children, a “Resource Guide for Men” to break the chains of addiction, sermon notes for pastoral staff, facts about trafficking, a how-to-respond guide, and a 30-day prayer guide.
As you listen to Jen’s story, we pray you’ll be encouraged to fight for the children within your circle of influence, and begin thinking about what you can do to be a voice for the voiceless. She was trafficked by a neighbor – not even a mile from her home. It is our job as neighbors, friends, guardians, parents, family members, coaches and teachers to know the signs of abuse so we can create circles of protection around those we come in contact with.
Our desire at WAR, Int’l is to step into risk issues just like human trafficking – to lift women to lives of dignity and worth after abuse and exploitation. If you are not sure where to begin when it comes to joining the fight against this injustice, consider attending one of our Civilian First Responder conferences. At these training days, we cover the basics of human trafficking, how to identify a victim, how to get involved, and how to report what you see. Join us as we seek to educate the public on why becoming a safe haven for the vulnerable is the key to combatting this issue right here at home.