What is human trafficking?

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud, or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his or her will. For more information, visit www.traffickingresourcecenter.org.


Why Trafficking?

Biblical Rationale

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
     because he has anointed me
         to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
     and recovery of sight to the blind,
         to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

—Luke 4:16–19 nrsv

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Proclaim. Free. Heal. Restore. This is what Jesus came to do. In his inaugural message, Jesus sets forth the parameters of his ministry. Here in his hometown of Nazareth, he stands before his own community and announces to them who he is and what he has come to the world to do. Throughout the gospel according to Luke, we observe Jesus doing these very things: he proclaims the good news and he heals and frees and restores all who will come unto him.

Further, Jesus shares here about his own identity. When Jesus refers to the “year of the Lord’s favor,” he hearkens back to the Hebrew practice of Jubilee (dekton in the Greek). This is, the year after seven cycles of seven, when the Jubilee of the Lord is celebrated (Lev 25–10). In the Jubilee year, slaves were set free, debts were forgiven, and land was returned to previous owners.

This practice of Jubilee is God’s own command to the children of Israel in the wilderness. This God who had set them free from the oppression, bondage, and slavery of Egypt now required that they do the same for one another (Deut 6:20–25). Thus, the ethic of God is demonstrated consistently in the act of deliverance found in Exodus and in the practice of Jubilee. The ethic of God is also made known in the life and ministry and person of Jesus.

Jesus, in the Hebrew Y’shua, literally means deliverance, salvation. The deliverance, rescue, salvation of the Hebrews is the freedom from the bondage of the Exodus, for followers of Jesus it is also freedom from the chains the bind.

This, then, is the message of Jesus in Luke 4, that in him the Jubilee has come and freedom, deliverance, salvation are made available to all. We then follow Jesus, himself the wisdom of God made manifest in this world, and commit to proclaim, heal, free, and restore.

 

About CHOG TraffickLight

We are a church that is willing to speak for those that have no voice. We are a people that will go to dark places with the light of Christ that sets captives free. For a hundred years, the Church of God has defended the defenseless through the ministry of the Shelter in Cuttack, India. Today, individuals within the movement that are leading efforts against human trafficking all around the world are finding one another. In so doing they are finding encouragement and increased motivation. CHOG TraffickLight represents a number of leaders from these efforts around the world.

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CHOG TraffickLight mission is to create, promote and unite groups inside and outside the Church of God which are furthering efforts to stop Human Trafficking around the world by:

  • Defining the issues with experts
  • Identifying individuals and organizations within and beyond the Church of God (creating new efforts if necessary) that will focus on the needs identified
  • Connecting the church to those individuals and organizations to strengthen and move the cause forward

Chaired by Rev. Dr. Kimberly Majeski (founder of Stripped Love, Anderson, IN) the leadership team is additionally comprised of:

  • Donna Cox, L.P.C. (founder and director of OneHeart, Dayton, OH)
  • Randee Doe (pastoral staff member at Community of Hope Church, Phoenix, AZ curriculum writer for human trafficking prevention efforts)
  • Andrew Lyon (Owner/CEO Andrew W Lyon Travel)
  • Dr. Andy Odle (Director and founding member of Church on the Street, Atlanta, GA)
  • Rhonda Phillips (Missionary in Berlin, Germany provides leadership for Neustart Café and the development of the The Pink Door, Berlin, Germany)

From the streets of Berlin to the strip clubs of Muncie, Indiana our church is being called to action, to proclaim freedom, to love justice, to fight for the oppressed.