Peacemaking Offering

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October 6, 2013 10:00 amtoOctober 12, 2013 10:00 am

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Human trafficking is a grave violation of human rights, liberty, dignity, and the right not to be held in slavery or involuntary servitude. Violations of human rights are both a cause and a consequence of trafficking. Traffickers prey on the poor, the under- or unemployed, and those who face discrimination. According to the U.S. Department of State (2008), there are an estimated 12.3 million people, including children, in some type of forced labor and sexual servitude at any given time.
One congregation’s commitment to human rights is evidenced by their courageous efforts to provide shelter to trafficked people in their region. They feel their mission is to care for women who have been placed in situations involving physical and/or mental exploitation and who are in need of the comfort and protection of a healing home. They provide a loving environment to restore the body, mind, and spirit.
The congregation’s leaders state, “There are shelters, there are group homes, but there’s no other place that provides a ‘home’ for survivors of human trafficking like our program.” Focusing their efforts on providing short- and long-term housing in coordination with their community partners, this program depends on the generosity of the congregation and the community. Participants feel the joy of justice-making and peace-seeking.

Your congregation keeps 25 percent of Peacemaking Offering receipts for peacemaking efforts such as this in your community. Another 25 percent is kept by mid councils for their peacemaking efforts. The remaining 50 percent enables the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program to work alongside those suffering the injustice of being trafficked.
Please give generously.

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