There are over 20 million slaves today - more than any other point in history. Modern-day slavery or human trafficking, is the selling of a human being by means of force, fraud or coercion to be used for labor or sex. No country is immune, including our state and our own communities. The average age of entry for sex trafficking victims in the United States is 12–14 years old.
We have the opportunity to engage within our community to make a difference – through prayer, awareness events and reaching out to survivors of sex trafficking. Consider joining us in one or more of these initiatives!
Our new text-based prayer group has launched. This is a community-wide effort, in partnership with area churches, to support local police who are on the front lines in the fight to end sex trafficking. We have a few connections with Christian police in Eden Prairie and the larger metro-area who update us as prayer needs arise. These prayer requests are focused on operations to target buyers, those trying to purchase a minor for sex or they may involve victims that have been identified but are not yet recovered. We ask all those that receive the text, to stop and pray for the specific request in the moment and during the week as well. To join, simply text the keyword, JOINSTT to 43506.
We have the opportunity to come alongside survivors of sex trafficking through partnership with local organizations, such as Breaking Free and The Link’s Passageways Home. Various outreaches may include helping with practical needs, partnering through our Big Serve events, leading a Bible study, hosting retreats, 1:1 mentoring and more. There are many ways you can serve! If you’re interested in more information, please email Christine Erickson.
5K Walk & Run
If you’re interested in joining the planning team for our annual 5K Walk & Run, which is held each June in Eden Prairie, email Christine Erickson. There are many opportunities to help with sponsorships, promotions and race day preparations. And we’d love to have you join us on race day. All proceeds support anti-trafficking organizations, with an emphasis on supporting the restoration of sexually-exploited youth.
If you’re interested in understanding more about human trafficking, here are a few recommended resources: