While The Exodus Road is comprised of individuals and organizations from many different religious beliefs, our founders and most of our executive staff are of the Christian faith.
Because of this, we understand the value and power of mobilizing the church to fight slavery. We want to give the local church the tools necessary to:
- Understand the practical and justice issues surrounding modern day slavery
- Foster hearts of justice and compassion for the poor and oppressed
- Inspire courage to fight darkness
- Provide practical opportunities for church members and organizations to support rescue work
We are developing several programs which connect the church with the issue of human trafficking, including:
- Redemption Night (An evening where students and adults gather for an experiential fundraiser. This event will provide students with a greater understanding of the gospel, will connect adults and youth within the church, will give a better understanding of the realities of modern day slavery, and will help fund rescue operations through The Exodus Road. It is planned to release late Spring of 2013.)
- Be a Slave Program (This fundraiser will encourage high school and college students to practically serve for the sake of trafficked victims their age around the world. Students agree to “be a slave” by providing house work, yard work, etc. for another member of their church, who agrees to make a donation to The Exodus Road on his/her behalf. Participants will be provided with materials and even a short video about slavery to watch before the project begins, connecting both adult and student with the realities of modern day slavery. This program will launch in Jan 2013.)
- Host a Speaking Event (Matt and/or Laura Parker are available to speak at church events, sharing stories from inside the brothel. You can request a speaker by emailing: info@theExodusRoad.com)
- Sponsorship Advocate (We need church volunteers who will commit to raising sponsorships of investigators within their communities at $35/month– providing one night of local investigations for our team in SE Asia. We also need individuals to organize the sponsorship of investigative missions or covert equipment.)
- Advocate. Socially-share, write blog posts, print up our brochures and hand them out at your local faith gatherings, begin a trafficking awareness group.There are a number of ways you can empower rescue, and we would love to give you the tools to be effective.
If you are interested in connecting your church with this issue, contact our Church Mobilization Director, Debbie Stowell at: Debbie@theExodusRoad.com .