There are more than 27 million modern day slaves in our world today. This is twice as much as any time through out history. This might be hard to believe, but many of those slaves are held here in our own country. Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar business which reaches to all areas of the globe. Humans are trafficked for a variety of reasons, including, labor and prostitution.
As followers of Christ, we feel compelled to stand agains this atrocity. We at Nehemiah Project Church have formed Project: Abolish tfor the purpose of being active participants in the abolitionist (abolishing slavery) movement. We will do this in a number of ways:
Raise Money - we feel that we can raise money and resources to support the abolitionist movement and those organizations that are on the front lines.
Raise Awareness - We strive to be used to bring awareness to this problem that is so often not well known. Through events, films, fundraisers, word of mouth and relationships, we will attempt to bring light to this injustice, hopefully raising awareness and action. We also have a Project:Abolish blog to keep you up to date on what is happening in the Abolitionist Movement.
Become Trained - We are endeavering to be a community that continues to be trained and train others to be used in the fight Human Trafficking domesticly and internationally.
Partner With Others - We can not and should not do this alone. We commit to support and partner with other organizations that are confronting this evil in the world. Here are a few organizations that are working to end modern day slavery:
- U-ACT (no website)
- Chab Dai
Go where God leads us - As we begin to be involved with the abolitionist movement, we ask God to give us open hearts and willing feet, to go where he leads us to go, no matter how risky, how much it takes from us, or what we have to give. It is worth it to be the church in this world!
Our History with the Anti-Slavery Movement:
We are a part of The Wesleyan Church International, a missional evangelical group of churches that have their beginning in the anti-slavery movement of pre-civil war America. A group of Methodist Episcopal pastors, including Orange Scott and Luther Lee, decided they could not be a part of any organization that didn't discipline its southern pastors for not speaking against slavery due to their fear of the rich plantation owners in their congregations. To stand against this, Scott and others formed the Wesleyan Methodist church, from which we come. Anti slavery is in our blood and is a cause that we need to return to .