LET MY PEOPLE GO!
Good Afternoon, Crosswalkers,
Yesterday’s Associated Press carried a news item that began with these words, “Wyoming authorities say they have rescued two young women being taken to California by human traffickers.” Wow. That was yesterday.
Trafficking is a major problem globally, but it is clearly happening here as well. According the UNICEF website, Cases of human trafficking have been reported in all 50 U.S. States; anyone can be trafficked regardless of race, class, education, gender, age, or citizenship when forcefully coerced or enticed by false promises.
Yesterday at a business lunch I attended, an economic expert shared the state of the economy of the Silicon Valley. In spite of the high cost of living, the economy here is doing quite well. But she predicted the future will be a “YO YO economy,” YO YO being an acronym for “You’re On Your Own.” This type of environment makes more people susceptible to traffickers. Our children and grandchildren are in danger of modern day slavery. Shocking, isn’t it? Human trafficking is a major social justice issue of our day. At Crosswalk, our mission is to passionately demonstrate the love of Jesus. One tangible way we can do this is to fight this horrible form of slavery.
It comes down to a question of worldview. Are human beings merely a random collection of atoms and cells? An accidental “product” of the cosmos and evolution? Or are people, as Scripture tells us, made in the image of God, designed for fellowship with the God who made them? People of faith choose the latter option, and so it is incumbent upon us to promote the health, well-being, and redemption of every person: young or old, rich or poor, in utero or in prison, and even those walking the streets.
All this to say you are invited to Crosswalk tonight to attend a screening of the award winning film, HARK, about the global and local impact of human trafficking. Then we are blessed to have some top notch dignitaries share in a panel discussion about how we can protect our own children and take a stand against modern day slavery.
It all begins with the option of dinner being served in our gym from 5:45 p.m. to 6:20 p.m., followed by the film in our worship center at 6:30 p.m. and the panel after that. We will conclude at 7:45 p.m. The cost for dinner is $5.00 per adult with a maximum cost of $12.00 per family.
We also offer a fantastic children’s program for preschool and elementary aged kids, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The topic is prayer, which is the glue that makes our relationship with God heartfelt and genuine. It is a great gift for your kids to learn to take it to the Lord in prayer!
I hope to see many of you tonight!
Love in Jesus,