Church Partnerships

ISAIAH 61:1
Churches United to Fight Sexual Trafficking


Vision: To educate, equip and engage the church body to set the captives free.

Mission: To promote and support the establishment and ongoing support of a residential re-covery and rehabilitation program for women survivors of sexual trafficking. This an initiative of Partnership to End Human Trafficking (PEHT).

Strategy: Using a holistic approach to tackle the issue of sexual trafficking is vital. Develop strategies to address the immediate need in Fairfield County for a safe, secure home that will support restoration to the whole person (physical, emotional, and spiritual) to live the abundant life that God created them to live.

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Our strategy is four-fold

REALIZE THE POWER OF CHURCHES UNITED:
Acting as a representative voice: When we speak as one, the Church has the potential to be an incredible force for good on earth. We can have a powerful impact on the culture, and in the lives of countless individuals. Concerning the issue of sexual trafficking, Coalition churches will step up to act as a collective, representative voice of the Church in Fairfield County, CT. In cooperation with our strategic partnership churches, we represent the Church to a variety of government agencies, law enforcement agencies, and other groups who share the same purpose and vision.

Joining Resources: We enable churches to combine their time, talent and treasure to achieve the maximum possible impact. Through strategic cooperation, resources can be directed to the best uses in both the short-term and long-term.

PRAYER:

“You can do more than pray, after you have prayed,
but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed.”
- John Bunyan

Prayer is not a last resort when we don’t what else to do - it is the most important work of justice, and everything else we do hinges upon it. God wants us to come to Him with old, believing prayers. James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask God.” Then a few verses later in James 5:16 we read, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” This belief is at the root of all we do as the PEHT Church Coalition as we ask God to show us and lead us in fighting this injustice.

equipping congregations:
Educate and equip by deepening our understanding of God’s vision of justice and hope for every man, woman and child. In preparation for action, we must first be steeped in Biblical knowledge of God’s heart for justice and freedom for all. Furthermore, while sexual trafficking is a reality in Fairfield County, many in our congregations are una-ware of the tragedy happening in our communities. Each Coalition church will use re-sources we provide to foster learning and engagement in their specific congregations.

Engaging the Church collectively; throughout the year we present opportunities for lo-cal churches to come together and work collectively on specific projects of volunteer opportunities.

TAKE ACTION TOGETHER BY:
Targeted and strategic funding for the establishment and sustainability of a restoration residential program for women who have left behind the world of sexual trafficking. This program is modeled after the Thistle Farms “Magdalene House” model:   https://thistlefarms.org/pages/model-impact

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What you can do

BECOME A COALITION CHURCH:
Two members from each congregation attend monthly steering committee meetings.

Join Thistle Farms for a one-day Education Workshop for an overview of the model we follow. Register at: https://thistlefarms.org/pages/visiting-volunteering

JOIN US FOR BUILD HER HOME:
May 3, 2019. The Church Coalition’s first major event will showcase our joint effort to establish a residential restoration program in our community will be introduced.