Day of Prayer
September 25, 2016 - Day of Prayer and Action
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless; Plead the case of the widow.
Isaiah 1:17 (NIV)
Please allow us to introduce ourselves. We serve as co-chairs of the Faith-and Community-based Committee of the NC Coalition Against Human Trafficking. We are Pam Strickland, founder of Eastern NC Stop Human Trafficking Now, and Patricia Witt, founder of Partners Against Trafficking Humans in NC.
We are writing to invite you to collaborate with us to engage congregations in North Carolina in the fight against Human Trafficking.
September 25, 2016, has been set aside by International Salvation Army as a Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking. International Justice Mission has designated that same day as “Freedom Sunday”. Both of these faith-based organizations have been engaging people of faith to combat Human Trafficking for many years.
Both organizations have created great resources, to which we provide links at the bottom of this letter.
We hope to raise awareness within the faith community in North Carolina about Human Trafficking on September 25, 2016 and we’re asking you as part of the faith community to offer prayer, worship, and commitment to take action to stop it.
For many faith communities, this might be a first step, while others may already be on this journey. There are several ways to involve your congregations.
- Pray for Human Trafficking victims, traffickers, and buyers during the worship service.
- Provide a bulletin insert explaining the issue of Human Trafficking and asking for worshipers to answer God’s call to seek justice on this issue.
- Dedicate the entire worship service to the topic of Human Trafficking.
- Host a prayer vigil or prayer walk Sunday evening. (Resources here.)
This is certainly not an all-inclusive list, but intended to generate ideas. Some churches may choose to do one of these, while others may feel called to do all of them. We want you and your faith community to share in raising awareness and prayer on September 25. (For faith communities needing more time to plan, please consider a Sunday in January, as January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, or February 8, which has been designated by the Catholic Church as the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking.)
In addition to resources created by specific communities of faith, you may wish to also visit these links:
The Salvation Army has posters that you can use to publicize the Day of Prayer. They even have the posters available without their text, so churches can customize them. They have sermon ideas, Sunday School resources, a prayer, a Bible Study, and flyers/brochures that can used as bulletin inserts.
International Justice Mission has suggested stories, Bible verses, quotes about freedom/justice, videos, and even a sermon. They also have a handbook on how to suggest the idea of hosting a Freedom Sunday to the worship leader here, and posters and other resources here.
The United Nations has resources here.
We would like to know how your faith community is recognizing this day. Please reply by email. You can also post on Facebook and tag NCCAHT. (www.facebook.com/nccaht)
We invite you on this journey with us!
Pam Strickland, ENC Stop Human Trafficking Now
Patricia Witt, Partners Against Trafficking Humans in NC (PATH NC)