Monday, January 11
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Minute for Mission:
Fighting Human Trafficking
Secretary of State John F. Kerry once said, “One thing is clear: No nation can end modern slavery alone. Eliminating this global scourge requires a global solution.” Presbyterians can take action! Presbyterians can work toward a solution.
Presbyterian General Assemblies have repeatedly called for an end to human trafficking and for changes in the unjust systems that perpetuate human rights abuses like human trafficking. The 222nd (2016) General Assembly of the PC(USA) will receive a report on trafficking and recommendations to adopt a comprehensive anti-trafficking policy. As Presbyterians so faithfully do, we pray for the commissioners as they discern our future in working to end human trafficking.
Human trafficking takes many forms, including sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, and the use of children as soldiers. The Human Trafficking Roundtable includes staff members from various ministry areas of the PC(USA) who connect the work of their offices to the broad work of the church to stop human trafficking.
Presbyterians can partner with the Human Trafficking Roundtable as it connects Presbyterians to partners in the United States and around the world to end human trafficking. You can take a look at your own Slavery Footprint here and reach out to the Human Trafficking Roundtable to learn more about the work of the PC(USA) and its partnerships to stop human trafficking.
Ryan Smith, Presbyterian representative to the United Nations
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Let us join the Psalmist in Psalm 106, “Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord or fully declare his praise? Blessed are those who act justly, who always do what is right. Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people; come to my aid when you save them . . . .” Lord, we know that it is from you that all goodness comes. May you work through us, and may we work together, to share your love.