Saturday, June 28
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The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area
“If there had been a place like this when I was comin’ up, things might’ve been different.” These words were shared at Northside Women’s Space (NWS), a ministry to women in the sex trade. NWS, located in Minneapolis, is a mission project of the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. The speaker, a survivor of trafficking, remembers appealing to a church after being beaten and raped. “We don’t want your kind here,” she was told.
No one is rejected at NWS. Girls and women who come to the center are offered safety, a place to rest, spiritual counseling, acceptance, skills training, and a path to a better life.
According to Executive Director Rev. Alika Galloway, most of the girls and women are hungry, homeless, victims of violence, and unemployed. Many live with mental illness. The average age of girls entering the trade is 13. Many are young mothers who must work to support children. To these girls and women, created in the image of God, NWS offers the love of God.
At a recent presbytery discussion of trafficking, a man reflected: “I thought slavery had been abolished in this country. Now I know it still exists.” The people of the presbytery are joining together to put an end to this slavery.
The Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area is home to 23,711 members of 68 congregations, two new church developments, and one immigrant fellowship.
—Bebe Baldwin, honorably retired teaching elder, Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
David Koch, OGA
Rev. Mark Koenig, PMA
Rev. William Koenig, PMA
Let us pray
Holy God, we long for the day when the leaves of the great tree in your city will heal the nations. Help us to be agents of your healing to the broken and rejected—in inner cities and suburbs and small towns, both in the United States and around the world. Amen.