Compassion Acts - Colossians

Human Trafficking in the United States

Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline, operated by Polaris, has received reports of 22,191 sex trafficking cases inside the United States. Polaris

What is Human Trafficking?

According to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (U.S. Department of State, 200), the act of sex trafficking refers to the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for commercial sex through force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person inducted to perform a sex is under 18 years of age.
Christ In Action

Acts 3: 2-10 -- Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Patience Through Prayer

Romans 12:11-13 -- Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Walk Alongside Those In Need

Romans 12:16 -- Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Unity and Diversity In The Body

1 Corinthians 12: 12-31 -- For victims of human trafficking the church should create an environment that is loving, welcoming and the victims is made to feel safe.

Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 5:16-20 -- the Gospel is able to offer reconciliation for those who are victims of sex trafficking. They will be in the process of recovery and they will be learning how to interact in the world again: finding work, jobs, housing, etc. But most of all, reconciliation through Christ is available. The church is called to teach those what it means to be reconciled through Christ.

His Perfect Timing

Galatians 5:22-24 -- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

God's Love

Ephesians 1:4-5 -- Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ according to the purpose of his will.

The Bible teaches that compassion and mercy are interconnected in meaning and are integral characteristics of God's love and his dealings with people.
God's Encouragement

Philippians 4:6 -- Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God.

Walk Humbly

Colossians 3:5-7 -- Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.

Our Responsibility

As Social Workers we need to be aware of our population's backgrounds, beliefs, and values but also of their struggle and their pain. With the Sex Trafficking population, we have to take on certain roles and really commit to helping them move forward in life but also show them Christ.

Our Roles As Social Workers
  • Educator: We need to educate our clients on how to get out of their situation
  • Initiator: We need to call attention to the problem of Trafficking and how high this epidemic is rising.
  • Advocate: We need to be the voice that these young men and women do not have
  • Empowerer: We need to ultimately empower this population that it is not their fault, they can move past this and they can be stronger and integrate into society as a healthy and beautiful person.

WE CHALLENGE YOU:

  • Live compassionate and sensitive to those around you.
  • Always be on the lookout.
  • Always keep in mind the great commission.
  • Don't look at someone like they are your project, but instead meet them where they are.
  • As future Social Workers, we are to act with integrity, honesty, genuineness, and objectivity.
  • Love like Jesus.
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