Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve Jones here… Sex-trafficking is a world-wide phenomenon. Predators go on sex vacations to countries like Thailand to pay for sex with minors.
In September 2014 Canada became the third country in the world to propose legislation that views prostitution as violence against women. Bill C-36 was passed and called the “Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act”. The sex industry remains alive and well in Canada.
Our Fellowship Aid and International Relief (FAIR) department recently announced a new appeal called Rebuilding Innocence, which is focused on alleviating the suffering of children rescued from cybersex trafficking in the Philippines. In collaboration with our partner organization, International Justice Mission (IJM), and their government partners in the Philippines, FAIR is seeking to support increased aftercare so these children can lead normal lives.
Our FAIR Director, Dan Shurr, has this to say about our current FAIR appeal:
“Last spring, my wife and I travelled to the Philippines with IJM Canada, where we observed the great work that is happening to rescue vulnerable little lives.
“The reality we witnessed there was heartbreaking but there was much to celebrate. We rejoiced seeing children rescued from the horrors of sexual exploitation and the perpetrators of these crimes brought to justice. What a thrill for us to visit survivors of the cybersex trade, and see happy children in the process of recovery.
“Because of this experience, God placed in my heart a strong desire to support IJM’s efforts in the Philippines and to work in partnership with them and our Fellowship churches as we strive to reach even one more of these children. Through Rebuilding Innocence (Philippines), we will be bringing much needed financial support to survivor aftercare.
“Our goal is to provide $120,000 towards launching a survivor foster care program in the Philippines. This program will equip the families who will be taking in these children to support their healing. Some of the rescued children are very young, and aftercare continues until they are adults. This makes funding very important to ensure these children get the physical, emotional and spiritual care they need and deserve.
“Funds received through the Rebuilding Innocence project will go towards training new foster families and organizational staff ($45,000), general operation and start-up of the program ($7,000) and the most significant portion will provide a subsidy for the rescued children ($68,000). The goal has been set high, but the need is great, and we’re trusting the Lord to provide for these little children.”
My hope is you will personally support this appeal and encourage your church to make it an Easter offering. Thank you for prayerfully considering this important FAIR appeal. Lives are being transformed by the efforts of this work.
Have a blessed week,
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Our 2017 Fellowship theme verse is:
“Rooted and built up in him and established in faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:7 (ESV)