Freedom Sundays: What is it?
Freedom Sundays is a month-long partnership between World Hope International and YOUR church to shine a light on human trafficking, raise the voices of the victims enslaved and provide an avenue for justice-seekers to help bring freedom to those trapped in slavery today.
Freedom Sundays: Who is it for?
YOU! Freedom Sunday is made for anyone who wants to make a difference in the fight against human trafficking. The campaign is a perfect way to create a modern-day abolitionist movement in your church.
Freedom Sundays: When is it?
Freedom Sundays will take place every Sunday ALL JULY. Why July? In the U.S., July is a month devoted to the celebration of freedom and independence, the celebration of our great nation--America. But as we look towards the 237th anniversary of our country’s independence, we stop to consider -- is America, really, the land of the free?
Despite slavery being officially illegal in every country, there are more people – Americans included -- trafficked today than ever before. In fact, as you celebrate your freedom this July, there are 27 million men, women and children stripped of their freedoms and living in chains.
Why Sundays? Jesus commands the church to carry out His work -- bringing love, compassion and healing to all of God's people. Proverbs 31:8-9 teaches us to, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” What better place and time to speak up for those without a voice and demand freedom than in our own churches on Sunday mornings?
You can choose the Sunday in July that works best for your church to commemorate Freedom Sunday, or you can celebrate every Sunday of the month. The choice is yours!
Freedom Sundays: Partner with Us
World Hope International is at the forefront of the movement to eradicate human trafficking, and your partnership strengthens our ability to rescue and restore survivors of slavery. Click the below links for an overview of the anti-trafficking work your partnership will be supporting:
Emergency Aftercare for Survivors of Slavery
Prevention and Education
Freedom Sundays: How it Works
The execution of Freedom Sunday is up to you and your church. Will you set up an anti-trafficking display in your foyer? Or host an informational booth along with it? Will you show our trafficking video or share Cora, Zainab or Kady's stories during announcements? Will you craft a sermon around the theme of human trafficking? Will you do an entire sermon series on slavery today? Will you take an offering every Sunday through July? Will you host a fundraiser -- a banquet dinner, a concert, an auction or something else? Do the youth of your church want to rally around the cause?
There are endless ways to get involved with Freedom Sunday. Be sure to check out our Church Resources for further ideas below.
Freedom Sundays: Church Resources
Because you know what works best for your congregation, World Hope International has crafted a variety of media to help promote Freedom Sunday. The following materials are available to you to aid in the communication of Freedom Sunday to your congregation:
- Promotional Video
- This moving video features Chantha, a trafficking victim who prays her horror-filled story will move people to action to change the future of other girls trapped in slavery. Show the video during your service or offering time, or post on your website for promotional purposes.
- Bulletin Items
- Use any of the following blurbs to post in your Sunday bulletin or weekly mailing to promote Freedom Sundays.
Freedom Sundays: Donate
When you support WHI's anti-trafficking work, you bring freedom to those trapped in slavery. Your donation becomes much more than simply dollars alone -- it saves lives.
Donate online at the below links, or send a check to:
World Hope International, Attn: Gift Processing
PO Box 17151
Baltimore, MD 21297-1151
$50: One Day of Treatment for One Survivor:
World Hope International’s Anti-Trafficking assessment centers and shelter provide the physical, psychological and spiritual care needed for girls and young women to heal after emerging from the horrors of labor or sex trafficking.
$100: Legal Support for One Survivor:
Trafficking survivors not only need physical protection, but legal counsel as well. Professional fees and court costs mount up. Legal support helps bring justice for trafficking survivors.
$750: Mentor a Community Watch Group:
By creating awareness within a community through a designated watch group, the signs of human trafficking can be identified and reported to local law enforcement for investigation. These groups work closely with law enforcement and sometimes monitor the prosecution.
$4,500: Full Care for One Survivor:
When young girls are removed from situations of rape or sex trafficking in countries like Cambodia and Sierra Leone, WHI offers them a safe place to go. During their time at a WHI center or shelter, they are cared for in a way that helps smooth their transition back into normal life.