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 share Cora 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:
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, browse our Gift Catalog, or send a check to:
World Hope International, Attn: Gift Processing
PO Box 17151
Baltimore, MD 21297-1151