"…to the praise of the glory of His grace…" Ephesians 1:6

Gang Violence & Slavery/Human Trafficking

Sunday, during the early portion of the service I talked about the gang violence that took another young life here in our city over the past week (the neighbour of one of the young men in our ministry). I also mentioned one of the great grievances of our day being the 27 million people in our world who currently are in slavery. I challenged you to pray and act as though you have a Mighty God.

Different ones of you will have different degrees of burden for these issues. That’s right and a part of God displaying His perfections through us collectively as a body. However, it’s hard to imagine living as though these kinds of things are not going on if we believe in heaven and understand that we have been rescued by the Lord Jesus. My desire is that each person in this body pursue wholeheartedly whatever it is that the Lord has laid on your heart. You were created with a purpose, and filled with His Spirit and need to courageously and passionately pursue that calling as you listen to what burdens God’s heart.

Much of our summer ministry is geared towards the rescue of those in the cycles of desolation in our inner cities. Please pray and stay involved and ask God to do mighty things this summer.

I’m not sure what to do on the slavery issue but I’m glad there are some people already involved in this issue.

I’m listing a few websites below that I’ve found helpful on this issu. These are some different Christian organizations that have done good work in the area of slavery/human trafficking. There may be ways for us as a church or you individually to get involved.

Our God is mighty to save.


“Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” Hebrews 10:37-39

With love,

Brother Joe