What Exactly Is Human Trafficking?

March 5 2018

Human trafficking, another phrase for modern-day slavery, is the second largest illegal business in the world … only behind the illegal arms trade. Most reputable sources agree that there are more than 40 million people living in slavery around the world today.

Human trafficking victims include those that are exploited in the sex industry; those that are forced to work in other, non-sexual, types of jobs; those that are forced into military service as children; and those that have been tricked or lured into giving up a bodily organ.

The best way to fight a problem like human trafficking is to prevent it from happening in the first place. This is the mindset and vision of HOPE61, the human trafficking prevention ministry of One Mission Society. The local church, around the world, sits in a perfect position to recognize the vulnerabilities to becoming involved in human trafficking and reduce those vulnerabilities through intentional community building and abundant Gospel sowing.

HOPE61 trains and equips churches worldwide to understand the issue of human trafficking, identify the causes of vulnerability of local people to become involved in human trafficking, and discover the gifts, talents, abilities, and resources that God has given each church to reduce the vulnerability of those around them. At its core, HOPE61 is an evangelism and discipleship catalyst aimed at people who are vulnerable to become involved in human trafficking.

One Mission Society has church partnerships across the globe, which has given HOPE61 thousands of opportunities to train pastors and lay leaders on six continents. Through the ministry, in 2017 alone, more than 1,000 pastors and lay leaders were trained in seven countries. There are many more churches that are waiting to be trained, and we pray that the Lord of the harvest would provide more workers for the HOPE61 ministry. There are opportunities to serve as a residential missionary in several countries, opportunities to serve as an itinerant missionary who travels to an assigned country a few times per year, and opportunities to serve in the United States, ministering to the local churches in your community.

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Gift of a Motorcycle = Good ROI

March 14 2017

LB, age 26, lives and serves in South Asia. Since 2010, or since LB was just a teenager, he has worked as an evangelist and church planter among unreached people. LB has planted three churches and supervises six churches.

LB shares, “In the past, my life was a living hell before I had accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior. I used to steal things from the neighbor’s, from the grocery shops, and anywhere I could steal things I wanted. The villagers knew I had this bad habit, so they used to abuse me or mock me. My parents were also ashamed, and we were never invited to any special occasions in my village. A Christian pastor used to visit our home and others in the village. My mother shared my bad habit of stealing with the pastor. The pastor spoke to me humbly and shared the life of Jesus Christ with me. I am grateful to the Lord as I decided to give my life over to Christ. At first, I was afraid people wouldn’t accept me as a good person as they knew my bad habits.

“But I give all praise to the Lord as he made my path easy, and now being his servant, I am the happiest man on the earth. My parents are happy with me now, and my life is full of peace. I want to continue to serve his kingdom, sharing his Good News among the unreached so that their lives are also saved.”

LB visits the churches he supervises, as well as explores new places and opportunities for ministry using his bicycle. He spends many hours each day on his bicycle in order to reach his desired destinations. LB’s supervisors say he is an active and dynamic church planter, but could do so much more if he had a motorcycle for the ministry and reaching his goals of planting churches, baptizing believers, and forming many new disciples.

Would you be willing to give all or a portion of the cost of a motorcycle for LB? This is a gift that your ROI or return on investment for the kingdom would be multiplied over and over again.

Give here.

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Making Disciples Near and Far

March 7 2017

In Haiti

In the mountainous area of Boukan Michel of Borgne in northern Haiti, trainers Job and Janiel traveled three hours until the road deteriorated to a simple path with a very steep valley on one side and a mountain on the other. Leaving their motorcycles, they walked three more hours in the rain and mud and spent the night at church planter Maxim’s home. Two couples studying the Train & Multiply booklet “Baptism” with Maxim wanted to be married so they could be baptized. One couple had been living together for 25 years, and the other for 20 years. Marriages are a strong witness to the community and bring maturity to the church.

Once a month, two of the eight church planters being trained leave their homes at 3:00 a.m. to arrive at the 9:00 a.m. training. They, in turn, train the other six church planters, resulting in three generations of worshiping groups.

In South Asia

Lashar is a dynamic church planter in South Asia. He supervises 10 churches, with more than 250 church members. He has 20 disciples under his supervision. Every month, he visits these churches, leading training and participating in baptisms, using his bicycle. Lashar often brings his wife to visit the churches so that she can minister directly with the women.

Lashar is one of our church planters that could exponentially increase his ministry if he had a motorcycle. Churches must be nurtured with frequent accountability visits. To strengthen the existing churches, to plant and multiply new churches, to baptize more believers, and to train multiplying disciples, Lashar needs a motorcycle that will save him time as he travels long distances. This year, he plans to plant six new churches and reach many hundreds of unreached people with the Good News of Jesus.

If you would like to donate to purchase a motorcycle or bicycle for a church worker around the world ... and KNOW that your investment is making an eternal difference, click here.

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