HOPE61 - Human Trafficking Prevention
What Is HOPE61?
HOPE61, a ministry of OMS, fights human trafficking through prevention. Inspired by Isaiah 61:1, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound,” HOPE61 exists to train and mobilize the worldwide church, in particular the large network of OMS-related national churches, to address the issues of human trafficking and human vulnerabilities to becoming victims, traffickers, and buyers.
Four key trafficking areas:
HOPE61’s method consists of two types of training: ENAGE and MULTIPLY.
The one-day ENGAGE training equips church leaders around the world in collaborative training sessions to develop a plan, based on their God-given talents, abilities, and resources, to identify and minister to those in their communities who are vulnerable to becoming involved in the problem.
This training focuses on five components:
Education and awareness—HOPE61 explains in detail the four types of trafficking.
Why the church should be involved—HOPE61 discusses holistic ministry and walks attendees through Scripture verses that address the church and community.
Asset and ability mapping—HOPE61 helps attendees determine what gifts and skills their church possesses to reduce vulnerability.
Assessment of vulnerability—HOPE61 examines with attendees what specific vulnerabilities those in their community might be facing.
Creating an action plan—Attendees determine their next steps to actively address vulnerabilities in their communities using their skills and resources.
In the MULTIPLY training, attendees dig deeper into the ENGAGE material and are equipped to teach the information to others. They can then conduct further HOPE61 trainings for church leaders, multiplying HOPE61’s reach through churches around the world, as well as in the U.S. Because the focus is on training, the HOPE61 approach is highly reproducible and sustainable.
At its core, HOPE61 is an evangelism and discipleship catalyst aimed directly at those who are vulnerable to becoming involved in human trafficking.
Human trafficking is the second largest illegal business in the world—surpassed only by the illegal arms trade. Each year, millions of people live in slavery across the globe. While rescue and restoration from trafficking are important, OMS believes the best long-term solution, and the only one that influences those trafficked as well as traffickers and buyers, is for churches worldwide to address vulnerabilities within their communities, with the ultimate goal of bringing those who are vulnerable into a relationship with Jesus.