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Human trafficking is a global multi-billion dollar industry

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Thailand 01-2011 Day 4Deception; Coercion; Enslavement; Property; these words should never be used to describe a child’s life, yet tragically they are the norm for tens of thousands of Children around the world. Childhood should be safe, sacred, innocent, carefree, playful and full of opportunities, but in the sinister world of human trafficking and sex slavery, children are commodities, a means for making money. Today, human trafficking is a global multi-billion dollar industry and the third most profitable crime, behind drugs and arms trafficking.

All over the world, impoverished children and their families, particularly in rural areas, are the targets of deceptive promises of job offers that supposedly give the children a chance for a better life. In reality, instead of finding “jobs” in the city, young girls and boys are caged, raped and forced to perform sexual acts by pimps and owners for dozens of clients every day until their soul is destroyed and the body is simply a shell of brokenness, despair, shame and HOPELESSNESS.  This is not the will of God for these children and we can do something about it. 
Thailand 01-2011 Day 2Churches for LIFE is committed to helping children find Physical Freedom and Spiritual LIFE; to discover their God-given destiny, living free of the pain and degradation of human slavery. Currently, our efforts rescue young girls, boys and women from the streets and brothels in Cambodia, Thailand, India and Romania.
Through Mission: RESCUELIFE, we offer hope for a way out by focusing on three areas of outreach:
We REACH out to the children living in the rural villages where human traffickers most often target young children. We provide much-needed food and relief so families won’t need to look for more income by sending children off to find “jobs” in the city. Through our mission partners we hold village wide information meetings and provide education on the crime of Human Trafficking.
Thailand 01-2011 Day 2Our mission partners RESCUE children who live and work on the streets, providing a new home, a new family, education and training for future work opportunities.  Whether a child is being targeted or actually trafficked when they come to live in our LIFE Centers; they immediately find comfort and peace, from hot food, warm beds and loving smiles to the Christ Centered process of healing the heart, mind and body

We help RESTORE their hearts, minds and bodies to God, and His intended purpose by sharing God’s grace through biblical counseling.  For victims of human trafficking and sex slavery, it is often difficult to overcome the shame and brokenness of their pasts. Isaiah 54:4 is the hope we share through the Gospel of Jesus , “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed; Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame; For you will forget the shame of your youth . . .

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john-yeatts-staffForever Grateful! 
 John Yeatts                                                         
John Yeatts
National Coordinator, Churches for LIFE
LIFE Outreach International 
817-267-4211 ext. 3420 

 

175 year-old Church Finding New Ways to Impact the Kingdom

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            One almost feels overwhelmed by the severity of needs that are apparent around the globe.  As the pastor of a small rural church in the United States I minister with those who are the “salt of the earth” in so many ways.  Many have not traveled the globe but still have “hearts” that love and pray for those in every corner.  We recently decided to expand our horizon of ministry by seeking an international ministry that would provide an opportunity for us to join their efforts in addressing some of these distant needs while at the same time helping to build a new food pantry in our local community.  We decided to link together with Life International in supporting their Water for Life program, drilling wells around the globe.
After contacting Chris Banning, who assisted us with information and promotional materials we spent the next three months or so promoting the Water for Life program as well as our local food pantry. Our congregation was very supportive and ended up raising funds to provide three wells in addition to a comparable amount for the local food pantry.  Near the end of our fundraising we were encouraged by John Yeatts, National Coordinator for Churches for Life, and were able to meet for a short visit in our community.  This led to the opportunity for John to return at a later date and to minister to our church as well as to address our local conference of churches for an all day meeting.
I was encouraged to know that an international ministry would take time to support small church ministries and found that Life Outreach was genuinely interested in our ministry and not just in securing support for their work.  I would encourage other churches that may desire to link together with an international ministry to pray about helping support the ministry of Life Outreach.  A small church is able to leverage resources and capabilities that would be out of the question, otherwise.  We have found a new friend in ministry as well as an organization that is able to extend our support to those around the globe.
Sometimes God may not be trying to get us to start something new as much as He is trying to get us to join in with someone already doing His work.

Pastor Dale Bales
New Liberty Congregational Christian Church

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