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.