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FPCC’s 2nd Courageous Conversations presents on Tuesday Sept. 2:
Modern Day Solutions to Modern Day Slavery: Identifying and Responding to Victims of Human Trafficking
Facilitated by Darci Jenkins, Midwest regional service coordinator of Chicago-based Northern Tier Anti-Trafficking Consortium (NTAC)
3-5 PM: Westminster Hall (1st floor). Roundtable talk and forum, with Q & A time
6:30-8 PM: Centennial Hall (below ground). A talk on Human Trafficking in the U.S and locally; how we can help stop human trafficking and help its victims
In an intimate informal setting the 3 PM session provides information and resources to local community organizations and concerned citizens, with ample Q & A time. The 6:30 presentation is in a lecture format with a brief Q & A time afterward. Darci will discuss:
- What is Human Trafficking?
- Where might you find it in Illinois and even locally?
- Care and advocacy for survivors.
- What can we do to help prevent trafficking?
Brief background. Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing criminal activities worldwide with victims in the U.S. alone reaching into the hundreds of thousands. Human trafficking occurs in multiple contexts that encompass all forms of labor and services. Common settings where forced labor has been found in the United States include domestic servitude and small-scale “mom and pop” operations and extend to large-scale operations such as farms and factories. Undocumented immigrants are especially vulnerable. Sex trafficking includes commercial sexual exploitation of children as well as every instance where an adult is in the sex trade as the result of force, fraud, or coercion.
Come to be informed and possibly become part of the solution!
28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
I have an app on my phone that sends me Bible verses three times a day with a question or two to aid in processing the text of the Scripture. I received this a couple of days ago and it's caused me a lot of rumination since the first read:
I have reason to be enthusiastic about all Christ Jesus has done through me. Romans 15:17
In my last post I mentioned how wonderful our custodians are, this time I wanted to tell you about the rest of the great staff I get to work with.
FPCC would like to welcome our new in-house bookkeeper Laura Robinson. Laura is a Champaign native and lives here with her husband Andy and two young children, Maya and Calvin. She comes to us from a previous position as a Financial Director and has many skills that will benefit the church. The team is thrilled to have her join us.
We also want to take the time to thank Trisha Lange who has worked diligently and faithfully as the bookkeeper for FPCC for over 7 years. For the last 2 years she has done this job remotely. We are very grateful to her for all her hard work.