How to Write an Article for the Evangelical Focus with Joel Forster

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Evangelical Focus is an online news site that reports on what evangelicals are doing around the world as well as dealing with current issues, one of which is human trafficking.  They currently have a readership of over 25,000.

If you would like to submit an article to Evangelical Focus then here is the format you need to follow.

Style.

The article should be written in a journalistic style (it can include opinions of others, quotes, etc., but the author should keep an objective point of view when writing). If needed, we will edit the stories to adapt them to this style.

If someone wants to write an opinion article or an analysis on a certain topic, please first contact us so that we can let you know if it the topic and the approach fits in our opinion section.

Length.

The text should be 1-3 pages long in a Word document (Times or Calibri size 11).

Pictures.

Attach separately at least 1 picture related to the news article. Stories with 2-3 extra pictures add value to the story, you can send up to 4. Make sure you have permission to publish the pictures you send online. Add a description of every picture and add the author of the picture (it can be a person or the name of your organisation).

Links.

The article can include and external link to more information about the project, initiative, ministry, the story is about. No email contacts will be published.

Author.

Please send a picture (face) of the author, his/her name, and a short 2-line biography (country, job/ministry).

Submit Your Article.

Articles should be sent to the EFN Core Team or directly to Evangelical Focus.

Example Articles.

 

 

Who to Call? European Hotline Numbers

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Here’s a list of european anti-trafficking hotline numbers to keep on file:

ALBANIA
  • Free anti-trafficking hotline: 116 006
AUSTRIA
  • Anti- trafficking hotline: +43 1 24836 85383
BELGIUM
  • Contact Payoke: +32 3 201 16 90
BULGARIA
CZECH REPUBLIC
  • La Strada SOS Hotline: +420 222 71 71 71
CYPRUS
  • Human Trafficking Resource Line (operated by the police) National Emergency Number: 1460
  • Hotline number: +357 96 35 46 32 (operated by Freedom Dolls Initiative)
DENMARK
  • Anti-trafficking hotline: +45 70 20 25 50 (Center Against Human Trafficking / Center Mod Menneskehandel)
ESTONIA
  • Anti-trafficking hotline: +372 66 07 320
FINLAND
  • Hotline number: +358 71 876 3170
  • Victim Assistance – http://www.ihmiskauppa.fi/
FRANCE
  • Anti Trafficking hotline (Ac.Sé): 0 825 009 907
GERMANY
  • Anti-trafficking hotline (Hamburg): +49 176 57 21 65 54
  • Anti-trafficking hotline (Berlin): +49 157 53 33 35 15
  • Police (emergency) 110
  • Violence against women support hotline on 08000 116 016
GREECE
  • Anti-trafficking helpline http://www.1109.gr/eng/ Or call 1109.
  • From abroad +30 231- 525149.
  • A21 info.gr@a21.org
HUNGARY
  • Anti-trafficking hotline : 06 80 20 55 20
  • Crisis Management and Information Hotline: +36 80 20 55 20
IRELAND
  • Anti-trafficking hotline: 1800 25 00 25
ITALY
  • Anti-trafficking hotline: 800 290 290
LATVIA
  • Anti-trafficking hotline: 80 00 20 12
LITHUANIA
  • Klaipedasocial and psychological services centre: 88 00 66 366
LUXEMBOURG
  • Police Grand-Ducale: +352 49 97 62 10
  • Out of hours contact: Centre d’Intervention National: +352 49 97 23 41
MALTA
  • Police anti-trafficking hotline: +356 22 94 20 00
MOLDOVA
  • La Strada: +373 22 23 49 06
NETHERLANDS
  • CoMensha: +31 33 44 81 186
NORWAY
  • Norwegian Police: +47 2800
POLAND
  • National Centre for Victims of Trafficking: +48 22 628 01 20
PORTUGAL
  • Anti-trafficking hotline: 800 202 148
  • SOS Imigrante, hotline for all migrant situations: 808 257 257
ROMANIA
  • Anti-trafficking hotline: 0800 800 678
  • ANITP – http://www.anitp.mai.gov.ro - the national body on anti-trafficking with close connections to police, border control, etc.
SERBIA
  • Anti-trafficking hotline: +381 11 785 0000 or 0800 101 201
  • http://www.astra.rs/about-astra/?lang=en
SLOVAKIA
  • Slovak Crisis Center DOTYK: +421 903 704 784
SLOVENIA
  • KLJUČ KEY – Society, Centre for the fight against trafficking in persons: 080 17 22
SPAIN
  • Instituto de la Mujer: 900 191 010, 900 152 152
  • http://www.policia.es/trata/
  • Police (Emergency): 112
  • (Non-Emergency): O91
SWEDEN
  • National Support Line: 020 50 50 50
SWITZERLAND
  • Anti-trafficking hotline: +41 79 477 80 97
  • ACT212 http://www.ksmm.admin.ch/ksmm/en/home/publiservice/nap.html
TURKEY
  • Free emergency helpline: 157 (within Turkey)
  • International: +90312 157 11 22
UK
  • Modern Slavery Helpline: 0800 0121 700
  • Police (Emergency): 999
  • Salvation Army National Referral System: 0300 3038151
  • https://modernslavery.co.uk/report-it.html
UKRAINE
  • Anti trafficking hotline (run by La Strada): +38 044 205 36 95

 

EFN Vision and Values

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Our core team have been busy this year looking at who EFN really are as network.  We spent a lot of time and discussion on this, as well as talking to our partners about what they value most and need from the network.  After much consultation, this is what we’ve come up with and we wanted to share it with you we can all move forward together as we stand against human trafficking and exploitation and stand with those that have survived it’s reach.  

Mission Statement

  • The European Freedom Network exists to help the body of Christ in Europe work together effectively to prevent and combat human trafficking and commercial exploitation of women, men and children and to seek the restoration of its victims.

Vision Statement 

  • We see a world free of human trafficking and exploitation, where every person has the opportunity to live in the freedom that God intends and Jesus gives.

Values Statement 

We unite around the following beliefs and values:

  • Christ Centered – We are a praying Christian community who are convinced that Jesus’ grace and power can bring transformation to individuals and communities.  
  • Collaborative Community – We are better when we join together our thinking, plans, resources and expertise.
  • Excellence – We believe that our focused work and ministry should exemplify good practice and professionalism as well as the heart of Jesus. 
  • Dignity – We treat people with dignity and respect, and recognise each person has the ability and right to lead their own life.  
  • Safety – We seek to be safe people and to keep all people in our care safe and free from exploitation.

What We Do

  • We build capacity in our partners by providing encouragement, advice, resources, training and prayer.
  • We facilitate and encourage co-operation and effective action between our partners.
  • We assist our partners to be a voice capable of addressing the issues of human trafficking and commercial exploitation in public arenas at all levels.
  • We create excellence through lovingly and truthfully holding each other accountable.

A Call to Action: Being a Voice!

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Herzwerk is an interdenominational ministry that considers itself a part of the body of Christ. Nine years ago, God spoke to us clearly about people in prostitution who are – as Isaiah 42:22 describes it rather violently – “plundered and looted, all of them trapped in pits or hidden away in prisons.“ This calling was connected at the same time to an outcry of God: “Who will go after them to free them?” We did and we continue to do so until today. God has been guiding us step by step and together with other organizations across the globe we have become part of God’s movement that started going out to bring His light to the darkest places.

It is also a part of our mandate to be a voice for the voiceless. Everywhere in the Bible, God is asking for people whom he can send out. “Who will go out to preach, who will proclaim the Good News to the captives, who will stand in the gap, whom shall I send?” The priest and the Levite, both men of the church, unfortunately passed by and simply ignored the man who was left on the side of the road, robbed and beaten. In Proverbs 31,8 it says: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” This command really hit us in our innermost being. It is not a question of choice, if we should become a voice or not, it is a command and it concerns the ones for whom God’s heart is beating and suffering: the oppressed and the exploited.

We believe that the body of Christ carries a responsibility for our society, and is not only able to but also supposed to meet the needs of the people today. We want to go to the root of the problem and step up against any form of injustice. It is in prostitution where this injustice can be seen very clearly. Liberal laws in Austria enable pimps and traffickers to legally bring their victims into our country in order to exploit them, because men in Austria go to prostitutes. Poor living conditions in their countries of origin force these young women to prostitute themselves here. The gap between the wealthy Western countries and Eastern Europe lays the foundation for human trafficking and prostitution in the west – poverty is the driving force together with dysfunctional families, where no sound bonding can take place and abuse is part of everyday life.

As Church, we are called to be light and salt in this world. For this reason, we have become part and co-founder of different political platforms. Herzwerk is member of the EU Civil Society Platform against human trafficking and also co-founder of a platform against human trafficking in Austria. Since last January we have also been members of an initiative to stop the buying of sex that was started by feminists.

Because of our great concern for the church we started another network, the so called “SMS-Network” (“Stop the silence” in German). We are various Austrian organizations that work in different areas that have to do with sexuality. Some of us work directly in areas where sexuality is perverted and has exploitive characteristics, like prostitution, human trafficking, sexual abuse and pornography. Others walk besides people in churches who are in the process of healing. Others work in the area of sexual education and are doing a wonderful service to individuals and couples. We desire that men and women in the Body of Christ stand up for sexual values and the equality and esteem of both women and men. It is our dream to see a movement of men rising up who openly stand up for equal rights for women and girls, who raise their voices against any form of violence, and who say “yes” to a world without prostitution. Some of our group work towards ending violence, perversion and the contempt against women. These areas include sexual abuse, pornography, human trafficking and forced prostitution.

There is a strong pro-prostitution lobby in countries with liberal prostitution laws. This is why we published a paper concerning the context in which human trafficking and prostitution take place. Our arguments are based on our experience in working with people affected by forced prostitution and trafficking. These people mostly come out of very vulnerable situations including abuse and dysfunctional family backgrounds. None of the pro-prostitution activists can argue against these facts stated in our paper. In countries where prostitution is illegal, such as the Eastern European countries, it is essential to raise the awareness of politicians and the police concerning the background of people in prostitution. Once they have a better understanding, they might understand why these people should not be criminalized any longer.

So we want to encourage every one of you to take up the challenge and look for opportunities where God might want to use you to be HIS VOICE!

Giving EFN a voice

If you are already speaking up into society, media or politics about issues of exploitation, or if you would like to do so, we would love you to join the EFN Voice team.

  • We can learn from one another about effective influencing.
  • We can share or collaborate on good evidence and arguments.
  • We can help more EFN partners to be able to influence well.
  • We can inspire the Church to pray strategically and to take action.
  • We can even coordinate campaigning sometimes across Europe or to international political bodies.

If you are interested, please email Sabine, herzwerk.wien@gmail.com  or Julia, julia@europeanea.org

 

About the authorSabine works at Herzwerk in Austria. The very name of our organisation Herzwerk – “Heart Factory” expresses the passion that underlies our work. We are motivated by God’s heart, which beats for the victims of injustice. God is just and desires what is best for every individual. Heart Factory is an initiative for people in prostitution. All people are equal before God. His love is boundless and He is without prejudice. God sees the heart of every person. Heart Factory’s work is characterised by its competence and love for others.

 

 

How to talk to church leaders about supporting your non-profit

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I’ve had the immense privilege to serve God as both a pastor in a local church and as the leader of a non-profit. This has afforded me the unique opportunity to see how both sides think when it comes to engaging the church in social action. Commonly, churches are concerned with building the church and making disciples whilst non-profits want to reach a certain people group. Misunderstandings come when non-profits feel disappointed that the church doesn’t get behind their vision and churches feel like non-profits have an agenda for their money and their people. We are all Christians after all. Why can’t we just get along?

One of the key problems is that both churches and the non-profit sector have their own languages and agendas. They each have their own sub culture of the way they interpret, think about and communicate things. We actually need to spend as much time building relationships and understanding each others’ worlds as we do reaching the people we represent.

Here are a few tips on how you can build a great relationship and ultimately gain the support of your local church:

It can’t be all about you

Simply put, churches do not ‘have’ to support you just because you are a member of their congregation. Going in to meet your pastor with such a mindset will only make him or her suspicious of you. Aim to work in partnership. Ask your leader what their vision and goals for the church are and then show how working with you will help them achieve it. You have more in your hand that can help the church than you realise. Perhaps you could offer to train their staff in counselling best practices or what to do if they suspect someone is being trafficked. Or how to protect their congregation from paedophiles. Maybe you could help train the staff how to talk to the youth about tricky topics like sex and pornography. Write articles for their newsletters. When your leader sees that you are ‘for’ them they will be more likely to get involved.

Don’t expect the whole church to get involved

It’s important not to have unrealistic expectations. A church is not likely to build it’s whole ethos around your ministry. Unless of course God speaks specifically to them about this. Aim to start with small involvement and build it from there. If they ask you to share at a bible study, then do that and don’t get upset that they didn’t ask you to preach on Sunday. Relationships are built bit by bit. It is unrealistic to expect that every single person will get behind your cause. They haven’t all been called to serve in this way. That said, aim to find those who are!

Make it easy for the church to work with you

Churches are busy places and are usually just as understaffed as non-profits are. They don’t need extra work. If you want them to help you, make it easy. Have brochures ready for them to hand out. Have artwork ready that they can use. Have videos, infographics and photos with quotes that they can share on social media. Make it easy for them to support your cause.

Be professional

If you do get the opportunity to speak on platform, don’t blow it. Be prepared with media that is the same quality or better that the church is accustomed to. If they use video often, then have a professional looking video. If they use powerpoint, make sure yours doesn’t have spelling mistakes and reflects the culture of the church. If they have a young, grungy look then your slides should reflect the same look. Most of all, if they give you time, make sure every minute counts and don’t go over your time limit. Ever!

Tell stories

People respond to stories. Jesus told stories. In the non-profit world we get a bit caught up in facts and statistics. People disassociate themselves from stats. Tell stories instead. The average person sitting in church really does want to do something useful with their lives. Make sure your stories tell how they can make an impact and connect with the work.

Build inroads

Most people want to get involved and not just give money. Sometimes in the anti-trafficking sector we can be very secretive and exclusive, and for good reason. We want to protect our clients. Just make sure that you ministry isn’t appearing so secretive and protected that the only way people can be involved is to give. Have clear ways defined on how people can get involved. The number one question people ask after a presentation is ‘what can I do?’ Be ready for it!

Be thankful

Don’t just take their money and people and run. Send thank you letters or make follow up phone calls explaining how their congregation connected with your cause. Consider it an honour that they allowed you to be on their platform. Follow up with how you can help them further.

 

 Leanne2015 Leanne Rhodes is the CEO & Founder at Abolishion, an NGO that breaks the systems that keep people in sexual slavery.  Leanne resides in Romania and travels regularly across Europe to work with churches, governments and NGOs in the prevention of human trafficking. She looks forward to a world where no one’s basic right for freedom is sold for the highest bid. Learn more: www.abolishion.org