PAUSE TO PRAY DECEMBER
As you can see from some of the articles below we seem to be in a season where many different countries are reviewing their legislation with regard to human trafficking and sexual exploitation. As nations become more and more aware of modern day slavery and the impact of sexual exploitation and human trafficking let us give thanks that God is shining His light into the darkness and exposing wickedness. Let us continue to pray that He will bring forth justice and righteousness in the nations of the earth.
Behold, a king will reign in righteousness,
and princes will rule in justice.
2 Each will be like a hiding place from the wind,
a shelter from the storm,
like streams of water in a dry place,
like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.
3 Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed,
and the ears of those who hear will give attention.
PRAY FOR EFN
Please pray for preparations for Bridge 2015, EFN’s conference in Bucharest 20-24 April 2015. Pray that the Lord will continue to lay the foundations so that He is able to do what He wants to do when we gather together.
PRAY FOR THE SOCIO-POLITICAL CONTEXT
Many EFN partners in the UK are praying and lobbying regarding the Modern Slavery Bill which is going through Parliament. The new law should be good. But can it be a best possible pioneering law which will make a huge difference to survivors and prosecute and prevent effectively too?
Country in Focus: WALES
Despite being known by many as “The Land of Revival”, Wales – a country of three million within the UK – has not remained unscathed by the scourge of human trafficking. Earlier this year, a vulnerable man was discovered to have been working as a slave on a South Wales farm for 13 years. More recently, a woman was convicted in Cardiff of trafficking, using juju to coerce two women from Nigeria into prostitution.
What are some of the ways that Christians in Wales are responding to this?
- Irene Davies produced an inspiring calendar last year that she sold at £10 each to raise £1,000 for an anti-trafficking charity.
- A team of Christian women, liaising with police, go on the street and in brothels during the week to build relationships with and support women in the sex trade.
- Dai Hankey has started up Red Community, bringing like-minded people together to make a stand and raise awareness. He also writes an amazing blog.
- Safe from Slavery have opened up a safe house on the Welsh borders
- A Welsh woman spends months every year in the Mediterranean, ministering to trafficked women.
- Evangelical Alliance Wales has devoted time and energy to network Christians in Wales with a heart for anti-trafficking, enabling people to meet each other, find their niche and to see the bigger picture.
- For freedom for all those being held against their will in Wales.
- For strength, wisdom and protection for all Christians in Wales working on the “front lines” in responding to human trafficking.
- For the role of the church and Christians to be recognised and respected in the wider anti-trafficking sector.
- For breakthroughs and answers to prayer in the lives of trafficked and exploited people in Wales who are being ministered to by Christians.
YOUR OWN NATION
Take time to also pray for your own nation, try to gather together with others and share what is on your heart for your nation and your ministries/churches and hear what God is saying to you. Do let us know any answers to prayer so we can rejoice together. Maybe you could be our country in focus in future months. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your praise reports and if you would like to be a future country in focus.