Costa Mesa, CA, January 5, 2015 – Launching the President’s National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Vanguard University will hold Pray for Freedom. The event will be simulcast to churches, universities, and communities across the nation. The Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAAST) in partnership with the National Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery and Trafficking, and the Vanguard University Global Center for Women and Justice will host the event – to be held on Saturday, January 10, 2015, 3:00-5:00pm at Newport Mesa Church in Costa Mesa.
“Pray for Freedom: Challenging Slavery brings the Christian community together to pray for wisdom, empowerment, and success in the battle to end modern day slavery,” said Dr. Sandra Morgan, director of the Global Center for Women and Justice. “Many are doing good work with great commitment and passion, yet we encounter discouragement and weariness. A call to prayer is a call to depend on God, listen to God, and experience hope in the midst of the battle.”
During this event, our communities will gather to pray for victims of labor and sex trafficking. Leaders of global initiatives will open with a prayer for wisdom, resources, and divine intervention to free captives worldwide. The nationally-simulcast event will include FAAST partners from Project Rescue, World Relief, Salvation Army, World Hope International, and Vanguard University. Nearly a dozen special guests offering prayer at Pray for Freedom will include Congressman Ed Royce, founders of Frederick Douglas Family Initiative, Ken Morris and Nicole Morris, and Jack Miranda with granddaughter Jacleen Sanchez.
One of the main hosts of the event, Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice (GCWJ), is a faith-based organization, which seeks to create a just world where women and children are safe, respected and valued. The GCWJ carries out this mission through education, research, advocacy and collaboration, working with students, educators, law enforcement, healthcare, and community leaders, to end human trafficking and the cyber-exploitation of women and children in Orange County and worldwide.
To learn more about the Pray for Freedom event and other upcoming events hosted by The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, visit www.vanguard.edu/gcwj.
To attend the live streaming event on January 10, 2015, visit www.vanguard.edu/live.
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Erin Hales, Director of Marketing & Communications
55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
ABOUT VANGUARD UNIVERSITY
Vanguard University (VU) is a regionally ranked, private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Located ten minutes from Newport Beach and an hour from Los Angeles, Vanguard equips students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-focused leadership and service. Vanguard is committed to academic excellence, boasting small class sizes that are designed to cultivate lasting professor-mentor relationships that enhance the learning process. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanguard a top 12 regional college in the west and a top veteran-friendly college for 2015, and The Princeton Review ranked Vanguard a 2014 “Best in the West” regional college. Accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Vanguard offers more than 30 degrees and certificates through its undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies programs. Please visit www.vanguard.edu
ABOUT THE GLOBAL CENTER FOR WOMEN AND JUSTICE
The Global Center for Women & Justice at Vanguard University is a faith-based organization that exists to advance the global status of women through research, education, advocacy, collaboration and hope. The Global Center for Women & Justice promotes gender reconciliation and the inherent dignity of all persons. For more, visit www.vanguard.edu/gcwj