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Be An Advocate! Act Now to Protect Anti-Trafficking Funding.

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  Every year the Presidential administration and the Congress must come to an agreement on the federal budget.  This year the President has proposed a 30% cut to the small, but critical foreign affairs budget.  This funding is essential to many of the programs and projects around the globe that address human trafficking and tackle its root causes through prevention.
The U.S. foreign assistance budget reaches millions around the world, and programs are largely implemented through trusted charitable organizations, like World Vision, with expertise on the ground to ensure the investment isn’t wasted or affected by corruption. While our investment in foreign assistance is less than 1% of our federal budget,  the dollars spent in developing counties literally are the difference between life and death.
Please click on the link below, provided by our partner World Vision, and take 3 minutes to call or write your senators and congressional representative to let them know you want to see full funding of the foreign affairs budget. The link provides all the info you need to know, from a suggested call script to guide you, to the number for your specific congressperson ( it looks it up for you!)

http://www.worldvisionadvocacy.org/project/support-u-s-foreign-assistance/ 

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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For Sexual Assault Awareness Month, April 2017, GCWJ hosted guest missionary, Amy Farley at Vanguard University to speak to the students about her personal experience of sexual assault. Many students were impacted by her authentic transparency while talking about a very difficult and yet persistent issue in our world. If you would like to listen to her story, it is on our GCWJ Facebook page as a Livestream.

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 “I have LOVED being at Vanguard. Speaking at Excavate, Chapel, and being part of the Courageous Conversations Panel. What an incredible university with some incredible leadership. Love the heart of this University.”

Check out these other resources as we continue to spread awareness about Sexual Assault.

Sexual Assault Awareness month: things to do every month
What If Bears Killed One In Five People?
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Be an advocate! Act now to protect anti-trafficking funding.

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Every year the Presidential administration and the Congress must come to an agreement on the federal budget.  This year the President has proposed a 30% cut to the small, but critical foreign affairs budget.  This funding is essential to many of the programs and projects around the globe that address human trafficking and tackle its root causes through prevention.

The U.S. foreign assistance budget reaches millions around the world, and programs are largely implemented through trusted charitable organizations, like World Vision, with expertise on the ground to ensure the investment isn’t wasted or affected by corruption. While our investment in foreign assistance is less than 1% of our federal budget,  the dollars spent in developing countries literally are the difference between life and death.

Please see the link below, provided by our partner World Vision, and take 3 minutes to call or write your senators and congressional representative to let them know you want to see full funding of the foreign affairs budget. The link provides all the info you need to know, from a suggested call script to guide you, to the number for your specific congressperson ( it looks it up for you!)

http://www.worldvisionadvocacy.org/project/support-u-s-foreign-assistance/

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Keeping Up with Sandie Morgan: Spring 2017

GCWJ Global Outreach January-March 2017

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In February 2017, Dr. Morgan served as a Subject Matter Expert for the cosponsored Sins Before Our Eyes Forum on Human Trafficking cosponsored by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, His All Holiness Bartholomew, and the Church of England Primate, the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby.  Due to security reasons the event was not publicized until afterwards when the cosigned agreement was released. https://www.patriarchate.org/-/modern-slavery-a-joint-declaration Attendees included Metropolitans from other regions, including South America and Europe, two members of the World Council of Churches, a representative from the Vatican, and many other dignitaries.  Along with many other promising outcomes, Dr. Morgan met and will partner with the Athens Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative when the cocurricular WMST420 Country Study class is in Greece in June.

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In March 2017, Dr. Morgan served the World Assemblies of God Fellowship (WAGF) on a study group commissioned to offer a recommendation to the WAGF Executive Committee. The study group met in Madrid, Spain. The recommendation to establish a Commission on Sexual Exploitation, Slavery, and Trafficking was voted on during the WAGF Executive Committee meeting on March 30-31 in Singapore, and was approved.  The members of the study group were all asked to serve on the first commission.  Their first official meeting will be in Anaheim, California on August 11, 2017.  WAGF represents Assemblies of God adherents in 150 countries.

GCWJ at Kenosha, Wisconsin

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In March 17, Ruthi Hanchett, GCWJ Board Member, represented the Center and Vanguard University at the Journey Hope Forum. This is the fourth year we have partnered with Journey Church, the largest Assembly of God church in the region. This purpose of this event is to educate the community about the reality of human trafficking in Southeastern Wisconsin. This is an interactive discussion designed to challenge our community to stand together against the injustice of modern-day slavery, and to continue bringing awareness to the battle against human trafficking locally, nationally, and internationally. The event was attended by 100 church members, 200 nursing students, and 300 community members. Ruthi was also interviewed by a local radio station in southeastern Wisconsin.

April is Sexual Assault Month
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In April, the Global Center for Women and Justice in collaboration with Spiritual Formation, Diversity and Inclusion, and Global Education & Outreach will be hosting Amy Farley , Assemblies of God World Missionary to Vietnam, as a guest speaker for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

  • Excavate on Monday, April 3rd, 8-9pm
  • MAIN CHAPEL on Tuesday, April 4th, 9:30-10:20am
  • Tuesday from 12-1pm and 6:30-7:30pm, Courageous Conversation at The Cove

 

Human Trafficking Country Study: Athens Greece acropolis-athens

In June, Sandie is taking a team of 12 students to Athens Greece for the annual Country Study Abroad Trip. This course will focus on contemporary human trafficking and slavery, including sex trafficking, bonded labor, forced labor, refugee recruitment, and domestic servant slavery in Greece with a particular focus on identifying best practice models of Prevention. This course will examine the scope and complexity of human trafficking specific to the country of Greece’s laws, culture, faith, economy, and especially the current Syrian refugee crisis. It will also include University student outreach teams based on the VU Live2free model designed to do outreach in the refugee camps. Because of the base work established by Dr. Morgan and Live2Free student leaders, the Greece team is poised to dig deeper into the issue of human trafficking and collaborate with Greek youth initiatives partnering with Assemblies of God World Missions Europe Compassion director, Raegan Gluglosh.

SAVE THE DATE: Priceless Luncheon


The Priceless committee will be working through the summer planning this year’s Luncheon on September 16, 2017 at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach. This year’s keynote speaker is John Cotton Richmond who also was the keynote speaker at Ensure Justice. For more information on the luncheon and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.Priceless2017.com

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Empower Women, Empower Everyone by Sandie Morgan

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Empower Women, Empower Everyone

by Sandie Morgan

267 school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. Hundreds of Yazidi women sold into slavery by ISIS. Thousands of war rapes in Congo. Millions trafficked globally. The global issues facing women are clear.

International Women’s Day, March 8, focuses on empowering women. In 2014. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said: “Countries with more equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: Equality for women means progress for all.”

Three simple strategies can empower women: create space, model value and nurture gifts. These three methods to empower the women in your life are not new. Jesus practiced them.

Look at the story of Jesus visiting Lazarus, Martha and Mary (Luke 10: 38-42). Jesus made room for Mary with the other learners, the disciples. Her sister, Martha, tried to correct the situation. There is much to learn in that simple story, but let’s say Martha’s remarks were about more than wanting help chopping the carrots for dinner. We often focus on Mary’s decision, but that decision was possible because Jesus created space for her. He modeled value for her as a disciple, which nurtured her gifts. I’m sure you can think of other examples where Jesus turned culture around to create space for women, model value and nurture their gifts.

I experienced this personally during an academic partnership between Vanguard University and a university in Iraq to empower women. Our team included renowned Federal Judge David Carter.  Carter created space for me in a culture that did not traditionally allow this, valued me as a professional and nurtured my growing skills in the field. He instructed me to stay with him even if our hosts offered me a seat in a different room. When entering the chambers of the Chief Judge, Carter was ushered to a seat of honor. He thanked our hosts, walked me to that seat and said, “Dr. Morgan, here’s your place.” He included me in the dialogue; it was never spurious. Carter actively empowered me as a leader, because he saw me as such.

Women are vital to the mission of the Church. To see women empowered to lead and contribute, everyone must be strategic. Create space. Model value for your daughters and sisters. Nurture their gifts. The result will be progress that men and women will celebrate together.

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January Events for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month!

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Dont forget to check out our TOP 10 ENDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING PODCAST!

January 8th: Freedom Sunday at Westminster Christian Assembly. For the 2017 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Dr Sandie Morgan will speak on Joy & Justice: Rescue and the Path to Freedom. 10:30am this Sunday. Address: 14642 Bushard St. Westminster CA.

January 11th: Join Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign for National Wear Blue Day
This January, as part of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, we encourage you to join us for National Wear Blue Day. On January 11 – which is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day – wear blue clothing and post a photo of yourself to Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #WearBlueDay. Encourage your colleagues, friends, and family to participate too! National #WearBlueDay encourages greater public awareness about human trafficking and will generate additional conversation about this heinous crime.

January 21: Abolitionists Conference at Aldersgate United Methodist Church
1201 Irvine Blvd, Tustin, CA 92780

January 24-26thHidden in the Crowd A Human Trafficking Symposium
RSVP HERE!

January 26th: Night of Hope by Live2free. 8:30pm in the Cove at Vanguard University
Vanguard’s anti-human trafficking student mobilization club puts on an event for their college peers to learn and internalize the serious of human trafficking. Open to the public. 8pm at Vanguard University.

January 28th: Pray for Freedom at Vanguard University
3-5pm “Prayer is not a substitute for work, thinking, watching, suffering, or giving; prayer is a support for all other efforts.” -George Buttrick
Tune in to livestream the event!

January 29th: Justice Matters Conference at Calvary Chapel Murrieta
7:30 AM | 9:30 AM | 11:30 AM   Exploring The Risk Factors That Lead to Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation
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February 2nd: Global Center for Women and Justice Open House! If you ever wanted to see our center and what we are all about at Vanguard University, stop by at 2-4pm!
55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Scott Building #226

SAVE THE DATE: ENSURE JUSTICE CONFERENCE MARCH 3-4 2017!

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Merry Christmas 2016!

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Pray for Freedom: Challenging Slavery 2017

 

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Pray for Freedom in Partnership with FAAST INTERNATIONAL
3-5pm PST Saturday, January 28th at Vanguard University/Newport Mesa Church

3:00pm-4:30pm: Prayers
Our communities will gather to pray for freedom for victims of labor and sex trafficking. Partner organizations and community leaders will open the prayer with a worldwide prayer for wisdom, resources, and divine intervention to free captives.

We will pray for the unique issues of widows, single mothers, refugees, foster kids, immigrants and vulnerable communities because of poverty, gender, conflict, and violence. We will also pray for wisdom to make a difference for community leaders that represent government, ethnic minorities, and churches.

Our final focus will reflect on prayers for change in our own hearts and communities that will reduce demand driven by greed, pornography, and violence.

4:30pm-5:00pm: Call to Action
The final call to action will focus a call to action to help us recognize victims, understand how we can serve, and engage the local church community in everyday responses that make a difference.

BE A SIMULCAST SITE TO HOST A VIEWING OF THE EVENT WHEREVER YOU ARE!

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