One of the first steps in fighting human trafficking is to be aware of human trafficking around us. Below you will find links to videos that will help increase our awareness. These are also good resources that can be shared with others. Please take a time to watch each video.
How is Sex Trafficking defined? Below information compiled by Shared Hope International to help understand trafficking and to be able to recognize the warning signs when a child is being targeted for trafficking or trafficked.
THE POWER OF PRAYER
At County Line Church we know prayer is important; consequently, we ask you commit to doing a 30 day prayer devotional on human trafficking. This devotional is a powerful tool in understanding sex trafficking, praying for key topics in fighting human trafficking and gaining new insight on the importance of prayer in this battle. You can also become a prayer partner with International Justice Mission (IJM) by clicking here.
For more stories from victims and family members directly impacted by human trafficking click here. We partner with IJM, particularly their fight against sex trafficking in the Dominican Republic.The Dominican Republic is a global vacation destination known for its sandy beaches and natural beauty—but it is also a hotspot for traffickers and sex tourists. To learn more about IJM's work in the Dominican Republic click here.
PREVENTION & ACTION
Below are links to articles and websites with actions and steps that you can take to get involved in preventing human trafficking.
COUNTY LINE MINISTRIES & PARTNERS
BLUE HEART CAMPAIGN
In April of 2021, County Line Church decided to give the proceeds from its adjacent farmland to help fight human trafficking. We would like to encourage farmers around Northeast Indiana to give a portion of their crop proceeds to do the same and also place a Blue Heart Campaign sign in their field to help bring awareness. To learn more click here.
INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION
International Justice Mission (IJM) is an international organization that fights against human trafficking and slavery. We support IJM's efforts in the Dominican Republic, where they help the local authorities by rescuing victims, bringing criminals to justice, restoring survivors and strengthening the justice system. County Line began this partnership in 2021 after sending part of the 2020 Joy to the World Offering to IJM. To learn more click here.
SHARED HOPE INTERNATIONAL
Shared Hope leads a worldwide effort to eradicate sex trafficking. They do this by prevention (through advocacy), restoration (through programs, and partners) and bringing justice (where they focus on changing laws in the US that protects children trapped in sex trafficking). At County Line, we began a partnership with Shared Hope International in 2021. To learn more click here.