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Greetings Friends, The Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking continues to wage war against those things which wage war on the dignity of men and women around the world. We were created for freedom and we are bound by love to help set others free. Our organizations are doing amazing things in the fight against human trafficking. They work in the red light areas of Mumbai. They serve in graveyards in Indonesia. They hold the hands of young children in the Philippines. They care for women in strip clubs in the United States. They care for refugees everywhere. This year we have embarked on a mission to revise the academic version of the Hands that Heal materials. This material has been used by many organizations and churches and is well known. It is now 10 years old and in need of updating. Please consider partnering with us on this revision process, we need your support. Thank you for all your prayers. Blessings.
FAAST believes collaboration is fundamental to eradicating human trafficking and restoring survivors. In late 2016 we announced our FAAST Affiliate partnership. The Affiliate partnership allows for those who are not able to become members, to officially join our movement and promote the values we see as important to freeing communities from slavery. This unique partnership allows those who are Affiliates to participate in our learning webinars, receive a reduction in price for our electronic resources, and an invitation to networking opportunities. We want to welcome our Affiliates who joined us in 2017: Glory House of Miami, Sandy Nallet, Hope Rising Ministries, Freedom’s Promise, Living Waters Church, The Pregnancy Clinic, Rescue: Freedom and In Our Backyard. We have grown! 2017 was a year of expansion and in trusting the Lord to grow our alliance. In April 2017, we welcomed Compassion First to the FAAST family. Compassion First will not only expand our international reach but will also provide unique insights and expertise. We welcome Compassion First to the FAAST family.
Engaging the community is key to fighting human trafficking. FAAST spent a year developing an internationally focused toolkit that churches can use to help both educate and engage their community. There are three levels to the toolkit, each level that delves deeper into the issue of human trafficking.
Beyond just learning about human trafficking though, the toolkit provides a variety of actionable items that can be implemented to help change your community. We feel it was important for this toolkit to be specific, so we decided to contextualize the toolkit. Initially we wrote the toolkit for India. Right now the toolkit is being beta-tested in Mumbai. Our hope and goal for 2018 is that we will learn from the betatesting in Mumbai and be able to release the toolkit to the entire FAAST community. It will need to be contextualized for your area, but once contextualized we can then share the toolkit with each other. Let us know if you’re interested in receiving this resource and contextualizing it to fit your community. One of the key principles of FAAST is partnership, both inside and outside of our membership. This was highlighted when FAAST, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (a FAAST member), and Free the Slaves worked together to create an Evangelical Freedom Sunday packet. Freedom Sunday is a day where churches around the globe work focus on educating their congregation and community on human trafficking. Working across the three organizations, we were able to create a Freedom Sunday that we believe reaches across all Evangelical denominations and can be used by all. We would love for your church to participate in Freedom Sunday with us on September 24, 2018. While there is power in churches coming together on a specific day to educate about human trafficking, your church can host their own Freedom Sunday any day. If you want to have a Freedom Sunday, you can download the materials here.
Our members work hard around the globe to help educate, prevent, rescue and restoring those affected by human trafficking. Here is some of the amazing work from around the world that our members did in 2017. Philippines – The Salvation Army’s anti-human trafficking program they developed has been recognized by the government as an excellent model for reducing trafficking levels and has been earmarked for a wider rollout.
India – Project Rescue saw hope come full-circle. 14 years ago two girls were rescued from slavery and brought to a Project Rescue home in India. Through the program, they found healing and restoration through Jesus Christ. They earned their degrees in counseling and caregiving and reintegrated into society. This past year they were asked by the Indian government to assist in a rescue operation. Facing their own past and fears, they agreed to help. At the end of the operations, one of the women insisted that they check under every bed knowing that is where she would have hid. In doing so they found one last girl. Praise God. United States – Point Loma Nazarene University welcomed their fifth student under the Beauty for Ashes Scholarship for survivors of human trafficking. The scholarship fund is supported by a growing group of donors who want to make the possibility of a college education a reality for survivors of human trafficking. All five students were trafficked in the San Diego and Tijuana region and now pursuing their bachelor’s degrees at PLNU. Greece – The Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University sent 12 students to do an intensive Country Study on Human Trafficking led by Dr. Sandra Morgan and Adjunct Professor Derek Marsh. Partnering with Bridges, a humanitarian organization responding to the refugee crisis in Athens, Greece, the group interacted with refugees who came to the Bridges organization for support by playing with children letting the parents focus on their future. In addition, they worked on developing a cultural context to human trafficking prevention, and trained 15 staff members using this material.
We are so thankful for the various organizations that continue to host FAAST Hands that Heal trainings. 2017 saw over 100 community, NGO and governmental leaders trained in caring for sex trafficking survivors. At these trainings we teach NGO and government leaders best practices in caring for survivors and help attendees create and fine-tune their action plans. We are excited to see more trainings already planned for 2018. Joining together with FAAST members, we hosted our third Pray for Freedom event in Costa Mesa, California in January. The California events have been a powerful time of prayer and partnership that this year we expanded and started a Pray for Freedom DC event in September. We were excited to hold our DC event in the US Capitol Building Visitor’s Center- a hub on influence and change in our nation. We met for an afternoon of worship and prayer for those involved in sex and labor trafficking. In addition to those FAAST Members at Pray for Freedom DC who were at the live event, there were simulcast sites of universities, churches and organizations around the country. We prioritize Pray for Freedom because we believe God hears our prayers! We believe partnership is key to fighting human trafficking. In order to help facilitate this we hosted a Round Table event prior to Pray for Freedom DC. This event brought FAAST members, Affiliates and community members together to discuss various issues including: promoting your organization, how to run an after care facility, the global supply chain of sexual exploitation and many other topics. In addition to small
Dr. Beth Grant speaking at the Roundtable event
group discussions on these important topics, the entire group heard from John Cotton Richmond, Dr. Beth Grant and Jason Pope as keynote speakers.
2017 Income FAAST is run solely on donations, member dues, and curriculum sales from those who share our same vision. Thank you so much for your generosity. We pray that your generosity will continue in the coming year to help us carry on our mission. You can support us in the following ways: Praying for our 2018 year Subscribing to our bi-monthly connector Connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter Donate online here
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Join us in prayer as we seek God’s guidance and provision in the year ahead. We already have many exciting initiatives coming up. 1. Hands that Heal was first published ten years ago. In the decade since it’s been published the world of anti-trafficking has grown so much and we have learned so much. FAAST is now working on a revision that would incorporate modern trends, as well as additional media and technological resources. 2. We are continuing our Pray for Freedom events in both California, DC and perhaps even a third location as the leaders arise. Pray for us as we plan these events, as well as those who will be attending. 3. We are working on changing the structure of the FAAST dues. We believe that this restructuring will strengthen our Steering Committee and broaden our reach. We have already seen evidence of this by adding a new member in the start of 2018. We are excited to continue to attract faithbased organizations serving in anti-human trafficking work.
Dear Friend, Thank you for taking the time to read what God has done through the FAAST network in 2017. As the FAAST network continues to grow we are gaining strength and our collaborative impact is expanding. Your donations and resources are going further than ever before. Many frontline workers in the fight against trafficking have new resources and times for refreshment because of your generous donations and commitment to FAAST. Thank you to each of our members, affiliates and donors who make FAAST possible. FAAST will continue faithfully as we impact the world by brining justice and light to broken places. In Christ,
Mandy Porter-Griffith FAAST Coordinator