LC WINTER 2016
LOTT CAREY HERALD SPECIAL EDITION
Prayers for Justice & Equality AWARENESS Prayers for Human Dignity ACTION Prayer Partnership ADVOCACY Lott Carey on Capitol Hill
RAYER FOR WOMEN’S
CONTENTS Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21 Day 22 Day 23 Day 24 Day 25 Day 26 Day 27 Day 28 Day 29 Day 30 Day 31
Poverty & Famine Australia Canada China Congo Gender-based Violence Ethiopia Ghana Guinea Guyana Haiti India Human Trafficking Italy Jamaica Kenya Liberia Malawi Mozambique HIV/AIDS Nepal Nigeria Philippines Somalia South Africa Turkey Women’s Rights & Advocacy Uganda USA Zambia Zimbabwe
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CONVENTION EXECUTIVE OFFICERS President Pastor Alyn E. Waller First Vice President Pastor Gregory J. Jackson Second Vice President Pastor Gina M. Stewart Chairman, Board of Directors Pastor John M. Alexander, Jr. Chairman Emeritus Pastor Emeritus Norman W. Smith, Sr. Executive Secretary-Treasurer Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley 2
AWARENESS, ACTION, ADVOCACY:
KEY ELEMENTS IN OUR GLOBAL PRAYER GUIDE Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. —Hebrews 13:3
By Rev. Dawn Sanders
he Lott Carey Global Prayer Partnership is a sacred time of intercession when we bombard heaven on behalf of women and girls whose cries have been muted around the world. For 31 days we are interceding against the dehumanization of our sisters. This year we are seeking partners who will accept the challenge to stand together with her, declaring we will play a role in her struggle against injustice and inequality. We invite our partners to register and to take part in a special initiative—Challenge 31—when we join together in three powerful ways to support women’s empowerment during the 31 days of prayer:
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Awareness: Together, we are multiplying our efforts by mobilizing others to support the fight for women’s empowerment. Action: Together, we are engaging in service, sacrificial giving ($31, $331, $1,031, and $3,031), and organizing with others to support Lott Carey women’s programs around the world. Advocacy: Together, we are participating in local, state, national and international movements that improve women’s programs, policies, and legislative agendas.
Let’s join together in the fight! Sign up today to take part in this global movement at www.lottcarey/women.
#TOGETHERWITH(HER) #CHALLENGE31 #WISEWOMENPRAY Rev. Dawn Sanders is Director of Missional Programs for Lott Carey.
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PRAYER STORM Millions Depend on
INJUSTICE, POVERTY, DISEASE By Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley Executive Secretary-Treasurer
met a pastor in South Africa who presided over the growth of a congregation from eight people to more than 300 in five years. Today, 14 years later, that congregation boasts 3,000 members and has planted five churches in South Africa and four in other countries. When I met him almost 20 years ago, I asked what the church did to grow so fast. I acknowledged that God gives the increase, but we have to cooperate with God. He answered immediately and concisely. “First, we pray. Then, every member is expected to bring at least three people to Jesus every year,” said the pastor. I asked him to tell me more. He explained that the church held a 24-hour prayer vigil monthly. People came in three-hour blocks for guided prayer—for themselves, for their families, for those needing salvation, for their church, for their community, for their city, for their country, and for the world. They were confident that if they were praying for people, then the Holy Spirit would bring them to those whose hearts were receptive to the Gospel and an invitation to be disciples of Jesus. It struck me that this pastor was confident in the power of prayer. For this church, prayer aligned them with the activity of the Holy Spirit. They were not just asking that Jesus would save people. These congregants went to find people for whom they were praying. In other words, prayer was aligning them to God’s will. They were so well-aligned that they were available to be the answer to their own petitions. Now that’s praying. We annually publish this prayer guide with contributions from around the world. Additionally, this edition of the Lott Carey Herald magazine includes news about our advocacy and guidance for how you can move to action. Awareness. Action. Advocacy. I hope that as you pray these prayers you will make yourself available to be an instrument God uses to answer. Expectantly,
Lott Carey’s Global Prayers for Justice, Health and Peace By Debra G. Garner
hen someone says, “Let us pray,” do we really pray or do our minds wonder? When we hear, “Let us pray,” do we really pray or do we just listen to someone else pray? This is a time of global prayer, and I implore you to participate with all your heart and soul, fervently and earnestly. When I say, “Let us pray,” I really mean it—for 31 days on behalf of women around the world. And in your prayer, remember Hebrews 11:1, which defines faith as “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” We offer prayers of faith, seeking justice for the abused and neglected women of the world. We offer prayers of hope, seeking assurance for the vulnerable, abandoned, and overlooked women of the world. By faith we work for a bright future for all (Jeremiah 29:11), by faith we pray for power for the weak (Isaiah 40:29). By faith we pray for peace that is safe and secure from all alarm. Let us pray with confidence to our wise and powerful God. God of all creation, God who seeks justice for all, God who rules all, God our Savior. In order for our prayers to be effective we must take action. Take an active part in this global prayer crusade by offering your time, talent and resources. Here’s how: • Participate in Prayer: Join us for daily, 10-minute prayer session beginning at 6 a.m. EST, March 1, 2016. Dial 712770-4010, then enter Access Code: 423651 to join the call. • Organize for Women’s Empowerment: Host an event to provide others the opportunity to pray and share their support. • Advocate for Women’s Empowerment: Speak out for women’s rights. Share our Women’s Empowerment material with others at church, by email, and on social media. • Take Action: Volunteer with an organization that supports Women’s Empowerment. • Share a Gift: Give a special financial gift to Lott Carey WISE to support Women’s Empowerment. Donations are accepted online at LottCarey.org or you may use the envelope conveniently attached to this magazine to mail your gift.
Debra G. Garner is President of Women In Service Everywhere (WISE), Lott Carey. Lott Carey Herald/Winter 2016
Day 1 Lamentations 2:18-19
Poverty & Famine Dear Holy God of Creation and Life,
ou give us warmth and nourishment from the sun by day and light from the moon by night (Psalm 65:8). Please receive our thankful hearts even as we lament the suffering of those who hunger day and night. We come before You on behalf of the women around the world who find hope in Psalm 23, “The Lord is our Shepherd; I shall not want.” Yet food insecurity and poverty cause our hearts to break as the horrors of famine and malnutrition plunder the vitality of world communities. We behold the beauty of the heavens and the earth (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We hear Your call to work
for justice, to rid nations of evil, greed, discrimination, and inequitable distribution of wealth (1 John 3:17). We declare Your promise and assurance that there is no separation from Your love (Romans 8:31-39) for those who love You and are called according to Your purpose. We claim the goodness of Your life where there is plenty for all. Empower us anew, we pray, to be instruments of this vision of a new heaven and new earth where all are fed and live in dignity and holy abundance. Lead us in Your ways of righteousness in Jesus’ name. Amen. Rev. Dr. Angelique K. Walker-Smith National Senior Associate for African American and African Church Engagement Bread for the World Washington, D.C.
Did you know . . . • Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth? • More than one billion poor people in developing countries live on $1.25 a day or less? • The highest number of malnourished people, 553 million, live in Asia and the Pacific, including Indonesia and the Philippines? • In sub-Saharan Africa, 227 million people face hunger in arid countries such as Ethiopia, Niger and Mali? • About 47 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Guatemala and Haiti, are struggling to find enough to eat?
Photo: United Nations
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Day 2 Australia: Acts 1:6-8 Loving Father,
e give You thanks for the women of Australia. We are so blessed to be a nation of people from many different ethnic backgrounds and languages, including our first people, the Australian Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders. Thank you for the richness this diversity brings to our society. We lift up those who suffer persecution and now struggle with issues of identity, isolation, and separation from family networks. Help us to show love and mercy by embracing them into our communities. Encourage and empower our women serving in ministry. May Your spirit of wisdom, inspiration, encouragement and refreshment surround them today. Holy Spirit, lead them to opportunities for making connections and forming relationships in a way that makes sense linguistically and culturally. Strengthen them to be bold yet sensitive in sharing their faith so that we can come together as one. Gracious God, You have called us to be the Church of Jesus Christ. We thank You for the privilege of knowing and serving You. Keep us one in faith and service, breaking bread together and telling the good news to the world. May all come to know that You are love, turn to Your ways, and live to Your glory through Jesus Christ our Lord. We pray all this in the most precious name of Jesus our Lord, Saviour and Friend. Amen. Mrs. Heather Coleman Global Interaction Melbourne, Australia
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Day 3 Canada: Proverbs 1:20-21 Dear Heavenly Father,
hank you for the women of Canada: indigenous, multi-cultural, inter-cultural and diverse; from all walks of life, occupations, social and economic backgrounds. We ask in the name of Jesus that You would help every woman in her struggle for equality, advancement, well-being and wisdom. We cry out for justice for the missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. Unify the women of Canada to take action against gender-based violence, an unfortunate part of Canadian history that impacts women of color. Real change happens through Your Spirit. We ask You to banish the silence about this topic. Equip Your daughters with fearless tongues and courageous hearts. We pray for the racialized mothers of children whose dreams seem forever deferred by inadequate housing, underemployment, systematic discrimination and harassment. Empower your daughters to take their rightful place at the table you have spread. We pray for girls and women who have internalized negative self-images, and who struggle with depression, thoughts of suicide and addiction. Fill them with Your joy and give them the strength to choose life. We pray for those women who see what You see but learn nothing, hear what You say, but do not understand. Impart a new spirit of listening, collaboration and emotional intelligence that will flow from a river of love one to the other. We cry out to You for revival. Thank You for wisdom and continue to pour Your Spirit upon us, Lord. In Jesusâ€™ name we pray. Amen. Rev. Denise Gillard, Executive Director The HopeWorks Connection Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Day 4 China: Isaiah 2:1-5
Day 5 Congo: Psalm 71
Our Most Gracious Father,
e come humbly to Your throne of grace with thanksgiving for You are good and Your mercy endures forever. Extend Your mercy to China, where 10 percent of the population is sex workers. We pray for their safety, their mental health, and their physical well-being. Provide a way of escape, Lord, so they may live the life You have planned for them, a life of peace and not of evil, a life with a future and with hope. Today, we pray for pimps, madams, and the people who purchase them. Prick their hearts and renew a right spirit within them. Lord God, we pray for the protection of migrant workers and the millions of children they leave behind in order to find work. We pray for the children who are vulnerable to abuse. Lord, we pray for those suffering domestic violence. Break every system of discrimination hindering them from becoming employed and starting new lives. We pray for the advocates and human rights defenders who fight to remove the obstacles of injustice. Help them to remain steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in Your work. The weapons of our warfare are mighty through God. In the face of danger, let every woman and girl stand boldly in the strength of Your power and every human right be restored in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
e pray for the women and girls who suffer disproportionate rates of violence and extreme poverty. We ask You to restore lives broken by wars, civil strife and rebellions. Congolese women, especially in the eastern provinces, continue to suffer gender-based violence. With hope, we pray for Your grace and mercy to rescue our sisters. We know, Father, that Your wisdom is far above our limited understanding. We ask for divine intervention because women are being brutalized. You are a refuge in all situations. Deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Lord, the Congo is one of the poorest nations in the world. Seventy-three million people in the Congo are illiterate; more than half are women. We pray for the education and resources needed to care for their families. We pray for the married women who are raped and abandoned by their husbands, and for all the women and girls whose scars are hidden and whose souls are traumatized. May Your power and love heal the broken and battered women of this nation in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Rev. Linda D. Inman, President Woman’s Baptist Home and Foreign Missionary Convention of North Carolina, Auxiliary to the General Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Inc. Kernersville, North Carolina
Rev. Marcia Norfleet Director of Missions & Senior Ministry Alfred Street Baptist Church Alexandria, Virginia
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Gender-based Violence Day 6 Isaiah 22:1-5
od, who will cry for Tamar when all her strength is gone? (2 Samuel 13). We weep with You for women whose bodies are battered and abused, for those whose shelter provides no sanctuary, in whom the feminine image of the Divine is mocked and whose spirits find no solace. We know You to be the God who sees even our silent tears and hears our muted screams (Genesis 16:13). Comfort those in affliction. Just as you made a way for Hagar, provide a way of escape for us. Where there is danger to our bodies, we pray that You, O God, might stay the hand of the enemy. Where emotional and spiritual violence has raged, we pray You fill us with Your peace. Soothe the wounds of sexism. Heal the hurts of rape. Love our battered bodies whole. Restore everything that was stolen from us. For You, O God, are our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble Did you know . . . (Psalm 46:1). We seek justice for the human • 603 million women live rights violations of the women in areas where domestic violence is not considered who are trapped in cycles of physical, spiritual, verbal, and a crime? emotional abuse. We seek justice for the human rights violations of • Worldwide 120 million women whose bodies are torn and girls have been raped or distorted by rape. We seek justice been a victim of a sexual for the human rights violation of assault at some point in systems, industries and policies their lives? that support and shame women into silence. We seek justice for the human rights violations of girls who are groomed to submit to marriage by abduction, genital mutilation, acid burning and cultural practices. Hear my prayer, O Lord. Listen to my cries for help. Don’t ignore my tears. For I am your guest—a traveler passing through, as my ancestors were before me. (Psalm 39:12). It is in You that we place our trust. Shine Your light on our distress and deliver us from evil, in Jesus’ name. Amen. Rev. Dr. Traci D. Blackmon Executive Minister, Justice & Witness Ministries The King United Church of Christ St. Louis, Missouri
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Day 7 Ethiopia: 2 Corinthians 1:2-7 Most Holy Father,
s as we walk alongside our Ethiopian sisters, we ask that Your grace and mercy cover them. Our prayer is one of encouragement for the young women of Ethiopia who represent the future of a country with a strong history of faith and commitment. Ethiopia faces many historical, cultural, social and political obstacles that have restricted progress in education and health. We ask that You shield vulnerable women from HIV/AIDS and commercial sex work. Empower women to revolutionize the country’s educational, health and political systems so that lives will be saved, health will improve and the well-being of every person will be touched. We ask that You shield them against the poverty, low literacy, gender bias, patriarchal attitudes and inferior health conditions that pervade this country. Like most women, Ethiopian sisters neglect themselves. Caring for self will allow our sisters to better care for others. We offer our hands to do service, our voices to loudly proclaim their needs to others around the world, our ears to hear their pleas, our hearts to comprehend their pain and suffering, and our Christian faith as demonstrations of love and caring. We are bonded to our sisters in faith, in love, and in justice. This prayer we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen. Richardean Benjamin, Ph.D. First Baptist Church, Bute Street Norfolk, Virginia
Day 8 Ghana: Micah 4:6-13 Dear Heavenly Father,
e give You all the honor and praise, we come in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ, thanking You for sending Your Son to save us from our sins. We are asking that You free our girls and young women in the Volta region of Ghana and other nations of West Africa from the Trokosi Tradition that leads to a life of virtual slavery and prostitution. Though outlawed, this traditional religious practice takes girls as young as four years old in “payment for services” or “religious atonement” for alleged misdeeds of a family member. The girls are denied education and human affection, are sexually abused and forced into hard labor. They receive no compensation and are punished frequently for disobeying. Today, we cry out for justice. Lord, we pray for our sisters to be rescued from the horrors of this life. We pray that the oppressors will seek Your face and their cold hearts will be changed, in the name of Jesus. Lord, only You can set captives free, so today we intercede on the behalf of the girls and women of Ghana that their change would come immediately. You are King of Kings and Lord of Lords and it is through You that all things are possible. Amen. Barbara Redman Providence Baptist Church Baltimore, Maryland
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Day 10 Guyana: Psalm 116 Dear God and Heavenly Father,
Day 9 Guinea: Lamentations 3:19-24 Father God,
e come to praise You and to thank You for the deliverance of our country, La Guinee, from deadly Ebola that held us captive since last year. I remember the feeling of hitting rock bottom, but I also remember keeping a grip on hope, on Your love and mercy. God, You are good to those who patiently wait and diligently seek You. It is good to quietly hope for help from God, and stick it out during hard times. We continue to struggle for food, but we know You will bless us with additional aid. Many companies laid off their employees during the crisis, so job security is still a problem. Our children are still behind in school. Some need school fees to return to school. We ask for help in these matters and so many others. Bring peace to the land now that the presidential elections are over; and electricity to the people in Conakry, Kindia, Forecareah, and Dubreka. Provide, Lord, for the women of our country who have lost their husbands and have no means of support and the children that have been orphaned by Ebola. Send help to those who have survived the nightmare of this disease only to have lost their entire families. Touch the hearts of the women to love every motherless child. We give thanks to You, Lord, for Your faithfulness. Amen.
hank You, Lord, for sparing our lives. Thank You for everything You have done for us and everything You will continue to do. You are Alpha and Omega and without You we are nothing. Lord, forgive the wrongs we have done. Cleanse our hearts and make us holy and acceptable in Your sight. Today, we lift up all the women of Guyana. Thank You for women who trust You as Lord of their lives. I pray for those who are sick. You are the Great Physician; I ask You to heal every sickness from the crown of their heads to the soles of their feet. I pray for single parents in need of Your provision. Bless them with patience to teach their children Your ways. Touch those women who are abused. Provide a safe passage for them to escape. Restore their lives. Help them find the true love and peace that comes only from You. Lord, touch those plagued with the spirit of suicide. Help them realize that You are the giver of life and they are precious to You. Surround them with those who will provide the care and support they need. Have Your way in the lives of all the women in my country. Bind the forces of darkness and help us overcome every situation that hinders the women from knowing and serving You. Bless us spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Thank You for the women of Guyana and for our deliverance. In Jesusâ€™ name we pray. Amen. Sis. Alicia Mendonca M.L. Wilson Baptist Church Kuru-Kururu, Guyana
Rev. Gwendolyn Traore Missionary & Physicianâ€™s Assistant Republic of Guinea National Baptist Convention, U.S.A., Inc. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Lott Carey Herald/Winter 2016
Day 11 Haiti: Matthew 19:26 Dear Heavenly Father,
hank You for the women of Haiti. We ask that You help them to truly understand their identity and who they are in Youâ€”not the worldâ€™s eyes. They have lost so much over the years through hurt, abuse and sadness. We ask You to redeem them. Help the women truly understand that they have a place in this world, that they are a special people, and that they are called to do a special work. Father, we ask for restoration in their hearts, that they would truly know what it means to be a woman of value, of honor, and freedom. Break the chains of oppression that devalue them. May they understand their role in rearing their children in the ways of the Lord and in the church. Today, Lord, we cry out for the women who have no place to work and no means of support. Deliver those who practice Voodoo in our culture and help them see You as the only true and living God and that our faith comes through Jesus Christ alone. Send health care workers to our nation to minister to those who are sick and dying premature deaths. Provide for the fatherless and the girls whose parents are unable to care for them and must give them away to be restaveks (bond servants) to abusive families. Restore them to their families, restore their lives, restore their hope. Thank You, Lord, for watching over Your daughters in Haiti. Thank You, Lord, for their salvation, for their peace, and their prosperity. This we pray in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen. Linotte Joseph, Founder Mission of Grace International Carries, Haiti
Photo: Mike Tucker
Day 12 India: 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 Our Father Who Art in Heaven,
e thank You Lord for the wonderful mothers, sisters, wives and daughters of this ancient country of India. Over the years, our country has forgotten to appreciate the real value of our women, and often use them to satisfy lust and greed, and oppress them with mental and physical burdens. Lord, change the hearts of oppressors so that our women are free to praise Your wonderful name. We are not strong by nature but You, our Savior, are more than equal to this mighty task. We call upon You to lead our country, where women are cared for and cherishedâ€”as helpers not slaves. Into thy loving hands we place the concerns of the women of India, where the ratio is about 940 women to 1000 men. In rural areas widows are marginalized; brides are killed for failing to bring sufficient dowry to satiate the greed of in-laws. Women and girls in poverty who are illiterate or semi-literate are enticed by falsehoods then sold to brothels or to rich households as servants without emoluments. And girl babies are killed at birth because they are considered to be a liability. Dear Lord, things look pretty bad in our eyes so we place our women in your care because with You nothing is impossible. Amen. Dr. Mary Thomas, Principal Lott Carey Somerville School Greater Noida, India Lott Carey Herald/Winter 2016
AWA R E N E S S Day 13 Psalm 103:1-6
Human Trafficking Father,
e come on behalf of those oppressed by a horrific crime against humanity – Human Trafficking. Your Word declares, “You work righteousness and justice for all the oppressed” (Psalms 103:6), so we come to humbly ask for Your intervention on behalf of the millions victimized in our sin sick world. We stand on Your Word, knowing You hear and answer the cries of Your children. We ask forgiveness for the times when we have offended You by oppressing others either with our words or actions. We ask forgiveness Did you know . . . for the times we have participated in the oppression of others by making • 161 countries are affected ungodly decisions (Nehemiah 5:5). by human trafficking? We ask forgiveness for failing to respond to Your call to defend the • 20 million people are weak and needy. enslaved around the We pray that You would vindicate world, and 13 million are the afflicted, save the children and children? crush their oppressors (Psalm 72:4). Free those in debt bondage, involuntary • 600,000 to 800,000 servitude, slavery, child labor, and compeople are trafficked across mercial sex work around the world. Please international borders show us how to work on Your behalf to free every year—80 percent every victim. Help us to be bold and courageous are female and half are against the wicked. Let us flood the halls of juschildren? tice until laws are changed and every country is held accountable for every crime. Please hear our • Women and girls represent prayer and guide us to do Your will on behalf of the largest share of forced victims of human trafficking. labor victims with 11.4 We pray this prayer in the strong name of million trafficked victims? Jesus, who came to set the captives free. Amen. • Globally the average cost Dr. Ellyn Jo Waller of a slave is $90? Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania • 300,000 children younger than 18 are currently trafficked to serve in armed conflicts worldwide? •
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The average age a teen enters the child sex trade in the United States is 12 to 14-years-old?
Day 14 Italy: Leviticus 19:33-34; Matthew 25:35-36 Dear God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
pirit of creation and, we thank You for the gift of peace and for the Word of forgiveness and for the abundance of life we have received. In recent months, we in Europe have been touched by the dramatic exodus of thousands of asylum seekers. They come from lands of extreme poverty or from countries struck by wars and violence or from states where their rights are violated. Some cross the deserts of Africa and then the Mediterranean Sea to reach the shores of southern Europe. Others walk through the mountains of Turkey, Greece, Serbia, and Hungary for a chance to build a new future for themselves and their children. But hundreds die along the way, and others are rejected and lose hope. Today, we pray for all those who are in danger of losing their lives. Protect them, O Lord, in their journey and put in their path women and men who understand what Jesus Himself would do to help them. Fill our hearts with love toward those who seek refuge. Though we be of different faiths, bind us into one reconciled humanity. May the Lord have mercy on us. Rev. Anna Maffei, Pastor First Baptist Church of Florence Florence, Italy
Day 15 Jamaica: 1 John 3:16-18 Merciful and kind God,
e seek to be a reflection of Your love in the lives of our dear sisters in Jamaica. We ask that you elevate them and be a fence around them. Give them wisdom when facing life-altering decisions. Encourage them when they are dismayed. Open doors when the system tries to shut them out. Make their bodies strong and healthy when sickness invades, and fill their souls when their hearts are faint. Lord God, Jamaica is a tourist destination for those seeking rest, but it’s a place where women and children in poverty often find no rest due to exploitation and forced labor. Today, we pray for the poor, especially women and girls lured from their rural homes to urban and tourist areas by false promises of work only to be sold by human traffickers. Today, we remember children who are forced to labor as domestic servants, those who live in slums, and those who suffer from domestic abuse, hunger and unemployment. Lord God, Your daughters need Your holy presence in Jamaica—from the healthcare system to the houses of parliament through every parish, church and individual life. We pray that You show our leaders how to serve not just in word but in deed. Hear our prayer, O Lord, in Jesus’ name, Amen. Rev. Dr. Robin Woodberry, Assistant Pastor New Bethel Baptist Church Youngstown, Ohio
Day 16 Kenya: Jeremiah 18:1-6 Our Father in Heaven,
e come to You with gratitude and thanksgiving in our hearts for the women of Kenya. Thank You for loving them and saving them. You have been their strength and refuge. You have given them hope, and they have learned to trust in You. Today, we pray that Your will be done in the lives of these dear women so that they may see Your love and Your goodness, and give glory and honor to Your Name. Have mercy, Lord, for the victims of poverty and disease, those who are imprisoned and denied justice. Lord God, raise up men and women who will fight for the rights of impoverished widows who struggle daily to meet basic needs. Give them Your spirit, Lord, so they may be strong and know Your will for their lives. We pray for the president and the entire leadership of Kenya. Give them a heart for the women of our nation. Help those who live without food. Have mercy on those subjected to abuse because they are hungry. Give shelter to those who are abandoned with nowhere to turn. Send doctors and medicine for those suffering from diseases and HIV/AIDS. Thank You, Lord, for hearing and answering the prayers of the women of Kenya. We praise You for all that You will do in their lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. Sis. Magdalene Bett Lott Carey Baptist Churches, Kenya Kericho, Kenya
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Day 17 Liberia: Isaiah 16:1-5
Day 19 Mozambique: Luke 4:18
Dear Everlasting Father,
Dear Loving Father/Mother God,
ord, we ask that You strengthen the women of Liberia to fight against oppression and obstacles. We pray for Your grace and strength to fight against rape, gender-based violence, teenage pregnancy, and prostitution. Give those who have been stigmatized by rape the courage to be strong and fulfill their purpose in life. It is our prayer that You help Liberiaâ€™s women realize their importance and value as they work in Your vineyard. Nurture them into modern-day versions of Anna, Deborah and Dorcas, blessed by Your power to break every satanic chain of oppression. Fight for us, Lord, against Ebola, HIV/AIDS, sexual abuse and childbirth morbidity. Show those without hope a way around prostitution. Thank You, Father, for forgiving iniquities committed against the Liberian women and girls. We ask You to heal our country and restore the lives of women and girls to make us a stronger people. Thank You for rewriting the story of women in Liberia, in the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
e come to You this day on behalf of the women and children of Mozambique. They are enslaved, hurting and vulnerable. We cry out for all those who are being taken advantage of by those in authority and are oppressed by and suffering from poverty. Lord, we cry out for the children whose innocence has been stolen. For those who have no control of their bodies, minds and spirits. Set them free, God. Though they are being treated as slaves, renew in them a sense of value. Help them to see themselves as You see them. You created them in Your image. They are fearfully and wonderfully made with unlimited possibilities. Help them to understand and know who they are. Give them the courage to seek and accept opportunities to be free. As the church, we pray that You will give us the courage to address the inhuman treatment of women and girls. We advocate for laws that do not seek to criminalize those who are victims. We ask for wisdom to minister to victims with love and compassion. Thank You, Lord, for watching over the women and children of Mozambique. Provide tender care for them until they are set free and can live a life of dignity and worth. It is in the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Kebbeh N. Poindoe, Student Lott Carey Mission School Monrovia, Liberia
Day 18 Malawi: Matthew 5:2-12 Dear Almighty, Omnipresent and Everlasting Father,
e come as intercessors for our sisters in Malawi. They, like us, simply want a safe place to establish homes, nurture families and care for the infirmed and elderly. Yet they are plagued by extreme poverty, sometimes living on less than $2 per day, and customs that subjugate them to demeaning standards of living. Have mercy on them Lord and reveal to them Your intended good. We ask that You would break the yokes of violence that abuse many Malawian women and children: physically, sexually and emotionally. We ask that You would empower saved women in Malawi to share the Good News of Jesus Christ by manifesting Your love, grace, compassion, hope and resources to make their lives whole and healthy. We pray for the high infant and child mortality rates, the lack of adequate health care resources, particularly for victims of obstetric fistula and persons infected with HIV/AIDS. There is a special need for education resources in remote regions of the country. Thank You, Lord for hearing our pleas on behalf of our sisters in Malawi. Help more of them to confess their sins to You, experience Your miraculous forgiveness and restoration. Strengthen them as they seek to establish personal relationships with You through knowing the truth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In His precious name do we pray. Amen.
Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale Senior Pastor Ray of Hope Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Decatur, Georgia
Martina Parker-Sobers, M.S.W. Restoring Grace Community Church Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Day 20 Psalm 107:20
HIV/AIDS Dear Almighty,
n the name of Jesus we come on behalf of the millions of women and girls suffering from HIV/ AIDS and ask that You heal them from this devastating disease. Liberate them from neglect and judgment caused by miseducation and unawareness. Teach us to be more compassionate toward all who are impacted (Micah 6:8). Protect women and girls from domestic violence and sexual abuse that contributes to the spread of this disease. Empower national and international organizations that give of their time and resources. Continue to establish programs and initiatives that will educate and bring awareness. Send aid to remote villages stricken by poverty and inadequate healthcare. Touch the hearts of lawmakers that have the power to shift ineffective political and economic structures that prevent adequate healthcare and HIV/AIDS prevention programs in poverty-stricken areas across the world. Deliver us, O God, from this deadly disease. Thank You, God for Your grace and mercy that surrounds the many women and girls inflicted by HIV/ AIDS. Thank you God for Your love and joy that uplifts those who are affected. Thank You, God, for Your peace that sustains through suffering. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Did you know . . . • About 37 million people around the world had HIV in 2010? About one-half were women, and 2 million are children younger than age 15; 22 million do not have access to treatment? • 34 million have died thus far from AIDS-related causes? • There are an estimated 380,000 new HIV infections among young women aged 15-24 every year? • 27% of pregnant women living with HIV in 2014 still didn’t access anti-retro viral drugs?
Rev. Dr. Deborah M. Martin, Pastor New Chestnut Baptist Church Mechanicsville, Virginia
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Day 21 Nepal: Psalm 50:15
Day 22 Nigeria: Psalm 3
Dear Almighty God in Heaven,
Lord God Almighty,
want to thank You from my heart for the beautiful country of Nepal. Especially, I want to offer my sincere prayers for the deliverance and healing of Nepalese women from darkness. Lord, our sisters are suffering from abuse, assault, violence, oppression, poverty, ignorance, illiteracy, sicknesses, and social discrimination. Lord, they are treated inhumanly in the name of religion and superstitious beliefs. Thousands of girls are sold by human traffickers to other countries. Lord, I pray for the millions of voiceless and powerless sisters of this country that You would restore them to fullness of life. Lord each is created in Your own image and You love them. Lord I pray that You have them experience Your healing power from all the wounds and pains: the loss of loved ones from 1996 to 2000 during the civil war, from devastating earthquakes and aftershocks last April. More than 9,000 lives were lost and 800,000 houses destroyed. Now, hundreds of the thousands of women and children are forced to live under the tarpaulin sheets in the cold nights, hungry and thirsty and crying for help. Lord, I pray that You see their tears and hear their cries. Lord, we thank You for church relief efforts that have helped more than 28,000 with temporary shelters, and temporary classrooms. We thank You for our partnership with Nepal Integral Mission Society and Fuller Center for Housing. I pray that You manifest Your power and restore life in Nepal. I pray this in the mighty name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
e give You thanks for being our God. For there is none like You. You are loving, faithful and ever present with us. May Your name be ever praised. We thank You for bringing our country through political uncertainties and violence during the 2015 elections, kidnapping of women and children, and the sacrifice of young and old women as suicide bombers. Please protect women living in overcrowded refugee camps as a result of the mayhem committed by the radical Boko Haram. We thank You for the courage of our Christian brothers and sisters who keep their church doors open despite the obvious dangers. Father, teach us how to become virtuous women. Teach us to become the wives and mothers we should be. Teach us patience, and give us wisdom, understanding and compassion so that we will be “salt” and “light” to our families. Encourage us to believe that nothing is impossible despite the challenges we will face this year. Take care of our families, our husbands, our sons and our brothers. Bless our leaders, Lord. Give them grace and give them a heart for the people and for the development of Nigeria. In Jesus’ name, please hear our prayer. Amen.
Arit Charles Bassey National Vice President Lott Carey Baptist Mission, Nigeria Lagos, Nigeria
Karuna Bomzon Tamang Bethel Assembly of God Church, Battisputali, Kathmandu-9, Nepal
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Day 23 Philippines: Revelation 22:1-5 Our Most Precious and Heavenly Father,
ou are our joy and delight. We lift up to You the women of Philippines who suffer from gender-based discrimination and are deprived of their rights. Lord, bless those women who are working overseas. Help them meet the need of their families. It is our prayer that you will bless their endeavors with good employers. Many Filipino women have been abused by employers in past years. In the Name of our Almighty God, protect them from harm and give them wisdom as they work. Our God, we pray for women struggling in their marriages. Give every mother wisdom to do what is right and to raise their children in a Godly way. It is sad to note that the number of single mothers is growing and many children are experiencing abandonment. Provide a safe place for the children that have been rejected. Restore your love and mercy to the Filipino women and children. Almighty Father, we pray for pastorsâ€™ wives who are faithfully serving the Lord and spreading the gospel. Give wisdom to those serving in politics so that they will know how to fight for the rights of our people and stand against corruption. Your Word is powerful and full of comfort. We come to Thy throne of grace with grateful hearts as we pray, in the mighty name of Jesus, for Filipino women around the world. Amen. First Lady Rachel Loquias Charity Baptist Church Southvilla, Ma-a, Davao City, Philippines
Day 24 Somalia: Psalm 116:2 Dear Lord,
ncline thine ear, O Lord, as You have done so many times before, listen and answer as we call interceding for the women and girls of Somalia, who have been silenced, marginalized, oppressed, abused, disregarded and disrespected. Rescue them from the hands of the oppressors, the attacks of the abusers. Hear the unified voices of those who seek a better life for the women and girls of Somalia. We pray for an end to the famine that is affecting the land, for an end to the inhumane conditions that women and girls of Somalia are subjected to. We call by name the heinous human rights violations that the women and girls of Somalia face: gender-based violence, marriage by abduction, child marriage, and genital mutilation. Raise up leaders who are committed to the betterment of the nation, the betterment of the people and for a better life for the women and girls of Somalia. Attend to the cries, pleas and prayers of Your people as we pray for the women and girls of Somalia and their plight. Thank You, Lord, for protection, provision and for Your divine presence over the women and girls of Somalia, in Jesusâ€™ name. Amen. Rev. Jeralyn B. Major Christ Missionary Baptist Church Memphis, Tennessee
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Day 25 South Africa: Isaiah 25:1-8
Day 26 Turkey: Psalm 69:13-21; 29-36
Our Dear Heavenly Father,
Father God in the Name of Jesus,
ho is in heaven, whose eyes are upon those who fear and honor Your Name. Those who put their hope in Your mercies and grace cry out to You on behalf of the women of South Africa. We ask, in the name of Jesus Christ, that You remember every woman in South Africa and protect her from the brutality of gender-based violence. Hear their cries, O Lord, and protect them from rape and other physical, mental and emotional abuse. Bring healing to these women. We pray that you break the evil spirit of oppression against women. Holy Spirit, we pray that You convict the lawmakers in our country to do the right thing and create laws that protect and promote the well-being of all women and girls. Please Lord, raise up men and boys who fear You in their hearts. Lord, raise up males who will treat women with respect and dignity. We pray for the protection of the widows, single mothers and orphaned young girls by finding families who will love and care for them, and by opening doors of employment and business opportunities. Heal the women who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Rescue the young women who are kidnapped and forced into sex slavery, drug addiction and forced marriages. Give women opportunities for higher positions in the government to enhance justice and the rights of women. In Jesusâ€™ name we pray. Amen.
e come giving you thanks for being our Jehovah, our Yahweh. We thank You for being our Deliverer in the time of trouble. God, we are asking for a special blessing for the women of Turkey. Lord, we know that You see the oppression of Your children as they continue to fight against the inhumanity of gender inequality. Father, we ask for a spiritual shift in the mindset of those who sit in power. Cause their thinking to be changed and focused on the welfare of your precious daughters and not on their desire for political gain and status. Lord, prepare and send warriors who will stand in the gap for our sisters in Turkey and declare in the name of Jesus that rape, murder, oppression, gender-inequality and domestic violence must end. Your Word says that You work righteousness and justice for the oppressed, so we come asking and believing by faith that You will break every chain and every yoke that continues to bind Your children. We come asking and believing by faith that You will arrest every contrary spirit that pretends to operate in Your name and that uses religion to justify their cruel actions. God, we come asking and believing by faith because we know You as the Great I Am. You performed mighty works for the children of Israel by delivering them from the hand of their oppressors. So today, we declare the women of Turkey freed in Jesusâ€™ name. Amen.
Sanna Msiza, First Lady Pienel Salem Baptist Church Pretoria, South Africa
Lady Tiqua Davis Trinity Baptist Church Columbus, Ohio
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Day 27 Lamentations 3:34-36 Did you know . . . •
43 million people worldwide are now forcibly displaced as a result of conflict and persecution? Worldwide forced sterilization of women and girls is used as a form of population control, coercion for work requirment for women living with HIV/ AIDS and disabled girls.
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5,000 women and girls are murdered each year in so-called honor killings by members of their own families and in bridal burnings when women are set on fire by their husbands or in-laws when the dowries are insufficient?
Worldwide, more than 700 million women alive today were married as children (below 18 years of age)? Some 250 million were married before age 15?
Almighty and Loving God,
e pray for our sisters all over the world oppressed by domestic violence and gender subjugation from East Africa to the Eastern Caribbean to East St. Louis, Illinois. Help those who at this very moment are being physically abused, emotionally damaged and economically deprived. Grant them release from the cruelty and inhumane treatment that steal their human dignity and joy. Deliver justice to those who have been brutalized. We lift up the women in Haiti, Mozambique, the Congo, and Hattiesburg, Mississippi who are not only dealing with poverty and a lack of health resources, but also endure abuse from the men they love, and rape by heartless strangers. For the millions of black, brown and white women who hide their bruised bodies and wounded spirits from family and friends, smiling in public but crying in private, Lord, we pray for release and healing. God we raise our voices in protest against the evils that compromise Your daughters. Lord, we implore You, let the world take notice and decry the marginalization and oppression of women everywhere. Let governments institute and enforce laws that bring an end to female victimization and rape. Touch the hearts of abusers and restore them to their full humanity. It is in the name of the risen Lord that we pray. Amen. Elaine McCollins Flake, Co-Pastor Greater Allen Cathedral Jamaica, New York
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Day 28 Uganda: Isaiah 41:10-16 Heavenly Father,
e come to you praying for the women of Uganda. Cover our sisters with the blood of Jesus so they may survive deadly diseases. We pray for the medical resources needed to treat HIV/AIDS and other maladies. Protect them from poverty and abuse. Even though many are living in devastating situations, we know that You care about all of Your children. We lift up women who face discrimination, tolerate low social status and lack economic self-sufficiency. We ask for mercy and protection for women who must leave their children, their families, and communities to find employment. We present their pain beforeYour altar and ask for your love to erase hurts endured by many generations. We pray in the precious name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. Patricia A. White Women’s Ministry President Pennsylvania Baptist State Convention Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania
Day 29 USA: 2 Samuel 21:10 Compassionate One, God of all knowing, God of all place, and God of all time:
ou, God, bear our every sorrow. Like Rizpah, we come into Your presence and lay prostrate in the hard places. Lord, we come humbly to Your throne of grace and mercy interceding for the women of the United States; women who suffer physical and mental abuse, human trafficking, gender discrimination and poverty. Lord, we ask You to send mercy into every abused and broken life. Lord, through the eyes of the women who witness the wealth of the most powerful nation on earth, yet, what is seen is a famine in the land—a famine of respect for human life and dignity and a famine of care for black, brown, and poor souls. But to You, God, all lives matter. Today, Lord we pray for those suffering injustice, oppression, and exploitation. We pray for every mother, wife, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend vulnerable to violence and systematic injustice. We lay our sackcloth down in solidarity in the streets of Ferguson, Baltimore, and on every rural and city street with those dismissed as “throwaways.” We will wait. We will be vigilante. Lord, flood our land with Your mercy and justice. And water our hearts with Your peace. Amen. Rev. Robin M. Joynes, M.T.S. Daughters of Faith Study Group & Network Cheverly, Maryland
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Day 30 Zambia: Nehemiah 5:1-5 Dear Gracious God,
e praise You for the wonderfully made women and girls of Zambia. In the midst of their strife and struggles, may Your love and grace shine. Heal, console and make whole those wounded by violence, suffering, loss and grief. Kindle faith in those in despair. Make crooked paths straight for those battling oppression and injustice. Allow rivers of hope, joy and serenity to flow over our Zambian sisters now and forever. We ask that You hold those accountable for violence against women. We ask that you break traditional beliefs that rob young girls of their innocence for gratification of men old enough to be their fathers and grandfathers. We ask a special prayer for those suffering from debilitating health ailments caused by early teen pregnancy. Help families to break the grip of poverty so they will not be indebted and forced to sell their sons and daughters. We give thanks for Your presence and Your promise of a brighter future. Expectant and hopeful, we rejoice and claim the victory in the name of Jesus, our Redeemer. Amen. Rev. Carla Patterson, Associate Minister Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Charlotte, North Carolina
Day 31 Zimbabwe: 1 Kings 8:46-61 Heavenly Father,
ppression is the order of the day as human rights are trampled upon while freedom of expression is threatened. We understand, Lord, that You did not create us to suffer but to be free and happy through being fulfilled physically, emotionally, economically, intellectually and spiritually. Lord, help us to be instrumental in creating a free socio-economic and political environment in Zimbabwe. Even though we may be powerless women, help us find ways to affect the leadership on behalf of our people. Many Zimbabwean men and women have lost hope. Help us, Lord, to break the political impasse. We need Your guidance for we have lost trust in political leaders. They cry, “What can we do? How can I help my family?” Staying or leaving Zimbabwe is becoming a daily dilemma for breadwinners. Many educated sons and daughters are leaving the country. This is causing a serious gap within professions that make economic and social renewal possible. Our children no longer feel welcome in Zimbabwe or in other nations. Lord, protect the migrants against xenophobic attacks. For those remaining in Zimbabwe, please watch over them because poverty, violence, discrimination and marginalization are restricting fundamental freedoms. Save us, God, from desperation. Girls and women are falling into the hands of human traffickers and sexual slavery. We ask You to intervene in these deadly situations. Help our leaders see through Your eyes because Zimbabweans are dependent upon their political and economic decisions. Forgive them for being obstinate. Help them to honor You in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen. Rev. Henerieta Mgovo Zimbabwe Theological Seminary Gweru, Zimbabwe
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LOTT CAREY’S SPIRITED FIGHT AGAINST
HUMAN TRAFFICKING DRAWING SUPPORT FROM CAPITOL HILL
Text & Photos by Rev. Dawn Sanders
ASHINGTON, D.C.—In 2015, United Way Worldwide convened a forum with leaders from across the United States to address the global epidemic of Human Trafficking. Although this meeting was intended to represent a cross-section of global leaders engaged in the fight to end modern day slavery, the absence of pastors and fewer than 10 African Americans was disturbing. During the forum, Sen. Robert Corker, R-Tenn., discussed the importance of a bipartisan bill he sponsored called, the Modern Day Slavery Initiative Act of 2015 (S.553). The purpose of the bill would be to provide government and private sector funding to countries combating Human Trafficking over a seven-year period. In response to this meeting and the critical role the faith community plays in ending slavery worldwide, Lott Carey sponsored its first Lobby Day event on October 20th to support the End Modern Day Slavery Initiative Act of 2015. Fifteen Lott Carey members from Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Pennsylvania gathered on Capitol Hill at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation. Those assembled learned not only the significance of
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the legislation, but why speaking to elected officials is not only a civic responsibility of Christians, but a moral and biblical imperative (Proverbs 31:8-9). Meetings were held with Senate officers for the expressed purpose of gaining support for the Modern Day Slavery Act. Representatives of Sens. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.; Thom Tillis, R-N.C.; Richard Burr, R-N.C.; Robert Casey Jr., D-Pa.; Patrick Toomey, R-Pa.; Mark Warner, D-Va., and Timothy Kaine, D-Va., met with Lott Carey members to address the concerns about human trafficking in their respective states and the growing global crisis. The efforts of these fifteen activists not only marked a milestone in Lott Carey’s fifteen-year engagement on the issue of human trafficking, their legislative meetings resulted in Sens. Tillis and Burr co-sponsoring the legislation to End Modern Day Slavery. Although our work is far from over, we are deeply grateful for financial support of our human trafficking programs around the world, the partnership of churches supporting our awareness efforts, and now the legislative victory in our advocacy work to end one of the most heinous crimes against humanity. For this we give God praise. Rev. Dawn Sanders is Director of Missional Programs for Lott Carey.
Rev. Robin M. Joynes and Ms. Esther Joe enjoy the proceedings.
Above, second from left: Alvaro Zarco, Legislative Correspondent and Foreign Affairs Assistant for U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., enjoys time with Colvin Fillmore, Paula Fillmore, Phyllis Cradle and Rev. Gloria Newsome. At left, Dr. Goatley shares time with participants.
The Lott Carey Global Prayer Partnership Service (See Page 3)
11 AM, Saturday, February 27, 2016 Alfred Street Baptist Church 301 South Alfred Street Alexandria, Virginia 22314 This worship service is open to all and will be streamed live online at www.alfredstreet.org
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What Are Domestic, International Agencies and NGOs Doing to Fight Human Trafficking?
Prayers, Partnerships, Politics Are Part of a Comprehensive Global Strategy Text by Jamiah Aniece Adams Photos by Pamela J. Goatley
ASHINGTON, D.C.—Activists and stakeholders in the fight to end “modern day slavery” attended the recent Lott Carey Human Trafficking Summit to learn what U.S. government, international agencies and nonprofits are doing to combat this plague. The opening plenary session featured panelists from the U.S. State Department, Homeland Security and the International Labour Organization and was pointed in directing their remarks toward solution-driven presentations that would aid the fight against trafficking and protect our most vulnerable populations. Dr. David Emmanuel Goatley, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of Lott Carey, opened the October 19th summit with a powerful supplication for the mission in service of the Divine: “Just and gracious God, we give You thanks for this day and for the gift of life and the opportunities we have to live it. We have gathered today because we are painfully aware that so many of Your children are not able to live free, with security, safety and flourishing. So we have gathered, to join Continued on Page 24
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Rev. Dawn Sanders of Lott Carey keeps tabs on activities and speakers during summit. PRAYERS, PARTNERSHIP, POLITICS Continued from Page 23 our voices and our energies with others who are committed to a world where people can live with dignity, security, opportunity and liberty. We pray for our sisters and brothers who are victims of trafficking, we even pray for those who are perpetrators. Bless us to be informed, inspired, equipped and empowered to be agents of freedom, justice and liberation. Help us to live out Your dream of setting captives free. In Jesus’ name we pray.” Lott Carey’s 3,000 congregations in the United States and 500 congregations around the world began working on the human trafficking issue more than 15 years ago as an offshoot of their HIV/AIDS initiative in Africa. The Christian community was challenged when it became aware of African 24
women and children who were being trafficked—as a result, they became advocates for these women and children. Lott Carey created a taskforce to discern how best to go about God’s work—that of becoming crusaders for justice. Primarily, that work is being done in Ethiopia and South Africa and Lott Carey has carried out its mission to help churches grow in their awareness and advocacy while providing programming and direct services from a paradigm of women’s empowerment. Lott Carey is working on expanding its network and partnerships to build upon the policy and legislative work needed to add to ts mission-driven working of fighting to end human trafficking. The panelists in the first plenary built upon that Lott Carey goal. Amy O’Neil Richard, senior advisor to the director of the Office to Monitor and
Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. State Department, titled her presentation: “What Are the Best Ways to Combat Modern Slavery.” She began with a clarification of the definition of trafficking, explaining that what is otherwise known as modern day slavery is the coercion of human labor for profit. Children who are trafficked are in a completely different category. The U.S. State Department recognizes that trafficking is also present in the United States but other government agencies deal directly with it as domestic crime. The State Department and its division is focused on trafficking abroad. The government is keenly focused on combating trafficking, and there is bipartisan support for anti-trafficking legislation. The U.S. State Department takes a four-tiered approach to combating trafficking: • Prosecution: Working in country with Lott Carey Herald/Winter 2016
Rev. Dawn Sanders, Lott Carey
Amy O’Neill, U.S. State Department
Jasmine Huggins, Church World Services
authorities to bring down the perpetrators of human trafficking. Protection: Working with civil society to protect the survivors of human trafficking. Prevention: Working with civil society, government and communities to prevent men, women and children from falling victim to human trafficking. Partnership: Working with civil society and communities to find alternative economic vehicles for potential victims of trafficking.
Partnership also incorporates interagency coordination, fighting these heinous crimes with other U.S. government agencies, including the U.S Department of Justice and Homeland Security. The Office to Combat and Monitor Trafficking of Persons (http:// www.state.gov/j/tip/primary) responsibilities include: reporting, diplomacy, assistance, outreach, interagency coordination and to serve as chair for the “Trafficking in Person Report,” for July 2015 (http://www.state. gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/2015/index.htm). Though the accounting of people around the world caught within the snare of trafficking is daunting—the news is not all grim. The TIP Report (http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/245365.pdf ), which covers diplomacy and prosecutorial efforts around the world has, since 2001, doubled the number of countries included. The report began including the United States in 2010. Globally, the TIP report has inspired legislation but inclusion in the report means that some countries are only meeting the bare minimum requirements. Ms. Richard stressed the importance of Lott Carey Herald/Winter 2016
Rev. Mandy Potter, Faith Alliance Against Slavery & Trafficking, Judge Lori Dumas Philadelphia Court System, Sarah Batley Araminta Freedom Initiative, and Kaaryn Killer Araminta Freedom Initiative. action and directed the summit audience to the 20 Ways You Can Help Fight Human Trafficking (http://www.state.gov/j/tip/id/ help/). And the $20 million U.S. State Department program (http://www.state. gov/j/tip/intprog/index.htm) was lifted up as an opportunity for organizations working to serve survivors of trafficking abroad. The Department of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security provide funding for anti-trafficking work domestically. The State Department concluded its presentation by talking about the importance of the 2014 faith based anti-trafficking pact when this international group of interfaith leaders came together to rally against this
heinous crime, opening the doors for many other faith-based partnerships to continue this work. Technology is another tool that fights trafficking. Advocates and conscientious consumers, Ms. Richard noted, can download the “Slavery Footprint” App that shows how one’s spending may contribute to modern day slavery. And the website http:// www.ResponsibleSourcingTool.org provides resources, tools and research for federal contractors and private businesses to prevent forced labor in their supply chain. Simply put, we have a responsibility to erase this scourge, Secretary of State John Continued on Page 26 25
Attendees consider facts and figures presented by speakers.
Collen Hedglin, Beyond Borders
Sarah Batley, Araminta Freedom Initiative
Nancy Donaldson, International Labour Organization
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was Nicole Wood, Program Advisor to the Director of U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Ms. Wood opened her presentation with a question for the audience: “When are folks most vulnerable?” Her answer: During natural disaster when people have lost all their property, they are susceptible to human predators. And this is where faith leaders must come in to heal. Faith and community leaders can work together to heal in times of strife. Homeland Security has seen great strides
with interagency committees and working in conjunction with the White House. An example is the impetus for designating January as National Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Ultimately, public awareness and the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (2015) helped to bring the care needed for the survivors of trafficking. The White House Council of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships developed the initiative to eradicate modern day slavery, a committee
Continued from Page 25 Kerry wrote in the introduction to this year’s TIP report: “Human trafficking is not a problem to be managed; it is a crime to be stopped.” To learn more about the work of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, email Ms. Richard at oneillaw@ state.gov. The next opening plenary presenter 26
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Tonier Cain, Healing Neen, Inc.
Rev. Mandy Potter, Faith Alliance Against Slavery & Trafficking
Rev. Loulouse Macjoux
Dr. Ellyn Jo Waller, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church
Nicole Wood, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Judge Lori Dumas, Juvenile Division, Philadelphia Family Court
recommendation adopted by President Obama in 2013. Another successful initiative is the Blue Campaign (http://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign), a paid media campaign that brings awareness to the problem and aims to end it. It marked its fifth anniversary in 2015. Additional government resources include the HHS SOAR website (http://www.acf. hhs.gov/programs/endtrafficking) and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC), open 24/7 by dialing 1-888-373-7888. Ms. Wood closed her presentation with a quote from the late Julian Bond, NAACP Chairman Emeritus: “It’s one thing to get free, but it’s quite another to stay free.” If you’re wondering what you can do, the Homeland Security representative suggested three actions: • Education: Human trafficking morphs; use social media to counterLott Carey Herald/Winter 2016
act the tools of modern slavery. Support: There are numerous opportunities to give, provide or be a resource to survivors. Mentor: Being a mentor to one survivor can transform a life.
Nancy A. Donaldson, Director of International Labour Organizations rounded out the opening plenary by showing “Out of the Shadows,” a video that demonstrated the prevalence of modern day slavery. Ms. Donaldson reiterated her colleagues’ anti-trafficking strategy: “It is so complex; no one organization can address is adequately.” Reportedly, $150 billion a year is made on human trafficking. The United Nations Millennium development goals include an end to human slavery. The organized crime that is connected to this toil makes it ever more prominent of a scourge that must be abolished. On average, a victim spends 18
months in the cycle of trafficking. It must end. Both government and nonprofit service providers have tactics to fight this scourge, but ultimately, the Christian community must band together with organizers and government agencies of moral strength and consciousness to provide a refuge for our most vulnerable brothers and sisters and extend a healing hand to survivors. We cannot do this alone. Jamiah Aniece Adams is a media consultant and former leader of the “Small But Mighty” NAACP National Communications and Digital Media. She is a member of the Nation’s Mosque, Masjid Muhammad, in Washington, D.C.
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ev. Mandy Porter, coordinator for Faith Alliurged all Christians to use their platform to become “change ance Against Slavery and Trafficking, opened agents.” Anti-trafficking materials are available at www. up the faith and community models panel freedomsundayglobal.org. with scriptures that inspired her ministry. Porter believes asking victims specific questions about Her group of Christian organizations is headquarwhat happened to them is essential, that faith is critical to survival and that aftercare should be handled by social tered in Baltimore, Md. services organizations and agencies. Porter, like Lott Carey, believes in the role the Rev. Porter church should play in ending human trafficking, declar“We can’t do it all,” she said, “but together the church, ing: “The biggest reason that trafficking exists is a separation social services, government and NGOs can work holistically to from God.” Contributing factors, she added are narcissism, poverwipe out human trafficking.” ty, broken relationships, corruption, anger, greed, and alcohol and The Community Model for combating trafficking was presentdrug addiction. ed by Judge Lori A. Dumas, Court of Common Pleas, PhiladelShe said youth ministries are vital tools for mentoring, and Continued on Page 29
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phia County, Pa. Through her work in the court system, the judge encountered young victims of trafficking and was forced to question what the judicial system was doing to help these young people. The answer—nothing—stirred her activism. Judge Dumas took it upon herself to help, and now her “calling” has her fighting on behalf of 30 young women that she sees twice a month. “You eat, sleep and grieve for them; survivors between the ages of 12 and 21,” Dumas said. “Most of these children have no home to return to.” The judge and the service she developed is their only sanctuary. The program partners with churches, the Salvation Army and the Philadelphia Police Department, partners she credits with the program’s success. Two of the young women she’s mentored are now in college, she says. Calling it “soul work,” Judge Dumas works with the district attorney to drop the charges
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” —James 1:27
“He has told you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God?” —Micah 6:8
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”
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PROFILE OF A UNIQUE SURVIVOR
Who will be my savior? Who will ask me why? Tonier “Neen” Cain pondered these questions as she endured childhood trauma—domestic and sexual abuse. That abuse and neglect led to her to truancy, and abuse of alcohol and drugs. She said the ultimate insult was that no one asked “why” when she attempted suicide. What happens when no one questions a troubled child? She grows up to be a troubled adult. Life had so stigmatized Cain that at her first arrest she wasn’t even upset. And in the criminal justice system, she was re-traumatized—by police/correctional officers, drug addiction, seclusion, over-medication and a mental illness misdiagnosis. Trouble was a constant companion. Every 30 days she was arrested. Finally, a judge sent Cain to a 28-day drug rehabilitation program, which led to stints in more than 30 treatment centers. And still, no one asked her: “What happened?” If they probed, she would have explained that she had been beaten and abused by men from an early age, and never assigned her a male counselor, who would prey upon her vulnerabilities and abuse her again. At this point, she’d lost so many of her babies to the state and she was pregnant Lott Carey Herald/Winter 2016
“When my belief system changed my thought process changed”
again—this program agreed to treat her and let her keep her baby. She couldn’t lose another baby—she had four children that she didn’t know. Her grieving process was profound. Cain had found salvation. Cain agreed to enter the now defunct Tamar’s Children, the alternative-to-prison program. “When my belief system changed my thought process changed,” she said. “I started (attending) a parenting class. I needed to know how to be loving and nurturing. I wasn’t taught that growing up. I went through a one-year parenting class and today, I am so proud of my daughter.” Tonier, what happened to you? That was the question that sparked her healing, the breakthrough in her recovery and ten years ago, she purchased her first home. Treating her trauma broke the generational cycle. Today, Cain stands strong, healthy, sober and a survivor. Her motivational speaking is steeped in faith. Her aim is to heal those who are still in the streets. She implores service providers to ask the right questions and heal the wounded because no one should be deemed hopeless.
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SUMMIT EXPLORES HAITI RESTAVEKS IN
SLAVERY PLAIN SIGHT
“Get involved in national advocacy— speak out, do rights-based sermons at church”
T Rev. Loulouse Macjoux
he Lott Carey Human Trafficking Summit set the international focus on Haiti and the unique challenges that face the island nation: • What solutions are being presented to fight human trafficking? • How can we save Haitian children? • What role do the Haitian people play in this fight? Rev. Loulouse Macajoux, a Haitian national, is committed to the plight of restaveks, children in Haiti who are sent by parents to work for host households as domestic servants because their own parents lack the money to support them. The term comes from the French, “to stay with.” Macajoux gives presentations to the community about restaveks and trains communities how to combat the now illegal phenomenon. There are an estimated 300,000 restaveks but Macajoux believes the actual number to be much more. Beyond Borders (BeyondBorders.net), a child protection program based in Washing-
ton, D.C. Director Coleen Hedglin talked about how domestic abuse and sexual violence are factors that require close monitoring. Those trained become Child Protection Brigades and the children of Haiti know they can go to them for protection. Also needed: education, balancing power, faith leaders dedicated to preventing violence against women and girls, and solidarity. Jasmine Huggins, Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer for Haiti, Church World Service, a global relief organization with offices in Elkhart, Ind., and New York City, said: “Get involved in national advocacy—speak out, do rights-based sermons at church, identify trafficking specifically as a sin that needs to be named. Much of the essential work takes place in rural areas and that is where the advocacy movement needs your sweat equity. Advocate for increased investments and greater regulation, registration and control of orphanages and for regular monitoring of their conditions.”
child from trafficking. The name, meaning “defender,” is the given name of Harriet Tubman. Representing the group was Sara Batley, director of volunteer programs, and Kaaryn Keller, director of communications. Their question: How do we tend and care for young victims in the second largest criminal industry in the U.S. and worldwide? An industry, they pointed out, where the average age of the victim is 13 and profits reaching $32 billion. Part of the answer may be in their advocacy toolkit, which states: “Morality can’t be legislated but behavior can be regulated. Judicial decrees may not change the heart,
but they can restrain the heartless.” The final was Ellyn Jo Waller, Ed.D., the church partner for Judge Dumas. Waller runs the “She’s My Sister Ministry,” which partners with the court, Salvation Army, Covenant House and Philadelphia Police. The scriptures that inspired Waller’s work— Psalm 94:16: “Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?” And Hebrews 13:3: “Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
FIGHTING TRAFFICKING Continued from Page 29 of survivors who complete the program. And the program has no limit because of the trauma that they’ve endured and what constitutes success may look different to those not embroiled in the caretaking of these survivors. Youth are sometimes treated for an indefinite period of time. Other speakers added valuable perspectives. Araminta Freedom Initiative (Araminta Freedom.org), also operating out of the Baltimore area, is dedicated to freeing every 30
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ACTION Help Us Mobilize Supporters • Mobilize a 24-hour Prayer Chain, 24 people praying every hour for 31 days. • Collect toiletries, school supplies, or make tee shirt dresses to donate to Lott Carey International Ministry Partners. • Host a Men’s Bible Study about trafficking. • Organize a Prayer Gathering to pray daily, weekly or during a one-day event. • Organize a Prayer Tea, Breakfast or Luncheon to support Lott Carey. • Host a Mobile Give Event: Organize 31 supporters to give $10 by texting, LOTTCAREY to 20222. • Organize a 5K Run/Walk for Women’s Empowerment (proceeds to WISE). • Set a goal to ask 10 friends to contribute $31 for Women’s Empowerment. • Host a Clothing Drive for jobseekers for SuitedForChange.org. • Host an Adult Spelling Bee on International Women’s Day, March 8 (Entry fees benefit WISE). • Establish an education fund for women.
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Published on Feb 11, 2016