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Perhaps you're a visitor on Long Beach Island. Maybe you haven't been in Church for a while and would like to start back. Whatever is going on in your life, you are welcome at Holy Innocents. Your past affiliations don't mean nearly as much to us as your present affiliation with us.
May 25-August 31
| Sunday Holy Eucharist, alternating Rites I & 2 ~ with music
**In May, we will begin reading an individual book of the Bible, in depth, spending sufficient time to learn it in some detail. A brief précis of the following Sunday’s Propers will conclude each meeting of the class. Please join us.
Did you know that 30 million people in this world today are held as slaves? That nearly two million children are exploited in the commercial sex trade? That one in five women will be a vicim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime?
Throughout the developing world, fear of violence is part of everyday life for the poor. It’s as much a part of poverty as hunger, disease, or malnutrition. The poorest are so vulnerable because their justice systems—police, courts and laws—don’t protect them from violent people. According to the UN, justice systems in the deveoloping world are so broken that the majority of poor people live life “far from the law’s protection,” something we can’t even begin to imagine.
What can we do about it?
Last year, Congress authorized the State Department to secure “Child Protection Compacts” with individual governments for the purpose of supporting successful models for eradicating child trafficking. Earlier this year, Congress appropriated $5 million to kick-start the program.
Recently, Janine Kleber and Gail South, both long-time Beach Haven residents, spent three days in Washington D.C., being briefed on the problems and meeting with New Jersey Congressional members and their staffs. We were among nearly 300 people from 45 states who took part in a day of advocacy organized by human rights agency International Justice Mission (IJM). Participants met with more than 250 Congressional office officials to build support for targeted U.S. investments to combat child slavery abroad. What was especially encouraging to us personally was the number of young people involved. Gail was probably the oldest person there, and there weren't m0re than two dozen over the age of 50. Young people care!!
We were particularly advocating for the selection of Ghana and the Philippines as the first two recipients of this new pilot program.
Both Ghana and the Philippines face a significant problem of children trafficked into sexual or labor exploitation. An investigation into the fishing industry on Lake Volta in Ghana confirmed widespread use of child slaves, some as young as four years old; interviews with nearly 800 children revealed that an estimated 60% of children on the fishing boats were actual slaves. The police want to help eradicate slavery, but they don’t have even one boat to patrol the lake. In the Philippines, specialized anti-trafficking police units have made strides in the effort to crack down on child sex trafficking, but the Philippines needs technical help in addressing the growing problem of on-line child sexual exploitation.
We know that people here care about modern-day slavery, but we often feel overwhelmed by the problem. Knowing that it is possible to combat the crime has given me the confidence to advocate for strong policies and funding with our elected leaders in government, and we are asking for your help.
Imagine if we could show our leaders in Congress thousands of postcards signed by their constituents telling them we all want an end to modern-day slavery? This challenge isn’t a challenge in the way that a marathon is to many of us. It isn’t physically demanding, and it isn’t time consuming. It is something that anyone can do. It is a challenge in the sense that we are betting that you know people who would write their names on a postcard because they believe that slavery is wrong and want to do something to help end it.
Believe it when we say that this "unchallenging challenge" can have a huge impact.
Because when constituents go to meetings on Capitol Hill, and they tell our representatives in Congress that their constituents actually do know and care about ending slavery, they’ll have the visuals to drive the point home.
It’s one thing to say, “Thank you for meeting with us, Senator. We are here on behalf of thousands of your constituents who want to make a difference for the 29.8 million people living in slavery today.” It’s another thing when you can pull out giant stacks of postcards from thousands of their constituents to prove it.
Please sign a postcard, or two to your Representative and Senators, or order a hundred. You can call Gail (609-709-5365 or email@example.com) or Janine (firstname.lastname@example.org), pick them up at the Beach Haven Library or the Holy Innocents Church before July 10 or order for free in quantity from IJM at http://freedomcommons.ijm.org/action-alert/100-postcard-challenge.
IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals secure justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. In 2013, IJM and IJM-trained partners brought relief to 3,555 victims of violence around the world. For more information about International Justice Mission visit www.ijm.org.