"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?"

MICAH 6:8  ESV

Welcome

We are so excited for our eleventh annual Justice Matters Sunday on February 6th during all morning services!  Our title this year is “To Do Justly” from Micah 6:8. Our desire is to bring awareness and education about Human Trafficking, encourage prevention steps, and empower people to take action. We will also be highlighting various organizations and ministries that we support and partner with to provide avenues for our church body to get involved. This year we’ll be offering various workshops to provide additional education into some of the specific topics.
              We are privileged and honored to have both Former Ambassador John Cotton Richmond and Survivor/Advocate Bella Hounakey as our keynote speakers. (You can read their bio’s below.)  We hope you will come and spend the day with us as we learn together how we can “speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves” (Proverbs 31:8-9).  Come to one service, attend workshops at another, chat with some of the organizations, and have some lunch. Isaiah 61:8 says, “For I, the Lord, love Justice.” Because He loves justice, so should we! How about Inviting a family member or friend to this awesome day? Hope to see you there!

What is Justice Matters 11?

Listen to Pastor Brian and Kelly's heart on the issue of human trafficking and the purpose of Justice Matters Sunday.

Justice Matters 11 Key Speakers

John Cotton Richmond

Former US Ambassador to fight Human Trafficking, Attorney, Diplomat, Co-Founder of the Human Trafficking Institute, and Justice Seeker
Ambassador Richmond is an attorney and diplomat focused on ethical business, human rights, democracy, and rule of law. The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed him to serve in the nation’s highest-ranking position dedicated to combatting human trafficking and leading foreign policy in the global fight for freedom. As a Partner at Dentons, Ambassador Richmond helps companies keep their supply chains and workforces free of human trafficking. He was named one of the federal “Prosecutors of the Year,” after a decade successfully trying complex police misconduct, cross-burning, neo-Nazi hate crimes, forced labor, and sex trafficking cases across the country. Ambassador Richmond is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Senior Advisor to Love Does, and a frequent speaker on justice, leadership, faith, and vocation.

Bella Hounakey

Survivor Consultant at iMPACT Virginia
Bella Hounakey is a fierce advocate of anti-trafficking initiatives to combat and abolish human trafficking. As a survivor herself, she understands the adverse impact of trafficking. This empathy has guided her career and interests to support policies that contribute to supporting victims as they navigate life after victimization. Bella currently serves on two Human Trafficking Council- she’s a member of the U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and Framework -a training and technical assistance project aimed at building capacity to address labor trafficking in the United States.  As part of the Council, Bella worked with the Trump Administration on an Executive Order on Combating Human Trafficking and Online Child Exploitation. Her goals remain steadfast: raise awareness, reduce risk of victimization, educate members of the judicial system and general public, and advocate for victim protection and treatment. Bella received a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Spanish; and a Master’s degree from Western Michigan University.

Watch JM 11 

Thank you for joining us!

Human Trafficking Hotline

1-888-373-7888

Resources on Human Trafficking

Books, podcasts, and websites with a wealth of knowledge on Human Trafficking.

Justice Matters Workshops

On Justice Sunday, we will have breakout sessions we call workshops that focus in on solutions and how we can put into action what we've learned. 

“He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. The Lord frees the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are weighed down. The Lord loves the godly. The Lord protects the foreigners among us. He cares for the orphans and widows, but He frustrates the plans of the wicked.”

Psalm 146:7-9

Blog/Article Resources

Our handpicked blog/article resources about current issues of Human Trafficking.

From Polaris Project

Love and Trafficking: How Traffickers Groom & Control Their Victims

From John Cotton Richmond

The Root Cause of Human Trafficking Is The Trafficker

From the  San Diego Union-Tribune

Opinion: Sex trafficking generates over $810 million a year in San Diego County

From John Cotton Richmond

New Model Human Trafficking Law from the United Nations

Don't watch Super Bowl LVI without seeing this.

Large events, such as the Super Bowl, can lead to an increase in human trafficking because of the high influx of visitors—but we're working to change that. It's A Penalty (IAP) is a global campaign that harnesses the power of sport to prevent abuse, exploitation, and trafficking globally.  We are proud to be one of the founding partners to this campaign and are excited to announce that the new PSA video, shown here, will be played throughout Southwest and American flights.

Several athletes including Chris Godwin, Johnny Hekker, Aaron Rodgers, Andy Dalton, Nick Foles, and many others are using their voices to speak up and help prevent the exploitation of children.

Last year during the Super Bowl, 16 missing children from the Missing Kids list were identified in the region! It was a team effort to safeguard these individuals. This is the power of prevention and awareness. Because of your generosity, we can make more people aware of human trafficking and how to stop it. Sports fan or not, we all agree that every man, woman, and child deserves to be free.

Watch the It’s A Penalty video now and don’t forget to play it at your Super Bowl Party on February 13!