Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Free2Walk Saturday, August 27

As I sat in an Asian restaurant the other day this thought occurred to me:  I wonder if our server is a statistic of modern day slavery.  It was an unwelcome thought, but it was not inconceivable.  There are over 30 million slaves around the world today, more now than at any other time in history.  Many of these slaves are children, sold into prostitution.  Others are taken from one country to another to serve as domestic help and in service industries such as restaurants and hotels.  They have no control over their circumstances as they are always guarded and paid very little or even nothing at all for their long hours.

Groups like Not For Sale are working toward the abolition of modern day slavery.  Kevin Austin, a Free Methodist pastor who saw the devastation of human trafficking first-hand during his years as a missionary in Thailand, is Director of the Abolitionist Faith Community at Not For Sale.

On Saturday, August 27, Not For Sale is hosting a 5k walk to raise awareness.  People will gather at the Free Methodist Church in Marysville for this Free2Walk event.   Registration begins at 8:30 Saturday morning, with a rally featuring Kevin Austin at 10:00 and a barbecue and kids event from 11:00 till 1:00. Donation for participants is $25.  Check it out!

Last Fall Not For Sale sponsored a walk in Boston.  Although their promo video was specific to Boston, I want to share it here because it is powerful and compelling.  Watch it, then come on out to walk for those who are not yet free.

See you Saturday!

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