January is “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month”. On December 31, 2012 President Obama made a proclamation that January would be dedicated to raising awareness and fighting modern day slavery. As part of the month long event to end slavery Christians around Texas are uniting in prayer through the “Weekend of Prayer" from January 11th through the 13th.
Local North Texan, Dr. Tomi Lee "TL" Grover PhD, is the National Vice-Chair for the Texas Chapter of the Weekend of Prayer. TL Grover is founder of TraffickStop and has spent years fighting to end human trafficking through educating communities and raising awareness about human trafficking and slavery.
The “Weekend of Prayer” is seeking one million Christians to pray for the end of human trafficking and slavery.
There is an estimated 27 million people living in slavery according to “Free the Slaves” a research based anti-slavery organization. And in Texas a study sponsored by “The Woman’s Foundation of Dallas” revealed over 600 under age girls were being trafficked in Dallas and Fort Worth in February in 2011. The research uncovers the problem that we face in North Texas and the risk to children that could be forced into sex trafficking.
Through the part of abolitions in the United States through the “Weekend of Prayer” awareness will be raised and Christian communities will unit there faith in prayer to seek an end to slavery here in the United States and around the world.
Events that people are encouraged to participate in through the “Weekend of Prayer” are:
- Friday, January 11, at noon for people to take part and pray for an end to human trafficking.
- Saturday, January 12, 2:00 p.m. Conference Prayer Call at 9-11:00 a.m. EST: facilitated by Prayer Surge NOW. The call in number is 712-432-0075 and the access code is 6149782 followed by the pound sign (#).
- Sunday, January 13 Churches will unit around the U.S. to pray for an end of slavery.
Tomas J. Lares of Orlando, is the National Chair and heads Florida Abolitionist. He founded the national annual prayer initiative in 2012. He said,
“It is our hope that through this event a million Christians will be informed about the horrors of modern-day slavery and be motivated to take action to seek justice.”
Interested churches and congregations can learn more and register to participate on the website: www.WeekendofPrayer.net
The month of January is historic because on the 1st in 1863 the Emancipation Proclamation was put into effect freeing thousands of slaves. The dedication of individuals to fight human trafficking 150 years after the proclamation came in effect could bring 2013 as another historic year for ending slavery.