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Apr
06

Need for a re-Think / Human trafficking

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Here is the second installment of an interview with Michael Frost–co-author with Alan Hirsch of The Shaping of Things to Come and REJESUS. In this segment, he speaks of a majority in the west that are “disgusted, repelled, disturbed, [or] want nothing more to do with [an attractional model of church].”

russia badge2 Sharing is GoodThe U.S. State Dept (2004) estimates that 600,000 to 800,000 men, women and children are caught in international human trafficking every year. A majority of those are female and half of them are children. This unthinkable crime is happening on an epic scale.

Anne Jackson, author of Mad Church Disease and prolific blogger, is increasing awareness about human trafficking in Eastern Europe and Russia–some of the main exporters to Western Europe and the U.S. prostitution industry. Please check out her thoughts throughout the week to learn more about the modern day slave trade and possible ways to be involved in acts of mercy and justice for those involved.

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  1. Anne Jackson says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for reposting this.

  2. Trey Atkins says:

    Almost an M! Great video and thanks for helping us think about those we are not reaching.

  3. almost says:

    Anne, thank you for what you are doing. Press on! And yes, there is an enormous amount of trafficking happening in that part of the world. It is sad that the church has not been a bigger advocate for those enslaved.

    Trey, thanks for the encouragement here and the email. I appreciate your friendship and your efforts to announce and advance the reign of God.

  4. C. Holland says:

    Thank you for the trafficking awareness, but thanks also for posting these videos. The “Attractional” method of church in my mission field in Western Europe is met with a resounding “Meh, so what?” It’s so important to adapt the approach to the culture (without compromising the Gospel, of course) and understanding the historical context of the people you’re trying to reach.

  5. almost says:

    C. Holland, thanks for stopping by. Am praying for and hoping to meet you when I am in your neck of the woods soon. And yes, when working in European contexts, the post-Christian reality is even more apparent than in most U.S. contexts. It floors me to think about that in Moscow there is a 3% trust level for Baptists. Though specific to Baptists, that number would be comparable if the question were asked about Protestants. Muslims are trusted almost 5 times more. Why? Because Muslims are not known for trying to proselytize in that context. When considering my post today on organized crime, I can see through anecdote and experience that trust levels of known criminals as higher than that of followers of Christ placed under the banner of Protestantism. This is both weird and perverted. But the reality is that in European contexts there are enormous levels of apathy or even worse distrust. A reality that becomes apparent is that the believer and the church must be the apologetic. The followers of Christ must be seen as little images of Christ much as happened in Antioch long ago. The process will usually start slower. But when disciples are made, they are healthy disciple-making disciples.

  6. Amy says:

    Almost an M! Great video and thanks for helping us think about those we are not reaching.

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  8. almost says:

    Amy – thanks for the encouragement.

    Shelba – glad you are enjoying the site. To get updates when I post, you can enter your email address and subscribe to receive an email update every time there is a new post. Another way to do this is through using a reader regularly (such as Google Reader) and adding this feed to your account.

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