Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns

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Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery and Trafficking

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 09:30 to Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 23:30


The National Weekend of Prayer is a coalition of abolitionists and prayer leaders. The mission of the Weekend of Prayer is to mobilize prayer in the U.S. and to encourage awareness of the issue of human trafficking which is correctly called modern day slavery.

Isaiah 61:1: “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners” (NIV)
Human trafficking is the third largest crime in the world and one of the fastest growing. It consists of primarily labor trafficking and sex trafficking and it is a problem right here in the U.S. Child sex trafficking is a terrible type of abuse: The average age at which a girl enters prostitution in this country is 14 and in some states it is as low as 12. The stories of the survivors are horrific.

In our opinion, God calls us to lead efforts to eradicate this modern day slavery just as religious leaders in the nineteenth century led the fight to end slavery in their age.

January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the U.S. as a result of a 2007 Senate resolution. President Obama has also proclaimed January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

Click here to read his proclamation on the White House website.

We are inviting you to participate in the second annual National Prayer initiative for the victims, survivors of human trafficking, the customers, "johns", who are creating the demand and for the traffickers/pimps.

The Weekend of Prayer will be January 11-13, 2013. On January 11 prayer meetings will be facilitated throughout the nation and people will be encouraged to pray in their homes or work.
In the evening of the 11th there will be several webcasts of prayer gatherings in several major cities.
On Saturday, January 12 we are partnering with the "Prayer Surge NOW" on a nationwide morning conference call.
Then on Sunday, January 13 we are encouraging congregations to say a prayer for the ending of modern day slavery in their community.
We are prayerfully asking your organization to endorse and join us on this day