(Photo: Elevation Church)
God does not believe in expiration dates and He can make the impossible, possible, said the founder of an anti-human trafficking organization at the Code Orange revival at Elevation Church.
Christine Caine, founder of The A21 Campaign and a member of the leadership team at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia, spoke to more than 2,500 people at the Charlotte, North Carolina-based megachurch’s revival on Saturday night. She started off her talk by showing a video of a teenager asking viewers to play a game with him by finding everything in their parent’s house that is expired. He said he would win because “my parents don’t believe in an expiration date.”
The video continues with the boy holding up food products and reading off the expiration dates, many of them years past their recommended date.
Caine said that when she first watched the video the line about not believing in expiration dates triggered something in her heart and she realized: “You and I serve a God who also doesn’t believe in expiration dates.”
Sarah and Abraham in the Book of Genesis conceived a child at an old age that would be impossible to do so, Caine pointed out as example.
“What is impossible with man, is possible with God…He wants to make the impossible possible in your life tonight,” she said.
Caine was the fourth speaker in the line-up for the Code Orange revival, which spans 12 nights and will end on Jan. 22. Each night, more than 2,500 people have attended, Tonia Bendickson, spokesperson for Elevation Church, told The Christian Post. Over 1,000 of those people have had to take a seat in an overflow location because the main worship area was full.
In addition to those attending the revival in person, there have also been over 65,000 unique visits to the Elevation Church’s website for online streaming of the event.
Caine on Saturday evening shared about her own life experiences when she first started her non-profit The A21 Campaign. She said she felt called by God to start the campaign to combat human trafficking in Eastern Europe, but a team of experts looked at her organization’s plan and recommended that they not start there because it would be almost impossible.
When her husband called to inform her of this news, Caine recalled that she stood up in the airport lounge in Frankfurt, Germany, and shouted into her cell phone, “You tell them that we are well able to do what God has called us to do.”
And four years later, A21 is working in six nations, and opened up their first shelter for human trafficking victims in 2008 in Greece. The non-profit provides victims of human trafficking with a “safe, loving, and comforting environment, access to medical care and psychological assessment, vocational training, assistance in university education, life guidance and counseling, and access to legal assistance.”
The A21 Campaign is also in the final stages of opening a new transitional home in Kiev, Ukraine.
Ukraine is a strategic location because it “is a source country for many victims trafficked to Greece. The expansion of work in the Ukraine will increase our ability to strategically help both at-risk persons, and those who have already been trafficked,” the group’s website explains.
The A21 Campaign website provides 21 ways for individuals to get involved in helping fight human trafficking. This ranges from writing letters to victims in restoration homes, to sending clothes and supplies to them. The group also has bracelets and apparel that can be bought to start conversations about the injustices of human trafficking.
Elevation Church's pastor, Steven Furtick, said after Caine spoke that the church will donate 21 percent of their offering that weekend (Saturday,Sunday and Sunday evening) to the campaign.
Code Orange Revival began on Jan. 11 and will conclude this Sunday.