More than 40,000 university students inside the Georgia Dome stadium in Atlanta are trying to make an impact against human slavery, and after being nearly half way through the four-day Passion 2012 conference it’s hard to downplay the energized event.
Still, Passion founder Louie Giglio wanted those watching the event, which began Monday and ends Thursday, not to focus on the names of the top of the line Christian speakers, including Francis Chan, John Piper, and Beth Moore. Despite the conference opening to a set of worship songs that included dramatic stage lighting and pounding drums, Giglio insisted those in attendance were not at an “event.”
While clearly the worship music led by Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Matt Redman, Charlie Hall, Christy Nockels, and Kristian Stanfill is a highlight of the huge gathering, Giglio said there was one name even bigger. more >>
Internet search and software giant Google Inc. said Wednesday that the company will combat modern-day slavery and human trafficking by offering $11.5 million in grants to 10 organizations.
The grant money is part of $115 million offered to nonprofit and academic organizations in 2011, the company announced.
Google chose to highlight the issue of slavery because its employees felt the topic of freedom and human rights is one of the most important issues of our time, according to the company’s director of charitable giving, Jacquelline Fuller. more >>
College students belonging to InterVarsity Chrisitan Fellowship USA at two universities led a live webcast campaign Tuesday that resulted in more than 2,400 people calling Congress members to voice their support of victim protection laws against child slavery.
Volunteer students encouraged other students during the webcast to call and push politicians to reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which expires at the end of this month. Bills to reauthorize it are currently before the House of Representatives and the Senate.
The students at Ohio State and George Washington universities went “on air” for seven hours to help walk people through the process of calling a Congress member, something organizers said can be intimidating for a young person. more >>
As a quickly developing nation, much of Indian society is caught between the trap of traditionalism and modernization.
A special report will be aired over the weekend on how Indian charities are working to stop the tradition of sex trade in their country.
The two-part segment, which will air on CNN Saturday and Sunday, is called “Trapped by Tradition,” and will be narrated by “Slumdog Millionaire” star Anil Kapoor. more >>
In the wake of the 31st anniversary of China’s One-Child Policy, an organization is rallying churches to pray for the millions of female lives that have been lost in the name of population control.
The One-Child Policy, which limits Chinese families to having just one child, was established in 1980 as a response to an exploding Chinese population.
Due to the Chinese preference for male children, sex-selective abortions, female infanticide and the abandonment of female children has become an integral part of Chinese culture over the last 30 years. more >>
Chinese authorities released information on Wednesday on the rescuing of 89 minors that had been victims of child trafficking. The youngest of the 89 victims was 10 days old while the oldest was 4 years of age.
In the country's latest crackdown on human trafficking, two separate operations occurred in both China and Vietnam.
The first operation took place on July 15 in Vietnam and resulted in the rescue of eight infants that were to be trafficked into China's southern regions of Guangdong and Guangxi. more >>