On November 23rd, many across our nation will celebrate National Adoption Day. And there is much to celebrate about this family institution that has made us a better and stronger society.
Virtually every American has been touched in some way by adoptions that give babies and children a second chance to live happy, safe and productive lives. They have also provided a second chance for millions of parents who cannot have biological children to nonetheless have kids of their own to love and cherish unconditionally.
As a nation, we may remain divided on many issues, but virtually everyone agrees that more adoptions in America are a worthwhile and unifying goal. But even as we celebrate the miracle of adoptions, we must also highlight the challenges associated with them that must be overcome. more >>
WASHINGTON – Human sex trafficking is oftentimes viewed as a taboo topic within the church, however, Monday night during the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) Justice Summit, the topic was openly discussed in front of Hispanic church leaders who were urged to recognize the issue and take action against it.
"There are more people in slavery today than ever before in the history of humanity," said the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the NHCLC. "Even in America, the numbers range from 100,000 to 500,000, so on average, there are 300,000 people, primarily children, sold every day and involved in sex trafficking."
In church, this topic along with the discussion of pornography is oftentimes not addressed because some of the "Johns" as Rodriguez put it, are members within the same congregations, however, NHCLC is leading the conversation through their sex trafficking initiative. At the helm of their efforts is Danielle Jones, who spoke during the event to facilitate a dialogue about the issue and whom Rodriguez deemed "anointed" to lead the movement. more >>
Human rights groups are calling China's election to the United Nations' Human Rights Council a "travesty," pointing out the country's very troublesome record on the issue.
"The Chinese government does not promote or protect human rights, even of its own citizens. To the contrary, the Chinese Communist Party is a brutal, totalitarian regime - one of the greatest human rights violators in the world. How can it then be a watchdog over human rights in other nations?" asked Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, in a statement.
"This is like the proverbial fox guarding the chicken coup or the wolf guarding the sheep. Rather, China will likely turn a blind eye to serious human rights abuses in other nations, to discourage other nations from challenging it on its own abysmal human rights record. China has no business on the U.N. Human Rights Council. Its presence damages the credibility of the Council," Littlejohn added, whose group raises awareness and fights against sexual slavery and forced abortion in China. more >>
Recently, Christian author Kelly Monroe Kullberg spoke on a radio program about immigration policy, critiquing the Senate's bipartisan immigration reform bill. Ms. Kullberg suggested that the bill, if passed into law, would result in "open borders," which, she argued, would lead to an increase in human trafficking.
As the President and CEO of World Relief, I respectfully disagree.
I certainly share Ms. Kullberg's concern for victims of human trafficking. Working in partnership with local churches as well as with law enforcement agencies, World Relief serves victims of both sex trafficking and labor trafficking in locations throughout the United States and globally. more >>
A Columbus, Ohio-based pastor is raffling his limited edition Hummer truck with the hopes to potentially raise $140,000 to benefit organizations within his city and abroad that include those that help fight human sex trafficking, provide social services for children, and a school for orphaned children in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Pastor Charles Bond of New Wine Church International initiated the effort, "Passion Project," after he met a woman who was kidnapped and abused for three years before finding refuge in Rahab's Hideaway, a rehab organization for youth in Ohio. Part of the proceeds will go to help the project.
"I heard her story and I wanted to do something. When I planted the church, I told the congregation I wanted our works to speak louder than our words so I thought, 'What could I sacrifice and give up?' so I decided to give up my only means of transportation, my vehicle," said Bond. more >>
Seven of America's top banks were given a score and ranked on a number of key areas related to human slavery in a report by the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, with Goldman Sachs receiving the highest, most favorable score, and Wells Fargo coming in at last place.
The ranking is featured in ICCR's annual report titled "Breaking the Bonds: Modern Day Strategies to Counter Modern Day Slavery," a copy of which was obtained by The Christian Post.
"The enslavement of approximately 12 million women, 3 million men and 6 million children into forced labor or sexual activity is a chilling reminder of how the power of greed can poison our world. Not surprisingly some corporations are unwitting participants in this troubling practice," ICCR Chair David Foster writes in the report. more >>