For the second year, Western Seminary will be hosting an anti-sex trafficking conference. Portland has developed a reputation for being an international hub for sex-trafficking. And, the conference seeks to call Christian leaders and churches to respond to this crisis.
According to event organizers,
The purpose of this conference is to not only create awareness about sex trafficking in Portland, but to provide pastors and ministry leaders with the vision they need to empower Greater Portland churches to stand up and get engaged in whatever manner God calls them.
Here’s some more information on the conference. Space is limited. So, if you’re interested, check it out quickly.
DATE: Wednesday, June 15, 2011
TIME: 10 to 1:30pm (box lunch will be provided)
PLACE: The Johnson Chapel at Western Seminary (5511 SE Hawthorne,Portland)
ATTENDANCE IS LIMITED. Please register at: http://www.westernseminary.edu/Trafficking/
WHAT IS THE CONFERENCE ABOUT?
Portland’s Faith community has wakened to sex trafficking as an evil that exists in our own community. Western Seminary is hosting a second “A Portland Faith Awakening” conference calling the Church in Portland to unite and find its role in opposing sex trafficking.
WHO IS SPEAKING?
Dr. Steven Tracy (Mending The Soul Ministries, Phoenix) will address the systemic components of sex trafficking/exploitation he has observed in working for nearly 20 years with abuse victims and more recently prostituted girls and women in the US and Africa.
Pastor Mike Wilkerson (Mars Hill Church, Seattle) will describe how his church’s “redemption group” movement has taken Isaiah’s prophetic calling to “bind up the broken-hearted” into streets and homes in Seattle, and the results to date.
Dr. Gerry Breshears (Western Seminary,Portland) will conclude with exhortation from scripture pointing to God’s clear calling to his people and how we must respond in order to be true to God’s calling.
Also, representatives will describe how the Church is participating inPortland’s system of response to the issue, and three mini-sessions are scheduled with speakers from Abuse Recovery Ministry & Services (ARMS), Mars Hill Church, and Pure Life Alliance.