Bethlehem Blogs

December 29, 2017

Purple Light Initiative: What God Is Doing Among the Local Church to Combat Sex Trafficking

Ming-Jinn Tong

Pastor for Neighborhood Outreach, Downtown Campus

This Fall, Bethlehem’s Purple Light Initiative team began to take shape through planning and prayer meetings, and they are now moving forward with ministry initiatives for the Super Bowl weekend and beyond. Susan Myers is leading Bethlehem’s initiative with the Source ministry’s Purple Light Project. Here is more from her ...

Local sex trafficking isn’t just a problem around sporting events. Minnesota is considered a year-round national hot spot for human trafficking. SourceMN is a local ministry that trains and equips churches to get involved in the fight against this oppressive problem.

People from Bethlehem Baptist are joining with SourceMN in the Purple Light Project, an initiative to train believers to effectively engage in this battle through prayer and outreach. We want to be a part of educating our local community and to be a resource for women who want to get out of trafficking but feel unable to make that first step alone—or those who don’t understand the destructive nature of this life, but would be willing to meet and talk anyway. We have an opportunity to in the following ways as the Super Bowl approaches:

Community Outreach Event
Hope Community Church is hosting an event with Linking Freedom In Our Backyard Twin Cities on Saturday, January 27, from 9am–2pm. Come learn how to recognize and report human trafficking, and then canvas nearby hotels, stores, and businesses with resources before the Super Bowl. For information and to RSVP, go to Community Outreach Event.

Online Outreach Team
Men and women can join a Bethlehem team to be a resource for those caught in trafficking or prostitution through prayer, contacting them, or meeting to share hope and healing. There is still time to receive training (two more January trainings) and join our team before the Super Bowl. Learn more at the Purple Light Campaign and register for the required training.

Through our city hosting the Super Bowl, God has given the local body of believers a strategic opportunity to stand against oppression and shine the light of righteousness and grace into an area of sin and darkness. If you’re interested in helping fight against human trafficking during the Super Bowl and beyond, please consider these opportunities and contact Susan Myers.

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