Day of Prayer for Freedom from Exploitation, March 8th
Salvationists, Officers, and employees will be asked to consider how we, The Salvation Army and as individuals, are currently combatting exploitation in Canada and around the world, how we currently serve those who may have experienced exploitation, and whether there are new opportunities for engagement, advocacy and/or service. The Day of Prayer for Freedom from Exploitation extends the reach of the international day of prayer against human trafficking that takes place every year in September.
Freedom Day declares that all people have the right to be free from oppression and exploitation - free from abuse and hurt for another’s pleasure or some other form of gain.
Examples of exploitation are abuse of children or vulnerable adults for pleasure, many forms of prostitution, and human trafficking which is a form of exploitation involving a third party that facilitates and also gains from the abuse. Freedom day draws us to be praying for relief for those exploited and to earnestly seek The Lord's direction and wisdom in how best to raise awareness as well as intervene. Please share with us any direction you receive from the Lord.
The Day of Prayer can take any form, however, here are resources to assist:
Download PDF document on "Exploitation Definition and Discussion"
Search the terms "exploitation" or "human trafficking" on the various Salvation Army web sites such as https://www.salvationarmy.org/ihq/antitrafficking
Check out this prayer station idea and format at Salvationist.ca
Download this Prayer written by Major John Read of the UK TerritoryBlessings,
Colonel Debbie Graves
Territorial Secretary for Women's Ministries
Territorial Integrated Mission Secretary
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. — Isaiah 61:1