Trinity Memorial Church, Warren began an Anti Child Trafficking (ACT) ministry in the fall of 2015, learning about the horrific lives of child victims of sex trafficking. Because this tragedy is so painful to consider, many of us actively ignored it for years. Through God’s Grace our hearts have been opened and we are now committed to help these children. We are praying for vulnerable and trafficked children, educating ourselves, knitting prayer scarves and seeking donations for groups who provide homeless shelters and/or street support for homeless and trafficked children.
Did you know:
- The U.S. Department of State estimates 200,000 children are trafficked in the U.S. annually?
- Most were previously abused, unloved, neglected. They may have run away for their abusive homes or may have been thrown out. Or, perhaps they are in foster care, are mentally challenged or are victims of a disaster such as Hurricane Katrina.
- Most are trafficked between the ages of 12 and 14 and will only survive approximately 7 years, dying of AIDS, drug overdose, murder or suicide.
We seek God’s Holy Spirit to guide us in this ministry, praying that the ministry will expand into even more meaningful service. We dream of educating others so child trafficking will end. Dare we dream of partnering with others in the diocese and in Northwestern PA to help create a shelter or support services for homeless and trafficked children? These dreams require God’s Grace and many more committed people, churches, agencies and groups.
Please pray for these children and for our ministry. Please knit prayer scarves and donate to our ACT ministry.
We are eager to speak to churches or any other interested groups about Anti Child Trafficking (ACT). Please call me at 814-688-4425. Let’s see where God’s Grace leads.