Human Trafficking

Join The Wesleyan Church and World Hope for Freedom Sunday

Join The Wesleyan Church and World Hope for Freedom Sunday

Not everyone knows freedom—spiritually, or even physically. The Global Slavery Index reported that globally over 40 million people are subject to modern slavery—more than the entire population of California. One in four of these victims of modern slavery are children....
Kansas ministry fights for human trafficking victims

Kansas ministry fights for human trafficking victims

The numbers are staggering and the impact is immense. An estimated 40.3 million people worldwide were victims of modern slavery in 2016 with children being a quarter of the victims. The Urban Institute studied the underground commercial sex economy in 2014 in eight...
​Freedom Sunday: July 2

​Freedom Sunday: July 2

Freedom Sunday is fast approaching, and we at World Hope International hope you are getting as excited as we are! We are so eager to see the church come together to stand for freedom on July 2nd. As a reminder–no sign up is required! Simply use any or all of the...
IWU launches Justice Center for Human Trafficking

IWU launches Justice Center for Human Trafficking

Indiana Wesleyan University held a special chapel service on Friday, March 24, that marked the official launch of IWU’s new Justice Center for Human Trafficking, an initiative that will strategically use its time and resources to battle a multi-billion dollar...
​Wesleyans in the news

​Wesleyans in the news

Each week, both Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. As we are alerted to those news items, we are privileged to pass them along. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward to communications@wesleyan.org....
​World Hope announces extraordinary matching offer

​World Hope announces extraordinary matching offer

Did you know human trafficking is a major issue in Liberia? In fact, according to the 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report, many men, women, and children in the country are subjected to domestic servitude, forced begging, sex trafficking, or forced labor in street...
Kansas Women’s Extravaganza focuses on fighting human trafficking

Kansas Women’s Extravaganza focuses on fighting human trafficking

One hundred women from across Kansas gathered in Hesston, Kans., in February for the Women’s Extravaganza to celebrate the redemptive work of God in women’s lives. Using an oak tree as a metaphor (Isaiah 61:3), we explored ideas that can assist women with...
A dark-eyed girl and her jump rope

A dark-eyed girl and her jump rope

As I looked into her dark eyes, I saw they were filled with fear and doubt. She looked to be age 8 or 9. This was her first day at the center, and it was my first day there too. We had come to play with the children. We handed out brightly colored jump ropes to each...
OKWU Orange Movement visits Rahab House in Southeast Asia

OKWU Orange Movement visits Rahab House in Southeast Asia

“To be the feet of Christ in supporting the rescue of those held in slavery, and to rally the voice of the Church to be the light for both the victims and the perpetrators of human trafficking to find the one True way to freedom.” That is the mission of...
Wesleyans in the news

Wesleyans in the news

Each week, both Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. As we are alerted to those news items, we are privileged to pass them along. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward to communications@wesleyan.org....
Wesleyans fight human trafficking in western New York

Wesleyans fight human trafficking in western New York

When Julie Palmer first attended a Stop Path Force coalition meeting at Wesleyan Church of Hamburg in Hamburg, N.Y., she went because the special speaker planned to talk about Zambia. After all, she was interested in visiting the landlocked country in southern Africa....
Women come ALIVE at Canada event

Women come ALIVE at Canada event

More than 80 women gathered together in Canada recently for the ALIVE women’s conference. Hosted by Wesleyan Women’s Movement, ALIVE was held Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, two weeks after the flagship event was held in Nashville, Tenn. Women from churches...
North Carolina church hosts human trafficking awareness walk

North Carolina church hosts human trafficking awareness walk

The congregation of Faith Wesleyan Church in Fayetteville, N.C., recently invited the community to join with church members for a human trafficking awareness walk to raise awareness about the issue. “The Wesleyan Church is very involved with the human...
Welcoming teens

Welcoming teens

This fall Kingswood University welcomed hundreds of high school students from across the eastern region of Canada and the U.S. as the university hosted World Concerns Day and Encounter Weekend. In conjunction with the Association of Christian Schools International...
Wesleyan Justice Network hosts first summit

Wesleyan Justice Network hosts first summit

The young girl wearing sweatpants captivated Beth Cossin. She never spoke, despite Beth’s attempt to engage with her. Turns out, the unnamed girl couldn’t read, write, or speak, the latter a result of her tongue being cut out earlier in life. That trip to...
IWU creates Bastian Center for the Study of Human Trafficking

IWU creates Bastian Center for the Study of Human Trafficking

Indiana Wesleyan University’s Board of Trustees has approved the creation of the Bastian Center for the Study of Human Trafficking. The announcement came from IWU President David Wright at a recent town hall meeting for university employees. The Center, made possible...
Women experience hope together at annual Carolina Women’s Retreat

Women experience hope together at annual Carolina Women’s Retreat

The North Carolina East, North Carolina West, and South Carolina districts of Wesleyan Women came together for the Carolinas Women’s Retreat. The 2nd annual retreat was held at Springmaid Beach & Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on April 4-6, 2014, with almost 500...
​Pineapple program fights traffickers in Sierra Leone

​Pineapple program fights traffickers in Sierra Leone

Editor’s note: John Lyon is the President and CEO of World Hope International. Based in the United States, WHI is a direct partner of Sierra Leone in the fight against human trafficking. In Sierra Leone, WHI helps trafficking victims find a safe, healthy life...
Saving girls from slavery in Nepal

Saving girls from slavery in Nepal

During our years in Nepal (1998 – 2006) and while I was working with a HIV/AIDS program, I noticed that most of the HIV+ patients we had were girls from the remote villages of Nepal who had been sold and rescued from the brothels of India. Approximately 10,000 to...
Wesleyans in the news

Wesleyans in the news

Each week, both Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. As we are alerted to those news items, we are privileged to pass them along. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward to communications@wesleyan.org. The...