Vision for the Vulnerable 2015

Posted by Unseen Supporters on the 9th October 2015 in Unseen, Partners, Opportunities, Events, Churches, Campaigns

Unseen supporter, Christina, provides her take on the Vision for the Vulnerable event in 2015 and the important role that churches and church leaders can play in the fight against modern slavery.

Seven and a half years ago, I packed two suitcases and moved to Cape Town, South Africa. Heading into the 2010 FIFA World Cup, there were startling statistics about human trafficking, so I immediately set out to do awareness and prevention talks in South Africa’s most vulnerable areas. Two years in, I connected with law enforcement and spent the following years working to aid their work in identification, placement, and repatriation of modern slavery survivors. Now, my anti-slavery efforts take me to different places around the globe. Currently I am in Bristol working with Unseen, volunteering my time to focus on aiding churches in their anti-slavery efforts.

Last weekend Unseen, along with three other organisations leading the way in fighting modern slavery, hosted the Vision for the Vulnerable event. Nearly 100 of Bristol’s church leaders gathered to hear about what’s being done to fight modern slavery in their city. I felt incredibly privileged to be a part of this special day, and here are a few reasons why:

First, it is sadly rare to see organisations come together in such a way, and exemplify solidarity within a cause. This in and of itself was incredibly special.

Second, we (volunteers and church leaders) got to hear the why and how each of the organisations’ directors got involved. All four stories were so very different, and each director came from a completely different background, proving that anyone can step into this arena and make a big impact.

And third, as someone who has been doing what I can to stop modern slavery for over seven years now, I know how crucial it is to have the backing and involvement of the churches and church leaders in your area. Charities alone cannot stop modern slavery. To have nearly 100 church leaders be provoked with the question of what role they are to play, well, that was the best part.

My hope is that Vision for the Vulnerable becomes an annual event of worship, prayer, and ultimately, collaboration. My prayer is that next year, it’s not just the charities standing in front and sharing what they are doing, but it’s the churches as well.

So a similar question that was asked to church leaders, I am now asking you. What is your sphere of influence? What are your gifts and talents? And how can you use them to turn the tide on modern slavery?