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Hey IJM!

Our February Action Meeting was really cool, exciting things happening in Costa Rica through Love & Scissors and testimony of South African spotter coming to Christ and now devoting his life to protecting girls to prevent them from entering the sex trade. Here are some events to keep on your radar:

  1. THIS SATURDAY, February 18th at Bean There Coffeehouse in downtown Norfolk, 5:30-8:00pm Love & Scissors is putting on a benefit show before these two hair stylists go back to Costa Rica and teach girls coming out of prostitution how to cut hair and make a living that doesn’t involve selling their bodies. For more information about Love & Scissors, check out their website: http://www.loveandscissors.com/. For more information on the event, check it out on FB: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/247106598701752/

 

 

 

2.   NEXT SUNDAY, February 26th at New Covenant Church in Hampton from 6:30-8:00pm there will be a screening of “Sex & Money”. Trailer here: http://sexandmoneyfilm.com/. If you would like to carpool from Regent, email ijm@regent.edu. Indicate if you are willing to drive (and collect gas money) or if you need a ride (and are willing to contribute gas money).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.   April 14th: Fashion Show! We need to formulate a committee to get this up and running. Thank you to all those who have signed up. If you would like to be a part, please email ijm@regent.edu.

 Have a wonderful week!

Beth

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Hello IJM!

 I have 3 worthwhile events to inform you about. I’d love for each of you to get involved with any of them that interests you, or not (stretch yourself), and that your schedule allows for, or not (stretch yourself). Justice really should be our lifestyle, not limited to given event…but I digress, ok, here we go in chronological order:

 

THIS FRIDAY, October 28th. New Life Providence (1224 Thompkins Lane, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. 7:00pm:

Screening of “58: Fast-forward the End of Poverty: WE HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED. WILL WE DO EVERYTHING IT TAKES?”

58: is the inspiring true story of the global Church in action. Witness bravery and determined faith in a journey from the slums of Kenya to the streets of New York. Confront the brutality of extreme poverty and meet those who live out the True Fast of Isaiah 58 and create stunning new possibilities for the future.Travel from the sun-scorched plains of rural Ethiopia to British shopping centers, from Brazilian ganglands and the enslaving quarries of India to western churches, businesses and conferences.

58: invites audiences to discover the incredible work of God through His people in our hurting world. Meet ordinary people, hear their stories, and see their struggles and their victories as 58: shows the relentlessly loving God at work through His Church bringing hope to the darkest challenges of our day. Experience eye-opening reasons to lift our expectations of the future. Check out the trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzVLzVe4h8g

 

*Be the solution: If you would like to volunteer for this event and personally insert yourself in this event, let me know what works for you:

  • Promo: THIS WEEK! If you want flyers…let me know
  • Set up: 5:30pm
  • Greeters: 5:30pm
  • Coffee Servers: 5:30pm & 8:30pm (before and after event. You may choose to do before OR after).
  • Tear down: 9:00pm

 

Tuesday, November 1st. Library Plaza.11:00am-3:00pm:

Slavery Demonstration.

Picture with me… in the middle of the Plaza will be an IJM table with information about trafficking, the IJM bracelets to sell, and jars labeled with numbers. The numbers correspond to victims tied to trees and lamp posts around the plaza, each with a sign designating their price of freedom and the significance of that number (ie: $3: the average cost to rent a girl for an hour/ $27: There are 27 million documented slaves in the world today) etc. People will give money into whatever jar they choose and if their donation buys the price of someone’s freedom, they are given an IJM bracelet and get to free the “slave”…only for the “slave” to be sold again.

 

*Be the solution: There’s a couple ways to get involved

  • Get the word out!
  • Set up help (11:00am)
  • Volunteer to be a slave for ½ hour-1 hour between the time of 11:30am-3:00pm (you tell me when works for you)
  • Help co-host the IJM table for ½ hour-1 hour between the time of 11:30am-3:00pm (you tell me when works for you)
  • Tear down help (3:00pm)

 

Friday, November 4th. Summit Christian Academy (4209 Big Bethel Road, Yorktown, Virginia 23693). 6:30pm.

Justice Rally.

Night of prayer and worship lead by Livingstone House of Prayer. Fashion for sale by “Elegantees”.

Check it out: Livingstone House of Prayer: http://lhop.us/

                   “Elegantees”: http://www.elegantees.com/

 

*Be the solution: If you would like to help sell Elegantees at the event, let me know. The biggest thing you can do is come. Engage. Hear the Lord’s heart. Obey what He tells you. Intercede for the victims (both traffickers and trafficked persons alike).

 

Thanks for reading! Look forward to hearing from you soon !

Beth

What is your life like right now?  What has God been stirring in your heart?  Are you pursuing it? Have you laid your dreams off to the side because your dream is too big or difficult?

I recently have been reading the Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson, and the Lord has been confirming in my heart His call for me to dig deeper into His presence and will for my life. There are many obstacles in our lives that can hinder us for being all that God has called us to be.

Lately, I feel as though I have continually been knocked over, without motivation, or without passion. Yet the Lord has lovingly pursued me, encouraging me to honor Him in all I do. Part of this has been going to Him for healing in areas of my life. Another part has been a longing in my heart to be used by God. Specifically, this longing relates to my ultimate desire to work with victims of human trafficking and provide counseling to those individuals. Part of me has wanted to lay this dream aside until all of the right things come into place. Yet something stirs deep within me that God can use me now.

Amidst my weakness and difficulties, I am saying yes to God’s longing for me to be used in making change in this area of injustice.   I am asking God to show me how He wants to use me. And I’m getting back up again when I fall off course, as I do often.

If you’re reading this, you probably have passion for the ending of human trafficking. Something inside you wants to make a difference. Maybe another part believes you cannot make a difference, have no gifts or talents to offer, or have no time to confront this massive issue. Yet I believe the Lord says, “I can use you in many ways, big or small. Just step forward,
say yes to me, and I will show you how.”

May God direct you in all areas of your life and show you how He wants to use you in combating injustice.

~Marie

Regent Students Lobby against human trafficking in Richmond, Va.

BY JENN WAKEFIELD

The IJM Regent Chapter teamed up with The Richmond Justice Initiative and other abolitionist to lobby against human trafficking in the Richmond area.

On Wednesday February 29th, students gathered for the Virginia lobby day to end human trafficking. A press conference took place in the commonwealth capital building addressing human trafficking legislation. Advocates met with legislators to discuss the problem with sex and labor trafficking in Virginia. Many do not know this problem still exist and northern Virginia is a hot spot for sex trafficking. (www.polarisproject.org).

There were many bills being discussed such as: The Victim Service Plan to provide services such as healthcare, education, job training, and legal services.  This bill would get the Department of Human Services more involved by developing a plan to help identify the victims of human trafficking.

Some of the other bills include a posting of a national human trafficking hotline and the expunging of criminal records for victims.  Currently, there are nine pending bills related to trafficking.

Regent IJM has also recently visited the International Justice Mission headquarters in Washington D.C and soon will be holding a fashion show to raise money for human trafficking awareness.  While visiting the IJM headquarters, students met the Founder of IJM, Gary Haugen, and attended the IJM prayer time.  In this prayer time updates were given from all over the world on findings of human trafficking from their 14 field offices.

While touring the headquarters IJM Regent learned vital information to bring back to the chapter. “World changers begin by making an impact right where they are.  They follow their passions and pour themselves out for something greater. At IJM, we often talk about how students are key agents of change (otherwise known as world changers),”said Jaclyn Lesch, the Student Ministries Program Manager. She also gave steps on how to get involved from where you are:

Call on President Obama to help end modern-day slavery.  We are asking 25,000 people to lend their voices to this initiative in an effort to influence the President’s budget and policy goals related to human trafficking.

If you have an iphone or Droid, download the IJM Mobile app!  It will take you closer to the frontlines of our work than ever before.

Register to attend the Global Prayer Gathering 2011. This event is the best opportunity to go deeper with the work of IJM. The GPG (April 8-10, 2011) brings together staff and friends of IJM from all over the world for a time of seeking God and seeking justice for victims of oppression.  You can also sign up for the 2-day conference right before the GPG just for college students!

Support the work of IJM and bring rescue to the oppressed around the world by signing up to be a student Freedom Partner.

For more information on what IJM is and does go to http://www.ijm.org

Get involved, Stand up and speak out against injustice.

 

Poetry Slam/Expression Night

Posted: December 16, 2010 in IJM Regent Events

Thursday, December 9, 2010 was Regent IJM’s Poetry Slam/Expressions night. The acts consisted of poets, painters, singers, and even a video expression. The night brought out about 60 regent students and non-regent students.  It was exciting to see different regent students from different schools and majors perform and attend to see what their fellow students had to show them. The poem topics ranged from abortion to rape, and songs and videos about how great our God is and how much of a redeemer He is. This was the second to finial event for their human rights awareness week, and so far they have lived up to all the hype about this week.

-Stephanie

Beth Seremet- Secretary

Michelle Crawford Rickert from the Richmond Justice Initiative came to visit Regent University per our request to speak as part of Human Rights Week. The Richmond Justice Initiative (RJI) is a local hand of the International Justice Mission in DC and reminds activists slavery is not merely in an overseas brothel but in American middle schools, strip clubs, massage parlors, restaurants, and homes. America, the city on the hill, is not exempt from this atrocity.

Michelle’s presentation entitled, “Through the Looking Glass”, provided a clear picture of the global face of human trafficking and what we in Virginia can do about it on a local level and how to best interact with national initiatives combatting the global expanse of this situation. (more…)

 Yesterday morning the IJM Chapter took resources from World Visions creative activism campaign and constructed a thought-provoking activity: “Lives on a Christmas Tree”. The initial thought for the resources we received, which were painted cards of individuals that are living with HIV and AIDs, were to be hung on clothes lines, but we didn’t have any clothes lines so we had to be a bit thrifty. We received a suggestion to use the Christmas trees in two lobbies of our school, so we went at it at 9:30am in the morning hanging pictures all over the trees. It was a wonderful display of lives that are not forgotten and will not be forgotten over the holidays. It’s easy for us to go to a store and buy a gift for someone, but how about going beyond that this year and giving the gift of life!

-Stephanie