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Springs of Living Water
Reverend Sunil pastors as local church among the tribal people of Northern India. He and his wife, Mary, have 20 orphan boys that they have adopted. Their son, Anmol Ketchup, followed his father’s footsteps to become a pastor. Anmol and his wife, Sarah, have adopted 20 girl orphans, between the ages of 5 and 14. Their new daughters in Christ were saved from the grim future of sex trafficking. Anmol is also a sports minister in the region. He has recently been hired by Fellowship of Christian Athletes to develop sports ministry.
Equipping Saints for Ministry
Equipping Saints For Ministry (ES4M) is an evangelical, interdenominational missions organization that focuses on helping indigenous pastors and missionaries to be fully equipped with a mature knowledge of God’s word for the purpose of fulfilling the mission for the glory of God.
(COMPLETED: see the blog post recaps from Nepal, India, and the Congo)
Free the Slaves
Free the Slaves is dedicated to ending slavery worldwide. They believe it’s an ambitious and realizable goal and everyone has a role to play: governments, businesses, international aid organizations, consumers and YOU. Slavery flourishes when people cannot meet their basic needs, and lack economic opportunity, education, healthcare and honest government. Free the Slaves uses a holistic approach in their efforts to eradicate slavery forever.
Founded in 1879, The Bowery Mission’s purpose and goal have been to provide help and hope to the homeless and impoverished in New York for 130 years. The Bowery Mission is called to minister in New York City to men, women, and children caught in the cycles of poverty, hopelessness and dependencies of many kinds, and to see their lives transformed to hope, joy, lasting productivity and eternal life through the power of Jesus Christ.
NY Anti-Trafficking Network See the whole video campaign here, which includes eight educational videos where experts talk about the basics you need to understand the problem of trafficking in persons.
The New York Anti-Trafficking Network (NYATN) was the first in New York to promote the rights of survivors of human trafficking. They bring together the voices of those with first-hand experience of the injustices of human trafficking, who work consistently to meet the needs of trafficked persons, and who advocate for a more rights-based and responsive policy towards trafficked persons. NYATN consists of a diverse group of service providers and advocates in New York, dedicated to ending human trafficking and coordinating resources for trafficked persons. Their membership includes over 90 organizations and individuals advocating on behalf of survivors of trafficking and other forms of violence. Since 2002, they’ve provided direct services to survivors of human trafficking, and have fostered policy, legislation, education, and advocacy on a wide range of issues relating to trafficking in persons.
MAY 18-30 — HAMPTON ROADS, VIRGINIA (COMPLETED: see the blog post recap)
Military Missions Network
Military Missions Network (MMN) is a group of evangelical churches, chaplains, and ministries collaborating for a greater synergy in outreach and ministry to military worldwide. Parties connected through this network have embraced a shared commitment to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ and a mutual love for those living in the military culture. Relationships and partnerships between particular churches, chaplains and ministries linked through this network are based on voluntary associations, common convictions, mutual benefits, and shared goals. All such relationships and partnerships are initiated by individual parties. They ignite a vision for touching the world through collaboration in missional military ministry, link military with ministries, equip and mobilize military believers.
JUNE 1-7 — WASHINGTON, D.C. (COMPLETED: see the blog post recap)
Ayuda is the only non-profit provider in the DC metro area that provides a wide range of immigration and family law assistance, as well as social services support, for all immigrants — including men, women and children — from anywhere in the world. This comprehensive and open approach gives all immigrants a single resource to go to. Their specialized services for immigrant children and for immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking are truly unique in the area.
JULY 5-21 — GHANA (COMPLETED: see the blog post recap)
Free the Slaves (again!)
Read this blog post Free the Slaves wrote about us and our partnership with them this year! Free the Slaves is dedicated to ending slavery worldwide.
JULY 22-AUGUST 9 — LIBERIA (COMPLETED: see the blog post recap)
The Last Well
The Last Well’s mission is to provide access to clean drinking water for the entire nation of Liberia, border-to-border, and offer the Gospel to every person they serve, by 2020. Over the past six years, The Last Well has faced the water crisis in Liberia head-on, reaching over 750,000 Liberians with water and the Gospel through over 1,000 water projects. To achieve their goal of reaching the entire nation of Liberia with water and the Gospel by 2020, they need to reach approximately 900,000 more Liberians through an estimated 2,500 water projects. Historically, there has never been a country that has had access to clean water for every citizen. There has never been a country where water borne illness has been eradicated. The Last Well is here to change that.
AUGUST 14-SEPTEMBER 10 — BOULDER, COLORADO (COMPLETED: see the blog post recap)
iEmpathize works to eradicate child exploitation and engage culture in creative solutions by empowering the kids, sectors, and regions most affected by the issue. An apathetic society is a safe haven for victimizers where they can hide, plan and expand their criminal activity. Sympathy is feeling badly for the suffering of others. Sympathy seems like a better response but falls short of engaging the problem. It is passive, allowing separation to exist between the bystander and the victimized. Empathy closes this gap by diving into the suffering of others. It is active, compelling the empathizer toward action. Simply put, the difference between sympathy and empathy is entering in. Imagine the difference in law enforcement, legislators, leaders, influencers, and every day citizens in an apathetic society versus an empathetic one. Empathy is the essence of iEmpathize.
SEPTEMBER 11-SEPTEMBER 28 — MEXICO CITY, MEXICO (COMPLETED: see the blog post recap)
Doxa Iglesia Cristiana
Jesús Rodriguez is a church planter in his hometown, Mexico City, and was sent out by Redemption Hill Church and is supported by our home church Transit Church, both of which are in the DC metro area.
OCTOBER 5-NOVEMBER 9 — NICARAGUA (COMPLETED: see the blog post recap)
AMOS Health and Hope
AMOS is a Christian non-profit organization that exists to improve the health of impoverished communities by working alongside them in health, education and development. People and partnerships are at the heart of how AMOS works. They strive to help communities build up their capacity to identify their priority needs by training local leaders in rural communities to be health promoters and supplying them with medical resources.
NOVEMBER 9-NOVEMBER 11 — WASHINGTON, DC (COMPLETED: see the blog post recap)
The Gospel Coalition
The Gospel Coalition encourages and educates current and next-generation Christian leaders by advocating gospel-centered principles and practices that glorify the Savior and do good to those for whom he died. TGC International Outreach is engaged in a mission of Theological Famine Relief for the Global Church. They partner with translators, publishers, and missions networks to provide new access to biblical resources in digital and physical formats. Their goal is to strengthen thousands of congregations by helping to equip the pastors and elders called to shepherd them.
NOVEMBER 11-NOVEMBER 19 — LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (COMPLETED: see the blog post recap)
iEmpathize is dedicated to ending child exploitation in the United States.
NOVEMBER 19-24 — CARTHAGE, NORTH CAROLINA (COMPLETED: watch the video here)
Friend to Friend
Friend to Friend is a nonprofit organization that serves victims of domestic violence, sexual assault & human trafficking regardless of socioeconomic, religious, age, or immigration status — and is the only agency to serve victims in Moore County, NC. They have a crisis line that operates 24/7, emergency housing at a safe house, court and hospital accompaniment, counselling and many other services.
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