Freeing Others to Dream

Kelly Brace

Read: Genesis 41:1-16 I remember my offenses today . . . A young Hebrew was there with us [in custody] . . . When we told him, he interpreted our dreams to us. (vv. 9, 12) Forced labor is when people are forced through threats of violence to work for no pay. When I first learned about human trafficking, I didn’t know what I could do to help. I was overwhelmed, but I knew I had to do something to …

God Our Healer

Kelly Brace

Read: Isaiah 40:26-31 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. (v. 29 NIV) When many people think about human trafficking, they think about sex trafficking. These victims are forced into the commercial sex industry and held against their will by force, fraud, or threats. Sex trafficking is a kind of sexual abuse. Unlike other trafficking victims, sex trafficking victims have a more difficult recovery because of this abuse. A person can be set free …

Modern Slavery

Kelly Brace

Read: Zechariah 7:8-12 But they refused to pay attention; stubbornly they turned their backs and covered their ears. (v. 11 NIV) There is a roughly 1 in 11 million chance that you will die in a plane crash, and a 1 in 3.7 million chance you will be attacked by a shark. Though very rare, fear of these events is common. Yet most of us never think about the tragedy of human trafficking, even though it affects far more people, …

You Are Not Alone

Kelly Brace

Read: 1 Peter 5:6-11 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. (v. 9) I became interested in the prevention of human trafficking my junior year of high school, just a few months after I ended an abusive relationship. I had a lot of things ripped away from me during that time. I was distant from friends and family. I felt absolutely alone. However, when I …

Not a List

Scott Hoezee

Read: Colossians 4:7-18 Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. (v. 7) Fred Craddock once preached a sermon titled “When the Roll Is Called Down Here” on Romans 16. There at the end Paul greeted by name a very long list of people in Rome. But, Craddock said, don’t dare call those verses only a list! Lists are boring. Lists just have information. The end of Romans is not a list: it is a living litany of beloved servants …

Seasoned Speech

Scott Hoezee

Read: Colossians 4:2-6 Let your speech always be gracious. (v. 6) “Just two final things before I sign off,” Paul said. “First, keep praying for us so that we can keep preaching, especially since I’m in prison and that makes it tough to get around. Second, behave well toward people not in the church and make sure your speech to them is kind.” The revelation that Paul was in prison is striking. Sitting in a dark cell with perhaps just …