In 1843, a pastor named Orange Scott led a small and courageous group of preachers in speaking out against slavery. Because of this stand, these abolitionists were forced out of their churches and formed what is now The Wesleyan Church. We are proud to find our roots and history in that movement.
But this is more than our history.
Shockingly, slavery is still alive. In fact, there are more slaves in the world today than any other time in history. 27 million people are victims of human trafficking, slave labor and sexual exploitation. Half of those victims are under 18 years old.
The Trans-Atlantic trade route has been exchanged by our interstate highways. The plantation replaced by sweat shop and brothel. The auction block now conveniently located on our laptops.
There is no question, when it comes to this evil epidemic, history is repeating itself. What remains in question is whether history will repeat itself when it comes to the Christian response.
This is why we are joining the global and local fight against modern day slavery. (Oh, and by the way, the international color of the anti-slavery movement “just happens” to be Orange.)
Are you in? We are starting small, igniting awareness and sparking action. Here’s how you can help…
We do not claim to have the solutions or strategy to stop slavery in a few simple steps. We are just trying to do something. Our goal is to proclaim the truth of this tragedy to the smartest, most passionate, most creative people we know (that would be you, by the way) and see what happens.
The problem is huge. And we are small. But as my good friend JD Walt likes to say, “It’s not our job to start a movement. It’s our job to move.”