QUARTERLY MISSION FOCUS

Selah Freedom

October, November & December

 

Selah Freedom is a national organization providing education and training throughout the country, as well as teen prevention, outreach, and safe housing in the Midwest and Southeast regions of the United States. Selah Freedom actively confronts the issue of human trafficking and is being upheld as the model for how to effectively bring solutions to survivors of trafficking & exploitation.

Selah is a Hebrew word which means to pause, rest, and reflect. They give survivors a chance to do just that. Women in their programs have an opportunity to dream again; to discover who it is they were created to be. In 2010, Selah Freedom's founders discovered the horrifying truth that local children were being bought and sold right here in our own communities - that's right, American children! What began as the grassroots initiative of women from across the country to be a voice for the voiceless, has quickly transformed into a thriving organization with four foundational programs: Awareness, Prevention, Outreach, and Residential. Selah Freedom closely partners with law enforcement, legislators, and influential leaders to not only shed light on the staggering statistics, but they are working together to change those statistics by changing lives! CUMC has partnered with the recovery home in Kenosha where women will go straight out of the trafficking world. This home is currently under renovation and hoping to be open to help human trafficking victims by the end of fall. They were pleased to hear our focus for the year was on water. Our aim is to, by assisting with water bills and groceries, alleviate some of their financial worries so they can focus solely on working with the women rescued from human trafficking and creating a plan for their recovery. On October 15th we will have a representative for Selah Freedom to educate our congregation about their organization and cause.