Are You Aware?

One of my favorite lines in The Star Spangled Banner is: “O’er the land of the free…”

We are the land of the free. I love that fact! A side note: even though I’m far from being a raving fan of country music, I love Martina McBride’s song Independence Day: “Let freedom ring….”

We are the land of the free. But not everybody in America is free. That is one reason why today — January 11th — is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Sadly, for many Americans this day rolls right off their calendar and they remain unaware of what is going on in our country.

Here’s an excerpt from the official website of the FBI (

It’s sad but true: here in this country, people are being bought, sold, and smuggled like modern-day slaves.

They are trapped in lives of misery — often beaten, starved, and forced to work as prostitutes or to take grueling jobs as migrant, domestic, restaurant, or factory workers with little or no pay. We’re working hard to stop human trafficking — not only because of the personal and psychological toll it takes on society, but also because it facilitates the illegal movement of immigrants across borders and provides a ready source of income for organized crime groups and even terrorists.

In heaven there is no human trafficking… and we are called to join God is His work to make His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. That is why human trafficking is the primary social cause that The Eastside Vineyard Church is rallying together to do something about… and we are proud to partner with Love146 as well as ESTHER’s Children.

An underestimated weapon in the fight against human trafficking is raising awareness. Becoming aware that trafficking is happening (and not just in Thailand or Brazil but within our borders) and helping others become aware as well.

So whatever you else you do today, please spend some time checking out these websites and pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide your next steps:

“For I, the LORD, love justice…” – Isaiah 61:8

***Please join us this coming Sunday at The Eastside Vineyard Church. We are kicking off a brand new 6-week series titled “God is Good… All the Time???” For most of us, I bet we want to believe that God is good all the time but we struggle really, truly believing that. In this series we are going to be digging deep into the Scriptures to examine the heart and character of God. January 12th. 10:30am. More info at***

About Dan Kopp

In 2010 Dan and Kellie felt the call by God to plant a church somewhere in Macomb County, Michigan. Several months later The Eastside Vineyard Church launched and currently meets inside Shelby Jr. High in Shelby Township. This blog began in the pre-launch phase of the church and has exceeded 50,000 hits. Thanks for reading!
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