Mission Focus 2018/2019: Domestic Violence

Domestic violence crosses all socio-economic and racial barriers. Intimate partner violence, or domestic violence, is a crucial topic affecting women and families in our communities and in our congregations. Thirty percent of women globally experience intimate partner violence. Nearly 75 percent of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Yet, despite these statistics, few churches address the issue openly. What a powerful place of safety, healing, and recovery a women’s ministry and a congregation could be for those experiencing or having experienced domestic violence.

Visit http://www.abwomensministries.org/ for information regarding your study or to take action.

If you or a loved one are experiencing domestic violence, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline at https://www.thehotline.orgor call 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224.

Human Trafficking:

The Department of Justice estimate that there are 300,000 children at risk of being trafficked into sexual slavery in the United States.  One in three runaway teens are picked up by a pimp/trafficker within 48 hours of leaving home and becoming homeless.

Human Trafficking is a criminial business that profits from enslaving people for sexual servitute or exploitation and forced labor. It is the fastest growing and second largest criminal industry in the world today - second only to drug trafficking and tied with illegal arms - according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Estimated number of people trafficked into the U.S. each year is 14,500-17,500. Of this number, 50% are children. Ninety eight percent of sex trafficking victims are women and girls.

Visit http://allhandsinma.org/ for more information.

People can be connected to help or report a tip of suspected human trafficking by calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline at1-888-373-7888, texting "BeFree" (233733), or chatting at www.humantraffickinghotline.org.

Mission Project 2018-2019

Christian Youth Conference - CYC

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Mission Focus 2017/2018:  Homelessness

According to the numbers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, there were 17,565 people in Massachusetts counted as experiencing homelessness during the January 2017 point-in-time count conducted by the HUD Continua Care across the state.  This included an estimated:  11,298 people in families with children, 6,267 unaccompanied adults, 469 unaccompanied youth, 853 veterans, and 1,238 individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.