UPDATE: ABHMS Encourages Volunteers to Fight Against Human Trafficking

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UPDATE: ABHMS Encourages Volunteers to Fight Against Human Trafficking

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 10/15/13)—American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) continues to encourage churches and individuals in New Jersey and surrounding regions to join in interfaith volunteer efforts against human trafficking in preparation for Super Bowl XLVIII. Large sporting events can be hotbeds of human trafficking activity, and the Super Bowl is to be held in New Jersey in early 2014.

Added to the roster of activities is another “Not on Our Turf” Student Summit for grades 9 through 12 to be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 16 at The Mary Louis Academy, 176-21 Wexford Terrace, Jamaica Estates, N.Y. Registration is at 8:30 a.m.

Sponsored by Project Stay Gold and hosted by the “New York Coalition of Religious Congregations—Stop Trafficking of Persons” and LifeWay Network, the summit aims to teach students about modern-day slavery as well as how to host an awareness event and develop a social media campaign. Workshops will include information about fundraising, how to start an awareness club, political action, keeping yourself safe/warning signs, and using art and music.

School and youth groups are encouraged to attend, along with an adult advisor for every four to eight students. Cost is $45 per group to cover materials; scholarships are available. Register by Oct. 30 at www.notonourturf.com. For more information, email projectstaygold@gmail.com or visit www.projectstaygold.org.

Super Bowl XLVIII is planned for Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium, Meadowlands Sports Complex, East Rutherford, N.J.

Visit www.abhms.org for information about ABHMS’ justice-related ministries.

American Baptist Home Mission Societies—the domestic mission arm of American Baptist Churches USA—ministers as the caring heart and serving hands of Jesus Christ across the United States and Puerto Rico through a multitude of initiatives that focus on discipleship, community and justice.

American Baptist Churches is one of the most diverse Christian denominations today, with over 5,200 local congregations comprised of 1.3 million members, across the United States and Puerto Rico, all engaged in God’s mission around the world.